Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, and a crack team of investigators were retained by Pennsylvania State University back in August of 2011 to compile a list of findings and make recommendations to the school in order to ensure that anything remotely like the Jerry Sandusky scandal will never happen again.
What Freeh came up with was nothing short of disgusting.
According to the investigator’s findings (the full 267-page Freeh Report can be found here), the top officials on Penn State's campus and in their football program, including late coach Joe Paterno, school president Graham Spanier, vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley all played a role in covering up Sandusky’s repeated abuses of children.
While it would take far too long to delve into all the horrific details of Freeh’s findings, one thing is clear—Penn State allowed a grave, inexcusable and unforgivable problem to go on for far too long when they had many chances to root it out and stop it.
However, despite the shocking nature of Freeh’s report, an NCAA investigation and possible subsequent sanctions would be out of line and unnecessary.
Freeh gave the PSU Board of Trustees 14 recommendations back in January, which the report states have been carried out, and put forth 119 more along with their findings that have been released on Thursday.
Should the university follow through with almost all of these necessary changes, it would be frivolous for the NCAA to continue to levy more punishments.
The organization is still reviewing the final report, according to a statement released on Thursday morning, and is not yet ready to make any rash decisions. They are still waiting to find out if PSU can answer four critical questions that were proposed back in November.
Penn State is digesting and preparing to react to the findings, as the decision makers at the school were made aware of the report's full findings at the same time as the general public.
If the school can properly police itself and implement much more stringent protection plans and long-term changes to campus policy that will ensure no child is ever hurt again, the NCAA should have no reason to get involved.
It’s also worth noting that every major player in the Freeh report is no longer associated with Penn State. They have a new regime in place that starts at the top with the president of the university and includes an overhauled football coaching staff.
The NCAA should not punish the current roster of young men that have been recruited to play football for the Nittany Lions. They deserve not to bear an unfair burden due to the actions of a few corrupt individuals, who are now either dead, in federal prison or awaiting trial.
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