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Penn State BOT in no rush to remove Paterno’s name

Penn State University President Rodney Erickson Chairman of the Board of Trustees speaks as Karen B. Peetz and chair of the school's Investigation committee Kenneth C. Frazier listen during a news conference following a meeting on the school's Worthington Reuters

One day after the release of the Freeh report, Penn State’s Board of Trustees held a Friday meeting.

Afterward, board chair Karen Peetz addressed the topic of what to do about the multiple ways the school has memorialized former coach Joe Paterno.

We feel honoring coach Paterno is a sensitive issue,” Peetz said. “It’s going to take a lot of dialogue with the community. We want to be reflective and take our time. There’s not a timeline or deadline. That’s not necessary. It’s going to take a lot of discussion.”

Paterno’s statue stands outside the football stadium, and his name is attached to a school library.

The distancing of others from Paterno’s name has already begun. Nike removed Paterno’s name from the child development center on its Beaverton campus hours after the Freeh report release, but that can be classified as a business decision.

How Penn State chooses to manage its ties to a face of an institution will admittedly be more difficult. The school is already planning a complete remodeling of the showers and locker room in the Lasch building, where Jerry Sandusky sexually abused some of his victims, but that’s been in the works since November and still hasn’t officially begun.

Tearing down a statue or removing a name from a library may seem like simple decisions for most people — and Penn State may ultimately cleanse itself of Paterno and his likeness in due time — but to erase decades of success and positive impact just like that?

Moving on is hard to do.

(Hat tip: USA Today) 

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59 Responses to “Penn State BOT in no rush to remove Paterno’s name”
  1. rsmeans says: Jul 14, 2012 8:34 AM

    The PSU Board of Trustees is as guilty as Paterno and Sandusky. The Justice Department needs to bring indictments against each member and hopefully a long jail sentence will await each.

  2. stoutfiles says: Jul 14, 2012 8:35 AM

    Perhaps getting the death penalty will help them move on.

  3. reddolfan66 says: Jul 14, 2012 9:16 AM

    I say blow it up!! along with everybody who disagree!!!!

  4. iownyou2 says: Jul 14, 2012 9:53 AM

    The BOT is so full of sh*t its almost embarrassing. If you want to talk about all these “conspiracy” theories how about this one. The day before JoePa VOLUNTEERED to speak to the media and tell people everything he knew. The BOT cancelled the press conference. This happens to be the same BOT that paid Freeh $6 million to persecute, not investigate, Paterno specifically to cover their asses for firing him. And he is the one guy who can no longer speak for himself.

    The statue will stay as it should, the library will keep its name as it should.

  5. jimsjam33 says: Jul 14, 2012 10:02 AM

    Remove the Board of Trustee’s and everything associated with the Paterno name .

  6. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jul 14, 2012 10:19 AM

    Was his impact reall all that positive in retrospect? The decisions Paterno made are a true reflection of who ne was and what his values truly were.

  7. orthomarine says: Jul 14, 2012 10:41 AM

    Lol… The stories coming out of this are priceless. The denial is monumental

  8. phillyphever says: Jul 14, 2012 11:04 AM

    1) There’s an article on Deadspin right now about Paterno’s restructured contract, and it pretty much puts the final nail on his coffin (no pun intended) on how much of a weak, self-absorbed leader he was (it had to do with his contract).

    2) Free piece of advice for PSU: take the statue and other Paterno-related things down before someone else does and not in a way the school needs.

  9. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 14, 2012 11:12 AM

    Iownyou2- i agree

    The board is a joke. Anyone in place at time this happened should immediately resign.

    Yes his influence was very positive speaking for myself. He helped almost singlehandedly built a great university,donated millions of his own money back to the SCHOOL not football

    If there was no Paterno you would have not things like THON that raises millions every year for charities and great causes.

    Whatever he did it wasn’t to stay on and win more games it was to protect what Penn State has become. Hopefully it is now strong enough to not only survive but thrive and become a leader in helping stop child abuse.

    That’s why the board must go because they don’t get it and they dont represent what I believe can come out of this.

