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Wakeup Call: Enjoy the Joe Paterno statue now, while you still can

Nov 16, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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Q: What’s seven feet tall, weighs 900 pounds, and may be too tarnished to remain standing on the Penn State campus? A: The Joe Paterno statue. According to Gregg Doyle of CBS, the bronze likeness of the embattled former head coach is going to be on campus a little less time than originally intended.

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If true, expect a pilgrimage of epic proportions over the next few days to the spot near Beaver Stadium, as Paterno fans gather to spend some precious last moments with metal JoePa. Will there be a last-minute kidnapping, as the Paterno faithful whisk the statue to a secure, undisclosed location? That would be interesting.

UPDATE: According to WGAL.com, Penn State officials said there have been “no discussions” about the Paterno statue.

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  1. mogogo1 - Nov 16, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Know doubt that JoePa had to go and taking his name off the Big 10 trophy made sense. Ditching the statue? Not so sure on that one. PSU is at some point going to have to come to terms with the fact he was their coach for 40+ years and that their entire system shared blame for the Sandusky scandal. Erasing every trace of JoePa isn’t going to change that.

    • eaglessuperfan - Nov 16, 2011 at 2:53 PM

      I think you nailed it there. His being fired and removed from the trophy were both logical. This move seems a bit much at least right now.

  2. edpeters101 - Nov 16, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Why can’t we wait until all the facts, etc. are out in the open before decisions like this are even contemplated?

  3. jdillydawg - Nov 16, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Does this mean we can finally elect Pete Rose into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

  4. debernardolaw - Nov 16, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Extremely OUTRAGEOUS! It has all the odor and odiousness of an overreaction by the cultural horde of a PC, hypocritical, sanctimonious cult, now apparently, becoming institutionalized. A lifetime of a universally and hugely admired and respected, deservedly so, citizen – the likes of which all of us can only envy or be inspired by – is treated with a cackle of cavalier contempt – as if Joe himself were a proven, chronic child molester. Where should the outrage be focused?
    The outrage the Penn State Administration deserves is plausibly unlimited. The outrage directed at Mr. Sandusky and his alleged actions are warranted based on what we know so far. These are difficult to be over-condemned. Just as it is impossible to overly empathetic to the child victims involved. It is a fact, however, that we know very little about Paterno’s actions/inactions related to this sordid and excruciating affair. But, to hysterically destroy any man to express such outrage and empathy, as if his reputation and character of a lifetime were of no value or of any consequence to himself, his family, his university, his sport (indeed all sports!), his admirers, and to our culture, is, at least, a gaudy exhibition of modern crass cultural callousness, and, at worst, a rejection of a need for a civilized culture to behave as if every man has value as a human being. Lynching by an indignant mob used to be more than despicable. Molesting Joe Paterno, his stature, or his statue by a self-righteous and murderous character assassination is no less a crime, or should be. Beware the pop vogue of a salacious fetish to condemn! The praise-worthy character of a society requires something more. Indeed, it desperately needs more men – and women – like Joe Paterno.

  5. geg42 - Nov 16, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    does that mean they are going to tear down the library and every thing else that Paterno helped pay for with all his donations over the years.

    • aray2429 - Nov 16, 2011 at 2:18 PM

      Geg42- Well said!! If Paterno is so “dirty” then maybe they should give back all the money too. Although I did hear this is nothing more than a rumor, but unfortunately I wouldn’t put it past this university.

  6. tk1966 - Nov 16, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    I am still at a loss as to why he is being so vilified (unless additional so far unknown details emerge). He was told something second hand. He reported it to his superior, and to the person who is in charge of campus police. He didn’t see anything, he reported the second hand story to both his boss and to the person who was essentially the head of police. (And yes, campus police is a legit police force, not just a group of rent-a-cops). And now it emerges that McQueary (allegedly) spoke to the police. So, the question again, what more should he have done?

    I can almost comically hear the phone call:

    Hi, police? Someone told me he saw something that disturbed him. I reported it to my boss, and to his boss, who is in charge of the police. I have absolutely no reason to not believe my boss and the head of campus police when they told me they’d look into it. They even spoke with the person who actually saw what happened. But, I’m going to tell you anyway. That’s right, tell you what I never even saw.

    Personally I hope Paterno is proactive and tells the university to remove his name from the library – he’s not one who would ask for the money back, even if he could (since it was a result of donations and fundraising, and was a gift to the school). But I think his telling them to remove his name would be a fitting act on his part at this point.

