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Not sure if you heard already, but the Freeh report documenting Penn State’s actions (or, apparent inactions) related to Jerry Sandusky came out early this morning.

If you’re looking for reactions from anywhere and everywhere, we have that covered too.

But, here at CFT, we (mostly) value your opinion. We want to know what you think should happen to Penn State now that more light has been shed on a horrific scandal.

So, make your opinion heard in the poll below and/or sound off in the comments section below.

And, please, don’t everyone speak all at once now.

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85 Responses to “Vote: what should happen to Penn State now?”
  1. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 12, 2012 7:34 PM

    Easy..

    Death Penalty

  2. totallydisgusted says: Jul 12, 2012 7:38 PM

    Leave him in the history books. Applaud his accomplishments when necessary. Other than that you take his name off of any and everything on that campus. The same way no one will forget him for what he did for football, it should never over shadow the fact that he was the biggest enabler of a predatory, monster. He ran that university like a mobster for decades AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A CO-CONSPIRATOR.

  3. stoutfiles says: Jul 12, 2012 7:38 PM

    Death Penalty.

  4. jimmy53 says: Jul 12, 2012 7:39 PM

    Death penalty for at least 2 years, with a free and clear transfer for all players. Bring the statue down, and re-evaluate every major staff member.

    Above all of this all provisions involving the Clery Act and reporting criminal acts and suspicions should be streamlined, and strictly taught and enforced.

    If there is no major action by the NCAA expect every future case (IE- USC, AU) to have a standard “how can you punish us and not PSU” as part of their defense filings.

  5. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jul 12, 2012 7:40 PM

    I cannot believe noone has followed my angle here. Paterno committed suicide by cancer.

  6. rpmcanes says: Jul 12, 2012 7:42 PM

    Death Penalty

  7. buckeye94 says: Jul 12, 2012 7:46 PM

    SMU received the death penalty for recruiting violations. They lost 55 scholarships over 4 yrs and had no 1987 season and was ban from playing home football games in ’88 They played away games for financial support only in ’88. No doubt they deserve the death penalty but fir how long? What happens to the rest of the college considering the former president and vice prez of PSU knew about what was going on.

  8. bobulated says: Jul 12, 2012 7:48 PM

    IMHO I don’t think a death penalty is in the cards as it punishes the rest of the B1G almost as much as Penn State. That being said a total house cleaning of admin and board is needed, followed by scholarship reductions and a TV/bowl ban for at least 2 years. Also the football program will need to be on one of the shortest leashes in the country. Then take the enabler’s statue and melt it down into a memorial plaque to the victims and put in the exact same spot so no one walking into the stadium ever forgets.

  9. totallydisgusted says: Jul 12, 2012 7:48 PM

    THUMBS DOWN MUST HAVE COME FROM A PEDOPHILE STATE UNIV SUPPORTER. WHAT A MORON.

  10. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 12, 2012 7:49 PM

    And, if not given the Death Penalty, they should be at the very least booted out of the Big Ten.

    Demote them to Notre Dame status

  11. gojoep says: Jul 12, 2012 7:53 PM

    This is a school that educates – why are we punishing the future? The new footballs players should not be penalized for all these awful mistakes of those now dead and out of the process. They should let the due process of the law run its course. NO ONE should get off if they knew and they did nothing. The NCAA getting involved is just Paterno / Penn State haters wanting strict action for vengeance and not justice. EVERYONE from the Governor, Attorney General, ALL top guns at the university, the Board of Trustees on down should be reevaluated and investigated thoroughly. This is a college and people made mistake and the law should go after them and not the future education and the future football program that had NOTHING to do with any of this sad issue. I am SO disappointed and the name I use now seems hypocritical – “gojoep”. But I don’t need to hear these Penn State / Paterno haters screaming on cable “news” saying “I told you so” to boast their own ego while they profit off this sad horrible reality.

  12. craigmaitland says: Jul 12, 2012 8:05 PM

    USC supposedly hid about an agent paying Reggie bush to leave their program…. Penn State hid child rape…what should the consequence be?

  13. rehmer2389 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:07 PM

    Im missing where this is a football related issue.

