What are your thoughts on Penn State removing former Coach Paterno's statue from

Jump to Last Post 1-13 of 13 discussions (19 posts)
  1. breathe2travel profile image79
    breathe2travelposted 6 years ago

    What are your thoughts on Penn State removing former Coach Paterno's statue from football stadium?

  2. catfish33 profile image81
    catfish33posted 6 years ago

    It's appropriate.  I have been on that campus a few times, and JoPa was revered there, but like many of his generation, he dismissed the idea that people close to him could do such evil things, so he hid it under the rug.  And for that reason, his legacy should be questioned.  Great football coach, but shortsighted human being,...

  3. Cre8tor profile image97
    Cre8torposted 6 years ago

    To leave it up would've been like saying the school would not change...meaning, not only did it protect a very bad man for the gain of a sports program, it would continue to protect the memory of the event(s). They had no choice and in my heart, I feel that anyone who knew of this animal and what he'd done...EVEN ONCE! deserves no statue, plaque or any other thing. A child's life was changed forever when they fell victim to these conspiracies. No football team is worth that. This is where the line is blurred. I love football, more than most, and even I realize...IT"S JUST FOOTBALL! You don't cover up, sweep away or turn a blind eye to something like this to win a damn game.

  4. FatFreddysCat profile image98
    FatFreddysCatposted 6 years ago

    The satirical news site "The Onion" posted a joke photo today of that statue with a story saying Penn State will be adding a brass voice balloon to it saying "I f***ed up." Hahaha

  5. JBrumett profile image59
    JBrumettposted 6 years ago

    If they were serious about taking it down, they'd have removed it sooner.  To me this is just a ploy to save face once they realized NCAA sanctions were coming.  If they knew nothing was going to happen to them, I'm sure someone would be polishing it up right now.  From everything I've seen, that school tends to think about themselves first, before AND after the criminal event.  They even have the nerve to have spokes people running around making comments about how "unbelievable" and "absurd" this whole situation is now.

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image98
      FatFreddysCatposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      The NCAA's sanctions were announced today... and wow, the removal of the statue is now the least of Penn State's problems.

    2. JBrumett profile image59
      JBrumettposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      They changed their tune quickly this morning.  I'm guessing the NCAA President said sign this, shake your head up and down in agreement, don't say a word or your program will get the death penalty instead.

  6. cryptid profile image96
    cryptidposted 6 years ago

    I don't  care if they take it down or not, but I honestly don't understand what knocking down a statue of a dead man who is not here to defend his actions any longer has to do with moving on from this god-awful situation.  The statue refers to football.  If PSU thinks Paterno's football legacy is marred then they should take it down, but I don't see how it helps this off the field situation.  It's like they're saying "Yes, we allowed horrible things to happen here, but look, at least we took the statue down.  That has to count for something!"   Statues mean nothing.  Fixing a messed up system is the important thing.

  7. CJWood71 profile image84
    CJWood71posted 6 years ago

    In light of what we now know, I feel that removing the statue was the right thing to do.  Although it would have been much better if Penn State would have been more concerned with doing the right thing years ago.  They are simply trying to make themselves look better now that their secret is out.  A case of too little, too late.

  8. Abat225 profile image64
    Abat225posted 6 years ago

    I think removing his statue was a necessity but it is such a small piece of this big picture.  I understand that Paterno was a great coach and dedicated most of his life to coaching and educating young men.  He is and always had been the face of not just Penn State Football but the face of the College.  The problem with Penn State and Joe Paterno is that football had become bigger than all else.  Similar to what goes on in some high school football programs down south or in the midwest or even at other big colleges like Michigan and Ohio State, football is primary.  Sports is a wonderful outlet from every day life but its importance should never be put ahead that of the safety of young children or anyone for that matter.  There are so many values and life lessons bigger than the game.

  9. Rustedwho profile image61
    Rustedwhoposted 6 years ago

    It's flat out absurd! After the NCAA ruling today, Paterno was not only put in his grave, but destroyed in all aspects of his career. Joe was told what was going on with Sandusky and did the appropriate thing. He went to his superiors with the matter. Unless he actually saw it, it's considered hearsay and I will be the first to tell you that hearsay alone means nothing in court. Why destroy a well loved coach for following chain of command?

    What sickens me even more, is the fact that this entire ordeal is the result of one man. The media blew this up and let it ride. Child molesters not even an hour from State College are being let off with probation and slap on the wrist. Yet Sandusky makes world news?

    The current kids in this school are really the ones being punished now. They school has taken a massive hit and their the ones paying for it. No football scholarships for four years, their record has been revoked since 1998, and the 60 million fine, really is this the best idea they could come up with. I vote for 60 million alright, but lash's to those directly involved......period.

    1. Abat225 profile image64
      Abat225posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Rusted who are Joe Paterno's superiors?  The thing people are forgetting is that Joe Paterno was PENN STATE.  He was there for 61 years!  Joe Paterno probably indirectly hired the ADs and some of his other so called superiors.

    2. JBrumett profile image59
      JBrumettposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      The Entire NCAA disagrees with you, and if you could do a better job you'd be the one in charge.  Even Penn State Signed off on this.  That's how damning it really is.

    3. Rustedwho profile image61
      Rustedwhoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      The NCAA can disagree with me and everyone else, still does not make it right. They are not, by any means, the ones facing the heat. Of course Penn State would sign off, their tails are tucked between there legs! It's all about saving face now.

  10. miakouna profile image70
    miakounaposted 6 years ago

    I think it was a good choice. Whether or not the fans want to admit it, Joe Paterno was involved.  He knew and did not help anyone but himself. His career was more important than helping the boys who were molested. He wanted to continue getting recruits and maintain a good football record, instead of reporting the concerns that all of the coaches had. Shame on all of them!

    Everyone was more concerned with football instead of the well-being of the children.

  11. CriticalMessage profile image76
    CriticalMessageposted 6 years ago

    It is easy to make a dead man the scapegoat... The school is surely still a great school... Its leaders have nothing in the name of accountability, credibility, and integrity since they used the convenient cop out of blaming a dead man.. Rest in Peace JoPa !,,, Your successes vast, your mistakes unfortunate... How human of you.

  12. Josh Bell profile image56
    Josh Bellposted 6 years ago

    It's the least that they could do. He covered for a very sick man, which makes him no better than the sick man who he covered for.

    1. Rustedwho profile image61
      Rustedwhoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      He did not cover for anyone, he passed the information to those above him. It's not his fault they took no action.

  13. mrpip profile image59
    mrpipposted 6 years ago

    Personally, I don't think any college should have a statue of a person that's still part of the program in front of their stadium. Right or wrong, no person should have that much praise and honor while still being employed. After he retires, I have no problems if the University wants to honor him with a statue but doing so while alive only gives fuel to the fire that this man has entirely too much power at the school.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)