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Paterno family issues statement in response to sanctions reprieve

Sue Paterno looks at her husband Joe Paterno during the celebration after he win's his 400th game over Northwestern 35-21, November 6, 2010.
Sue Paterno looks at her husband Joe Paterno during the celebration after he win's his 400th game over Northwestern 35-21, November 6, 2010. CDT photo

Today is a great victory for everyone who has fought for the truth in the Sandusky tragedy. The repeal of the consent decree and the return of the wins to the university and Joe Paterno confirm that the NCAA and the board of trustees acted prematurely and irresponsibly in the unprecedented sanctions the NCAA imposed on the university, the players, coaches and the community.

This case should always have been about the pursuit of the truth, not the unjust vilification of the culture of a great institution and the scapegoating of coaches, players and administrators who were never given a chance to defend themselves.

For nearly three years, everyone associated with Penn State has had to bear the mark of shame placed upon the institution by the NCAA. It was a grievously wrong action, precipitated by panic rather than a thoughtful and careful examination of the facts.

Fortunately, through the tenacious efforts of Sen. Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord, a large measure of the wrong has been righted. This is a major victory in our continued pursuit of justice for Penn State. The victims deserve the truth, as do those who have been smeared by the deeply flawed Freeh report, which served as the basis of the actions by the board trustees and Penn State.

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