  14. orthomarine says: Jul 12, 2012 8:15 PM

    Make SMU’s death penalty look like a time out

  15. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 12, 2012 8:18 PM

    Does it really matter anymore? Honestly what does a death penalty do. Does not replace all the administrators that were also complicit in this. If you want the death penalty for the board of trustees and anyońe in power then I’m all for it. Because they all knew

  16. rolltide510 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:24 PM

    I don’t really understand why NCAA sanctions in the form of scholarship reductions, bowl bans, etc. would apply in this situation. Those punishments for schools who pay players discourage other schools from paying players.

    Will such sanctions prevent other defensive coordinators from raping boys?

  17. auburntigers34 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:28 PM

    rehmer2389,

    multiple children being raped after a Paterno/PSU cover up in 1998 + 2001= football related issue.

  18. auburntigers34 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:30 PM

    rolltide510,

    maybe, maybe not. but you can beet your @ss that it will make other programs think twice about trying to cover something like this up in the future and/or giving another HC the free reign that Paterno had for 4+ decades.

  19. auburntigers34 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:30 PM

    bet

  20. atxcane says: Jul 12, 2012 8:31 PM

    I wouldn’t suggest the “death penalty” as a punitive measure. However, I think it may be in PSU’s best interests to facilitate something similar.

    If Paterno and his group were a short-term (10 year) staff, it’d be easier for the school to move on…but they were intertwined so deeply with the football program (60 years for Paterno!), they’re inseparable.

    I think the only way PSU can cleanse themselves of this stain is to completely demolish the football program and build it anew. Clean out the offices, the trophy cases, the history. Commission a new logo, maybe change the mascot. Start completely fresh.

    It’s sad to think of turning your back on 6o years of history as if it wasn’t yours, but if I were PSU, I’d want to distance myself as far as possible from any reminder of that era.

  21. lurch61 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:37 PM

    I still say dont punish the current staff and players by killing the whole program. Punish the people who used making revenue to allow this horrible thing to happen. Let the season go on but do not allow PSU to make any money off the program. Make them pay their coaches and staff and let the current players pay. Don’t ban them from bowl games just makes sure no revenue flows back to the University. Make all home games free admission, PSU share of visitor games can go to a foundation to help kids. No TV revenue, no bowl game payments. Revenue-free football for a year or two. That will hurt the pocket books without blaming current coaches or players for something they were not involved in.

  22. hbgman224 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:46 PM

    First, tear down the statue. Then the death penalty for 2 years.

  23. onceuponatimeinsports says: Jul 12, 2012 8:53 PM

    @rehmer2389

    This is a football related issue because the cover-up was initiated to keep any stain or bad publicity away from that particular program, the program that brought the most honor to Penn St.

    If Sandusky had been a coach with the Baseball team or the track team Paterno and the rest would have sold him down the river and called the authorities in a NY minute.

    They didn’t, purely and simply because they wanted to keep the stain of child molestation as far and away from their sacred football program as possible. And they succeeded for over a decade.

    There are conduct clauses in the NCAA rule book that apply to coaches and administrators. If this isn’t bad conduct that would allow the NCAA to make an example of PSU what on earth would!?!

  24. artisan3m says: Jul 12, 2012 9:04 PM

    Can’t help but have mixed emotions about this. A penalty of any sort ~ and certainly there must be one ~ will create more innocent victims. The current players in the program are not culpable in this sordid mess yet they cannot escape being victimized themselves. Whatever potential they may have had in the game at the collegiate and possibly pro level is now compromised. I can see loss of scholarships, no TV, and banishment from bowl games ~ plus a significant forfeiture of football revenues for a specified time. But punishing the players to extract a pound of flesh from the university in search of justice seems grossly unfair. In virtually every probation case, the school engaged in activities to bring to it unfair advantage. This is not the case at PSU and I hope the NCAA will take that into consideration.

  25. deadeye says: Jul 12, 2012 9:20 PM

    The NCAA never meant to permanently destroy SMU with the “Death Penalty”, and as such they will never use it again.

