Penn State president to review Freeh report on Sandusky scandal

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WPVI) -- Penn State's president announced his decision to finally review a report on the school's response to the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

This news comes on the same day that the Nittany Lions got their sixth victory of the season with a win over Temple.

The football team is now eligible for a college bowl for the first time since 2011. That's when the NCAA imposed sanctions after Louis Freeh's scathing report on how the school mishandled the Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Those sanctions were lifted this year.

Penn State President Eric Barron announced that he would tackle and thoroughly review the Freeh Report along with the supporting materials produced during the course of the investigation.

He released the following statement:

On Friday, I informed the University's Board of Trustees that I will conduct a thorough review of the Freeh Report and supporting materials produced during the course of the investigation. The contents of the report have led to questions by some in the Penn State community. I do not want people to believe that Penn State is hiding something. I feel strongly about this. For this important reason, and since I was not here during its completion, I will conduct my own review. There is considerable documentation to analyze, but I assured the Board I would move with all deliberate speed.

Barron came to Penn State in May long after the 2012 university-commissioned report that has deeply divided the board of trustees.

Freeh concluded the late former football coach Joe Paterno and top administrators hid key facts about Sandusky's abuse to avoid bad publicity and showed total disregard for Sandusky's victims.

Freeh and his team gave more than 100 recommendations for change which have been adopted by the school.

Nearly two weeks ago, a trustee presented a resolution to revisit the investigation, calling the Freeh report incomplete and false, but the board voted against the resolution 17 to 9.

That division is one of many reasons President Barron has decided to conduct his own review.

While Barron didn't say how long his review would take, he did add that he would move with "all deliberate speed"
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