    For everyone feeling hate take that energy and use it to make a difference.

  10. onceuponatimeinsports says: Jul 14, 2012 11:17 AM

    The BOT should remove Paterno’s statue ASAP. They can always claim it was done to protect the statue itself and release some sort of wishy-washy statement promising to find another place for it “At some time in the future.”

    Then quietly leave it some basement to rot…

  11. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 14, 2012 11:23 AM

    phillypever just read that, not sure how to take that. i mean if he was all about money why would he give so much back, time and time again.

    i mean the dude still lived in the same house that hasnt been redecorated since the 70’s.

    I guess he knew it was gonna hit the fan, but I dont think he cared about cashing out.

  12. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 14, 2012 11:29 AM

    For 6 million I wonder if the boards emails were reviewed. I bet they werent because Freeh was not allowed. Of the 400 people who talked to him they all had to volunteer to speak.

    Paterno,Curley,Spanier and Schulz are guilty of concealing Sandusky the scumbag. But if your telling me that somehow they are the only 4 that knew, then I have to question the whole focus of the Freeh report.

    1998 was not investigated by Joe Paterno, but by OUTSIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT. They did not press charges, but noone other than these 4 were ever informed of this investigation? Cmon now
    whos being played for the sucker now.

    You give me 6 mil. Ill tell you whatever you want to hear.

  13. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jul 14, 2012 11:49 AM

    Danny seems dilusional…

  14. kozbee says: Jul 14, 2012 12:41 PM

    Im not posting this to anger fans of Penn st but just to say Joe`s statue should come down and melted so it could not be used for anything.Alot of people loved joe and at one time i thought him being one of the best coaches that was in the game.Joe knew what was going on so why leave a statue so others can walk by and remember just what went on at Penn st.If fans want Penn st to be what it once was then get rid of the dirt that still tarishes its name.As long as it would stand my children if i were in the Big Ten surely wouldn`t go to school there.Penn st should fire and hire a New Board of Trustees cause imo they seem to not care what went on at Penn st.JMO.

  15. speedypetey15 says: Jul 14, 2012 1:15 PM

    A death penalty for Penn State makes no sense, other than the fact that the public wants to see something bad happen because of the bad things that happened.

    At the end of the day, Penn State did not gain any advantage from this scandal and this is no way a football scandal. It is a scandal involving the most powerful men on campus.

    Imposing the “death penalty” on Penn State football would not only hurt the school, but the other non-revenue sports that exist solely because of revenues from a few home football games. Also, it makes no sense to punish the student-athletes on the football team that had no part in this scandal.

    It was bad enough the first game after this scandal broke was Senior Day for many players last fall. However, with a death penalty, many student-athletes won’t get the chance to have a Senior Day, while others will have to pay their way to away games and foot other bills.

  16. speedypetey15 says: Jul 14, 2012 1:16 PM

    And also, how much sense would it make to take Paterno’s name off a library he built with his own money?

  17. deadeye says: Jul 14, 2012 1:16 PM

    The issue regarding the statue is easy to resolve with one simple question, “If you were thinking about erecting a statue of Paterno based on what you know today, would you do it?”

    If the answer to erecting a new statue is “no”, then the question about leaving one up is also “no”.

  18. deadeye says: Jul 14, 2012 1:17 PM

    “We feel honoring coach Paterno is a sensitive issue. It’s going to take a lot of dialogue with the community. We want to be reflective and take our time. There’s not a timeline or deadline. That’s not necessary. It’s going to take a lot of discussion.”
    In other words, we want to wait to see if this will blow over because we’d prefer to keep the statue despite Paterno’s role in the coverup.

  19. jimbo75025 says: Jul 14, 2012 1:17 PM

    dannythebisforbeast says:
    Jul 14, 2012 11:29 AM
    1998 was not investigated by Joe Paterno, but by OUTSIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT. They did not press charges, but noone other than these 4 were ever informed of this investigation? Cmon now
    whos being played for the sucker now.