    How about a LONG bowl ban combined with severe scholarship reductions? But most importantly, strip PSU of some number of wins in football that puts JoePa below Bowden and Robinson. The all-time wins record was Paterno’s motive for the coverup, thus this is the most fitting thing the NCAA could do.

  26. drewzducks says: Jul 12, 2012 9:38 PM

  27. fightingwombat says: Jul 12, 2012 9:40 PM

    1. Fire the BOT and everyone that was involved
    2. Recoup retirement fund from those who knew and did nothing.
    3. Death Penalty – 5 years. Athletes allowed to transfer out to other schools with no loss of eligibility.
    4. Remove anything on campus that has JoePa’s name on it

  28. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 12, 2012 9:50 PM

    orthomarine says: Jul 12, 2012 8:15 PM

    Make SMU’s death penalty look like a time out
    ————————————————

    +1

    I don’t care about *innocent* current players and fans. The UNIVERSITY systematically concealed the anal rape of young boys, by a member of the football coaching staff. The HEAD COACH was the one who wanted to keep it secret. All so they could win more football games.

    Let the current players transfer with no penalty,
    and burn the program to the ground.

  29. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 12, 2012 9:55 PM

    deadeye says: Jul 12, 2012 9:20 PM

    But most importantly, strip PSU of some number of wins in football that puts JoePa below Bowden and Robinson.

    —————
    You’re kidding, right? “Oh gee, we’re gonna punish you so bad, it will actually have zero effect on the program. We’re going to take an eraser to your name, but we will let everything else go.”

    Kill the program. Dead.

  30. acieu says: Jul 12, 2012 9:55 PM

    Relegate them to the third division of the Scottish Football League.

  31. buckeye94 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:56 PM

    Why should not the football program receive punishment. I understand they cleaned house but so did Ohio st and USC before being given sanctions and both lost scholarships and bowl appearance. I don’t think they will get the death penalty but they sure as heck deserve it. Maybe there should be a bowl ban that equals the number of years this was covered up.

  32. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 12, 2012 10:20 PM

    How about complete the process and elements anyone who was in charge over the last 15 years. I know everyone wants to kill Paterno but there is a boatload of people that have to go. Clear house and start over.

  33. lakewoodopinion says: Jul 12, 2012 10:27 PM

    There is too much of everyone trying to “get justice” these days and seeing if they can beat the drum the loudest so they can feel empowered. Sandusky the main person in this mess has been found guilty and is jailed. The next step should be to examine the Board of Directors on down to determine if those individuals should be dismissed/fired. To kill the football program as some are suggesting would kill the college and all other sports as football is the moneymaker. SO instead of placing blame and doing what is necessary to punish those individuals who are RESPONSIBLE for this tragedy – the drum beaters want to kill the college, which would include all the industries and businesses in the area that support the college. Did all the various departments at the college like Business, English, etc etc have anything to do with this tragedy???? NO but the drum beaters want to stick it to the professors and everyone that earns a living at Penn State even though they had nothing to do with Sandusky. Because of maybe 25-50 people having done wrong the drum beaters feel that we are supposed to also punish the 100,000 people that have interaction with Penn State.

  34. psunick says: Jul 12, 2012 10:30 PM

    Our Executive Branch did not shut down because of Nixon’s misdeeds.

    The Archdiocese of Boston didn’t disband after the pedophile scandal.

    By clamoring for the shutdown of Penn State, isn’t everyone then feeding into exactly the situation that is trying to be changed: that no one/two people are bigger than the institution?

    The individuals deserve their punishment. By cleaning things up, and moving forward, the University will be showing that it is indeed bigger than the acts of those misguided individuals.

    And will forever remain bigger than any individual, be it a revered football coach, AD or University President.

  35. ghengy says: Jul 12, 2012 10:31 PM

    There you monkeys go screaming for the Death Penalty again when none of you idiots understand that the NCAA has absolutely ZERO authority in this matter.

