Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Freeh report to be published Thursday
By Adam Rittenberg
Judge Louis Freeh announced Tuesday that his report on the investigation into Penn State's actions surrounding the child sex abuse committed by former assistant football coach Jerry Sanduky will be published Thursday morning.
The report will be published online here at 9 a.m. ET Thursday. Freeh, the former FBI chief, will address his findings and recommendations at a 10 a.m. ET news conference in Philadelphia.
Penn State's board of trustees retained Freeh and his law firm in November to conduct an independent investigation of the university's actions. The report is expected to include information about the actions of officials such as former president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley, former vice-president Gary Schultz and former head football coach Joe Paterno.
ESPN The Magazine's Don Van Natta reported last week that the Freeh report will shed light on the culture of the football program and will be "very tough" on Paterno, according to a source. Paterno's influence at the university and his approach toward player disciplinary issues is expected to be addressed. The report will likely play a big role in whether Penn State faces any disciplinary action from the NCAA and/or the Big Ten, both of which have launched investigations, but likely will follow the lead of Freeh's findings.
Spanier's lawyers issued a statement Thursday claiming their client was never informed of allegations of abuse by Sandusky. Spanier relayed this to Freeh during an interview Friday.
Both Curley and Schultz face perjury charges related to their involvement in a potential cover-up. Spanier has not been charged.