Mark Schlabach: If the Freeh report didn't prove once and for all that Penn State displayed the dreaded "lack of institutional control" in its cover-up of allegations that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky molested young boys, what in the world constitutes a major violation in the eyes of the NCAA?
Gene Wojciechowski: Joe Paterno, who for so many decades represented all that was good and honorable in college athletics, lied. It's that simple and heartbreaking.
Don Van Natta Jr.: Joe Paterno did much for Penn State, its student-athletes and its reputation. But the Freeh Group's crushing report ensures that he will now be remembered more for what he didn't do about Jerry Sandusky.