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Updated: decision on Paterno statue reportedly coming in next 72 hours

Beth Jenkins AP

Updated: 5:00 p.m. ET: The statue of former coach Joe Paterno  may not necessarily come down in the next 72 hours as was originally reported, but a decision on what to do with it could.

Though Penn State trustees told Outside the Lines there was in fact a conference call Thursday night to converse about possible solutions, a final decision on the statue wasn’t made. Instead, that responsibility will reportedly lie with interim president Rodney Erickson.

Per OTL, Erickson is expected to decide whether to remove the statue in the next few days.

“It’s a highly sensitive decision,” a trustee told OTL Friday. “The decision is a symbolic one. We have to be very careful about what kind of message we send.”

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Earlier this week, Penn State spokesperson Dave la Torre said a decision on whether to keep the statue of former coach Joe Paterno would be made within the next 7-10 days. 

Reportedly, at least for a moment, that timeline looked to be accurate.

Multiple reports Friday morning from former ESPN/CBS reporter Bonnie Bernstein and the NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones say that the statue will be coming down this weekend. Bernstein adds that the school’s Board of Trustees voted to take down the statue during a conference call Thursday night.

However, la Torre issued a response soon after the tweets began coming in saying “I’m not aware of any decision being made,” regarding the Paterno statue. Penn State Board member Capt. Ryan McCombie added “We did no such thing” to Laura Nichols of Statecollege.com.

The board previously said they would take their time evaluating whether or not the statue should come down in the wake of the Freeh report released last week. The scathing investigation into Penn State’s (in)actions toward former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky placed significant blame on Paterno and other high-ranking PSU officials.

Since then, there have been multiple cries from outside State College for the statue of Paterno, located outside Beaver Stadium, to be taken down. A small plane displaying the banner “Take the statue down or we will” flew over Penn State Tuesday morning.

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77 Responses to “Updated: decision on Paterno statue reportedly coming in next 72 hours”
  1. pastabelly says: Jul 20, 2012 11:54 AM

    There is no question that he failed children when they counted on him most because his own “legacy” meant more to him. We don’t or shouldn’t provide statues to false heroes.

  2. schuckme says: Jul 20, 2012 12:14 PM

    are u kidding me? Bottom line is Joe Paterno didnt molest those kids dont get me wrong im not blind to what he did or didnt do but all the things that man has done for that school over his 60 plus years and the MONEY he GAVE the school and brought into the school far more outweighs one bad decision, we are all human he made a mistake and he was able to at least own up to it before he passed away, the paterno name is forever tarnished enough people do not understand the generation he grew up in, he didnt have that social media that we have today back then they didnt talk about child abuse they didnt know how to handle it they just didnt which is messed up yea but surely its no excuse though being an icon perched at the top of a throne under a national microscope he doesnt deserve to be erased as if he was never there that man deserved and still deserves his statue, all members not just students of psu should be protesting and surrounding that statue by the hundreds.. paterno has taken a brutal beating let him have whatever pride there is left since his integrity has been torn to shreds..

  3. auburntigers34 says: Jul 20, 2012 12:31 PM

    seriously schuckme? the money that Paterno donated to PSU over the years outweighs the fact that who knows how many other kids were molested because Paterno wanted to protect his image?

    talk about priorities being totally out of whack….

  4. jamkarat says: Jul 20, 2012 12:35 PM

    Schuckme-he did not ‘own up to it’ before he died. he lied concerning his knowledge.
    The fact that he many good things does not outweigh the fact that he was passively complicit for his own gain-his and the college’s legacy, in a crime against children. The statue needs to come down out of respect for the victims. Not everything is about Joe.

  5. overratedgators says: Jul 20, 2012 12:36 PM

    You know what? You’re right, schuckme. Paterno gave a lot of money to the school. Probably more than enough to pay for the statue. I’d suggest Penn State take it down and give it to the Paterno family, and then they can feel free to put it back up anywhere else they like.

  6. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 20, 2012 12:37 PM

    As a paterno “apologist”. It should come down it is just not worth it. He didn’t want a statue anyway. If they take his name off the library which without him probably doesn’t happen then I will protest.

  7. florida727 says: Jul 20, 2012 12:44 PM

    I understand both sides of the ‘take down the statue’ argument. Personally, I think all it does is remind everyone of what happened there, and for that reason alone, it should come down.

