Jerry Sandusky Investigation: Penn State, Big Ten Release Statements

The landing page for Penn State's athletic website, GoPSUSports.com, now has a statement from Acting Director of Athletics Mark Sherburne expressing sympathy for the children abused by former football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and outrage that Sandusky had broken the trust of parents, students and alumni.

"The Penn State athletics family is devastated by the details in the Grand Jury presentment. Our hearts go out to the children involved and their families," the statement reads.

"Every day we are entrusted with the lives of young people, and we do not -- nor have we ever -- taken that trust lightly. We are outraged that a valued trust has been broken. We can promise that we are doing everything in our power to restore that broken trust."

 

Additionally, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany issued a statement Wednesday saying:

"The entire situation is so sad. There is anger, confusion, and heartache on the part of many. First and foremost, our hearts go out to all those whose lives have been negatively impacted by this series of events, particularly the young victims and their families.

We hear new information on an hourly basis and recognize that there is still much to be determined. We will wait until the Board of Trustees draws its final conclusions on personnel matters before commenting on such matters ourselves.

Additionally, the Board is appointing a Special Committee to undertake a full investigation of the circumstances that gave rise to the Grand Jury report, and the Grand Jury investigation is ongoing. We will wait until these two entities have drawn their conclusions before we draw any of our own on the investigation and therefore have no further comment at this time."

-- For developing coverage on the Penn State scandal, visit our StoryStream.

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