Letters to the Editor

Last weekend's removal of the statue of longtime coach Joe Paterno from Penn State's campus, and the NCAA's sanctions against the university continue to stir debate. Associated Press
Last weekend's removal of the statue of longtime coach Joe Paterno from Penn State's campus, and the NCAA's sanctions against the university continue to stir debate. Associated Press
Posted: July 29, 2012

Paterno's stature will endure

The sanctions against Penn State by the NCAA were harsh but probably warranted, in part ("Lethal hit," Tuesday). The logic of the $60 million fine appears sound. Banning from bowl games seems appropriate. However, cutting scholarships to students who had no involvement with the scandal is illogical. Vacating Joe Paterno's wins from 1998 on is spiteful and meaningless.

More than 100,000 fans, including me, were at JoePa's 400th victory game at Beaver Stadium, as well as all the other Nittany Lion football victories. They happened. They are part of history. No decree by anyone, even the NCAA, can change the fact that Paterno led those students to victory in all the games he coached.

Paterno's record of 409-136-3 will stand forever. His stature as one of the all-time greats of college football will endure.

Dennis Livrone, Doylestown

The coach chose silence

I am disgusted when I hear people say that Joe Paterno is not here to defend himself against the Freeh report findings. Who was there to defend those helpless, abused boys? For 14 years, Paterno and the gang chose to hide the truth. He had 5,000 days to come forward and make a difference, but he didn't. He chose silence. If he had come forward, there would be no need to defend his name. How would he have handled the situation if one of his grandsons were involved?

Cynthia Classetti, Marlton

No statues for the living

With the removal of Joe Paterno's statue, I suggest schools copy U.S. government policy, which does not allow living people to appear on stamps ("Statue gone, sanctions due," Monday). If you can't make it on a stamp when you're alive, you shouldn't be sculpted in bronze. Death is the great equalizer; it brings everyone down to human size. The immortalization process can start then. Otherwise, it starts before history can make an objective appraisal.

Hal Sirowitz, Philadelphia

Investigate Gov. Corbett

It looks like Gov. Corbett was more interested in protecting the "good name" of Penn State, his well-to-do friends in the State College area, and his chances of winning election as governor than in protecting Jerry Sandusky's victims ("Corbett protests too much," July 22). If he delayed the investigation and allowed more children to be victimized, then a thorough investigation is warranted.

Abraham Verghese, Parkesburg

Include students in decisions

Forethought and planning seem to be lost on the leaders of Penn State ("At Penn State, they still don't get it," Monday). The board and administration should have prepared students for the onslaught of negative publicity and shame that would be wrought on their beloved school when the long-anticipated grand jury report was released last fall. Penn State's leaders egregiously disregarded the plight of the abused victims, and they continue to disregard the impressionable young minds left in their charge.

Yes, as columnist Bob Ford stated, there could have been planning and open decision-making. And it could have included the students who are left to pick up the pieces of their disgraced institution. After all, it's their school, too.

Sharon Miken, Long Neck, Del.

When was the trial?

I must have missed the trial where they convicted Joe Paterno of something besides winning a lot of football games.

Jerry Grover, Audubon

Cut state support to university

The president of Penn State gave "assurances Monday that no tuition or tax dollars would be used to cover the [NCAA] penalty" ("Financial effect is up in the air," Tuesday). Assuming he is accurate, why are Pennsylvania taxpayers subsidizing a university that has an extra $60 million? Obviously, Gov. Corbett, it's time our money-strapped state cut those subsidies out of the budget.

Richard Lam, Whitemarsh

Cut scholarships, conferences

Maybe the best thing for college sports would be to eliminate athletic scholarships and conferences. Not only would tuitions drop, but we would have real student-athletes who would travel less and wouldn't miss so many classes.

Tim Byrne, Wayne

Sanctions go too far

A $60 million fine, a bowl ban, vacating wins, removing scholarships, and punishing kids who have never even seen Penn State. Why didn't NCAA president Mark Emmert just burn the school down? It would have been faster and easier.

Fred Staffieri, Philadelphia

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