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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: Things that didn't make the Freeh report
The morning they removed JoePa's statue, I was parking vehicles for a large archery shoot at our club. One of my helpers is an attorney (and also one of our county's ADAs).
When my superior half called to tell me about the statue being removed and I informed him about it, we had an involved chat about the Freeh report and subsequent reactions by PSU's BoT, etc.
Shared my opinion that the trustees got their $6 million dollars worth from Freeh, because it absolved them of all responsibility, by placing the blame on one dead guy, one convicted felon and two PSU admins who are under indictment.
He was livid over the Freeh report and its countless suppositions, what ifs/maybes and that it was a pretty darn poor excuse for a comprehensive investigation of a fairly complex subject involving dozens of people.
I've spoken with him since the NCAA sanctions and he agreed with my assessment, that it was a severe over-reaction and smacks more of vengeance, than a common sense handling of events.
My take, is that PSU has long been the object of scorn, spite and jealousy on the part of many Division I schools/administrations, over PSU's perceived "Holier Than Thou" attitude.
Paterno stressed student athletes and better than average graduation rates for same, while other schools were investigated for shady deeds with alums, grade scandals and other nasty bits.
Far as many of us are concerned, the (poorly handled) Sandusky sex abuse scandal provided NCAA officials with the perfect excuse to finally humiliate and punish PSU.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B