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Billboard supporting Joe Paterno goes up at Penn State (Picture)

The best thing the Penn State community can do in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal is to try to move forward. The cloud created by the mess will loom over State College for quite some time (possibly forever), but unless you’re making an effort to help the victims harping on the past seems senseless.

Naturally, not everyone feels that way. According to the student-run Penn State blog Onward State, the billboard you see above was recently erected at Penn State in support of Joe Paterno. By using a different shading for the words “cover up,” the people responsible for the message couldn’t have been any clearer.

Paterno undoubtedly did a lot of great things during his 61-year run at Penn State, but the things he didn’t do overshadow most — if not all — of it. Dwelling on the past successes of the football program in this type of manner does nothing to help the situation.


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  • Dan Taylor

    Why are the words “cover up” a different color? That only brings to mind the tremendous, terrifying truth that Joe Paterno covered up. Am I the only one that finds that odd?

  • SteveDelVecchio

    I was thinking the same. If it’s a pro-Paterno billboard why would you call attention to that?

  • stephenlight

    Yet another writer who has not read the Freeh report and who has followed our inept Board of Trustees in throwing Paterno under the Bus. We are not moving on and could nota care less what the rest of the uninformed think.

  • SherylSimpson

    i’ve read it.  it in noway vindicates Paterno, if that is what you are implying. whether you want to put college football ahead of child safety or not, harboring child rapist and allowing to continue to prey on children ON THE PENN STATE PREMISES AND THE THE SIDELINES OF THE FOOTBALL FIELD erases any trace of “honor” from his legacy.  turning 18-year-olds into young men is negated by turning out 10-year-olds to pediphiles.  his SILENCE cost countless boys their youth and innocence and how a man coached a FOOTBALL TEAM  matter not one bit in the big picture.

  • Vincent Montoro

    If you read it, you apparently didn’t understand it. Just because you read it, doesn’t mean you understood it. There were many mistakes made; however, there was no cover-up. Just terrible decisions- one after another (including “covering-up” Joe’s legacy). Paterno’s mistake? Relying on his superiors to get the job done properly. Unfortunately, they failed.

  • SherylSimpson

    maybe he didn’t cover it up–i never said he did. but he allowed it to continue.  i will concede you that point, but it in no way vindicates Paterno.  if just passing something like CHILD RAPE along to your boss and then never following up passes as ‘the right thing,” then our entire society is in dangerous straits.  yes everyone involved failed those children that Sandusky violated.  EVERYONE.  including your precious Paterno.  he was, after all, just a man.  a fallible man who was complicit in allowing a predator access to his prey under the protection of Penn State University’s football program.  and i understand THAT perfectly. it is the ones like you who continue to deny Paterno’s complicity who are deluded…

  • Vincent Montoro

    Apparently Steve DelVecchio doesn’t understand what’s going on or he’s like most of the sports media, not very intelligent. When he wrote, “Paterno undoubtedly did a lot of great things during his 61-year run at Penn State, but the things he didn’t do overshadow most — if not all — of it. Dwelling on the past successes of the football program in this type of manner does nothing to help the situation.” he acknowledged that he hasn’t employed the critical thinking tools needed to make a sound, objective evaluation. He has jumped on the bandwagon of the mediocre media and the uninformed public, who unfortunately, uncritically follow the media. Anyone, who has kept up with the situation and has read deeply and widely about it, cannot honestly conclude that Paterno was a villian or covered anything up. Yes, he should have been more proactive and should have insisted that Sandusky be investigated by the proper authorities. Was Joe protecting Jerry and his beloved football program? No, he relied on his superiors to do the right thing and they failed. I think the sign is cleaver and makes a good and valid point. The university, the media (particularly the sports media), and many in the general public are “covering-up” Joe’s contributions to the university, his players, State College, and the nation. And it’s sad!  

  • SteveDelVecchio

    How anyone can convince his or herself that Paterno wasn’t protecting the image of his football program truly amazes me.

  • Vincent Montoro

    If you truly understood Paterno and the situation, you wouldn’t be amazed. Paterno wasn’t Bowden, and Penn State isn’t Alabama or any other SEC or ACC university. Paterno had nothing to cover-up or protect. He was a great man, coach, and educator who made a terrible decision. He should have taken care of it himself. Instead, he turned it over to his superiors. University leadership should have acted more thoughtfully and logically. If anyone tried to “cover it up”, it may have been Curley, and I don’t think he knew the gravity of the situation. He handled it poorly. Probably, because he didn’t want to cause a big stink. Unfortunately, the poop under the rug eventually stunk up the whole place. Paterno reported the poop; school leadership failed to clean it up properly.  Stop making Paterno and his legacy atone for Sandusky’s sins and the university’s negligence.      

