Statement from Penn State and NCAA on Freeh Report

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

The Freeh Report, Judge Louis Freeh's special investigation regarding the actions of Penn State related to Jerry Sandusky, was released on Thursday. Immediately following the release of the 267-page report, both Penn State and the NCAA have issued official statements regarding the findings.

The statement from University leadership and the Board of Trustees stated that they expect a "comprehensive analysis of our policies, procedures and controls related to identifying and reporting crimes and misconduct, including failures or gaps that may have allowed alleged misconduct to go undetected or unreported."

The school is assembling an internal team to review the findings that will include the Board of Trustees, University administrators, and Penn State's legal counsel. They are expected to present their initial response at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

The NCAA's response was similar - it will take some time to digest all 267 pages of the report - but it did put the ball in Penn State's court regarding further action.

"As President [Mark] Emmert wrote in his November 17th letter to Penn State President Rodney Erickson and reiterated this week, the university has four key questions concerning compliance with institutional control and ethics policies, to which it now needs to respond," said Bob Williams, NCAA Vice President of Communications.

"Penn State's response to the letter will inform our next steps, including whether or not to take further action. We expect Penn State's continued cooperation in our examination of these issues."

Those four key questions from Emmert, as stated in his letter nearly eight months ago, cited several NCAA bylaws which may been violated during the school's handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Among them is is NCAA Bylaw 10.1, which identifies different types of unethical conduct.

For more news on the report as it develops, keep it here with the Eye On College Football. If you'd like, you can read the full Freeh Report HERE.

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