    What’s telling in the story by Ben is the comments from the BOT members. You can dismiss the “not aware” comment. That’s the politically correct way of saying, “yeah, I know, but I sure as heck won’t be telling you what I know”. However the other comment is a downright denial that any decision has been reached.

    Bottom line: when it comes down, it comes down… if it comes down. Does it right any wrong? No. Obviously not. But what it can do is show the victims and their families that the current school administration acknowledges the seriousness of the wrongdoing and they want people to understand they’ll do whatever it takes to try to ease the pain felt by many. The BOT and the current administration needs to understand they have no bargaining chips in this game. They need to put their proverbial tails between their legs and do what those most hurt by this demand of them… NOT what their “fans” want them to do.

  8. pastabelly says: Jul 20, 2012 12:51 PM

    Money doesn’t buy integrity, especially by someone who proclaimed he was winning with honor. Had he been an honorable man or even a decent man, he wouldn’t have lied and covered up the rape of children. I suppose if you value buildings and money more than that, then you would believe he deserves statues and buildings named after him.

  9. gbpb4life says: Jul 20, 2012 12:55 PM

    I beleive it should be taken down and melted, however what about they move it to a less predomnant place if they really want to keep his memory/legacy(stained).

  10. psunick says: Jul 20, 2012 1:02 PM

    Move it, and put it inside the Library.

  11. savethisname says: Jul 20, 2012 1:04 PM

    Taking down the statue doesn’t erase what has happened, way too much emphasis on this. All this hate and anger is destroying a University who employs and educates tens of thousands of people who had nothing to do with these horrible crimes committed by Sandusky. The witch hunt needs to stop now.

  12. thetooloftools says: Jul 20, 2012 1:09 PM

    This is exactly what is wrong with Penn state. No swift and strong leaders. I promise you… if I was a victim in this mess, part of my settlement would be to tear that tribute to a pedophile enabler down. He will always go down as a pedophile enabler first, and a football coach a distance second. What is the board even thinking right now? NO LEADERSHIP AT ALL !

  13. mx429 says: Jul 20, 2012 1:17 PM

    It wasn’t a single bad decision he made schuckme, it was a bad decision every day that HE KNEW what his close friend was doing and FAILED to do a single thing about it.

    Joe Paterno is nothing less than the PATRON SAINT of all child molesters. They type that turns a blind eye when it matters most and actually ASSISTS by providing resources, locations and lack of oversight. This whole affair was no accident.

    He is just the sort of PROTECTOR these animals require to continue their abuse.

  14. tonyricemajorharris says: Jul 20, 2012 1:20 PM

    Joe should be behind bars. He aided a child rapist. Penn State yahoos who support Joe need to re-evaluate their lives

  15. s75160e says: Jul 20, 2012 1:21 PM

    Put it in the jail cell jerry

  16. s75160e says: Jul 20, 2012 1:22 PM

    with jerry

  17. paulhargis53 says: Jul 20, 2012 1:27 PM

    shuckme:
    He needed the internet and social media to let him know that being a kid touched is wrong?!?!
    Are you out of your flipping mind?!

    Yes “one” mistake does erase all the good he did. When those “mistakes” lead to many, many lives being ruined.
    He basically facilitated for Sandusky .
    The name DOES need to come off the library too. He was complicit in a cover up.
    How can any of you defend him at all? It’s mind numbing that people are that ignorant about this.

    If it was your kid or little brother or nephew, how would you feel?

    Jesus, I cannot believe people are defending enablers of horrific crimes.
    You probably think OJ was innocent too.
    Uff.

  18. brianjoates says: Jul 20, 2012 1:32 PM

    schuckme,

    He didn’t make “one bad decision”, he continued everyday for at least 14 years, math says thats 5110 bad decisions, that the public knows about to hide his friends sick behavior.

    I understand that is hard to accept that idols, friends, family members can have faults, but when they do we can’t be blind to the big picture of who they must have hurt. You have to try and put yourself in the shoes of the victims and their families. If this were to happen at another school, would you not feel sick to your stomach and want everyone who let everyone down pay for their mistakes?