  • SteveDelVecchio

    You make it sound like we’re talking about a recruiting violation. You say Paterno reported it to the higher ups and it was the higher ups that failed to take legal action. That would be a fine argument if we weren’t talking about young children being molested.

    You’re basically saying Paterno can have a clear conscience in all this simply knowing that he did his part by reporting it to those who worked above him. You’re simplifying the entire situation to protect a man’s legacy as a football coach.

  • Joseph Reichard

    Where is the proof only here say and opinions.  So don’t just jump on the band wagon like everybody else does try forming your own with proof.

  • Joseph Reichard

    again where is the proof it is only here say and opinions it is all about the money now so everybody that ever has had contact with Sandusky is trying to sue for money again where is the proof only what they said 12 years later so they can collect on the money train.

  • Joseph Reichard

    you are the one that is so deluded because you form your opinion on hear say and other opinions.  Sandusky was not on the coaching staff after 1999.  He was not even a friend of Paterno so again you people  are trying to pin something on Paterno have no facts only opinions.  I want proof from all of the alleged victims not hear say  and not with money attached.

  • Joseph Reichard

    where is the proof only opinions.  Paterno himself said he should have done more but the NCAA has no authority in the judgement they delivered it is a criminal case not an academic case and it didn’t benefit the college or any sports at PS.  I hope PS sues the NCAA and the Freeh report for false accusations and unjust penalties.

  • ultimatewizz

    One other thing that everyone is overlooking is this is a “State Institution”.  Worked in one and I can tell you one thing for certain, they tell you exactly who you are to report things to and what will happen if you do more on your own.  Includes loss of your job.  Joe did not see this
    happening, it was reported to him.  He in turn reported it to his bosses.  He is not the one that gave this pedophile permission to use the facilities, he was not in charge of him and had no direct dealing with him.  Those that did are the ones who failed.

  • SherylSimpson

    of course he was protecting a football program.  and he sis it at the expense of children getting raped.  from the way things turned out, he didn’t do a very good job of protecting the program either…

  • SherylSimpson

     you’re not delusional, you’re ignorant or willfully dishonest. yes,   Sandusky was forced to retire in ’99 after the first child molestation complaints, but he had continued access to the facilities. HE WORKED OUT ON CAMPUS THE DAY HE WAS ULTIMATELY ARRESTED.  every person who supports JoPa’s FOOTBALL legacy fails to mention the legacy of CHILD RAPE that happened on his watch.  his program made men of college boys while his inaction allowed a pedophile to steal the youth and innocence of children.  sorry..CHILD RAPE trumps FOOTBALL every single time (at least 48, by court records…but we all know there were more). TO HELL WITH JOPA’S LEGACY– WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN????  THIS IS HIS LEGACY.

  • SherylSimpson

     all it takes for evil to prevail in the world is for good men to do nothing…

  • SherylSimpson

     what do you think the penalty  should be for harboring a known pedophile and allowing him to continue his rape spree?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Berton/100002814677581 Tim Berton

    In 2001, Paterno reported McQueary’s allegations to his superiors Curley and Schultz as required by law.  The superiors told their lawyer, Spanier, Second Mile officials and their lawyer. That is not a cover up.

    I’m sure Second Mile assured Penn State they would investigate and take appropriate action given that Second Mile employed Sandusky and supplied him with the boys. The problem for Penn State was that Second Mile lied and did nothing.

    The real blame lies with law enforcement and child protection agencies who let Sandusky go in 1998 when they had his confession that he hugged boys in the showers. Something is very fishy about that 1998 investigation. I suspect the DA Ray Gricar and investigator Jerry Lauro from the PA Dept.of Public Welfare got orders from above to let Sandusky go because of Sandusky’s powerful connections in the child protection field and their fear of a scandal.

    It would have been a huge scandal for child protection agencies if their star Sandusky was arrested for molesting boys right under their noses after they certified him as a foster parent, allowed him to adopt six children and gave contracts and awards to his Second Mile charity.

    The federal Dept.of Justice and FBI need to investigate what happened in 1998.

