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Former NCAA Chair Admits to Not Reading Freeh Report Prior to Sanctioning Penn State

by and on January 15, 2015 3:20 PM

The NCAA received another serious blow to its credibility today.

In court documents filed Thursday in the Paterno lawsuit, Oregon State President and then-NCAA Executive Committee Chairman Ed Ray admitted to not actually reading the Freeh Report — the entire basis for the NCAA sanctions — prior to sanctioning Penn State in 2012.

In his testimony in the Paterno Family’s ongoing case, Ray said he was unaware that he needed to prep for anything related to the Freeh Report before the organization’s executive board met to discuss possible sanctions on the University.

Instead, Ray spent time in Hawaii where he was unable to read the entire report. Ray said he returned on the 19th or 20th and approved the consent decree on the 21st without actually reading the report that was the basis of those sanctions.

It’s worth noting that the entire Freeh report was viewable and downloadable online for the entirety of Ray’s trip and two days before.

“So I may have looked at the executive summary when it came out, and certainly read press accounts, but I don’t believe I read or was able to download and get a copy of the full report until after I got back, which was about the time of the press conference [announcing the Consent Decree], or something shortly thereafter,” Ray said to Wick Sollers, the Paterno family lawyer.

Ray’s complete testimony, included in a footnote, is below:


The entire filing — which objects to subpoenas issued by the NCAA — can be found below.

Paterno vs Ncaa Motion to Overrule Defendant Ncaas Objections to Issuance of Subpoenas

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Ted Hozza writes for Onward State. He's also a Penn State student majoring in Community, the Environment, and Development.
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