Critics Want JoePa's Statue Down

Others demand that Penn State drop, or change, football
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2012 7:27 PM CDT
A statue of Joe Paterno stands outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State campus.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Newser) – The reverberations of the Freeh Report continue, and while Joe Paterno's family concedes "it can be argued that Joe Paterno should have gone further," relatives insist that to think "he would have protected Jerry Sandusky to avoid bad publicity is simply not realistic." (The Daily Collegian has the full statement here.) Not everyone is as sympathetic, though, and the New York Times notes that an online debate erupted today on whether the coach's statue outside Penn State's stadium should come down.


  • Drop football? Yes, argues Allen Barra at Salon. Failing that, the school should "turn it around from the profit-making machine that created the mind-set that led to this disgrace in the first place." It can start by donating all revenue from the program to charities that help abused kids.
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