A report on the Penn State scandal being released on Thursday has a group of university supporters wondering if the internal investigation will provide enough answers. Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship issued a comprehensive checklist detailing the group's concerns. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship know exactly what they want from the report released on Thursday by former FBI director an federal judge Louis Freeh.
University Trustees asked Freeh to head an internal investigation into the handling of molestation accusations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The report comes out on Thursday at 9 a.m. on the internet, followed by a 10 a.m. news conference in Philadelphia.
The Penn State group was formed in the days after the Sandusky case began to unfold. Sandusky was convicted last month on 45 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 boys.
In a news release on Wednesday the PSU supporters stated the group “expected the Freeh Report to answer the specific questions of: what happened, how did it happen and why did it happen.” Instead, they said Freeh conducted “a wide-ranging investigation into matters totally unrelated to Jerry Sandusky's behavior.”
“To that end, the organization has developed a comprehensive checklist of information that we not only expect -- but demand -- to be covered in the report, in order for it to be considered a credible, valid summary of the case, up to this point in time,” said the statement. “Additionally, we recognize and believe in the absolute necessity to complete the judicial process before any final conclusions can be reached."
The checklist of questions covers details about Sandusky’s university employment and retirement package, along with questions about other Penn State leaders and staff and their roles in the Sandusky case, including former assistant football coach Mike McQueary, Joe Paterno, who died months after being fired, former Penn State president Graham Spanier, The Second Mile, the Board of Trustees and more.
Read the full Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship Checklist here.