At least 22 Penn State Board of Trustees members participated in a wide-ranging strategy session Tuesday night during a private conference call, discussing how to prepare for a potentially explosive report to be released Thursday morning by the Freeh Group, sources said. The report is expected to reveal whether former football coach Joe Paterno and Penn State officials failed to investigate and attempted to hide decade-old allegations that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was a child molester.
Sources said the 30-minute, unadvertised conference call, was led by Board of Trustees chairwoman Karen Peetz and focused on how the board plans to react to the internal report's public release Thursday by Louis J. Freeh, who was hired by the board to investigate the Sandusky matter. Trustees have a regularly scheduled meeting in Scranton, Penn., at the same time the Freeh report will be released.
However, several sources said a special committee of the board of trustees, chaired by trustee Ken Frazier, has received periodic updates by the Freeh Group during its eight-month investigation that has interviewed more than 400 witnesses. One source with knowledge of the updates said that one trustee who has received these updates told several fellow trustees that the Freeh Group's report will be "a very broadly based report that will be very harsh in a lot of areas -- Paterno, the governance issue for the board of trustees and the administration, and the athletics program ... everyone is going to get hammered."