Notre Dame's reaction to Penn State scandal

Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick says there are definitely lessons to be learned from the Penn State scandal.

In a 267 page report issued Thursday morning, Penn State's highest officials including former coach Joe Paterno are accused of concealing sex abuse committed on campus by now convicted former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky.

NewsCenter 16's Jeff Jeffers sat down with Swarbrick to discuss a number of topics Thursday morning. At the time, Swarbrick had not read the Penn State report and was unable to speak about the specifics. But he was able to speak about the scandal in general terms to how it affects Notre Dame.

"The lesson for me from the Penn State situation and I talk to our staff about all the time is do we have a culture built here that if someone saw something that was wrong would they feel comfortable coming forward and saying something," Swarbrick explained.

"Everyday we try and reinforce that message that if you see something that's a miss here, we want to know about it--in any aspect of our program. I hope we have that culture. I think we do."

Swarbrick says that mentality starts with the principles that define Notre Dame and are passed down throughout the university starting with President Father John Jenkins.


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