Penn State president Rodney Erickson joined other state-related school leaders Thursday at the state Capitol for the annual higher education appropriations hearing, where some state lawmakers took the opportunity to pepper him with questions about the Freeh report that followed the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.
They didn't get very far.
Erickson spoke at length to answer many questions, but the Penn State president was evasive on some of the questions that dealt with the school's quick acceptance of the Freeh report.
State Senator Jake Corman (R-Centre) asked Erickson if he thought the school should substantiate the accuracy of the report. Erickson dodged the question.
“I think it's appropriate that we let the investigative and the judicial process take its course, with all due respect, Mr. Chairman,” Erickson said.
Corman seemed a bit frustrated when he responded.
“I'm not going to push you for response if this is where your comfort level is,” he said, “but when Penn State decided to release this report without any review or due diligence, it already entered into the fray, so to speak.”
Corman is a Penn State alumnus and the main campus is in his district. He's been critical of the way the school responded to the Freeh report.