    …but my opinion in all this could change should new details emerge…

    • fockers2009 - Nov 16, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      nice alliteration, over and over again

    • fockers2009 - Nov 16, 2011 at 4:49 PM

      Read the Grand Jury report. He was specifically told by the eye witness that Perv Jerry was anally raping a young boy. Jow in turn, reported a day later to his AD, that something of a sexual nature might have happend. Far cry from reporting exactly what he was told let alone calling Protective Services or the State Police!

      • firedude7160 - Nov 16, 2011 at 9:27 PM

        Fockers- You need to re-read that grand jury report again. Specifically page 7 where it discusses what Joe was told, and reported. You seem to misremember what you read

  7. karla1953 - Nov 16, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Why not let the legal process play out and find out exactly what people knew what when/I personally would like to know what the Board of Trustees were doing the past two years when the investigation that required so many Penn State people to testify that they suddenly seemed blindsided by this whole thing. It seems like the only tails that they are now trying to cover are their own….

    This is a man who worked there for over 60 years/perhaps they should tear down the library he helped build and give back the money he raised over the years after all that may be tainted also…I am sorry but they are acting like he is the one accused of abuse…..and that is not the case.

  8. johoedeman - Nov 16, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    When all is said and done, it will be proven that years of admiration for Joe Paterno is misplaced admiration. He’s been in charge of this university for way too long. Football rules? Coaches rule? Not any more.

  9. activex2 - Nov 16, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    “In hindsight I wish I would have done more.”
    Support JoPa=pathetic human being
    Wonder if he would have done a little more or followed up if the report was about his kid in he shower ?
    Very sad ..he had the power to step up and did not.
    He will be remembered having no courage.
    Hi, police? Someone told me he saw Jerry Sandusky rapping a child in our showers. I reported it to my boss, and to his boss, who is in charge of the police. I have absolutely no reason to not believe my boss and the head of campus police when they told me they’d look into it. They even spoke with the person who actually saw what happened. But, this guy is still showering with kids here …so what is going on ?

  10. fockers2009 - Nov 16, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    All of these so called pillars of society are living in the same enlightened society as we all are. Don’t tell me that the majority of professional people in the U.S. know that when they suspect a child is being molested they must and would immedicately call the police and tell them what they know.

  11. bozosforall - Nov 16, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    I’ll never root for Penn State in ANYTHING again. They have been tainted FOREVER and no amount of scapegoating individuals such as Paterno (who does deserve some of the blame for this mess) will ever wash the stench away from how out of control the administration (which includes the entire Board of Trustees, who should all resign immediately) let this program get.

    GO ‘ANYONE BUT PENN STATE’ !!!!!!

    • firedude7160 - Nov 16, 2011 at 9:30 PM

      I would bet that you didn’t root for Penn State before, so not really a big statement from you now.

  12. ottobaby - Nov 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Joe Paterno=Scapegoat

    Here’s a brief timeline, there’s more to come from this but, here goes.

    In 1997 charges were brought up against Sandusky. The DA (Ray Gricar) declined to prosecute and Gricar subsequently disappeared in 2005 never to be seen again.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Gricar

    After charges were not followed up on Joe told Sandusky that he’d never be a HC and needs to go.

    The PSU BOT, NOT Paterno granted Sandusky a retirement package along with an office and phone line on campus to use for his Second Mile foundation to bring in money.

    2002-Sandusky shower incident, we have a clearer picture of what went on on here than anything in the timeline and that is not much.

    2009 Sandusky again has charges filed against him, this time though the Pa Attorney General (now Gov Tom Corbett) set the case aside as he was friends with the Sanduskys and had received 640k in donations from the Sandusky’s Second Mile towards Corbett’s his campaign run.

    http://earlyreturns.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/early-returns-20/53-post-gazette-staff/3641-more-second-mile-psucorbett-ties

    BTW, when Sandusky received his retirement package, part of the BOT at that time was none other than Tom Corbett

    Yes, Joe Paterno should have done more but, to have these scandals covered up for money and power by Political officials is absolutely horrific.

    Wait, that happens all the time…..

  13. eagleswineagleswin - Nov 22, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    They should bring it down. Paterno is a disgrace. He let his ego get in the way of protecting children. He is scum in my books. He should be ashamed of himself. Both he and Sandusky should off themselves as they are both monsters