"They're covering everything -- protocol, procedures, processes," said one university employee who was interviewed by Freeh's group. The source declined to be named because of a confidentiality agreement, the newspaper reported Sunday.
Of particular interest to investigators was an incident about five years ago that degenerated into a brawl involving as many as two dozen Nittany Lions players who had allegedly crashed an off-campus party. Despite a reportedly sharp debate between university officials and the athletic department, none of the players ever missed a game, the Inquirer said.
Paterno's influence over the university administration became a topic of public discussion after Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator, was arrested last year on sexual abuse charges that included allegations he assaulted young boys in a team locker room. Paterno, who has since died, said he relayed a report to university officials. Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts last month.
The Freeh report is due this summer and could be released as early as this week, a source told the Inquirer.