  19. geografer1 says: Jul 20, 2012 1:38 PM

    The statue needs to come down now. NO amount of good can wash away the bad that this man did in an effort to protect the University’s and his own press and reputation. I don’t care how much good he did, how much integrity he claimed to have had, how many football games he won or how much money he donated to anything. If he were alive I’d be here screaming for him to be arrested and prosecuted as well. HE PROTECTED A CHILD MOLESTER AND ALLOWED MORE BOYS TO BE MOLESTED! What is there really to even think about here??

  20. moochzilla says: Jul 20, 2012 1:43 PM

    The new denials are IMO disinformation, they don’t want to announce a decision and have 500 kids show up and handcuff themselves to the statue.

    Not that this won’t end ugly, because PSU is seemingly unable to handle anything outside of a football stadium with even C- competency.

    They should have moved it in the middle of the night months ago. They waited and did nothing, and now it’s an even bigger issue. Kind of a theme for them, huh?

    So some kid will assault a campus police officer trying to take the statue down, and his parents will sue the school for $5M.

    Should I just get my checkbook out now?

  21. davereckon says: Jul 20, 2012 1:47 PM

    It’s pretty simple really. Knowing what we know now, would PSU put up a statue of “Paterno” today?

    If not, then it must come down. I understand that “Paterno” has a history of donations, etc. But sometimes people donate money to eleviate guilt. There is only one person that knows with 100% certainty, how long this went on, how long this was covered up, and why money was donated. Unfortunately, that person is not able to answer.

  22. horses721 says: Jul 20, 2012 1:53 PM

    Joe Pa made a mistake every time he saw Sandusky with a little boy after knowing what Sandusky did in 2001. For years he watched Sandusky take boys to practices and football games and Saint Joe did nothing except protect the maggot known as Sandusky. What kind of man ignores those things when he knows what type of person is?
    For all you people that voted thumbs down to taking the statue down, WAKE UP AND GET A CLUE! Your school is known for only one thing now and that as a protector of a football program and the money it makes than it is about the lives of little boys being destroyed. You are a national joke. Be proud of your schools new name that you defenders only make seem so true to us in the “real world” and are not part of the Penn State CULT!
    “You are Pedophilia State”

  23. horses721 says: Jul 20, 2012 1:58 PM

    schuckme
    You are Pedophilia State.
    You are Pedophilia State.
    WE are Pedophilia State.
    WE are Pedophilia State.

  24. onceuponatimeinsports says: Jul 20, 2012 2:27 PM

    I wouldn’t want to go to Germany, especially if I were a Jew who lost relatives in the Holocaust, and see a stature of Hitler and be told, “Well, he put a lot of people back to work and made the trains run on time….”

    Take the statue down and his soiled name off the library!

  25. papichulo55 says: Jul 20, 2012 2:34 PM

    Its a start. It shows that the Trustees are listening.

    Now that the readjustment of the Joepa mystique is underway, this McQueary guy needs examination. How in hell do you see a 10 year old kid being “bent over” by an adult, and not do anything but run to tell The Boss? The only thing he should have been running for is his Louisville Slugger! He didnt even take the initiative to seek medical aid for the kid, who remains unidentified to this day!

    Mr McQueary, your punishment will be greater than Joepa’s. You must live with yourself every day.

  26. drunkenagitator says: Jul 20, 2012 2:41 PM

    Not only did Saint Joe Pa know what was going on, he even had a contingency plan in place for when the story broke. Tear the statue down and replace it with a huge reproduction of Coach Jerry’s infamous shower room, let the Joe Pa apologists put their flowers and cards there instead. Perhaps it’ll help them remember who they’re blindly supporting.

  27. davidpsu says: Jul 20, 2012 2:48 PM

    “I wish people would stop talking about giving Penn State football the death penalty and taking down the statue of Joe Paterno. Yeah, I had to submit to Mr. Sandusky 11 years ago. At that time I had no idea what was happening to me, but I did know it was abnormal and strange. Now I would like to move on with my life. But if they take away Penn State football, or take down the statue, that would not make me feel any better. In fact, it would hurt me very much. I love Penn State, and I love Joe Paterno. He did so much good for so many people, and Penn State is such a great University with awesome traditions. It would hurt me every day for the rest of my life knowing that my testimony was responsible for all this. Can people please let Penn State and the rest of us heal?” –Victim #12

  28. ashleyinnc says: Jul 20, 2012 2:52 PM

    I am glad to see that the right decision is being made here. Honoring someone with a statue suggests they are a hero, which Paterno most definitely proved he was not.

    http://www.thedoseofreality.com/2012/07/12/silence-is-not-an-option/

  29. stan97 says: Jul 20, 2012 2:54 PM

    Leave it up – it can serve as a constant reminder of the corruption, lies and criminal indifference that occured at PSU.