    You give me 6 mil. Ill tell you whatever you want to hear.
    Amen. Sorry if I get in the way of public crucifixion, but has anyone realized that the BOT paid for this “report”? That is like a drug company paying for a study-you get what you pay for whether it is a TV or report. Paterno, Spanier, et all guilty-yes, but were they the only 4, I think not. DA who did not prosecute, AG who stumbled his way to governor-sorry folks but this goes much, much further than than a football coach and the three stooges

  20. drexelvol says: Jul 14, 2012 1:28 PM

    @Ben – “but to erase decades of success and positive impact just like that?”

    I really can’t believe you wrote that. The man covered up for and enabled a pedophile to rape children in the football facilities at PSU. I don’t give a good god damn about his “success” or “positive impact.” That said, perhaps the best thing is to let things cool down then quietly remove all traces of the man…however, they do all have to go.

    Also, this BOT may not even be making any decisions as most of them could be fired for their involvement in all of this.

  21. geo1113 says: Jul 14, 2012 1:37 PM

    jimbo75025 says:

    Sorry if I get in the way of public crucifixion, but has anyone realized that the BOT paid for this “report”?

    So what. The idea behind the report is to see what went wrong and how to prevent it in the future. The report said that the four concealed this wrongdoing from the BOT which I have no reason to doubt. Also, it said why and blamed the BOT for not having the controls in place to make sure this stuff didn’t get swept under the rug. This is very typical in organizations. But perhaps you are too young to have ever have seen this in the real world or you have been lucky to be in organizations in which it did not happen. You don’t always know that you have a problem until you have a problem, then you solve it. When things are running smoothly as they did for years as PSU had the reputation of being a highly moral and clean program, no one thinks of what can go wrong. Who could have ever imagined that the defensive coordinator for your model football program was a pedophile who used university facilities for his crimes. I know who could have – Paterno, Curley, Spanier, and Schiltz – but as the report said, they concealed the situation from the BOT.

  22. geo1113 says: Jul 14, 2012 1:49 PM

    speedypetey15 says:
    Jul 14, 2012 1:16 PM
    And also, how much sense would it make to take Paterno’s name off a library he built with his own money?

    Based on the findings of the Freeh Report, which I have no reason to doubt, it makes a lot of sense. I mean seriously, after Paterno knew there was a problem with Sandusky, Paterno suggested that Sandusky continue to work with child as Volunteer Position Director – Positive Action for Youth. If this is not callous disregard for the welfare of children, I don’t know what is. How can anyone have any respect for a man who knows there is a chance that someone abused children yet make such a suggestion. If nothing else had happened with Sandusky, this alone reveals Paterno’s lack of character.

  23. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 14, 2012 1:50 PM

    I have to disagree. There were published articles about Sandusky at least as far back as 2007. There were rumors on campus. If myself as a regular person heard whispers about the scumbag in 2007. How does a board filled with supposedly intelligent people and alumni not hear anything. I don’t believe it. Of course the report is going to say they were kept in the dark. What did you expect?? Here’s 6 million dollars investigate the $hit out of us. C’mon. Where in the report were BOT members emails forensically investigated? Where is mention of second mile? Seems a lot of stones left unturned. You were lied to once and are still being lied too.

  24. drexelvol says: Jul 14, 2012 1:52 PM

    @speedypetey15 – You’re so far off the mark. The death penalty is very appropriate in this case because of a gross lack of control over the entire football program. The NCAA has every right to, and will, issue strong punishment on the PSU football program and everyone involved with the program will suffer…regardless of whether they had anything to do with any of this.

    It does not make any sense to think that they’ll get off scott free just because the players will be punished by association. That’s the way the world works. Some CEO in a company gets involved in a serious crime to advance his/her company…guess what? That company could go out of business and all the employees laid off. How is that fair? It’s not, but that’s the way it goes.

    Pulling his name off of the library makes total sense. The didn’t build it, he donated enough money to get his name on it, which was a small fraction on what it cost to build. All the money he gave to that library project is blood money.