  • voiceofreas1

     Sheryl you clearly know less about the law than you do about either the Freeh report or the truth.  Paterno was not the King, the Sheriff or a diety.  He was a football coach.  I can hear all of you haters now, “he ran EVERYTHING at Penn State……..”  It’s a bunch of crap.  He did what he was legally obligated to do, and what he was legally allowed to do.  In Pennsylvania, it clearly is a slippery slope, but those are the circumstances that we live with.  I hope you don’t hurt yourself getting down off your high horse when the actual criminal trials take place, and people have to actually testify under oath (unlike the fact-freeh report where nobody who is involved  was even interviewed).  I have said all along, if Joe was involved, I will be the first one to spit on his grave.  Until then, there is not one shred of credible evidence, and in fact for the $6.5 mil that Penn State paid, there only two ambiguous emails, that even link Joe to this.  Amazingly, out of the “thousands” of emails that were analyzed, not one allegedly even suggests the opposite of freeh’s fantasized theories.  That cannot be possible.

  • voiceofreas1

     how you can call yourself a journalist and not do your own homework is what amazes me.  I miss the days when journalists did more than just parrot other people’s opinions and quote them as facts

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Berton/100002814677581 Tim Berton

    SherylSimpson- You are wrong about Sandusky being forced to retire. Freeh found no evidence of that.

    He retired in disgust or disappointment when Paterno told him he could not be head coach because he spent too much time on Second Mile. In fact, Sandusky was hired back for the 1999 season, and Penn State had an option hiring him back 2 or 3 more seasons.

    It makes no sense that Penn State would force Sandusky to retire because he hugged a boy in the campus showers in 1998 and then give him access to bring boys to those same campus showers after he retired. The DA and PA Dept.of Public Welfare investigated in 1998 and declared Sandusky hugging a boy in the showers was not a crime.

    Sandusky was not even convicted of rape on the Penn State campus, and McQueary said he never saw any sexual contact so your talking about child rape on Paterno’s watch is inaccurate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Berton/100002814677581 Tim Berton

    A footnote on page 51 of the Freeh report shows that Paterno objected to Sandusky bring Second Mile kids into campus training and workout facilities on the grounds that it was a liability problem.

    Paterno didn’t even get his way on that minor request. It illustrates that he hardly had ultimate power even over the football training and workout facilities.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Berton/100002814677581 Tim Berton

    It makes no sense why Paterno would report it to Curley and Schultz if he wanted to keep it secret. He could have simply told McQueary that he would take care of it, then report back to McQueary a few days later that he talked to Sandusky and the boy and was convinced it was just horseplay and nothing sexual.

    It also makes no sense why Paterno calling the police in 2001 would have hurt the football program. If anything, Paterno would have been a hero for turning in a pedophile that the DA, PA Dept. of Public Welfare, Second Mile, police and county Children and Youth Services let off the hook in 1998.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Berton/100002814677581 Tim Berton

    They are throwing the accusation of a cover up by Paterno back at the accusers and accusing them of a cover up or hatchet job on Paterno.

    I can’t think of another case that has so vilified a man for making a mistake in judgement. Freeh himself made many mistakes as an FBI director that ruined lives or cost lives, like covering up FBI lab problems that resulted in many wrongful convictions, failing to prevent the 9-11 attacks and the FBI leaking accusations that Richard Jewell was the Olympic park bomber when, in fact, he was the hero who saved many lives.

    They removed Paterno’s statue, his name from awards and took away 111 football wins, and he was charged with no crime. In contrast, Bill Tilden is still listed as a seven-time U.S.Tennis Open champion on their official website, and Tilden was a convicted pedophile.

  • Rdfry

    Joe Paterno always did what he thought was right. I don’t believe for one second that he fully knew what Jerry Sandusky was doing. He did not socialize or have a harmonious relationship with him. If the people who spent most of their time with Sandusky were fooled then why is it Joe who is the scapegoat ? The Freeh report is not a legal document and provides no conclusive proof of anything. The people involved were not able to be interviewed. None of us who are protesting are condoning the terrible tragedy that has befallen these children, but it is not right that Joe hasn’t gotten his due process.

  • Paul Morave

    Blame the dead guy, he can’t defend himself and the rest have to find a way to keep out of jail.

  • SherylSimpson

    bottom line is STILL the fact that children were raped by a man that was allowed BY THE POWERS AT WORK IN THE PENN STATE FOOTBALL PROGRAM to continue preying for YEARS and using the facilities of Penn State to lure and abuse children.  no matter how involved JoPa was or wasn’t…his legacy is irreparably tarnished.

  • JamesT32

    C’mon Steve, did you seriously suggest in this old article that the Sandusky scandal might hang over State college forever?  No one who reads your articles is ever going to accuse you of being the brightest person around, but don’t be THAT much of a presumptuous jack-off as you’re plain and simply in absolutely no position to be making such a sweeping and limitless surmise as that.