Gary Pinkel defends Joe Paterno as ‘great man,’ admits he hasn’t read much on case

There are two types of people who defend Joe Paterno. There is the kind of person who could be shown a video of Paterno cheering on Jerry Sandusky as the defensive coordinator abused a child and still support the head coach because of how many games he won at Penn State. Then there are the people who choose not to become informed about the case because they don’t want their image of the coach to be shattered. In either case, the reason for denial is the same: Joe Paterno can’t be bad because of how much he won, and how many young men he supposedly taught to win the “right way.”

Sadly, Gary Pinkel falls into the second group of people.

The Missouri coach embarrassed himself at SEC Media Day on Tuesday with the following defense of Joe Paterno:

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Banner over Penn State campus: ‘Take the (Joe Paterno) statue down or we will’

As you may have expected, the decision by the Penn State Board of Trustees to leave the Joe Paterno statue standing outside the football field on campus has been met with a great deal of opposition. The photo that you see above was taken over the Penn State campus on Tuesday morning. If you can’t make it out, that is a banner that reads “TAKE THE STATUE DOWN OR WE WILL.” Time could be ticking for the Board of Trustees.

“Beaver Stadium has called police services in response to the potential threat from the flyover,” PSU intern and PR major Maddy Pryor wrote on Twitter after the banner had been circling the campus.

It was later discovered that the plane flying with the banner is licensed to Air America Aerial Ads of Genoa, Ohio. The group that purchased the banner also taunted Tiger Woods at the 2010 Masters, and was done by a group described as “a bunch of do-gooders.”

The vision of some of the Penn State community may still be clouded by things like money and the school’s reputation, but there are plenty of people who out there who will not rest until the statue comes down. Paterno allegedly covered up for a child molester. At the end of the day, nothing else should matter. The Penn State club where students camp prior to football games already renamed their organization. The Nike Child Development Center in Oregon did the same. The school would be wise to follow suit with the statue. If not, an angry mob could find its way onto campus at some point in the near future.

Photo via @dmech06
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Penn State club renames Paternoville ‘Nittanyville’

A Penn State club decided to rename the area where students camp prior to football games “Nittanyville” instead of Paternoville in light of the findings of the Freeh investigation.

Students began camping outside Beaver Stadium prior to football games in 1993 when the school joined the Big Ten. The camping area was named Paternoville in 2005, but leaders in charge of the club have decided to rename it Nittanyville.

“We always have discussed the idea of changing the name once Joe was no longer the head coach,” Paternoville Vice President Jeff Lowe said Monday in a press release.

“The discussions slowed down a bit in January as we waited for more information. With the Freeh Report being released, we began the process of careful discussion and planning so we could make the right decision if faced with the situation where we would have to change the name.

“The idea of being in the middle of a political war over the name, due to our association with Joe Paterno, has to lead to threats, hate mail and efforts from people outside of Penn State to try and ruin our ability to run an effective organization,” Lowe said.

At last check, the Joe Paterno statue remains outside the football stadium. The Penn State Board of Trustees reportedly are adamant about keeping it there, but at least some students were smart enough to recognize a change was necessary.

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Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse reportedly dates back to 1970s according to new accusations

Three more men have accused Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing them, according to a report from The Patriot-News’ Sara Ganim.

The report says three men came forward and told police they were abused by Sandusky. One of the accusers says he was abused by Sandusky in the early 1970s when Sandusky was in his 20s.

Sandusky, 64, is awaiting sentencing after being convicted on 45 of 48 counts of sexual abuse last month. His defense has argued that a person doesn’t suddenly become a pedophile later in life, and since there weren’t any abuse accusations against Sandusky prior to the late ’90s, it wasn’t consistent with a pedophile’s pattern.

The new accusations dating back to the ’70s would wipe out that weak defense argument. The new accusations would make it seem like Penn State folks may have known about Sandusky’s questionable ways for years.

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.

Penn State renovating locker room, showers from Jerry Sandusky scandal

Penn State is trying to rid itself of a reminder of the dark and disturbing Jerry Sandusky scandal. And, no, it’s not that stupid Joe Paterno statue.

According to a university spokesman on Friday, plans are in motion to renovate the locker room and showers of the Mildred and Louis Lasch Football Building — the scene of the crime where Sandusky sexually abused some of his victims.

The school says the plans were decided on in November after Sandusky was arrested and are a result of the his crimes. However, Penn State can’t proceed with the renovations until the entire legal process has run its course.

It’s probably not cost-effective, but is it completely out of the question to just tear the whole facility down? Penn State can do all it can to rid itself of the visual reminders of Sandusky’s despicable deeds, but, sadly, nobody is going to ever forget what took place inside that building’s walls.

Halo above Joe Paterno’s head removed from mural (Picture)

The artist who painted a mural of Joe Paterno on Heister Street in State College, Pa., decided to remove the halo that sat above the former Penn State football coach’s head, according to Onward State.

“Sadly, today is one of the hardest things that I’ve done,” artist Michael Pilato told passerbys on Saturday, Onward State reports. “I had to…I got rid of his halo.”

The halo was added after the coach’s death earlier this year.

“The reason I put halos on people is, when they pass away, it kind of reminds us that we have a short time here on Earth,” Pilato said.

Pilato and co-worker Yuriy Karabash decided the halo no longer fit.

A blue ribbon, which symbolizes support for child abuse victims, remains on Paterno’s jacket in the mural.

Many people have objected to former university president Graham Spanier’s presence on the mural. The Freeh report concluded that Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley, former vice president Gary Schultz, and Joe Paterno, all worked to conceal the child sex abuse by Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky’s image was painted over in the mural last November after the Grand Jury’s findings were publicized.

Now that the halo has been removed from the mural, finally removing this from campus would be the next logical step for Penn State.

Below is a video of Pilato explaining why he got rid of the halo:

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