  25. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 14, 2012 1:56 PM

    How about the governor accepting $200,000 from second mile for his election. When the attorney generals office was actively investigating reports o Sandusky. Wow that seems pretty messed up. Mentioned in the Freeh report? NOT

    Mentioned in the Freeh report how close Corbett and Freeh and how maybe that if this was a legal investigation that might be a conflict of interests? NOT

    The report was intended to sharpen the daggers on the 4 horsemen. And soften it for everyone else. You know why because they can. People are so angry at these 4 they don’t need anyone else to crucify.

    Second mile should be investigated by the justice department

  26. geo1113 says: Jul 14, 2012 2:00 PM


    I don’t necessarily agree that the BOT wants it to wait until it blows over, but I can understand why you would posit that. Of course, it isn;t going to blow over. PSU reputation is stained and if the statue stands, as Deb said in a different thread, every time PSU is on TV, the staute will serve as a springboard to remind everyone of Paterno’s failure to consider the welfare of Sandusky’s victims. In the end, and this is my opinion, they will remove the statue (and probably his name from the library) because it will serve to continue the negative image of the university. It will take a long time. Bring up Kent State and what is the first thing most people think. Yep…the shootings. My sons youngest son is 17. If he lives to be 100, any time someone says Penn State, his first thought will be the abuse of children by Sandusky and the coverup by Paterno.

  27. speedypetey15 says: Jul 14, 2012 2:03 PM

    @drexelvol So because the head of university police did not do his job, field hockey players on scholarship should have to pay their way to away games and pay for uniforms? That hardly seems fair.

    And kids with 3.9 GPAs should be forced to go to different colleges other than Penn State because Penn State can’t offer them an academic scholarship?

    And what about Main Street and the various novelty shops that survive because of Saturdays in the fall? Not having a football program would cripple the entire university, town, county, and state of Pennsylvania.

    Paterno donated his money to the library and spiritual center because of the person he is. He wanted to build a university that centered around academics, not winning football games. This almost cost him his job in the early 2000s because the elite athletes couldn’t make it into PSU because unlike other schools, PSU cared about entry standards.

    Also, the Paterno family made a very generous donation to the university after he had already been fired.

  28. speedypetey15 says: Jul 14, 2012 2:06 PM

    @dannythebisforbeast Thanks for actually hinting at the fact that this investigation should be more in depth than just searching through what happened at Penn State.

    How about those Second Mile donations to the Corbett campaign for governor?

    How about the fact that as Attorney General of PA, Governor Corbett chose not to press charges on this Sandusky incident when given the chance.

  29. geo1113 says: Jul 14, 2012 2:07 PM


    Stop making excuses for Paterno because everything you say really doesn’t matter. Should everything you say be true (and I don’t know enough to say whether or not it is), it does not absolve Paterno or the other horsemen from harboring a potential sexual predator. Sandusky should have been gone soon as he admitted to horsplay in the shower in 12998 and Paterno should have been the one to tell him he had to go. End of story.

  30. geo1113 says: Jul 14, 2012 2:07 PM

    That’s 1998, we won’t be here in 12998!

  31. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 14, 2012 2:08 PM

    I believe he actually donated over 4 million dollars to the upgrade/expansion and led a fundraising campaign for an additional $13 million. So to use the words of Louis freeh. One could reasonably conclude that he built that library.

  32. drexelvol says: Jul 14, 2012 2:14 PM

    @speedypete – Life isn’t fair. Pennsylvania would hardly suffer if PSU football program got the death penalty. It’s not permanent, they’ll come back eventually based on the popularity of the program. It’ll take some time, but that’s the way it goes.

    The PSU football program and the BOT needs to have their respective houses cleaned. The layers upon layers of corruption at that school is staggering. As a PA state tax payer, I’m absolutely disgusted by it.

    Again, any money Paterno gave back to PSU is blood money. He got it by covering up for a pedophile who was raping children in the football showers.

  33. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 14, 2012 2:19 PM

    Where am I making excuses?

    pointing out public record. There is other info in the world other than wha people want us to know.

    1998 the law says Sandusky is innocent. Common sense tells you he probably isn’t but legally they let him walk. Paterno had nothing to do with that. they had evidence and a basic confession. Why no charges?
    Why not checked in the Freeh report? I’m sure of the 4 horsemen were involved it would have been but they werent so it’s not newsworthy. He should have been off the streets then.

