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Paternos issue report, challenge Freeh's findings

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Joe Paterno and his wife Susan stand on their porch to thank well-wishers gathered outside in State College, Pa., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A new report commissioned by Joe Paterno's family challenges the conclusion by former FBI director Louis Freeh that the late Penn State coach conspired to conceal child sex abuse allegations against retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

An executive summary of the critique released Sunday said the "observations" of Paterno by Freeh in July were unfounded. The team reviewing Freeh's work included former U.S. Attorney General and Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh, who called the report fundamentally flawed and incomplete, resulting in a "rush to injustice."


Joe Paterno's wife Sue has broken her silence more than a year after the Jerry Sandusky scandal to praise her husband, who was fired as the head coach of Penn State's football team. TODAY's Jenna Wolfe reports.

The family released was what billed as an exhaustive response on Paterno.com.

It called Freeh's report a disservice to Paterno, the university community and Sandusky's victims.

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Freeh's findings were cited by the NCAA when college sports' governing body levied unprecedented sanctions against the football program for the Sandusky scandal.