Penn State President Eric Barron will conduct a “thorough review” of the Freeh report, according to a statement released Saturday afternoon.
The fact that Barron was not present at Penn State when the report was released and questions raised by its findings within the Penn State community led Barron to look into the document, he said.
“I do not want people to believe that Penn State is hiding something,” Barron said in the statement. “I feel strongly about this.”
Barron’s announcement comes on the heels of filings in the lawsuit between state Sen. Jake Corman and the NCAA suggest that there was collaboration between the NCAA and Freeh investigators and that the collegiate athletic sanctioning body bluffed the university into accepting sanctions levied in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
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Trustee Anthony Lubrano, a vocal critic of the Freeh report, agreed with Barron’s decision.
“I am pleased that Dr Barron agrees with the alumni elected trustees,” he said. “I personally have urged such for a very long time.”
An an October meeting, the board voted down a resolution to further investigate the report and passed a resolution to monitor the situation.
Trustee Al Lord had previously made a motion to complete the investigation of the Sandusky scandal that, he said, was started but not finished by the report.