  34. Ben Kercheval says: Jul 14, 2012 2:20 PM


    I can believe I wrote that. Like I said, it’s easy for people like you and me to say tear down the statue and remove his name from the library. When someone(s) has been so closely tied to one individual who did win, did graduate his players, did donate back to the cause of higher education, the decision is not as easy.

    What Paterno did relative to Sandusky is not to be ignored, but there is now a totality of his legacy. I imagine moving on from that is difficult.

  35. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 14, 2012 2:23 PM

    The board should replace the Lion with the Pedo Bear as part of their punishment.

  36. snikerbotloot says: Jul 14, 2012 2:27 PM

    “Tearing down a statue or removing a name from a library may seem like simple decisions for most people — and Penn State may ultimately cleanse itself of Paterno and his likeness in due time — but to erase decades of success and positive impact just like that?”

    I get it, its sensitive. Lot of people love JoePa and probably can’t believe what’s happened this past year, are shocked or just in complete denial.

    But I would argue it is a business decision for PSU and unfortunately for the BOT everyday of inaction and “discussion” on the topic, they’re eroding the value of the institution. If they want to erase the negative impact and restore some dignity to their motto of “success with honor,” seems like removing the statue and his name from the library is an easy call to make.

  37. drexelvol says: Jul 14, 2012 2:28 PM

    @Ben – What you wrote in the article can very easily be construed as supporting Paterno for the positives of his tenure and allowing them to outweigh his gross misconduct of the football program for over a decade.

    Again, I don’t think this BOT is even going to be around much longer to make any such decision.

  38. theawesomersfranchise says: Jul 14, 2012 2:30 PM

    I have had enough of Penn State Officials still screwing up and playing games after all of the facts have come to light.

    Destroy the School
    And no, I could not care LESS about the students or Staff. Go find a new job, a new school.
    This one is ran by deviant scumbags and the entire institution should be plowed over.

    There is something wrong with the mentality of this entire area of Pennsylvania and it is sickening.
    It will ALWAYS be the PENN state way.
    It will ALWAYS be Penn st. > KIDS

    Destroy Penn State
    And the best way to do that is kill the F’n Football program.

  39. Ben Kercheval says: Jul 14, 2012 2:35 PM

    @drexelvol, I’m confident in how I feel, and if someone thinks I”m supporting Paterno, that’s fine. I’m not; I’m being understanding for those much closer to the program than I.

  40. theawesomersfranchise says: Jul 14, 2012 2:40 PM

    Westboro church members > Joe Pa apologists.

    Its EASY to walk away from Joe Pa, just like its EASY to turn in child molesters.

    But it’s hard for scumbags and disgusting people.

    So yes, Penn St. is having trouble doing the only thing a Good person would have no problem doing.

  41. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 14, 2012 2:41 PM

    ^^^^ penguins fans

  42. geo1113 says: Jul 14, 2012 2:45 PM


    What part of Paterno knew Sandusky was naked and goofing off with children in the shower don’t you get. What part of you doesn’t get that Paterno after knowing this suggested that Sandusky have a role which included children. That’s my beef with Paterno. It has nothing to do with the public record. It has nothing to do with the fact that Sandusky wasn’t prosecuted. It has nothing to do with whether or not anyone else knew. It has to do with the Paterno’s callous disregard for children. It was a true test of his character and he failed miserably.

    By bringing up his donations for a spiritual center and library and almost getting fired because PSU had higher standards, and trying to divert the attention to others, you are making excuses for Paterno.

  43. theawesomersfranchise says: Jul 14, 2012 4:50 PM

    Hey SpeedyPete, nobody gives a flying frack about Senior Day and how it was a drag for Seniors this past year.
    Actually yammering about Senior day and how it effects some students, my god you Penn State people are unimaginable subhumans.

    And about the Death Penalty
    Everything was done to protect the Football Program
    All the power to cover it up came from the program and it’s interests

    Of course you take away the program from the school that DID and STILL is trying to cover up the facts.

