Monday, December 22, 2014

More Bad News at Penn State

Internal investigators are looking at ways administrators may have intervened in disciplinary action against football players.

More Bad News at Penn State

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  The ongoing Freeh investigation at Penn State has moved beyond the university's handling -- or mishandling -- of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

According to a reprot in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the investigators are focusing on how former president Graham Spanier and the university's general counsel Wendell Courtney may have interefered in disciplinary actions aginst players on Joe Paterno's football teams.  

 The Chronicle interviewed one ex-PSU administrator who had been questioned for four hours by the Freeh team. That person, who requested anonymity, had turned over emails that "describe steps the two men took to protect players". 

 If true, such interference would be further evidence that Penn State football was not the model of probity most assumed.  

 By all accounts, the internal investigators have nearly finished with their probe, having interviewed more than 400 persons. A report on the findings has been promised before the start of the fall semester.

Frank Fitzpatrick Inquirer Sports Columnist
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Reporter Frank Fitzpatrick, a 2001 Pulitzer Prize finalist, is covering his eighth Olympic Games and has yet to win a medal in anything except caffeine consumption. He has also been the beat writer for the Phillies, Eagles and Penn State football.

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