July 13th, 2012
05:02 AM ET

Penn State board to meet after scathing report

The beleaguered Penn State University Board of Trustees will meet Friday afternoon, a day after it was named in a scathing report as part of the failures that allowed a longtime sexual predator to prey on boys at the prestigious school.

It was unclear if the internal report will be discussed at the board's regularly scheduled bi-monthly meeting Friday.

The investigation, headed by former FBI director Louis Freeh, found that several university leaders had "empowered" Jerry Sandusky to continue his abuse, while Joe Paterno, the school's legendary head football coach, could have stopped the attacks had he done more.

The report, released Thursday, also held that the board of trustees failed to perform their oversight duties.

Trustee Kenneth Frazier, head of the committee addressing the Sandusky scandal, said on Thursday that the school's board of trustees is "deeply ashamed" of its lack of oversight identified in the report.

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  1. Just Me...

    IMO, It may not have been all of them, but one or two of the board members knew. The whole shameful situation is tragic. Money and power in Happy Valley overshadowed everything. Paterno's love of football made him not want to see the wrong going on around him even after being told. I live in Pa but I'm not a PSU fan. I never really understood all the hype surrounding them. I was rooting for Mr. Paterno but it doesn't appear he was innocent either. Sad, very sad....

    July 13, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. pse

    If a public school teacher failed to report child abuse, she would lose her job. At the university level, the same standard does apply. Everyone is required to report abuse. If the investigation reveals that the report is false, the one who made the report can not be held responsible, because the need to protect children is so critical in a civilized society.
    Penn State officials should all be fired and barred from seeking similar positions elsewhere. They should also lose their pensions dating back to the first report of abuse that was covered up. Everyone involved, deans, professors, coaches who covered up this child abuse are morally deficient. Everyone must learn the importance of protecting children and the consequences of failure to protect children.

    July 13, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    This bloody Board of Trustees should have been discussing the problems back in 1998.
    Miserable fail.

    July 13, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rascal Rabble

    ...probally discussing liability, tort, and reputation issues again...

    July 13, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. maureen

    I doubt the insurance companies will pay any claims n I think the ncaa will impose the death penalty very sad

    July 13, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |