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July 12, 2012


Report Says Paterno, Others Hid Sandusky Information

If Freeh’s report is accurate, then Penn State will be unrecognizable in five years. After all the lawsuits get settled, they’ll be operating from a storefront somewhere outside of Altoona.

A widely anticipated independent investigation into Pennsylvania State University’s handling of child-sex-abuse allegations said university administrators, including former President Graham Spanier and the late longtime football coach Joe Paterno, “repeatedly concealed critical facts” to avoid bad publicity from reports that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky could be a pedophile.

The 267-page report, issued Thursday by former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Louis Freeh at the request of university trustees, found that Messrs. Spanier and Paterno, along with former Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz, “failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade.”

“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest,” Mr. Freeh said.


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I wonder whether failing to report suspected child abuse is a crime in Pennsylvania. If so, Mr. Sandusky could have some company in jail.

[1] Posted by Ralph on 7-12-2012 at 05:05 PM · [top]

Ralph,

There’s a federal law called the Clery Act which requires colleges to monitor and report campus activity that could be harmful to the community. It’s referred to in Freeh’s report:

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/07/on_failure_of_penn_state_to_en.html

[2] Posted by Greg Griffith on 7-12-2012 at 05:47 PM · [top]

I love my alma mater and I’m a big fan of the hockey program and we’ve won our share of NCAA championships.  If I found out this was going on and happened, after I finished vomiting, I’d WANT them to take down every banner from that coach’s tenure and suspend play for a year as a sign of humility and repentance for what happened.

[3] Posted by Bill2 on 7-12-2012 at 09:45 PM · [top]

I happen to be an alumnus of a school that has the now-second-worst athletic scandal ever (involving a psychotic athlete murdering a teammate, and a head coach covering up illegal payments to players by framing the deceased player as a drug dealer).  When this broke, we were stunned, then shaken to our core.  We couldn’t wait to fire the coach and the AD - some say the president was eventually forced out over the matter (though it took a couple more years and other issues were involved).  Everyone knew we’d be hit hard by the NCAA and we were.  Frankly we were very lucky not to have received the NCAA death penalty - we had reduced scholarships, one shortened season, and a lengthy probation.

I also live next door to Pennsylvania.  For years, crossing the Mason-Dixon line going north was like going to JoePa land.  He was absolutely revered up there - almost like a god.  But there’s a dark side to making someone a god.  Someone that revered becomes very powerful, and Paterno exercised that power.  The abuse of those young boys is a tragedy, but the fallout coming now is not.  I can’t help but compare the reaction at my alma mater versus the student riots the broke out when Paterno was fired last fall.  The only just penalty for Penn State would be to shut down the football program, though somehow I don’t think I should hold my breath for that to happen…

[4] Posted by Reformed Wanderer on 7-12-2012 at 11:48 PM · [top]

Looks like a lot of lawyers will be paying off their Bentleys and home loans.

I suspect that Penn State’s insurance company is at DEFCON 1.

So sad.

[5] Posted by Ralph on 7-13-2012 at 07:10 AM · [top]

They better be glad that wasn’t on of my children, or going to jail might be the least of their worries…sorry, but I don’t take kindly to that sort of behavior.  Totally ruins the lives of the victims.  I have seen this up close and personal, and it’s so incredibly sad.

[6] Posted by B. Hunter on 7-13-2012 at 08:01 AM · [top]

Rough estimate:

Freeh Report: $6.5m

Lawsuit Settlement:
Standard Baseline Estimate: (10 criminal trial victims + 40 new victims???) * $1.3m (avg. Catholic big diocese settlement)=$65m
High-end: 150 victims * $10m punitive damages = $1.5b

Baseline:
Victims @ 60% = $39m
Lawyers @ 40% = $26m

Penn State @ 50% payout: $32.5m
Insurer: $32.5m
Increased Penn State insurance premiums 5 years: $8m

Penn state football:
Football program 1 year suspension: $53m
20% Decrease in years 2-5 revenue: $53m *4 *.2 =$42.4m
50% Decrease in Merchandise over 5 years: $24m * .5 * 5 = $60m

Impact on university fundraising: distressingly almost nothing last year

Baseline total costs: $202m
Endowment: $1.8b
Percent hit to endowment: 8.8%

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The uncertain, big variables are the number of victims, the university’s ability to settle or establish a victim’s fund, the insurance contribution, and the length of suspension if any for the football program.

[7] Posted by The Plantagenets on 7-13-2012 at 08:01 AM · [top]

And yes, the money is the least of it.

[8] Posted by The Plantagenets on 7-13-2012 at 08:03 AM · [top]

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