Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Paterno family welcomes reduced sanctions, says NCAA action doesn’t go far enough

The family of late football coach Joe Paterno welcomed the news of the NCAA reducing the sanctions against Penn State, according to a statement released by the family.

But sons Jay and Scott Paterno took to Twitter to share their disappointment that the full slate of sanctions was not reduced.

Joe Paterno was one of the four Penn State leaders identified in the Freeh report and blamed with covering up child abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky. Paterno died seven months before the release of the contentious report, which the family has said does not tell the truth about the legendary coach.

As a result of the Freeh report’s findings, the NCAA deleted all 111 of Paterno’s wins between 1998, when the first Sandusky incident was investigated, and 2011, when the indictment against Sandusky became public.

“Over the last 14 months it has become clear to open minded people that the Freeh (r)eport is deeply flawed and the actions by the NCAA were precipitous and unjust,” the family said in a statement. “This action begins to correct the mistakes of the (b)oard of (t)rustees, Mr. Freeh and the NCAA.”

Jay Paterno lashed out at the NCAA, writing on Twitter: “NCAA gives back SOME PSU scholarships? Why not ALL? ANY football sanctions are still an affront to the truth.”

Scott Paterno had similar sentiments, saying it was a shame that all the sanctions were not dropped.

“It’s great @NCAA made a small step forward,” he wrote.

Scott Paterno also pointed to recent comments made by Sandusky case prosecutor Frank Fina, who said on “60 Minutes Sports” that he found no evidence Joe Paterno was involved in a conspiracy to cover up the allegations.

“As Fina’s statement proves, there is no reason to sanction football — there was no JVP coverup,” Scott Paterno wrote on Twitter, using his father’s initials.

The Paternos are among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NCAA to overturn all the sanctions. The NCAA has asked a judge to throw out the suit, saying the plaintiffs don’t have the legal standing.