Reaction to Freeh Report

STATEMENT FROM NCAA VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS BOB WILLIAMS

“Like everyone else, we are reviewing the final report for the first time today. As President Emmert wrote in his November 17th letter to Penn State President Rodney Erickson and reiterated this week, the university has four key questions, concerning compliance with institutional control and ethics policies, to which it now needs to respond. Penn State’s response to the letter will inform our next steps, including whether or not to take further action. We expect Penn State’s continued cooperation in our examination of these issues.”

STATEMENT FROM BIG TEN CONFERENCE COMMISSIONER JIM DELANY

“The Big Ten Conference continues to monitor the investigative and adjudicatory processes associated with the Penn State matter and is prepared to review the report scheduled to be released on Thursday by Judge Louis Freeh and his law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP.

“As we have said from the beginning, the conference will reserve judgment until all information surrounding the various proceedings is made available. Various federal, state and other investigations, including the grand jury investigation, are still ongoing, certain criminal trials have yet to begin, and key principals have yet to testify.

“The unprecedented nature of these circumstances requires a prudent, thoughtful and patient review. Until the record is complete and has been thoroughly reviewed by our Presidents and Chancellors, we do not anticipate commenting further.”

STATEMENT FROM OHIO STATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR GENE SMITH

“I have deep sorrow for the victims in this case. It is beyond unfortunate. Cases like this should cause everyone to pause and learn how to prevent this from happening.

“Creating an environment where everyone is empowered to communicate, share and report any incident, real or perceived is important.”

(Gene Smith statement provided by Associated Press reporter Rusty Miller.)

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