Penn State Freeh Report Assailed as 'Blundering' by School's Ex-President


Troubling, however, is a series of emails and conversations between Spanier, Curley and Schultz in 2001.

According to notes from a meeting dated Feb. 25, the three men agreed that they would ban Sandusky from bringing children on campus, inform the Second Mile children's charity which Sandusky founded, and alert the Department of Welfare.

However, between Feb. 27 and 28 after "talking it over with [head football coach] Joe [Paterno]," Curley emailed the men proposing they do not inform the authorities and instead try to get Sandusky "professional help," the Freeh report states.

Spanier agreed to that plan. However, he noted that by not bringing the accusations to police they would be "vulnerable for not having reported it."

When asked about this email today, Spanier's lawyer Jack Reilly, said only Spanier could explain them in context.

The sex abuse scandal rocked Penn State and its celebrated football program, leading to the dismissal of Paterno, Schultz and Curley and a demotion for Spanier.

Paterno died soon after losing his job. Based on the Free Report's findings, the NCAA stripped the school's football programs of its wins under Paterno.

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