    But it’s ok
    You and all your kind are never going to see Penn State Football again in your lives. That I’m 100% positive about.

    Worst scandal in American sporting history
    Most disgusting failure and betrayal in American Sport History

    You know what, What is going to happen to Penn State Football is going to make SMU’s punishment look like a slap on the wrist. They are going to re-define the phrase “Death Penalty”.

  44. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 14, 2012 5:04 PM

    Like how you generalize and call people names

    Somebody says Sidney’s one hit away from end of his career and you start bad mouthing Philly. Simply a hater of everything non-Pittsburgh.

  45. magoopaintrock says: Jul 14, 2012 5:29 PM

    So let me get this straight… Joepa hatched some sordid win-the-right-way scheme wherein he was made a millionaire, and then a fraction of his vast wealth he (wisely) recycled back into the scheme, and this is what counts as a “positive impact”?

    Anyone who ever read a book from that library ought to wash out their eyes with soap.

  46. Deb says: Jul 14, 2012 5:36 PM

    This statement from the BOT just underscores the fact that they don’t get it. They don’t grasp the enormity of the problem or how much this is going to cost Penn State financially and in long-term enrollment. That’s why the Board of Trustees and the entire administration needs to be removed along with the statue.

    You can remember the school’s football history through the trophies in the athletic department; you don’t need to memorialize the people who were part of the school’s downfall–the Death Penalty is a very real possibility–by maintaining statues to those who led it down this dark path. Penn State was around before Paterno; it will be around after Paterno. The healing will happen more quickly if fools stop maintaining a death grip on the past while claiming they’re moving forward.

  47. onceuponatimeinsports says: Jul 14, 2012 5:53 PM

    The question regarding possible NCAA sanctions on the football program isn’t one of “The football team “did not gain any advantage from this scandal”. They gained an advantage because of the cover-up.

    If Sandusky’s crimes had not been covered up by Paterno and his lackeys in the schools administration the team would have been adversely affected in recruiting and donations to the school that are used to fund the team.

    So the football program benefited by the cover-up which is exactly why it was covered up to begin with. As many have posted time and time again, had Sandusky come out of the baseball or hockey programs he would have been turned in a NY minute. It was his association with the FOOTBALL PROGRAM specifically that led to them feeling the need to cover-up his crimes.

    Are we clear on that now?

    Besides that, there are conduct clauses in the NCAA rule book governing coaches and school administers, how is covering up crimes on the school campus not a conduct failure of epic proportions!?!

  48. dkhhuey says: Jul 14, 2012 5:58 PM

    I don’t give a f@#$ how much money Joe Paterno gave to the university. I don’t care how many of his athletes graduated. I don’t care how many good deeds the man did throughout his life around Penn State Football! What I do care about is the fact that he knowingly, willingly, and continually enabled Sandusky to anally rape and sexually abuse innocent children! That ABSOLUTELY destroys anything and everything this POS did until the day he died. The fact that if Sandusky wasn’t finally caught – he’d still be doing it with permission and help from Joe Paterno.

  49. bauman007 says: Jul 14, 2012 6:40 PM

    I heard a great idea about the football program. Why not require proceeds and advertising of PSU games go to child abuse victims. I hear people say that they should rip the statue down well wouldn’t canceling the football season only keep the memory of this horrific incident around as well? I think this goes well beyond the 4 men but doesn’t exonerate their actions either. However I do think the NCAA would only make a mistake with the death penalty. Further at this point what student on the team would be able to play for anyone else this season? Camps are right around the corner.

  50. dmcgrann says: Jul 14, 2012 6:43 PM

    A lot of this will depend on any conditions put on the gifts and whether or not they’ve been fully received by the university.

    Sitting here, I don’t know that any of the Paterno gifts to Penn State have been fully funded. If not, there should be some sort of an agreement as to whether or not the naming stays in place if they aren’t fully funded. Wouldn’t surprise me if there aren’t those agreements in place, though. After all, when the initial gifts were made, it was just super-duper PR to name something after the Beloved Football Coach.