    Good PR move board!

  30. geo1113 says: Jul 20, 2012 3:02 PM

    Go ahead. Leave it up. But don’t complain on game day when the statue is shown on TV and the announcers bring up the scandal.

  31. moochzilla says: Jul 20, 2012 3:04 PM

    JoePa was a government employee, we paid his salary. So any money he “gave” was just money taken from us, the taxpayer!

    That’s what the Tea Party would be saying if they didn’t, ya know, like him.

  32. psunick says: Jul 20, 2012 3:06 PM

    September 1: Ohio U vs Penn State

    Could be the highest opening game TV rating in college football history!

  33. thefiesty1 says: Jul 20, 2012 3:11 PM

    Take the BOT down with the statue. Clean house completely and start over.

  34. geo1113 says: Jul 20, 2012 3:12 PM

    @davidpsu, what is the source for that quote?

  35. davidpsu says: Jul 20, 2012 3:15 PM

    I am the source, but as a victim of childhood abuse, I would like to remain anonymous. Thank you.

  36. geo1113 says: Jul 20, 2012 3:35 PM

    davidpsu, this is the Internet. You can be anyone you want. This is simply no way for us to be able to take your quote (and when you make a direct statement, you don’t need quotation) as true even if it is. What is to stop me from saying I played for the Oakland Raiders but I wont say which position because I want to be anonymous.

  37. coolhorn says: Jul 20, 2012 3:49 PM

    Joe Paterno failed miserably at the most important responsibility he would ever face in his life. He failed to take any noticeable action to protect the young victims of Jerry Sandusky’s predatory sexual assaults. Joe Paterno filed some kind of notice with his AD. Good for him. That was the end of it. No followup. No checking to see if the matter was being investigated by law enforcement. There’s even strong evidence, as listed in the Freeh report, that Joe Paterno was much more than a passive participant in the coverup of Jerry Sandusky’s crimes. The Freeh report indicates that there was an active process over a number of years to keep the lid on Sandusky’s crimes, a coverup participated in and decided by Penn State’s President, athletic director, and yes, head football coach Joe Paterno.

    Still, after all of that, there are Paterno apologists that want to keep the statue, that want Penn State to skate free of any penalties because Paterno made a “mistake”? Really?

    The statue is an affront to decency, morality, and the rule of law. It should already be taken down, and that there is debate going on over that boggles my mind. It indicates to me that a necessary culture change at Penn State hasn’t even started yet. I have zero sympathy for Paterno’s apologists. I have no sympathy for the school’s fans, athletes, and students if Penn State gets the death penalty it so richly deserves. A hundred percent of my sympathy is reserved for the young victims of Jerry Sandusky. There is no action that can be taken now that will in any way make up for their suffering, but giving Penn State, the university, a pass because it’s administrators at the highest level made horrendous choices should offend anyone with any sense of justice, even rational Penn State fans.

    The statue has to come down. That’s not negotiable, and it’s only a starting point. Penn State owes Jerry Sandusky’s young victims so much more.

  38. davidpsu says: Jul 20, 2012 3:50 PM

    I am a victim of childhood sexual abuse. I do not need to detail what I have been through. I simply wanted to express my opinion from a victim’s point of view, which has been highly lacking in the national debate.

  39. geo1113 says: Jul 20, 2012 4:12 PM

    @davidpsu, like I said, there is simply no way for us to know if what you are saying is true. and quite frankly, knowing a victim of childhood sexual abuse, your statement doesn’t ring true from a victim’s (or his family’s) point of view. Sorry, but that’s how it is.

  40. davidpsu says: Jul 20, 2012 4:16 PM

    I am a victim of childhood sexual abuse. There are two reasons why a victim does not testify. First reason is fear that no one will believe you. Second is the fear of destroying something that you love. The penalties that people are insisting taking place at Penn State is just the type of reason that victims like myself do not testify. It would only make the scars much more deeper.

