At PSU, some healing - but not over Freeh report

Monday, July 8, 2013

Pennsylvania State University trustee Keith Eckel says attitudes toward him and his fellow board members seem to have softened. He no longer gets death threats.

"We're gradually moving forward," the Lackawanna County farmer said. One year ago, former FBI Director Louis Freeh released the results of an inquiry intended to provide a full and factual account of how the leaders of Pennsylvania's largest university handled the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse crisis.

School administrators and Penn State backers hoped it would be a platform on which the school could unite, heal, and go ahead.

Instead, the Freeh report incensed alumni already upset by the abrupt dismissal of revered football coach Joe Paterno in November 2011, fueling what has become a ceaseless barrage of criticism aimed at the board.

Trustees could face more protest when they meet at the Fayette County campus Friday, the anniversary of the report's publication.

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