PENN STATERS FOR RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP RELEASES CRITICAL REVIEW & ANALYSIS OF FREEH REPORT
SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 ‐‐‐‐ Two full months after Louis Freeh managed to pass off a wholly unsubstantiated distortion of the facts as a “full and complete report” that convicted three Penn State administrators and the University’s football coach in the court of public opinion, Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship (PS4RS) today released its Critical Review & Analysis of the Freeh Report. The grassroots watchdog group, numbering more than 12,000 members, has been consistently critical of the Board of Trustees’ handling of events related to the Sandusky case since it broke in November 2011. Its Legal and Regulatory Task Force, comprised of more than 40 legal experts, logged thousands of hours in preparation for this analysis to educate the
Trustees themselves, the NCAA and the general public as to the gross negligence exercised in using this document as the basis for any critical decision‐making or direction-setting, including that which was recently handed down by the NCAA.
The PS4RS Legal and Regulatory Task Force set out to examine the Freeh Report critically ‐‐ to differentiate between facts supported by documented evidence, facts without evidentiary support, opinions of the author, and wholly unsupported conclusions reached by the author. The purpose of the PS4RS Critical Analysis & Review is to identify the shortcomings, inaccuracies, and the gross incompleteness of the Freeh Report.
The PS4RS Critical Analysis & Review specifically outlines 23 key failures of the Freeh Report that are notable not just in their quantity, but in their magnitude. The analysis goes far beyond the already public criticisms of failure to interview individuals central to the case and unsubstantiated conclusions. It further delves into issues relating to exactly who Freeh’s client was — Penn State University or the Board of Trustees; conflicts of interest in the hiring of Freeh; failure to provide specific documentation to support the concept of concealment; and complete absence of consideration of the role of the Second Mile and its failure to act upon report of the 2001 incident.
The PS4RS Critical Analysis & Review states: “It is our sincere hope that, by drawing attention to the gross inaccuracies of the Freeh Report, the public at large will step forward and demand that the true facts be discovered, and that the true entities and individuals who failed in their law enforcement or child welfare positions will be identified and asked to answer for their inaction.” Those trained professionals include members of the: Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare; Centre County Children and Youth Services; State College Borough Police Department; Centre County District Attorney’s Office; and The Second Mile — none of whom PS4RS states were given the necessary consideration to deem this report remotely “full and complete.”
It is the position of the members of PS4RS that a critical review, such as that done voluntarily by the watchdog group, should have been conducted by the University before the Freeh Report was released publicly. Failure to do so has led to unfair and inaccurate conclusions, sanctions and warnings levied by such groups as the NCAA and Middle States Accreditation. “If the Freeh Report were turned in to a Penn State professor as part of a student’s coursework, it would undoubtedly receive a failing grade,” a PS4RS spokesperson said. “The Trustees’ failure to critically review it has compromised the health, well‐being and value of the University brand as it relates to every single group of its constituents, and subsequently has cost the University at
least $100 million, with the counter continuing to tick upward.”