Football Bowl Subdivision
     === Paterno investigation calls Freeh Report 'A Rush to Injustice' ===
 Washington,  DC (Sports Network) - The family of the late Joe Paterno released
 its  results in a  review of the findings in former FBI director Louis Freeh's
 investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.
 Calling  it  "A Rush  to Injustice,"  the conclusions of  experts hired by the
 family  of the  legendary Penn  State football  coach said  the Freeh  Report,
 commissioned  by  Penn State  University, is  factually wrong, speculative and
 fundamentally flawed.
 The  Paterno  family's expert  team featured  former Pennsylvania governor and
 U.S.  Attorney General  Dick Thornburgh, former top FBI profiler Jim Clemente,
 prominent  Washington attorney  Wick Sollers  and  the director  of The  Johns
 Hopkins  Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit, Dr. Fred Berlin. Each of the four
 men composed separate reviews of the Freeh Report over the past six months.
 According to the group's review, it was determined that the Freeh Report "does
 not   meet   the  basic  requirements   of  a  thorough,  objective  and  fair
 Sandusky  was  found guilty  last June  on 45 counts  charging him with sexual
 abuse  of  10 boys over a  15-year period. He  was sentenced to 30-60 years in
 prison last October.
 The scandal, which broke in November 2011 with Sandusky's arrest, brought down
 the  Penn State  football program, tarnished the legacy of Paterno and scarred
 the entire university.
 After  the Freeh  Report was released last July, the NCAA followed with severe
 sanctions  against the university's football program. The penalties included a
 four-year  postseason  ban, five years  of probation  and vacation of all wins
 dating to 1998.
 Paterno  was  fired a  few weeks  after Sandusky's  arrest amid accusations he
 didn't  do  enough to  stop the  abuse.  The college  football legend  died in
 January 2012 of lung cancer  and never really had a chance to tell his side of
 the story.
 In  the  Freeh Report, Paterno was  among many Penn State officials accused of
 concealing  "critical  facts  relating  to Sandusky's  child  abuse  from  the
 authorities,  the  board of trustees, Penn  State community, and the public at
 Paterno,  before  he died,  said he was  unsure how to  handle such things and
 turned  over what he knew to others within the Penn State athletic department.
 Athletic  director  Tim Curley, senior  vice president Gary Schultz and school
 president  Graham  Spanier were  also prominent figures  in the Freeh Report's
 The Paterno family investigators concluded that the late coach did not attempt
 to  hide any  information or hinder or impede any investigation related to the
 crimes or conduct of Sandusky.
 Among other findings, the experts determined that the conclusions of the Freeh
 Report  are "based on raw speculation and unsupported opinion -- not facts and
 In  fact,  Sollers said, "It isn't  a little wrong  on the minor issues. It is
 totally wrong on the most critical issues. That the (Penn State) Board and the
 NCAA  relied on  this report,  without appropriate  review or  analysis, is  a
 miscarriage of justice."
 The report said Freeh failed to conduct interviews with most key witnesses and
 those  that did speak did so anonymously and not under oath, which would never
 happen in a legal proceeding.
 Thornburgh   said  the   Freeh  Report's  factual  findings  are  limited  and
 incomplete,  and  that its observations  as to  Joe Paterno are unreliable and
 Dr.  Berlin  concluded that Paterno would  not have participated in a cover-up
 just,  as the  Freeh Report  had  stated, 'to  avoid the  consequences of  bad
 According to Clemente, Freeh's investigation was doomed from the start because
 it began with the wrong assumptions.
 Freeh issued a response to the Paterno family's report later Sunday  and stood
 by his investigation.
 "The  self-serving report  the Paterno family has issued today does not change
 the  facts established in the Freeh Report or alter the conclusions reached in
 the Freeh Report," Freeh said in a statement.
 "During  the investigation,  we contacted Mr. Paterno's attorney in an attempt
 to  interview  Mr. Paterno. Although  Mr. Paterno was  willing to speak with a
 news  reporter and  his biographer at that  time, he elected not to speak with
 us.  We also asked Mr. Paterno's attorney to provide us with any evidence that
 he  and his  client felt  should be  considered. The  documents provided  were
 included in our report.
 "I stand by our conclusion that four of the most powerful people at Penn State
 failed  to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a
 Paterno's  widow, Sue Paterno, issued a letter to former Penn State players on
 Friday,  saying the  family's goal was not specifically to restore the coach's
 legacy, but most importantly to gain a full record of what happened.
 02/10 14:37:41 ET