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"The only downside for us is if the message isn’t ‘heard’ and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it," said Spanier’s email, dated Feb. 27, 2001. "The approach you outline is humane and a reasonable way to proceed."
Spanier has denounced the Freeh report as "full of factual errors," asserting it took the email out of context and "jumps to conclusions that are untrue and unwarranted." Penn State accepted the conclusions of the report, which the NCAA used as the basis for leveling severe penalties against Penn State, including a $60 million fine, a multi-year bowl ban and a reduction in athletic scholarships.
Penn State is paying the legal bills of Spanier, Curley and Schultz under an indemnity policy for trustees and officers. Spanier has also retained the title of president emeritus. La Torre, the Penn State spokesman, said Spanier is contractually entitled to it.
In a July 23 letter, the once-powerful and nationally regarded president lamented that his reputation has been "profoundly damaged." He asked the board of trustees for an audience so he could give his side.
So far, he’s gotten no response.
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