When the shocking allegations of child sex abuse came out against Sandusky in Nov. 2011, Penn State had a response. Former FBI director and Judge Louis Freeh was hired to find out how sex crimes went undetected for years.
At 9 a.m. on Thursday, anyone interested can read the Judge Louis Freeh Sandusky Report. Freeh will reveal the findings and recommendations for the university following the Sandusky scandal and trial.
"Judge Freeh is well-known and has the reputation of enormously high integrity, so I think we're all waiting to see it," said Ryan McCombie, a newly-elected alumni trustee, who spoke exclusively to WTAJ Tuesday.
McCombie, a former Navy seal says he's like many trustees eagerly awaiting Freeh's review of Penn State. He spoke to us as he prepared for his first trustees meeting in the Scranton area on Friday. Freeh's investigative team has done more than 400 interviews on an off the University Park campus. McCombie says he has a close eye on Joe Paterno's name.
"Regardless of what the Freeh report or what any other reported investigation [says] it's undeniable what Joe Paterno did for the university and for collegiate athletics and we need to recognize that," he said.
Trustees say the review will be fair and that it has not been tainted. A committee has been reviewing the information presented by Freeh investigators for eight months. Many people on this committee are trustees.
In response to criticism that the university's review will be favorable to the university, Kenneth Frazier, the chair of the Special Investigations Task Force said in Nov. 2011, "we are not investigating ourselves, we are retaining independent counsel to figure out what has happened on this campus and independent counsel will have unfettered access and can reach any conclusion that they want to reach."
Also on Thursday, trustees will respond to the report in Scranton, which is where the trustees are holding their public meeting on Friday.
"There were mistakes made and I'm not yet convinced that there's been a lack of honesty. The board of trustees perhaps did not fulfill it's obligations of governance, but I think it was a lack of information and not for lack of honest and integrity," said McCombie.
Records show that it has cost the university more than $12 million to pay for the investigation and some related legal defense fees.