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Should the Joe Paterno statue come down? Let’s see what the polls say (with update)

Jul 12, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

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As you may recall, there were rumors back in Nov. of 2011 that Penn State would be taking down the Joe Paterno statue in front of Beaver Stadium — that’s when the whole Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case was first being reported. Nothing came of it … but now several outlets are asking the question anew. In light of the release of the Freeh Report, should JoePa’s bronze likeness be removed from campus?

In a poll conducted today at CBS Philadelphia, 69.88 percent of respondents said yes. That’s remarkably high for a Philly-based readership, and just points to the gravity of the report that Paterno was heavily involved in a Sandusky coverup.

UPDATE: Penn State has dispatched security officers to guard the statue. That only took a few hours. Guarding kids? That took a little longer.

Other polls: Should Penn State take down the Joe Paterno statue?

NESN: Yes, 77.22 percent.

New Yes, 74.19 percent.

New Jersey 101.5: Yes, 69.23 percent.

Midwest Sports Fans: Joe Paterno statue must come down.


Nike said today in a statement that it will remove Paterno’s name from its child care center at its World Headquarters in Oregon.

  1. alligatorsnapper - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Absolutely, bring it down. Bring it way down! Bury it, melt it, or blow it up, but bring it down. Maybe we should allow the victims of Sandusky to help bring it down. Maybe they can get some delayed satisfaction by this. Bring it down!

  2. t16rich - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    What a great photo. Matt Millen’s comments on ESPN today should be enough to take it down. Pull your head out of the gutter Penn St Alum, Joe and the school executives are guilty of housing and covering up for a pedophile. Anyone who keeps talking about all the good things Joe did, while trying to brush this under the mat, should be punched in the mouth. This school should change their name to Pedd State. Even with the strong football ties to this story, the most corrupt sports organization in North America (NCAA) won’t be investigating because it doesn’t fall in their criteria. Keep pretending to chase those scholarship violations NCAA. I guess a football program actually ruining children’s lives doesn’t warrant a bowl ban.

    • t16rich - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      I want to retract on my comment a bit. NCAA, you are still the most corrupt sports organization in North America as far as I can tell. But it truly appears they will be taking action against Penn St. It will take time, but from what I have read, discipline for the football program seems eventual. I don’t see how covering up pedophilia won’t bring worse punishment than USC or Ohio St got because of Reggie Bush and a bunch of tattoos. It is sad that so much of this is the focus of football, but it has to be made clear how sick they really were to treat a game with more respect than a kid. Even Penn St fans cant shut up about football, so hit them where it hurts, give them the SMU type death penalty and throw their history out the window!!!!!!!!

      • dominator71030 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

        Why would you punish the football program? I think what 4 officials at Penn State did was HORRIBLE including Joe Paterno but it has nothing to do with the football program. USC and Ohio State players were doing wrong things and things were being done to make the football team BETTER. The cover-up didn’t help the football team. It has nothing to do with sports. How did the football program ruin the children’s lives? It’s not like they were getting scholarship money for covering it up.
        It actually seems like the NCAA will do nothing as it should be. Even the former president of the NCAA said that the NCAA has no right to punish them. He said it would be kicking someone while they are dead.

        • t16rich - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:28 PM

          Well I guess you’re that guy. This was 100% about football, and Joe’s reputation in the long run. I hope you are not that guy who says, “well Joe told his superiors.” Joe had no superiors. He ran that show and was in total control of anybody that was involved with football. He heard about these allegations and still let the guy coach his defense for another season before he stepped down. I think hearing he was being investigated at least warranted Joe to ask him to take a leave of absence or something. That is a serious allegation and you don’t find it weird when a man who has been recruiting high-school kids for decades allowed him to coach another season? You don’t see that as a fail by Joe Paterno? I think you are Naive to think it is not about football. I will admit a death penalty is too harsh, but bowl bans or something are much warranted in my opinion.

          • dominator71030 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:02 PM

            I think its absolutely horrible and terrible Joe didn’t do more and helped cover it up. He shouldn’t have done that. In 2001 when mcqueary(or however it’s spelled) told paterno, sandusky wasnt a coach. Joe needed to tell people then but didn’t which will always be a horrible decision. The district attorney didn’t do anything in 1998 and then the school made him step down but still, for some crazy reason, covered it up. Joe Paterno needed to do more than he did. I’m not protecting him.

            I’m trying to think of the players past, present, and future who did nothing wrong. A school gets a NCAA ban or penalty when the players accept money or rewards from the school or other people (such as boosters). That is what teams such as USC and Ohio State did. If Joe or anyone for that matter told back then in 1999 or 2001, the football program would not have recieved punishment nor should it.

  3. cbking05 - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Sandusky should go down on the statue first…

  4. baron30 - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    they should just spin it around so he is “looking the other way”

  5. florida727 - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Saddam Hussein’s statue came down in Baghdad, didn’t it? What do you think?

  6. cur68 - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    How is this even up for discussion?

  7. aklolzer - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    I say sodomize it.

  8. 1sportschica - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Absolutely remove anything and everything to do with Paterno. His legacy is no more. There is no separating Paterno the coach from Paterno the man. He put Penn state football above all else, and the consequence for that should be a ban on the football program of one year for every victim of Jerry Sandusky. It’s the least the school can do to demonstrate remorse as well as acknowledge that there are more important things in life than football. I only wish Paterno had lived, so he could read the Freeh report and then face indictment for his despicable behavior.

    • dominator71030 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      The players on the team right now shouldn’t be punished for something 4 men did. The coaches and players did nothing wrong. The football program has nothing to do with the cover-up. They weren’t recieving money for football for covering it up.

      The Arkansas coach who got a job for his mistress at Arkansas didn’t make Arkansas get any violations. Covering-up for a pedophile is much much much worse but it is along some of the same lines.

  9. ispeakpittsburghese - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Just put a tarp over it and cover it up. It’s what Paterno would want

  10. chumthumper - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Remove it. Otherwise, it is a constant reminder how a good man failed to do the right thing for innocent victims. We now know that the king has no clothes.

  11. edpeters101 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Although I think Joe is getting more of the blame than those in a real position to have done something about the situation are; Yeah take it down, and consider renaming the entire Univ.

    • t16rich - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      I propose renaming it to Pedd State.

  12. 1sportschica - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    No one wants to penalize current players; they can and should be allowed to transfer elsewhere. Students can still get an education at there–uh,isn’t that what college is first and formost about? What’s sad is that everyone is still talking about the football program. It’s now time for Penn state to redefine its priorities as an institution and genuinely attempt to mend its reputation without the sole emphasis being on sports.

    • dominator71030 - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      The only people talking about the football program are the people who think it deserves the death penalty which they don’t. NCAA experts even say that the only time a school gets an NCAA penalty is if the situation gave them a competitive advantage. This unfortunate incident did not give any team at the school a competitive edge. It’s time for people in state college to start to heal and the only way that that will happen is if you let them be normal and don’t give an unfair punishment for no reason.