    I’m not a big fan of tearing down monuments or renaming stuff because hindsight becomes 20-20 vision; you take these occasions and make them into a teaching tool. Around these parts, we’ve got a regular boatload of children going to schools that, quite frankly, were named after people who really didn’t think that those children were as good as their own children.

    Finally, as far as any NCAA sanctions are concerned, I’ve read the November, 2011 letter from the NCAA to PSU. I would think it’s been revised since the Sandusky convictions, but, if so, I haven’t seen any revisions, and PSU hasn’t responded to the original letter yet.

    I think the folks who say that this is not a “football problem” need to read that letter. For those who don’t want to find it, the letter is basically a bunch of “We understand that this happened. Looks to us like a violation of this section of the bylaws. What do you say? If not a violation, why not?”

    PSU’s response is going to say a lot.

  51. thepatriotsaregay says: Jul 14, 2012 7:26 PM

    Penn State football needs to be shut down for the 2012 season.

    somebody up there in Pennsylvania needs to go rent a backhoe and tear the statue down.

    I know if I had got raped by Sandusky I’d be up there tearing it down, no jury would convict me.

  52. santolonius says: Jul 14, 2012 7:39 PM

    nice to see that penn state still knows how to stick its head in the sand, self-delude, ignore, choose image over values, make the expedient decision today to avoid the hard one tomorrow. luckily no one expects an institution of higher learning to learn something.

    …or they could tear down that statue.

  53. gingerkid2000 says: Jul 15, 2012 10:40 AM

    In other words the JoePa apologists are just fine if the entire student body at Penn State will have to deal with being associated with pedophilia. They have no regard to the ridicule athletes will face when playing away games so long as they get to keep their precious statue. Who cares about the victims, right? Just because JoePa decided to ignore the well being of children for the sake of a football program, doesn’t mean he’s responsible. Actually folks he is responsible for aiding and abetting Sandusky by doing nothing to stop it when he knew. JoePa was a greedy, selfish egotistical man who fooled everyone into thinking he was some great guy because of his success. Truth is he spared no expense for that success, least of all the welfare of countless young boys. They’re lives will forever be changed & damaged because of JoePa’s “success.” And we all have that statue to remind us of it.

  54. millmannj says: Jul 15, 2012 2:16 PM

    “i mean the dude still lived in the same house that hasnt been redecorated since the 70′s”

    What about his $4M oceanfront beachhouse he had in Avalon, NJ? Yeah, a real Man of the People.

  55. latchbeam says: Jul 15, 2012 8:28 PM

    Death penalty

  56. houstonsimpleton says: Jul 16, 2012 5:44 AM

    Still no Nike trash getting into my house again. Parker the president did square, removing Paterno’s name and stating his thoughts are with the victims.
    But top dawg Phil Knight is scum. To him, the daily decision by Paterno over the course of at least 10 years to turn a blind eye from those boys is a “misstep”. In contrast to Parker, Knight’s thoughts are with Paterno’s family and his love for “Joe”.
    Screw Nike. Send Knight into Sandusky’s cell.

  57. houstonsimpleton says: Jul 16, 2012 7:11 AM

    Connect the dots.
    Phil Knight still loves him some Paterno and Penn State.
    Phil Knight is Nike.
    Penn State is still reluctant to disavow Paterno, in order to avoid offending…?

    Screw Nike, just do it — send Phil Knight into Sandusky’s cell for some Penn State love.

  58. seahulk9 says: Jul 16, 2012 1:05 PM

    why are the paterno homers ignoring the fact that paterno overlooked 10 years of child rape by a good friend of his????? how does donating money to the university make up for that???? perhaps the b.o.t’s knew more than suggested but it doesnt change the fact that joepa was very much involved in sweeping this away.

  59. ashleyinnc says: Jul 17, 2012 8:29 AM

    This man knowingly covered up the rape of a child. I don’t care if he had previously cured cancer (which he most certainly had not), all good that he had ever done before that moment became null and void. The statue needs to come down. He was not a hero, he was a coward and quite possibly a criminal.

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