Tim Curley's testimony that he and he alone altered a prior reporting plan blows apart Freeh's conclusion that Sandusky would have been reported if not for Paterno's intervention
Former Penn State Athletic Director Timothy Curley testified yesterday that legendary former coach Joe Paterno did not advise him to change anything about a plan that he and Gary Schultz developed in response to the 2001 report of Sandusky showering with a boy.
Curley's testimony refutes former FBI Director Louis Freeh's "reasonable conclusion" that Paterno changed the plan.
Freeh's conclusion was based on an unauthenticated email in which Curley purported wrote:
"After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday -- I am uncomfortable with what we had agreed were the next steps."
Freeh leaped to the conclusion that Paterno was responsible for convincing Curley to not report Sandusky to authorities. In a nationwide press conference Freeh stated:
"Based on the evidence, the only known, intervening factor between the decision made on February 25, 2001 by Messrs. Spanier, Curley and Schulz to report the incident to the Department of Public Welfare, and then agreeing not to do so on February 27th, was Mr. Paterno’s February 26th conversation with Mr. Curley."
Curley's testimony adds to the evidence of that the Freeh Report was incomplete and inaccurate.
The Freeh Report formed the basis for harsh penalties levied against the Penn State University football program including a fine, probation, reduction of scholarships, and the vacating of all wins from 1998 to 2011.
Former University President Rodney Erickson solely decided to remove Joe Paterno's statue outside Beaver Stadium in response to Freeh's report.
Undoubtedly, Curley's testimony provides additional leverage for the plaintiffs in the Paterno v. NCAA case.