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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Thank you for the news story “PSU professors join suit against NCAA” (May 31 and, which highlights something that most reporting on the Paterno family's lawsuit against the NCAA has missed. The lawsuit is not primarily about overturning sanctions. The deepest motivation is to find the truth about what happened at Penn State.

The Freeh report does not support its conclusion that there was a cover-up motivated by a culture that worshipped football. (In fact, all objective evidence indicates the opposite — that Penn State athletes have always been held to the highest academic standards.) To address any wrongs and move past the scandal, the Penn State community needs to understand the events surrounding Jerry Sandusky's abuse of children and take any steps needed to prevent this from ever happening again.

It serves no useful purpose if a conclusion is prematurely and inaccurately accepted — how, then, can there be any genuine solution? For this reason, many thousands in the Penn State family are working toward finding the truth. This lawsuit against the NCAA is one important step in that direction.

Alice Pope

Brooklyn, N.Y.

The writer earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Penn State.

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