    Sorry. LOL

  36. malkinrulez says: Jul 12, 2012 10:47 PM

    Throw a sign on the statue that says. ” I looked the other way while young boys were raped”. Future generations should know where joes priorities were

  37. bigbuckeye76 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:58 PM

    The saddest part of this whole sorry episode is watching these scumbag fans be more concerned with protecting their precious football team than seeking justice for children who were raped.

    Do you understand what happened in full view of the Penn St hierarchy?

    Do you understand that a grown man was raping innocent children in the shower facility?

    Do you understand just HOW LONG this went on?

    Joe Pedorno looked this man in the eye as he came and went through Penn State facilities KNOWING full well what this man had done for OVER A DECADE.

    Come the fall….it will be just business as usual…..let’s not let the ruination of a few children’s lives get in the way of another mediocre season.

  38. BrownsTown says: Jul 12, 2012 11:01 PM

    Many people in this nation love reactionary CY

  39. BrownsTown says: Jul 12, 2012 11:06 PM

    Itchy trigger finger……

    Many people in this nation love reactionary CYA moves. Imagine Congressional committees grilling witnesses regarding any matter in which Congress can’t do a damn thing. Anybody involvesld in covering this up should be prosecuted and pay a much bigger price than anything the NCAA can do. Punish those responsible, not the people cleaning up in the aftermath.

  40. blastfurnaceknows says: Jul 12, 2012 11:13 PM

    The culture that created the callous arrogance that led PSU leadership to believe it could conceal child rape by one of its own needs to be destroyed. I think the only way you accomplish that is with the death penalty. Saturdays need to go silent for quite awhile at “Happy Valley.” Maybe only then will that community truly get it -there are in fact things considerably bigger than your precious football program.

    As an aside, I do not know why anyone would end a comment on this issue with “LOL.” What, on earth, is funny about any of this?

    Seems some people are simply too sick or stupid, or both, to engage in the sort of conversation that will actually lead to effective reform, I guess.

  41. realitytaste says: Jul 12, 2012 11:15 PM

    I wonder why no one is examining the Second Mile program and its very involved former CEO who continues to evade scrutiny .

    Jack Raykovitz was pulling down an extraordinary salary for the head of a tiny Mid-PA charity, even if it had been a full-time position, which it was not. He was also working at least full-time in other jobs including consulting, which was largely offered thanks to the prestige of his Second Mile name, remembering that Sandusky would have been a link to lucrative contacts and referrals.

    I was horrified to discover from following the case, that the therapist Matt Sandusky was sent to after his suicide attempt, was Raykovitz himself – a friend of his would-be adoptive father. I had wondered what therapist could possibly have vetted not only his continued placement there but even the adoption. Now, I know. Do I believe Sandusky pulled the wool over the eyes of this smart man? No, not even if Raykovitz hadn’t been seeing Matt in counseling (and not even if Matt denied the abuse – as if a careful counselor wouldn’t have been able to discern the emotional signs, from such close contact.

    Lastly, I kept thinking someone would look into the mysterious disappearance of years of the Second Mile’s paperwork after the Sandusky case broke, especially since the State Attorney General expressed serious interest in pursuing it. Another apparent dead end – unless it is buried in the Freeh report.

    Does anyone know? This seems like a pretty large stone to leave unturned.

  42. ghengy says: Jul 12, 2012 11:17 PM

    @ blastfurnace

    I’m laughing at all the phony outrage and stupidity, thats what@! ha ha

  43. blastfurnaceknows says: Jul 12, 2012 11:31 PM

    Yep, people are being quite disingenuous about their outrage at child rape occurring at a college campus, committed by a college football coach, under the eyes of a supposed “truthful” coaching “icon” and “respected” president for 13+ years. Yep, that is funny, isn’t it? To you and only you. It must be quite lonely in your little world. Like I said before you are beyond help. And that’s not funny either.

