STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The lawyer for the late Joe Paterno says his family was surprised and saddened by a report by Penn State trustees that cited a “failure of leadership” for the longtime football coach’s ouster.

Wick Sollers says in a statement that the board’s report Monday was another attempt to “deflect criticism of their leadership by trying to focus the blame on Joe Paterno.”

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Paterno was fired Nov. 9, days after retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child sex abuse charges. The board found that while Paterno fulfilled a legal obligation to relay an employee’s accusation of witnessing alleged abuse, it said Paterno should have done more.

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Sollers said the latest statement reaffirms that the board did not conduct its own thorough investigation and engaged in a rush to judgment.

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