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Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 07/09/2012

Penn State scandal: Thoughts on the latest developments

I’ve been asked about my opinion of the leaked e-mails that seem to further implicate former Penn State administrators Tim Curley, Gary Schultz and Graham Spanier — along with former football coach Joe Paterno — in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

My advice: Let’s wait until the final report by former FBI director Louis Freeh is released before jumping to any conclusions.

First off, I was shocked that any e-mails were released at all, this being such a critical and high-profile situation. Don’t these e-mails clearly compromise the integrity of this investigation? How can anyone take this investigation seriously when it struggles to keep its findings secret until they are ready to be released?

I’m a chess player. One of the key components in chess is to attempt to be deceptive: If a player can draw an opponent’s attention away from the true attack or defense, he has gained a strategic advantage. Sometimes that means giving up a stronghold on the board to gain that advantage. It’s clear to me that such tactics are at play here in the e-mail leaks.

The information in these e-mails — that Curley changed his mind about reporting a 2001 allegation against Sandusky after talking to Paterno — is very compelling, but why is the public seeing one piece of evidence before the entire report is released?

I’m thinking these e-mails were leaked to draw attention away from what could be a very ho-hum final report. It seems like with Sandusky being convicted and civil suits on the way, the university is looking to isolate the blame. After all, assigning blame to individuals is easier than doing so to an entire institution. So one isolated piece of evidence released now can influence how the public will receive the final report when it’s eventually released.

It makes me wonder: Are any Penn State trustees implicated in this report being compiled by Freeh? If all of this information has been around for years, where were they? Tom Corbett failed to bring allegations against Sandusky when he was state attorney general all those years ago; now, he is the governor of Pennsylvania and a member of the Penn State Board of Trustees. I would assume an entire section of this report will be dedicated to discussing his role in the matter.

Coaches always said in the meeting rooms that if you see something on the field that’s beyond the norm, it means the other team is trying to trick us and that we should be on guard to “smell a rat.”

The same applies here. There are too many pieces missing for this to be an open-and-shut situation, especially with how information already has been offered up so carelessly or strategically. Either way, it sends up a red flag.

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