STATE COLLEGE -- A group of alumni and others with ties to Penn State issued a report Thursday critical of the Freeh report that detailed the university's response to complaints that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had been behaving inappropriately with children.
Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship said its review of the Freeh report turned up "failures" involving lack of disclosure, witnesses who were not interviewed and a supposed lack of evidence to back up conclusions about senior university administrators.
The 57-page report said the university should have examined the role of state and local government officials and Sandusky's charity, The Second Mile. It also said the approach led by former FBI director and federal judge Louis Freeh was incomplete and produced a "grossly flawed" report.
It said the criminal investigations and prosecutions related to Sandusky made it impossible for Freeh's team to interview some critical figures.
"The Freeh report should have acknowledged that it was impossible and advised the university that a further investigation would be appropriate once the criminal proceedings were closed and additional witnesses could be interviewed," the group's new study concluded.
The group said it's "outrageous" that the Freeh report claims that former university president Graham Spanier, former football coach Joe Paterno, former vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley repeatedly concealed critical facts about Sandusky to avoid bad publicity.
A spokesman for the Freeh Group, Tom Davies, declined immediate comment.
Penn State commissioned the Freeh study, which focused on how university administrators handled complaints about Sandusky showering with boys in 1998 and 2001, incidents that both contributed to Sandusky's criminal convictions in June.
Sandusky, 68, was found guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and awaits sentencing that will almost certainly send him to state prison for the rest of his life.
Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship describes itself as an organization of alumni, students, supporters and friends of the university.