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Penn State addresses Freeh report in wake of Paterno family's critique

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 10, 2013 12:33 PM

(State College) -- Penn State says the school's investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal by former FBI director Louis Freeh was intended to fix shortcomings in governance and compliance to make sure failures don't happen again.

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The university released a statement Sunday after Joe Paterno's family unveiled a response to Freeh's findings in July. Freeh accused Paterno and three former administrators of covering up allegations against ex-assistant coach Sandusky. 

The NCAA cited the findings in levying unprecedented sanctions on the football program.

The school says it was "understandable and appreciated that people will draw their own conclusions and opinions from the facts uncovered in the Freeh report.''

Freeh made 119 recommendations to strengthen policies. The majority have been implemented, according to Penn State, and the process should be completed by year's end.

Here is Penn State's entire statement:

"In November 2011, the Penn State Board of Trustees appointed former FBI director and federal Judge Louis Freeh to conduct an independent investigation of the University's response to the allegations of sexual abuse committed by former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The goal of this investigation was to uncover facts and identify where failures occurred in the University's governance and compliance structure and to make recommendations to help ensure that such failures never happen again. This was an internal investigation into Penn State's response to the allegations.

It was not within the scope of Judge Freeh's engagement to review the actions, motives or functions of entities outside of our University community. This was an internal investigation into Penn State's response to the allegations, and that is how the University has utilized the report.

As a result of the investigation, 119 recommendations were made to Penn State in areas such as safety and governance. To date, the University has implemented a majority of those recommendations, which are helping to make the University stronger and more accountable. The University intends to implement substantially all of the Freeh recommendations by the end of 2013.

It is understandable and appreciated that people will draw their own conclusions and opinions from the facts uncovered in the Freeh report."

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