  41. jhalion says: Jul 20, 2012 4:18 PM

    Honestly, what will taking down the JoePa statue do? What’s next, burning down the school? People are always going to find fault with Penn State regardless of how much apologizing and/or sympathizing we do regarding this situation. Let’s move on and not give into this mob mentality. PSU c/o 05

  42. chargrz says: Jul 20, 2012 4:26 PM

    They should just move it into the Mens Restroom.

  43. gobigred55 says: Jul 20, 2012 4:27 PM

    They should NOT take down Joe Paterno’s statue! They should rotate it 180 degrees so he is looking the other way.

  44. jamkarat says: Jul 20, 2012 4:27 PM

    @davidpsu-1st of all you are not anonymous-a simple google tells us who you are. I can find no information on a victim#12 from the Sandusky case [there were only 10 at trial]. There were as many as 20 that spoke out eventually, but none were numbered after #10, to my knowledge; nor can I find the quote you attribute to your self. I do see that you are a graduate of PSU.
    If indeed you are a victim, you have my empathy. However, I would venture to say that your individual statement does not reflect the feelings of the majority of adults who were sexually abused as children. Moreover, from a psychiatric point of view, your statement holds few, if any, clues to the fact that you were abused. I’m sorry, but to this retired psych nurse your statements ring hollow

  45. geo1113 says: Jul 20, 2012 4:35 PM

    @davidpsu, we are talking about taking down a statue in this thread. If you don’t want the statue of the man who enabled your abuser to come down, you need to seek psychological help immediately. It doesn’t mean you have to detail everything to the world. It doesn’t mean you have to contact the authorities. But you need help.

  46. bostmm says: Jul 20, 2012 4:58 PM

    For those who think the statue should remain standing – consider your feelings if you had been one of the parents of one of the children or worse yet one of the children. Hey ,Paterno was very human (something that many at Penn State forgot over the years) and he made a few very serious mistakes. Maybe we do have something to learn from this but I don’t need to see his likeness reminding me of this tragedy when I walk on the campus. We should not be thinking of him with regards to this tragedy . . . We should be thinking of the ones damaged by it. How we get there I am not sure but maybe removing a bigger than life reminder is a start.

  47. galvezben says: Jul 20, 2012 4:58 PM

    I am pro-remove statue. With that aside: We are talking about a STATUE. Its just a symbol. Its made of metal. It was suppose to be a symbol of the accomplishments of a football coach. A FOOTBALL COACH. Joe was not a hero. He just won a bunch of football games which is understandable since he coached for so freaking long.
    Just when i think the people of PSU might be coming to their senses they continue with this bizarre infatuation with the materialness of it all.
    Since 99.9% of the country will never venture into Happy Valley, i now say “who cares”. Let the P Staters continue to wallow in their miserable little world.

  48. bigbuckeye76 says: Jul 20, 2012 5:18 PM

    Death penalty…

  49. thetooloftools says: Jul 20, 2012 5:34 PM

    Maybe they can move it to his $3.5 million home in Avalon N.J.

    http://watchthetramcarplease.com/2011/11/joe-paternos-avalon-house/

  50. stairwayto7 says: Jul 20, 2012 6:28 PM

    what would people say if this was against Bear Bryant? Total different story then!

  51. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 20, 2012 6:31 PM

    If I was one of the parents of the victims one of my last concerns would be of a statue. I would be concerned with the welfare of my child. I obviously would probably be avoiding penn state and football games for the foreseeable future.

    It is a media driven issuee because of the reaction it generates.

    I live in Philadelphia where the Daily news had a writer-bill conlin who molested His own nieces and their friends for years. They covered his story for about a minute- he was allowed to retire to Florida, keep his baseball hall of fame status and no prosecution. These are the same writers that can’t write enough negative about anything penn state. They worked with a pedophile for 40 years and not one person wrote an opinion about that scumbag

    Point being the media is completely hypocritical and reaction driven.

