Freeh Report

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s findings about the Penn State-Sandusky scandal were released today. In a 267 page document, followed by a press conference, Freeh cited total disregard by the leaders of Penn State and the football program.

Another aspect of the scandal is the teams that were being produced by Penn State University at the time of Sandusky’s acts. From 1998-1999 the Nittany Lions were ranked 17th and 11th at the end of those two seasons. The 2000 NFL Draft opened with The Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins taking Penn State defensive teammates Courtney Brown And Lavar Arrington.

In 1999, the Nittany Lions underachieved in Jerry Sandsuky’s last season as the defensive coordinator; he was re-hired on an emergency basis by Joe Paterno. Penn State was the Pre-Season #2 team in America according to USA Today and started the season 9-0, before losing 3 of their last 4. They would finish that season 10-3 with a 24-0 win over Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl.   Sandusky was named assistant coach of the year in 99′ and orchestrated championship defenses in 82 & 86.

What does this speak to the idea the University wanted to stay away from bad press?

Was the Football program more important than the child’s safety in the eyes of administrators?