STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Trustees of Pennsylvania State College voted Tuesday to reject a resolution to reopen the investigation into how the school handled the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.
The board voted to not to act on an effort from some members, supported by alumni, to reconsider and reject the findings made by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who believes there is no evidence the school attempted to cover up Sandusky's crimes.
Only nine of the 26 voting trustees supported the resolution.
Those who opposed said they did so because they wished to wait out the conclusion of criminal proceedings against former administrators, who face charges including perjury and conspiracy, as well as pending lawsuits filed by some of Sandusky's victims.
"We could not comprehensively evaluate the Freeh Report while these legal proceedings are pending," said trustee Richard Dandrea, a Pittsburgh-area lawyer. "I believe patience is the order of the day."
Had the resolution passed, a subcommittee would have reexamined the two-year-old report and would meet with Freeh. Many alumni, and their representatives on the board, hope to see the report repudiated and football coach Joe Paterno's legacy restored.
"We need to defend Penn State," said alumni-elected board member Anthony Lubrano. "If not now, then when? And certainly, if not us, then who?"