A much anticipated report detailing the Penn State sex abuse scandal is set to be released Thursday morning. And already, Joe Paterno's family is raising red flags about the investigation. The day before the report will be released, the defense teams for two high-ranking Penn State officials will be in Dauphin County court today to discuss the case with the judge.

The defense teams for former athletic director Tim Curley and Vice-President Gary Schultz is expected to meet with a judge today at the Dauphin County courthouse. The status hearing could pave the way for a possible trial. At the same time, the investigative group tasked with probing the Penn State matter has announced the report is done and will be released tomorrow morning.

Eight months in the works and tomorrow, the results of the Penn State investigation are set to be released. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh headed up the probe. The goal is to figure out who knew what about the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

"The mandate is clear. We have been tasked to investigate the matter fully, fairly and completely," said Freeh in November of 2011 after being hired by the Penn State Board of Trustees to conduct the investigation.

But the Paterno family is already calling the fairness of the investigation into question. The family is upset over several emails that have leaked over the past two weeks involving Curley, Schultz and former President Graham Spanier.

CNN has reported the email chain between the three indicates a knowledge of some of Sandusky's doings and a willingness to cover up the facts. One of the emails even shared a purported conversation between Curley and Joe Paterno, where Curley says after talking to Paterno, he will not report Sandusky to the authorities.

"People from all walks of life have been deeply affected by the reports of these crimes," said Penn State Trustee Ken Frazier in November of 2011.

In a statement released yesterday, the Paterno family is upset they did not have the chance to speak with investigators before the release of the report. They say before Paterno's passing, he was the only one willing to take responsibility for not doing enough.

The statement reading in part, "Joe Paterno did not cover up for Jerry Sandusky. Joe Paterno did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile. Joe Paterno did not act in any way to prevent a proper investigation of Jerry Sandusky. To claim otherwise is a distortion of the truth."

The Freeh report will be released online tomorrow at 9 a.m. The report can be found at www.freehreportonpsu.com.

The defense teams for Curley and Schultz are expected to meet with Dauphin County judge Todd Hoover today at 1 p.m. It is a status hearing and could include a timetable for a possible trial date. Both defendants are not expected to attend.

Here is the full text of the Joe Paterno family statement in reaction to the release of the Freeh Report.

Over the last nine months Joe Paterno has been praised by some in near saintly terms and criticized by others as a villain. He was neither.

.As the people who worked closely with Joe know, he was tough, aggressive, opinionated and demanding. He was also highly principled, uncompromisingly ethical, dedicated to his job at Penn State and committed to excellence.

When the Sandusky case exploded last fall, Joe's first instincts were to tell everything he knew. He assumed the University would want to hear from him, but he was never given the chance to present his case.

He planned to hold a press conference, but University officials ordered him to cancel it. And then the various investigations started and the legal process took over. On top of everything else, Joe was diagnosed with lung cancer. Two months later he was gone. The end result is his story has never fully been told.

As this situation unfolded, Joe cautioned everyone not to jump to conclusions. He believed that a rush to judgment and a disregard for due process would ultimately result in conclusions that would not stand the test of time. To be clear, he did not fear the truth, he sought it. As much as anyone he wanted to know exactly what Jerry Sandusky had done and he wanted to understand how it happened.

The hiring of the Freeh Group is the single most important action the Board of Trustees has taken. Joe supported this decision with the hope that it would result in a thorough, balanced and thoughtful assessment of the Sandusky tragedy. Unfortunately, recent events have raised questions about the fairness and confidentiality of the investigative process.

Over the last several weeks there has been a virtual torrent of leaks about the Freeh Group's work. To be clear, we do not know the source, or sources, of the leaks. What cannot be disputed, however, is that select emails intended to smear Joe Paterno and other former Penn State officials have been released. Testimony from witnesses highly critical of Joe has been revealed. And purported conclusions condemning the culture of the football program have been widely disseminated. The Board promised a fair, transparent and impartial process. These developments are a threat to their stated objectives.

When these leaks first started we appealed to the Freeh Group, the Board and the Attorney General to condemn the leaks and caution the public that it would be wrong to reach any conclusions from selectively released materials. We then asked that all emails and other documents be released so a full picture of their research could be understood.

As purported conclusions started leaking out, we followed up with the Freeh Group to ask for the right to respond. Since Joe Paterno never had an opportunity to present his case, we believe we should have a reasonable time to review their findings and offer information that could help complete the picture. We were told we could offer responses to the publicly reported allegations, but the Freeh Group declined to confirm that these allegations are in the final report. It is our firm belief that the report would be stronger and more credible if we were simply given a chance to review the findings concerning Joe Paterno in order to present the case he was never allowed to make.

Since the outcome of this process appears set in stone, we have no choice but to wait for the report and respond as best we can. Given that the report is estimated to be between 100-150 pages it will understandably take us some time to study it and prepare a comprehensive response.

In advance of the release of the report, there are a few facts we want on the record:

-- We would still welcome a chance to meet with the Freeh Group to review the findings and offer a response. We do not seek or expect the right to edit the report; but we believe our voice should be reflected in its conclusions.

-- To this point, Joe Paterno is the only person who publicly acknowledged that with the benefit of hindsight he wished he had done more. This was an honest and courageous admission that a true leader must assume a measure of responsibility when something goes wrong on his watch.

-- The sad and frightening fact is Jerry Sandusky was a master deceiver. He fooled players, coaches, law enforcement officials, child service professionals, Penn State Board members, University leaders, neighbors, donors, staff and supporters of Second Mile and his family.

-- With respect to the email from Tim Curley which stated, "After giving it more thought, and talking it over with Joe yesterday -- I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps," the media spin that this is proof of some sort of cover up is completely false. When the facts come out, it will be clear that Joe Paterno never gave Tim Curley any instructions to protect Sandusky or limit any investigation of his actions.

-- Joe Paterno did not cover up for Jerry Sandusky. Joe Paterno did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile. Joe Paterno did not act in any way to prevent a proper investigation of Jerry Sandusky. To claim otherwise is a distortion of the truth.

If he were with us today, we are certain Joe Paterno would say that he wished he had done any number of things differently. We also believe he would make it clear that he was not an investigator, law enforcement officer, child services professional or a member of the Board of Trustees. Joe would accept his responsibility, but he would expect others to step forward as well.