  52. jhalion says: Jul 20, 2012 7:13 PM

    Honestly, what will taking down the statue do? What’s next, burning down the school? Regardless of how many times we apologize and/ or sympathize with the victims there are certain people that will never be pleased. Let’s not give into this mob mentality and move forward from this situation. PSU c/o 05

  53. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 20, 2012 7:22 PM

    If they take it down the media will have to develop another lightning rod-maybe the library, The lasch building which in my opinion should be the one torn down. Ya know where the actual crimes took place. Don’t worry the media will get you all fired up about it once the statue issue is resolved

  54. tackledummy1505 says: Jul 20, 2012 7:44 PM

    Paterno did everything for that school. Penn State wouldn’t even be Penn State if it wasn’t for Joe Pa. Can’t wait till the Paterno’s court hearing on this Freeh guy. No crap a guy the university hired to investigated pinned a lot on a dead guy, so that others can wipe their hands clean. Paterno statue should remain, he built the entire school

  55. horses721 says: Jul 20, 2012 7:51 PM

    The most disgusting human beings are the people that members of the Penn State football cult. They care more about football than human lives. You are a national joke Penn State and this story will follow all you apologists to the grave. Before and after every football state you can chant:
    “We are Pedophile State”
    “We are Pedophile State”

    That is the way everybody outside of the cult of Penn State football view your “school”!!!

  56. canuckinamerica says: Jul 20, 2012 8:29 PM

    “schuckme”………kind of says it all about this “intelligent person”.

  57. canuckinamerica says: Jul 20, 2012 8:32 PM

    “tackledummy1505″ think nothing more needs to be said.

  58. phillyfanmatt says: Jul 20, 2012 8:58 PM

    Wow how mean spirited many people on here seem to be. Out of one side of you mouth talking about support and healing to the victims. Then someone comes on here stating to be a victim and you attack him like a bunch of wild dogs. All except the one who said if you truly are a victim then they are sorry for what happened. But the others just bash away.

  59. kupski says: Jul 20, 2012 9:33 PM

    To look at that statue and not hear the words

    “To the showers boys”
    not ring through your ears EVERY time you see him pointing in his trot like stance. You would have to be trying to fool yourself.

    That statue represents FAILURE and needs to be removed A.S.A.P.

  60. roundup5 says: Jul 20, 2012 10:09 PM

    Joe participated in a horrendous cover-up!
    That’s all you need to know to take appropriate
    action around that campus.

  61. critter69 says: Jul 20, 2012 11:48 PM

    Maybe the statute should be left up, but moved to a different area. That would allow anyone to take a sledge hammer, or other blunt object, to hit the statute to express their antipathy towards the idiot.

    PSU could even charge some for the ‘privilege’ of hammering the statute, thus gaining some money for the athletic, or med school, or scholarship fund, or whatever area the PSU community might decide to devote the funds.

    I’m sure fans of opponents would be especially eager to ‘show’ their ‘respect’ of Paterno by swinging a blow or two against his statute.

  62. houndofthebaskervols says: Jul 20, 2012 11:49 PM

    This is all so entertaining. LOL

  63. critter69 says: Jul 21, 2012 12:07 AM

    Adolf Hitler did one favor for the German state that is still being felt to this day – the Autobahn.

    I wonder if anyone proposing naming the Autobahn for Hitler would get censored, kicked out of the Bundestag, be allowed to be defeated at the next election, be prosecuted, or what.

    There is no definitive proof that Hitler OKed the “Final Solution” cooked up by Eichmann and company, but there would be very few who would even try to deny that he gave his blessing to the plan. And that alone is justification to ignore ANY good that Hitler may have done.

  64. kozbee says: Jul 21, 2012 12:29 AM

    The perfect idea:

    When Jerry feels the urge let him climb the statue and sit on joe`s finger..

  65. tomtravis76 says: Jul 21, 2012 12:31 AM

    I read these comments saying Paterno made a mistake, he has done so much good for the school, there is no need to punish our school all the bad people are gone.

    I would like to read comments from PSU supporters on what they think should happen to their school, why Paterno should not be disgraced.

    I just don’t see how you defend a man who told so many parents that he would help mold their boys into men, teach them to always do the right thing, teach honorable morals, and for so many of those years he was aware of one of his best friends having sex with little boys. Who is to say, Sandusky didn’t try anything on some players?

    If this was a scandal about ncaa violations and the public found out he was changing grades, even paying players, he would eventually be forgiven, but its not. He was an accomplice in the worst child abuse scandal in the history of the NCAA. His good deeds have been trumped by this, he doesn’t get a mulligan. Joe Paterno allowed the raping of childeren to take place in a community that he built. He knew of an awful crime, he was a community leader and he let his community down in a huge way.

  66. latchbeam says: Jul 21, 2012 2:02 AM

    DEATH PENALTY!!!

