Another Penn State trustee is urging a close look at the Paterno family's critique of a school-sanctioned report by former FBI director Louis Freeh on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Joe Paterno's family says it's encouraged by word that Gov. Tom Corbett is filing a federal lawsuit against the NCAA over its sanctions against Penn State.
The family of the late football coach released a statement Wednesday that says that Corbett "now realizes, as do many others, that there was an inexcusable rush to judgment" in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.
The NCAA imposed a $60 million fine, a multiyear bowl ban and other penalties in the wake of a report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh that concluded Paterno and other Penn State officials covered up abuse reports. The scandal cost Paterno his job two months before his death last January at age 85.
Corbett says he is seeking to get the NCAA sanctions tossed.
A report commissioned by Joe Paterno's family says the late coach did nothing wrong in his handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and portrays the late Hall of Fame coach as the victim of a "rush to injustice" created by former FBI director Louis Freeh's investigation of the case for Penn State.
Joe Paterno's family says it's encouraged by word that Gov. Tom Corbett is filing a federal lawsuit against the NCAA over its sanctions against Penn State.
A year ago, as Jerry Sandusky was awaiting trial, Joe Paterno was telling a reporter he had "no inkling" before 2001 that Sandusky may have been a pedophile and Penn State's recently departed president Graham Spanier faced no criminal charges.
Penn State trustees on Monday released a statement intended to underscore their rationale for his ouster: "failure of leadership" for his actions following a reported sex assault involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky.