When the Freeh Report came out I remember watching Fox News (please spare me the anti-Fox stuff, that isn't the point) and they had two people discussing the Freeh Report. One of the guests, who was not related to Penn State, said that if he were a PSU BoT member, he would have not even released this report. His reasoning? The general public will be unable to separate the average PSU grad, whom are competing for jobs in this tough economy, from Sandusky, Paterno, et. al. He also said it could directly damage the university for a similar reason. Obviously the Freeh Report was the major thing that lead to NCAA sanctions against the football program.
If you were a BoT member, whose job it was to protect the university, whether it be from the alumni and students themselves or the irrational public, would you have released the Freeh Report in hindsight? While everyone wanted to know the truth, and no one trusted the BoT, I think in retrospect, the BoT should have reviewed it to make PSU not look quite as bad. I don't mean leave out the truth or anything, but Freeh used some harsh language in the summary especially and I think it gave many people a skewed idea. I realize that a lot of you think the BoT is trying to blame it all on Paterno, but I think that the BoT, like me, thinks that the better Paterno looked, the better PSU looked, so that would be unlikely.