  44. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 12, 2012 11:33 PM

    @realitytaste. It’s all in the name Freeh REPORT. It is a report not an investigation he couldn’t do anything or talk to anyone that didn’t want to talk to him. Therefore it is incomplete and possibly biased to keep the exposure limited to the 4 horsemen. Honestly other than emails what was learned? The board paid for the report took a little slap from Freeh in the report and are continuing as usual. He basically said they were fooled by spanier. Well their job is not be fooled and ask questions. They should all resign.
    As for second mile I can only imagine what could be found if that was forensically investigated In the fishbowl of penn state to say this was limited to 4 people and everyone else in the dark. Insults my intelligence. But unfortunately I think we will never know the full truth

  45. dirtyharry1971 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:35 PM

    No other choice but Death Penalty and fire all the administration who knew, charge them for covering it up and fire the board of trustes and take down anything that has jopa’s name on it.

  46. ghengy says: Jul 12, 2012 11:39 PM

    Yes it is disingenuous, and phony, thats what makes it funny.

    Not laughing at what happened, I want Sandusky burned at the stake, but the online hysteria has been rather amusing in some respects, so thanks for the entertainment furnace. LOL

  47. wjmorris3 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:40 PM

    I don’t think the NCAA needs to do anything. For violation of the Clery Act, the United States Department of Education should forbid them from accepting federal funds, and of course their accreditation should be pulled. This is much more than a football problem.

  48. steeler1nation says: Jul 12, 2012 11:46 PM

    RE:
    rehmer2389 says:Jul 12, 2012 8:07 PM

    “Im missing where this is a football related issue.”

    ***************
    I can’t believe people are still saying “this isn’t a football-related issue. Are you kidding me? They calculatingly covered up these monsterous crimes for over 14 years, to protect the image & legacy of PSU & Joe Pa, and the FOOTBALL PROGRAM! By not reporting this & covering it up – the football program benefited. Penn State would not have gotten the same caliber of players to commit, would not have sold out all the games they did, would not have had the same merchandising revenue from football, etc., if they had not covered this up.
    Failure to monitor & lack of control times a million.
    SMU got the death penalty for booster benefits. Child rape & the cover-up fo child rape is a million times worse. Do the math. The death penalty is actually not bad for PSU, given the numerous lives they’ve helped ruin, via their cowardly INaction.

  49. steeler1nation says: Jul 12, 2012 11:54 PM

    p.s. I’m not commending or condeming it, but I bet if they don’t take that symbolic Joe Pa statue down, somebody will do something to it sooner or later. PSU probably has cameras near it, or else some sort of security — but, I bet something happens to it.
    If I were a PSU fan, I’d want it taken down…it’s too much of a bad stigma, and a constant visual reminder of the atrocities that were covered up by a selfish coward.

  50. bozosforall says: Jul 13, 2012 12:18 AM

    The Board should IMMEDIATELY resign…anything less is disgraceful.

  51. steeler1nation says: Jul 13, 2012 12:19 AM

    If Penn State had any balls — they would self-impose their own sanctions. That’s about the only face-saving thing they could do at this point…..but, they won’t. Screw them. Hope they get the Death Penalty. They deserve it.

  52. steeler1nation says: Jul 13, 2012 12:23 AM

    If there is a death penalty, some peopl are concerned about other sports suffering…who cares. What about the victims, though?!? Don’t you think they’d like to see the school symbolically miss at least a season of their precious, all-important flagship sport. After all, it was the almighty football program that fueled this cover up. I think that the victims would be upset to see the football program continue without missing a season. Think about that.

  53. craigmaitland says: Jul 13, 2012 1:10 AM

    Forced reduction in sports scholarships. But add the same amount to academic scholarships. Remove the paternoster statue have strict hiring rules in future.

  54. Chris Ross says: Jul 13, 2012 1:46 AM

    I don’t think the book should be thrown at Penn State. I just think it’s not fair to the kids in that program who have had nothing to do with this whole thing. Their lives could be ruined because of this. I get that they let a horrible thing happen but I’m not sure what killing the program would accomplish. I guess vindication for the victims but I don’t even think it gives them that. Just throw the book at the actual people involved, not the program.

    http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/joe-paterno-trapped-by-legacy/

  55. tmac810 says: Jul 13, 2012 4:39 AM

    If I had a child enrolled at Penn State right now, I would pull them out, NOW! The degree is less meaningful… If the leaders were willing to lie about all this – are they honest in everything else?

