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Freeh Report: State College Residents, Penn State Students Expecting Cover-up and Some Clarity

by on July 11, 2012 4:14 PM

The release of Louis Freeh's independent investigation into the failings of Penn State administrators and former football coach Joe Paterno's role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal is set for Thursday morning.

Several leaks have given Penn State fans, students and State College natives a glimpse into what may come when the Freeh report finally is released online at 9 a.m., followed by a news conference in Philadelphia at 10.

For many around town, the future of Penn State's football and overall reputation are very much at stake, as is Paterno's legacy.

"It's going to be hard," said David Bryan, of State College. "The report could come out and blow the lid off of what we've come to know as Penn State. Obviously, a lot of good has come out of the university, but the Freeh report could hurt a lot of people besides those who are responsible.

"I'm just hoping for clarity."

"I think we're going to find out that some people covered it up," said Kelly Brown, a Penn State student. "I think JoePa told the truth, I hope he did."

"I think it's going to confirm Joe didn't know how to use email," Penn State student Maddy Pryor said. "I don't know that those leaked emails meant that he was covering anything up.

"We'll have a better idea soon."

While the Freeh report does not mark the end of the Penn State scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was found guilty last month on 45 charges related to child sex abuse.

Many are hoping the release of the Freeh report will mark the start of a healing process for a community that has been shaken by perhaps the biggest college football scandal in history.

"I know that it won't end tomorrow," said Shannon Hixon, of State College. "But I hope that some truth will come out and we can start to get back to normal around here."

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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