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Penn State Scandal: Freeh Probe Is Bigger Than Joe Paterno, According To Report

Yahoo's Dan Wetzel is reporting a contrary account that the upcoming Penn State sanctioned probe into the Jerry Sandusky scandal by former F.B.I. Director Louis Freeh will focus primarily on Joe Paterno and the Penn State football program. According to Wetzel's sources, the probe is focused on addressing Penn State as a whole:

... "everyone" is going to be under a harsh microscope, leaving multiple parties across the athletic department and university as a whole open to blame for a series of missteps and failures regarding the university's handling of allegations of sexual assault made against Sandusky...

The focus, compounded by leaked emails between university administrators to media outlets, has been on Paterno and his specific knowledge of the sexual assaults Sandusky has now been convicted of, as well as any actions he might have taken to prevent or alter potential police involvement, as well as when.

Wetzel's sources indicate that the report is far more wide-reaching and detailed, focusing on everything from university policies on sexual assault and crime for non-students to police procedures from Penn State law enforcement:

One university employee interviewed by investigators described the questioning as "annoyingly thorough," with little of it dealing specifically with Paterno or the football program.

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