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Mitchell to NCAA: Penn St making 'steady progress'

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 1, 2013 at 7:51 pm •  Published: March 1, 2013

Lubrano released a letter Friday night that he sent in January to Erickson in which he explained his unwillingness "to agree to a document merely to satisfy the so-called (NCAA) consent decree that was forced upon" Penn State. He said he believed the university had always subscribed to a "very high standard of ethics and integrity."

Penn State has said it has implemented the majority of the 119 recommendations outlined by Freeh. According to Mitchell, the NCAA and Big Ten have allowed Penn State to bypass five Freeh recommendations that primarily have to do with human resources, upon Mitchell's recommendation.

Sandusky, 69, was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison last fall after being convicted on dozens of criminal counts of child sex abuse, including allegations on campus. He maintains his innocence.

Besides the recommendations, Freeh in his report accused the late Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno and three former administrators of conspiring to cover up allegations against Sandusky. The NCAA cited Freeh's report in punishing Penn State.

Some alumni, students, staffers and other trustees remain angry about how the school handled Freeh's report and the sanctions. The former administrators have vehemently denied the allegations, and Paterno's family last month released a long-awaited response.

The critique commissioned by the family called Freeh's accusations inaccurate and unfounded, resulting in a "rush to injustice."

Lubrano has long been critical of Freeh's findings. This week, trustee Joel Myers also renewed opposition to how the NCAA decided on the unprecedented penalties, and its severity, in a mass email responding to inquiries over the past couple months; the email was also sent to other trustees.

"As I have previously stated on many occasions, I strongly hold that the NCAA should never have implemented sanctions against Penn State based on the Freeh report for many reasons and the report was not commissioned for this purpose," wrote Myers, who cited the questions raised in the Paterno family critique.