Sources: Paterno family to release counter Freeh report Sunday

Centre Daily TimesFebruary 8, 2013 

The family of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will release a report countering the Freeh Report, which claimed Paterno covered up allegations of child sex abuse against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Sources close to the case said the counter report — upward of 180 pages — was commissioned by the Paterno family and will be released and discussed on the “Outside the Lines” program on ESPN at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

The report is expected to challenge former FBI director Louis Freeh’s tactics, alleging that he ignored information during his investigation, sources told the Centre Daily Times. ESPN airs locally on Comcast Channel 17.

The report was generated by a “national prominent team of experts,” one of the sources said, and discusses all of the Freeh charges point by point. The source said the report is “extremely comprehensive.”

Paterno was fired after the a grand jury indictment against Sandusky in November 2011. Paterno died from complications related to lung cancer the following January.

His family has maintained his innocence in the Sandusky matter and has gone on the offensive, beginning its own investigation into the handling of the Sandusky child sex abuse case in order to exonerate Paterno.

Sandusky is serving what amounts to a life sentence in state prison after being found guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse over 15 years, including while he was an assistant coach at Penn State on Paterno’s staff.

Penn State was hit with NCAA sanctions following Sandusky’s trial and the release of the Freeh report. The penalties included a $60 million fine, a loss of scholarships and the vacating of football wins from 1998 through 2011.

An interview with Paterno’s wife, Sue, will air Monday on “Katie,” the ABC show hosted by Katie Couric.

Couric interviewed Sue Paterno at her State College home in January and again this week, sources said.

Sue Paterno is expected to also appear on the Monday’s show. “Katie” airs locally at 3 p.m. on WATM (Comcast Channel 5).

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