  67. dirtyharry1971 says: Jul 21, 2012 2:57 AM

    i have to admit one thing i learned from this is penn state folks have NO common sense and would defend Hitler to the bitter end!! They just dont care about those kids or the entire cover up, they feel everyone should pretend it never happened. Please NCAA the death penalty is NOT enough, someone CLOSE this terrible university!!!

  68. j0esixpack says: Jul 21, 2012 7:29 AM

    The last commenter has it right… If Hitler or Stalin were the coach of Penn State they’d leave their statues up too…

    Sure they were genocidal dictators, but think of all the GOOD they did! Heck, the trains in Russia STILL run on time today!

    Paterno did a lot of good. The question is did he do enough good to justify him empowering a child molester to abuse innocent children?

    Some at Penn State obviously say Yes.

    I say compromise. Turn the statue around so Paterno is “looking the other way” just like he did for decades at Penn State.

    Let it be a reminder that the person who helps a molester by looking the other way is as, if not more, responsible for the abuse.

  69. omniusprime says: Jul 21, 2012 9:01 AM

    shuckme – Haven’t you heard the saying “it’s not the crime, it’s the coverup”? What Sandusky did to those children was despicable in the extreme, what JoePa failed to do as in report the crime to the police and fire that pedophile pervert Sandusky was just as heinous. JoePa enabled Sandusky to perpetuate his abuse of children for over a decade, never fired the jerk because he was more concerned about protecting his pervert pal and Pedophile State’s football program.

    Pedophile State allowed perverted criminal activity to go on on campus for over a decade, heck maybe more than two decades. It’s time for you Pedophile State pervert huggers to wake up and smell the morality of accepting severe punishment that is well deserved.

    Pedophile State Tear Down that Statue!

    NCAA Give Pedophile State the Death Penalty!

  70. haroldoftherocks says: Jul 21, 2012 9:37 AM

    As this post demonstrates, the arguments over Paterno’s “settled” legacy will go on for decades. Most agree the statue should be removed from the Football stadium. An option given by PSUnick above does make some sense though:

    Move it, and put it inside the Library.

    Paterno gave most of his money to the Pattee Library (PSUs library). Put the statue in the library. No one goes to libraries anymore. The internet killed them.

    Paterno’s failures were 100% related to the football team. His second biggest achievement was the Pattee library. Put the statue there. 2nd floor men’s room is big enough. You could put a roll of paper towels on the outstretched finger.

  71. mgmac says: Jul 21, 2012 1:36 PM

    critter69 wrote – There is no definitive proof that Hitler OKed the “Final Solution” –

    hitler was involved. there was NOTHING good about the guy, nothing

  72. florida727 says: Jul 21, 2012 9:49 PM

    Just a guess, no factual information to base this on, but if I’m a betting man, I’d say the statue comes down or is moved BEFORE an announcement is made. A previous post made a good point: those still loyal to Paterno would virtually, if not literally, handcuff themselves to that thing, making it a nightmare for the workers assigned to the task.

    My guess is Erickson makes his decision as to where the statue will end up, has it moved, then ‘announces’ where it has gone… even though by the time the announcement occurs, everyone will already know. It’s a way for the school’s administration to give the illusion they’re in control, even though the public outcry for its removal has already made the decision pretty obvious.

  73. istateyourname says: Jul 22, 2012 12:10 AM

    Who would even still go to that school? I would transfer. How disgusting it would feel to write those people a tuition check?

  74. devdee11 says: Jul 22, 2012 2:23 AM

    Let’s focus on the real criminal. Leave Joe Paterno alone now. Yes he could have pursued it more, but if he didn’t see it actually happen how could he go further with it. I feel for the victims and their families. But Joe has a family too. He is gone and they are still suffering. They weren’t involved. The statue is there for his football achievements that’s all. He was a great coach! There’s no denying him that.

  75. phinfan527 says: Jul 22, 2012 8:11 AM

    Cut up the statue, auction off the pieces, and give the money to the victims. 7/22 and the statue is coming down on ESPN. Good.

  76. phinfan527 says: Jul 22, 2012 8:15 AM

    If it was your kid, would you want to give Paterno a little bit of dignity you think he has left? Take all of his money and whatever he did at the school and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine. This is much bigger than any stupid school,statue,money. This is a crime against humanity.

  77. phinfan527 says: Jul 22, 2012 8:23 AM

    Statue is now gone. Hopefully it gets dropped.

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