    Penn State faculty must be embarrassed, students must be embarrassed, alumni should be embarrassed.

    I like the idea of making all the athletic scholarships go to academic scholarships. Maybe Penn State should be forced to focus on academics for awhile and recover the reputation that their academic student population selected them for.

    Penn State has been football for too long. Death Penalty for football program only…forced focus on rebuilding reputation and academics…clean house in the football program and any other athletic related personnel that had anything to do with football. Support other sports…make Penn State realize that other sports exist…with completely new leadership. Academics are #1…sports are #2.

    I hope all those increased donations are not directed at a football program.

  56. dannyhaszard says: Jul 13, 2012 4:42 AM

    Penn State,Pedophile Priest and Jehovah’s Witnesses molestation unholy trinity big news same week.
    Jehovah’s Witnesses hit with $28 million sex abuse settlement Oakland,Calif.-Google it.

    Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah Witnesses require two witnesses when a child comes forward with allegations of molestation within the congregation.
    It has also been shown that child molesters within the organization usually have not been identified to the congregation members or the public at large.
    These people engage in a door to door ministry, possibly exposing children to pedophiles.
    The Watchtower corporation has paid out millions in settlement money already.

    Danny Haszard *tell the truth don’t be afraid*

  57. dgutley says: Jul 13, 2012 5:45 AM

    Two-year voluntary Bowl Ban, all gate receipts donated to child welfare charities for one year, statue gone and vacate wins that pushed JoPa past Bowden. Enough?

  58. flyers89 says: Jul 13, 2012 7:26 AM

    As a Penn State Fan this is a hard time to swallow however, I think the idea of removing the statue an replacing it with a memorial for the victims is a great idea. As far as punishment…. Scholarship reduction plus bowl ban for 5 years… The University makes money on the bowls so hit those B******s were it hurts.

  59. rehmer2389 says: Jul 13, 2012 7:40 AM

    This has nothing to do with football, sorry. It seems to me the only people who are saying it does are people who already hate the football program and Joe Paterno . I fail to see how a football program should be punished because of something that occurred outside of the football realm

  60. omniusprime says: Jul 13, 2012 8:49 AM

    Penn State football should get the Death Penalty for as long as the coverup went on, 13 years! Too bad for the current football players but they should be allowed to transfer without penalty. Time to show that institutions are less important than real people, time to show some sympathy for the real victims, the abused children. Sandusky ought to get the death penalty as well, he’s getting off too lightly on his punishment.

    Tear Down the Statue! Let JoePa’s name live in infamy forever.

  61. tomtravis76 says: Jul 13, 2012 8:52 AM

    The Penn State community needs to learn how to operate without football, because of the importance that has been put on football is what helped create the enviroment that led to concealing a child rapist. It will affect many people but football needs to go on hiatus for 5 years. The five years allows that nobody even associated with the team from this time will be on the team.

    One question that I can’t seem to find an answer to, The current Gov was the states attorney who attempted to bring charges against Sandusky to start with. The Gov sits on the board at PSU, so why didn’t he bring this up and make an issue out of it ?

  62. fcs34 says: Jul 13, 2012 9:11 AM

    Death penalty for Pedophile State.

  63. blastfurnaceknows says: Jul 13, 2012 9:24 AM

    Tomtravis, the answer to your primary question is that Tom Corbett is a political douchbag; he’s never been an independent, unbiased prosecutor. He waited until Paterno broke the win record before announcing on Sandusky, which is inexcusable, but pure Corbett. That, too, incidentally, should be investigated.

    As far as the original investigation in 1998, that was the local DA, Ray Gricar, who has since disappeared and been presumed dead, not “I bow to my party and my friends” Corbett.

  64. canehouse says: Jul 13, 2012 9:40 AM

    the joe pa statue should be taken down, melted down into an a block and tossed into the deepest depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Fuk you Penn St. You all have been living a lie for at least over two decades… your precious Penn St. image was the biggest farce… full of evil people and giant cowards. Rot in hell Joe Pa!!! “Coach Jerry” will be with you soon!!!

