Official Press Release: PENN STATERS FOR RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP STATEMENT ON FREEH REPORT CRITICISM

PENN STATERS FOR RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP
STATEMENT ON FREEH REPORT CRITICISM

AUGUST 22, 2012 — “In this morning’s press conference regarding characterization of Dr. Graham Spanier within the Freeh Report, his attorney, the Honorable Timothy Lewis, a former United States federal judge, could have no more clearly stated the position of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship when he said, ‘Penn State University deserved better and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania deserved better.’ We would add, that under the leadership of the Board of Trustees, specifically the students, parents and alumni of Penn State also have deserved far better. Every criticism articulated by Judge Lewis today should have been obvious to each and every member of the Board of Trustees when — and if — they reviewed the Freeh Report in detail. With the perspective today of more than 50 years of federal investigative and judicial experience, it is more clear than ever that the Board of Trustees has failed in their fiduciary responsibility to Penn State by allowing such a blatant distortion of facts and rush to judgement to be the foundation for NCAA sanctions, Middle State accreditation warnings, and scathing deterioration of the Penn State brand. We call for their collective resignation immediately.”

PS4RS will itself be issuing a comprehensive analysis of the errors, unsupported conclusions, and misstatements of the Freeh report in mid-September. That analysis, conducted by the PS4RS Legal and Regulatory Task Force, will further outline the failure of the Board of Trustees in their stewardship of the University.

Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship has membership has doubled since the release of the Freeh report. The organization, which has more than 10,500 members nationwide, was formed to effect positive change within the University Board of Trustees. For further information on PS4RS, please visit http://www.PS4RS.ORG, email ps4rsinfo@ps4rs.org, or search “WE intend to vote out the Penn State Board of Trustees” on Facebook. Follow PS4RS on Twitter at @PS4RS.

2 thoughts on “Official Press Release: PENN STATERS FOR RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP STATEMENT ON FREEH REPORT CRITICISM

  1. We need to declare this Saturday’s football game a “Blackout” game!

    Everyone should wear a black shirt to the game – instead of a “Whiteout”, this will be a “Blackout”.

    As a passionate alumni from 1984, I have sent this same letter to the Collegian to declare this Saturday’s football game a “Blackout” game!

    This would represent the mourning by the Penn State students, alumni and fans across the great Penn State Nation.  This mourning would be symbolic on several levels since it will represent our mourning for:

    – all the child abuse victims and their families that were impacted by Jerry Sandusky and across the USA

    – the passing of Joe Paterno and the removal of his statue

    – Our complete disapproval of the opinion that there was a “pervasive culture problem” at Penn State and the approval of the severe nearly “Death Penalty” sentence the BOT agreed to, and

    – the “Blackout” of the Alumni, students and fans by the Board of Trustees who “blacked out” our opinions, feedback and any discussion in a professional and fiduciary manner

    For all of the people attending this game to pretend like everything is just fine and a regular Penn State Saturday game, would be caving in to a BOT victory.

    We deserve better because – “WE ARE PENN STATE”!!!!!!!!!!!

    Respectively,

    Jeff Gary

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  2. While we are all concentrating on the removal of the BoT and making sure the truth comes out about what happened, I feel we have missed one important area.
    The public opinion of Penn State.

    I have talked to many friends who support me and have sympathy for what has happened. I have also talked to friends and others who feel I am blinded by my love for Joe and the University. These are the people I feel even if the truth comes forward and the NCAA reverses it decisions, will never change their opinion of Joe or the University.

    if this group of people were few, I would not be concerned. However, I feel this is more than just a small percent of Americans and suspect it may be close to half of the American public.

    When I talk to these people, they are convinced that Joe knew what was going on in part because he ran the football program and also because they know from testimony that Mike McQueary came and told him. When I argue that Mike may not have told Joe any details, they argue back anything going on with a kid, Joe should have reported it (I am then thinking then why are you not using that argument for McQueary).

    I also get the sense these people truly see Penn State as a football factory and that football ran things. I happened to turn on ESPN on Labor Day and caught the end of a discussion about do schools need to lower their academic standards to be competitive. They talked about schools like Northwestern, Stanford, Duke that every now and then rise up and have great seasons. They mentioned how Notre Dame due to their name can be competitive and hold to high academic standards. Penn State was not mentioned despite one of the highest graduation rates of Div 1 schools and high academic standards just to get on campus with a consistent winning record.

    If while we fight to correct the wrongs we do not fight to address the misperceptions, it will be a hollow victory. I can see these same people telling me that yeah the NCAA changed but Joe knew or the administration is great at covering things up. They will also continue to see Penn State as a football factory and not the great institution it is.

    Please keep this points in mind as you put together press releases to the public.

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