New PSU trustees speak out for suit against NCAA

The three new members of the Penn State Board of Trustees spoke out today in support of a lawsuit to overturn the NCAA sanctions against the school — and for a review of the Freeh report on which the penalties were based.

Ted Brown, Barbara Doran and William Oldsey issued a joint statement saying they “fully support the legal claims filed against the NCAA by our Trustee colleagues Al Clemens, Ryan McCombie, Peter Khoury, Anthony Lubrano and Adam Taliaferro.”

The three believe the NCAA breached its obligations to treat the university fairly and in accordance with the organization’s own constitution and bylaws. They called on fellow board members to conduct “an open and thorough review” of the Freeh report that they deemed “seriously flawed and incomplete.”

The report, which served as the basis for the NCAA sanctions, accused top university leaders of having covered up child-sexual-abuse allegations against assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, now in prison.

“There are those who suggest that we should move on and accept the NCAA sanctions as imposed, and we respect their views and commitment to Penn State,” the statement said. “But to do that would not be in the long-term interest of this great University and the broader Penn State community. We firmly believe that truth and justice should never fear an open hearing and review – whether in the courts or before the Board of Trustees.”