  65. cyclonemagic says: Jul 13, 2012 9:51 AM

    I believe Penn State should decide ( not NCAA telling them) to suspend football (possibly all sports) for atleast 2-5 years (10 max), rip down the statue, change the name of the field/stadium, whole new coaching staff, change the logo (maybe even the mascot??), and make any changes needed to come back to college football with a new face of the program. Penn State knows that they did wrong in a major way. I understand there are pending law suits and people need to watch what they say but not once that I’ve seen has Penn State as a University say they should have had better control of their school, and they are sorry that this happened on their watch. I feel bad for students and alumni that would have killed for joepa, sandusky and penn state football just a year ago. I mean these guys were their hero’s, That’s why we’re still seeing people defend him. No way can anyone in their right mind say they honestly believe joepa didn’t know this man shouldnt have been around children and penn state, he knew enough to know this at the very least.

  66. phantomspaceman says: Jul 13, 2012 11:17 AM

    If the NCAA wants to send a real message to the rest of the country that what happened at Penn State will not be tolerated they will give the school the death penalty.

  67. drunkenagitator says: Jul 13, 2012 12:33 PM

    PSU should voluntarily shut down the football program for at least a few years. They need a break from the football culture there, it simply became too big and too much of the school’s identity.

  68. canehouse says: Jul 13, 2012 12:33 PM

    obviously this was taken months ago… some of these people must be feeling so naive, duped, betrayed, and from what i’ve seen from many other penn state. lackey’s is DENIAL! What a mess it must be to be a Penn State supporter!

    http://studentblog.worldcampus.psu.edu/wp-content/uploads//2012/01/JoePa-vigil.jpg

  69. fissels says: Jul 13, 2012 12:35 PM

    blastfurnaceknows-
    You make good points. I’m a PennState rooter and Pa resident and I can now see that the culture needs an overhaul, thanks to your insights.

  70. stevet321 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:05 PM

    Anyone that comments about the NCAA not having jurisdiction or that its not in the NCAA realm to take action has obviously not read the letter sent by the NCAA to PSU

    and

    either they are just trolls looking for an arguement, genuinely do not understand the criminal nature and gravity of what has happened

    or

    they are a child predator/molester/porn watcher themselves and are trying to justify it in their demented, sick version of reality.

    IMO PSU football needs the Death penalty.

    Administratively clean house, voluntary or involuntary.

    Oh and by the way…a federal investigation is still in the pipeline and I would wager that several others are going to serve federal jail time for felonies.

  71. redtodd78 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:13 PM

    @drunkenagitator, you reminded me of the press conference when it was announced that Joe Paterno had been fired. Not 10 seconds went by before someone asked “who will be coaching the game on Saturday?” While it’s not fair to lump all of the Penn State community up in that scene, it was pretty sad.

    I have not had time to read the Freeh report yet, so I want to hold off on calling for the death penalty until I do. Of course, I doubt the NCAA will go as far as the death penalty regardless. That said, some sort of persistent reminder is clearly necessary, such as a multi-year bowl ban. The result cannot be that nothing happens.

    And I would let any player transfer without having to sit out a year.

  72. whalerpilot says: Jul 13, 2012 1:50 PM

    Shower caps should be standard apparel for opposing Fan Bases next season and I’m sure they will have to provide security for the Paterno Statue. There is no way they are going to keep this off TV or out of the Press. The best option would probably be to take a Two year self imposed break from football, clean house, and start over after all the prosecutions are concluded and a little time has gone by. Just wait the Fans will rub their nose in it and rightly so.

  73. phillyfan21 says: Jul 13, 2012 3:17 PM

    After much consideration I believe the only accpetable solution is the Death Penalty. I come to this because the Penn State Way needs to end. The University needs to learn how to survive and operate with out the football dollars. This is the only way things will change. Once they learn how to do this, football will not be able to dictate what happens on campus.

    Only once they realize the University can survive and still thrive with out football can the neccessary changes take place.

    As for Paterno and his statue, the statue needs to come down. His actions in this case, or lack of actions no longer allow him to have this honor anymore.

    Very sad that it has come to this.

