Penn State Board of Trustees want to keep Joe Paterno statue

In a clear sign that the leadership and culture at Penn State University still needs a major overhaul, the Board of Trustees reportedly want the Joe Paterno statue next to the football field on campus to remain standing.

ESPN reports that the Board of Trustees have quietly committed to keeping the statue, and that they even hope it will remain that way forever. Their reasoning, according to Dan Van Natta Jr., is pretty sickening.

The trustees’ reluctance to remove the statue is motivated, in part, by a desire not to offend alumni and students who adore the late coach despite the damning findings of his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse cover-up detailed in the Freeh report, the sources said. Some trustees also said in interviews they want to resist being pressured by the media into a sudden decision about such an emotionally charged issue.

This sounds to me like the school is still making poor decisions because of money. They don’t want to offend the alumni and students? It’s time for the school to admit wrongdoing and that Paterno was not a proper role model, which is part of what a statue signifies.

“You can’t let people stampede you into making a rash decision,” a trustee said. “The statue represents the good that Joe did. It doesn’t represent the bad that he did.”

According to Natta’s article, the Penn State trustees believe the public will eventually forget about the statue and that the issue will blow over.

“They don’t get to tell us,” a source told Natta regarding the public pressure. “This is a Penn State community decision.”

The trustees are preaching patience and remaining obstinate, but they need to understand that things have changed. Their “sweep it under the rug” mentality will no longer fly. Penn State is no longer operating in its own world where football rules and morals don’t matter. And I’m not advocating for the statue to be torn down because of reasons Bobby Bown provided. Oh no. It’s obvious that the pride related to the football program needs to be ripped from the school’s hands. They’re still morally corrupt by it, and tearing all their idols down is just the start to fixing the major problems.

And if you think I’m going overboard, watch this video by a recently elected Penn State trustee and tell me what you think.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CYDCNW6U4SKKXV2AEMAKWQR5XQ Robert

    In regards to Joe Paterno’s Statue,  I think they should remove it.  The sad thing that when it comes down to it ,its all about  Money.  I really don’t understand that they kept silent all those years and let that “Monster” have free run of his perverted sex on Children. Why becaue these kids had no one to protect them .  The whole school is to Blame, and after all the Law Suits, it will probably never survive, Penn State that is, and I hope it doesn’t . Maybe it will send a message to others that protect these Monsters.

  • http://twitter.com/waraksas Stan Waraksa

    Brown, if you’re going to censor anyone with an opposing point of view—–quit writing!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R3PYH47TX6DJVXL3YYGQ5MNLNA Vonda

    To all those who are not Penn State fans and or alumni, who are you to tell us what we need to do with our university.  I am so sick of the media trying this case on television and making a scene over something that still has not been settled.  this case has been tried in the witch hunt of the media and blown SO out of proportion it’s not even funny.  Joe Paterno helped build Penn State into a major university and I as an alumni got to benefit from it.  Anybody can write an e-mail and it can be interpreted 1,000 different ways.  No one can read anyone’s mind and Joe is not here to defend himself.  So people should sit back and let the entire story be told before demanding Joe or anyone else’s head on a silver platter.  Joe donated millions of dollars to Penn State.  He took how many young men, taught them discipline and helped them graduate.  How many young boys did he save?  McQuery admitted under oath that he didn’t tell Joe he saw a boy being sodomized and he admitted he didn’t see the act.  He heard noises and made an assumption.  A person from the department of welfare interviewed Sandusky and said there was no criminal intent and I read that in the newspaper. AND the mother of one of the victims forced her son to keep going to see Sandusky because she thought he was an outstanding member of the community.  But no one is looking at that.  I grew up  30 minutes from Penn State.  I went to Penn State and my mother still works there.  My grandmother cooked for Joe pa and the team at the Nittany Lion Inn.  Joe deserved credit for what he did do and forgiveness for not having super powers.  No one is perfect.  If you don’t like Penn State then don’t go there.  Don’t tell us that we should turn our backs on a man who did so much for us.  Given the same situation you may have done the same thing or worse.  Let you who is sinless cast the first stone.

  • clsouthern

    to all………….to know what exactly happened, who knew what, and when we may never know the full truth. What we do know is that boys were molested, a man is serving time and an institution for higher education is still in there fighting. Stubborn and bull headed as to things like football and the status of iconic statues. What I would suggest is that whenever you think of Joe or PS football, please remember the boys we know about, the man in prison, the boys we don’t know about and how we all got here. Take the statue down, immediately, remember the victims and let the healing begin. Let us keep our eye on what is really important and not just on the ball. The statue can return when it is appropriate to do so or not.

  • Betsy Ross

    “Joe donated millions of dollars to Penn State.  He took how many young
    men, taught them discipline and helped them graduate.  How many young
    boys did he save?”

    That’s exactly like saying, “Look at how many boys Sandusky saved through his charity.” 

    You don’t get to have it both ways.  We now know that as early as 1998,  JoPa helped to cover up for a pedophile because the revelation would damage Penn States image and the $$$ football franchise. 

    Face the facts and quit trying to deflect and sugarcoat it.  He wasn’t the man you Paterno apologists thought he was.  You shouldn’t get to keep a statue up of a man just because he made football great for the university.  His inability to act in a moral manner and put the safety of countless children FIRST, is far, far worse than any good he might have done for Penn State.

  • sibmnyc

    The more the story is told, the more criminal it looks for all involved (including the president of the university.)  McQuery has reported far more than what you want to believe here including a retelling of his story in the perjury trial against the athletic director. He is also now SUING the university under the whistleblower law saying that he was pressured into NOT telling the truth by the same people you’re protecting.
    Joe Pa had the most power and chose to use it to protect the victimizer and not the victim.  Does that undo the good he did? No, but it does make it difficult to only focus on the good and chalk this up to a “bad call.” Can the emails be interpreted in 1000 different ways? No, maybe three ways, but unfortunately, none of those ways show any sort of care for the victims in the case and there are victims.
    Now does this mean that anyone but Penn State officials, students, staff, faculty, alumni have any say in what happens to the statue?  No. I don’t think it does.
    I think that now is the time to let Penn State regroup,  address the problems that exist in the system and then ask the Penn State community what they want to do with the statue. 

    But I also think that you need to reconsider what you think “super powers” amount to.  Calling the police and caring for a child in danger should be the base standard of behavior, not a super power.  Unfortunately, the thing that stopped him from doing that was the exact culture he created. 

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