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Jay Paterno: 'We've Never Been Afraid of the Truth' Regarding Freeh Report

by on July 12, 2012 8:00 AM

Former Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno appeared on NBC Today’s show Thursday morning, less than two hours before the long-awaited Freeh report is set to be released online at 9 a.m.

Jay, who writes two columns a month for, is anxious to see what is revealed in the eight-month investigation.

"We have never at any time been afraid of what people have had to say," said Paterno, who interviewed with the Freeh team back in December. "But again, this investigation is just one opinion, it’s one piece of the puzzle.

"So we have to read it this morning just like everybody else at 9 o'clock and go from there. Like I said, we’ve never been afraid of the truth. So let’s have the truth come out and go from there."

The results of Penn State’s internal investigation into the Sandusky scandal are set to be released Thursday in a report that should answer many of the troubling questions swirling around one of the worst scandals in sports history.

Among them is whether former football coach Joe Paterno had too much power at Penn State. Jay Paterno said he did not think his father was contacted by the Freeh team. Joe Paterno died Jan. 22 because of complications from lung cancer treatments.

"We were certainly more than willing, our attorneys were more than willing to talk to them and give them any information," Jay Paterno said. "We just wanted a thorough investigation ... that's all Joe wanted."

Added Paterno: "I think any suggestion about the culture of football at Penn State, you have to look at the facts in the situation. We graduate our student-athletes in football at a higher rate than the students in general at Penn State.

"There was a commitment to academic and athletic excellence in that order. Joe Paterno was willing to bench players that were eligible to send a message to his players.

"Joe Paterno was the first person to say to us 'we are a part of the university, just part of it. We're a football program and this is an academic institution.' And Joe believed that very fervently."

Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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