  74. santolonius says: Jul 13, 2012 5:01 PM

    other: death penalty for the football program for one year imposed by the penn state board of trustees. if penn state does it to themselves as opposed to the ncaa (which won’t anyway) it actually means something.

  75. ukeone says: Jul 13, 2012 6:14 PM

    I find it hilarious that the DEATH PENALTY is somehow equated with a duration of 1 year, 2 years or even three. What??? When a ‘person sentenced to death’ is placed on a gurney, needle inserted & the drugs are duly administered, does his or her DEATH last for only 1-2-3 years? Come-on…wake-up, people!….Death is PERMANENT!!! Anything else in the college ranks is just a ‘time-out’…If you want the DEATH PENALTY on PSU….bury them decisively and let it be: “arrivaderci amigoes…enjoy your permanent flight to total nothingness!!!” Anything else is a total waste of time!

  76. spikesbg says: Jul 13, 2012 7:54 PM

    Iagree wiyh taking joepa’s name off everything and taking the statue down,but if the ncaa hits them with the death penalty that will only punishing the athletes that want to make it to the NFL.No football for a couple years will ruin promising careers

  77. ghengy says: Jul 13, 2012 9:24 PM

    This is all very entertaining. LOL

  78. stevenfbrackett says: Jul 14, 2012 7:46 PM

    Let’s get this straight — a player gets a free slurpee from a booster and it is a ‘football issue’ resulting in, possibly, probation, lost scholarships, vacated wins, bowl bans, fines and/or anything else the NCAA thinks is appropriate.

    Three coaches, the Athletic Director, the College President all commit felonies, in and around the football facilities — and it is NOT a ‘football issue’?? Seriously??

    You’re right. It’s an organized crime issue involving the football program administrators.

  79. ksctychiefs says: Jul 15, 2012 11:00 AM

    i voted ‘other':……3 yr death penalty,let everyone transfer straight out. then let the football culture start over and reset itself.

  80. sunsethokie says: Jul 15, 2012 12:21 PM

    There should be no football at Penn State this year. The players should be released from there scholarships and be allowed to play elsewhere this year. If SMU got the “death penalty” for something far less damaging, PSU deserves no less.

  81. bubba703 says: Jul 15, 2012 6:25 PM

    Last I looked Penn State was supposed to be an educational institution.The BOT seems to have forgotten that. The crimes were done by top University leaders in order to protect a big profit-generating football program, a sport not required for graduation. The football program is what needs to be punished. A death penalty, at least for a year seems appropriate, and will rightfully hit them in their wallet. Hopefully the BOT wake up from their fog, and put some substance behind their claim that it was their responsibility. They should cancel the season themselves..

  82. rafterman1957 says: Jul 17, 2012 12:49 AM

    DEATH PENALTY

  83. quintink says: Jul 17, 2012 5:12 PM

    Without a doubt, what Penn State allowed to happen on their campus and in their community going back to the 1970’s is worse than anything that any other school which received the death penalty ever did. They deserve the ultimate penalty for their program.

    The NCAA needs to take prompt, decisive action and not linger Reggie Bush style for years and years.
    If you agree, sign the petition at:
    http://www.change.org/petitions/ncaa-president-mark-a-emmert-impose-the-death-penalty-on-the-penn-state-football-program

  84. tandem4ever says: Jul 17, 2012 9:12 PM

    OK guys, DP means NO revenue for 11 or 12 Big Ten College Football games. So businesses in Michigan, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, etc, lose money from home games against Penn State (almost always a sell-out game), hotels lose huge revenue, on-and-on right down the food chain.

    I understand the anger and the frustration. Fire the bas**rds in charge and take down that STUPID statue of Paterno. Do that NOW!!

    BUT, before we do a DP, please consider the consequences. College football is HUGE business and many depend on it.

  85. cometkazie says: Jul 17, 2012 11:02 PM

    I expect PSU to announce the suspension of their football program for a year or two and take themselves out of contention for bowl games for several years after.

    The school will be hit in the pocketbook, where it counts. PSU will petition the NCAA to allow players to transfer with no penalties.

    They start over from scratch in a couple of years.

    Stay tuned.

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