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Monday, March 4, 2013

Senator: Penn State, Board of Trustees
Should Seek Amendment to Consent Decree

HARRISBURG, March 4, 2013 - - State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) released the following statement regarding his dialogue with Pennsylvania Secretary of Education and Penn State Board of Trustees member Ronald Tomalis about the University’s response to the Sandusky scandal at today’s Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing.

“We’ve heard from the governor and many others that the Freeh report is incomplete at best, and at worst, fundamentally flawed. The Freeh report has cost the university in excess of $80 million to date and by some estimates that total will exceed $150 million – an extraordinary amount of money for an incomplete report that lacked subpoena power and had no access to key witnesses.”

“It has been reported that the NCAA did not identify a single rule that Penn State violated, and instead, accepted the Freeh report as the conclusive document on the Sandusky scandal. The NCAA’s ill-conceived acceptance and use of the report’s vague conclusions to base the incredibly harsh sanctions on was unfair and should be challenged by the Board of Trustees.”

“I believe that it is the responsibility of Penn State University and the Board of Trustees to immediately address the serious shortcomings of the Freeh report and to seek an amendment to the consent decree with the NCAA to remove or reduce all sanctions against Penn State University.”

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