PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

President Barron “Not A Fan” of the Freeh Report

President Eric Barron made perhaps his most definitive statement on the Freeh report to date in an exclusive interview with the Associated Press today, saying that he is “not a fan of the report.”

“There’s no doubt in my mind, Freeh steered everything as if he were a prosecutor trying to convince a court to take the case,” Barron said, adding that Freeh “very clearly paints a picture about every student, every faculty member, every staff member and every alum. And it’s absurd. It’s unwarranted. So from my viewpoint the Freeh report is not useful to make decisions.”

The Freeh report, of course, not only implicated former President Graham Spanier, Athletic Director Tim Curley, VP for Finance & Business Gary Schultz, and Joe Paterno in a calculated coverup of child sexual abuse, but it implicated the entire culture at Penn State as the reason for the concealment. That report — and Freeh’s reputation — have come under intense scrutiny since he released the report, which most people paying attention to this story would say makes some significant reaches in logic. However, this is the first time anyone from the President’s Office at Penn State (or any of Penn State’s leaders in general) has publicly criticized the report. Former President Rodney Erickson, as well as Board of Trustees leadership, have refused to refute any of the report’s conclusions in the time since it was released.

“Unfortunately, there are a lot of shoes that have to drop. You could argue that public opinion has found us guilty before the criminal trials,” Barron continued. “There’s no doubt in my mind what was completely and totally wrong was the notion that this entire alumni base, our students, our faculty, our staff, got the blame for what occurred.”

Barron’s position on the Freeh report has remained somewhat guarded before today. The AP interview comes only two days after a Daily Collegian profile quoted him as saying “The Freeh report, I don’t think, has a great deal of significance for the institution at this point in time.” Barron has previously pledged to conduct a thorough review of the Freeh report himself, but has remained silent on its progress.

Barron also weighed in on the now nullified NCAA sanctions in the AP interview today, saying that the NCAA overreached in its decision to sanction the football team (also something his predecessor and Board leadership have refused to do).

“I think it’s increasingly clear that none of the things that transpired had any impact on the field,” Barron said. “And therefore I think almost universally, people say, well, those teams win those games. I think it’s equally clear that in almost every instance we pay a penalty if we don’t follow a process. And the NCAA stepped out of their process.”

Kudos to President Barron for saying something that no one in Old Main has had the courage to say in three years.

 

About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

Comments

More by Kevin

Hometown Brewery Releases Beer Honoring Evan Pugh

Penn State’s first president Evan Pugh was born in 1828 at Jordan Bank Farm, three miles south of the city center of Oxford, Pennsylvania, an hour west of Philadelphia in Chester County. One-hundred eighty-nine years later, an Oxford brewery is honoring one of the preeminent champions of “liberal and practical” higher education in the form of a delicious Porter.

Penn State Basketball Downs Colgate 72-59 In Front of Thanksgiving Eve Crowd

Why Honoring Paterno Still Matters

Athletics

North Dakota Interested In Playing Against Penn State Hockey In Nashville

North Dakota is working towards an agreement that will see its hockey team play against Penn State in Nashville during the 2020-21 season.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend