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Paterno reported the information to his superior(s) pursuant to his understanding of university protocol and relied upon them to investigate and report as appropriate,” the family’s analysis said.

Paterno’s widow, Sue, broke her silence Friday in a letter to hundreds of former players informing them of the report’s impending release.

“The Freeh report failed and if it is not challenged and corrected, nothing worthwhile will have come from these tragic events,” Mrs. Paterno wrote.

“I had expected to find Louis Freeh had done his usual thorough and professional job,” Thornburgh said in a video posted on paterno.com. “I found the report to be inaccurate in some respects, speculative and unsupported to the record compiled … in short, fundamentally flawed as to the determinations made to the role — if any — Paterno played in any of this.”

Freeh, in his report, said his team conducted 430 interviews and analyzed more than 3.5 million emails and documents. Freeh, a former federal judge, said evidence showed Paterno was involved in an “active agreement to conceal,” and his report cited email exchanges, which referenced Paterno, between administrators about allegations against Sandusky in 1998 and 2001.

According to Thornburgh’s findings, Freeh’s report relied on about 30 documents, including three notes authored by Paterno, and 17 emails. Four emails referenced Paterno — none sent by the octogenarian coach who notoriously shunned modern electronic technology.

Sandusky, 69, was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in October after being convicted last summer of 45 criminal counts. Prosecutors said assaults occurred off and on campus, including the football building.

His arrest in November 2011 triggered the turmoil that led to Paterno’s firing days later. Under pressure, Spanier left as president the same day. Curley was placed on administrative leave, while Schultz retired.

Spanier, Curley and Schultz are awaiting trial on obstruction and conspiracy, among other charges. They have maintained their innocence.

Critics have said that Freeh’s team didn’t speak with key figures including Curley, Schultz and Paterno, who died in January 2012 at age 85. The authors of the emails referenced in Freeh’s report, which included Curley and Schultz, were not interviewed by Freeh, the family’s analysis said.

Spanier spoke to Freeh six days before the report was released July 12.

“They missed so many key people. They didn’t interview most of the key players, with the exception of President Spanier, who at the last minute we brought in and interviewed at a time when frankly the report … was pretty well all prepared,” Thornburgh said on the video.

Freeh said he respected the family’s right to conduct a campaign to “shape the legacy of Joe Paterno” but called the critique self-serving. Paterno’s attorney was contacted for an interview with the coach, he said, and Paterno spoke with a reporter and biographer before his death but not Freeh’s team.

Curley and Schultz also declined numerous requests for interviews, Freeh said. They have been facing criminal charges since November 2011.

Freeh on Sunday cited grand jury testimony by Paterno in 2011 in which Paterno said a graduate assistant relayed to him the 2001 allegation against Sandusky of a “sexual nature” with a child.

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