Should Penn State cancel or move Saturday’s game against Nebraska? (It bears asking again.)

Yesterday, I posted the following question: Should Penn State cancel or postpone this Saturday’s home game against Nebraska?

Tonight, in light of Joe Paterno’s firing and reports of unruly mobs in State College, I want to reiterate that question but with an important distinction: Should Penn State cancel or move Saturday’s game against Nebraska?

And I think the events of the 36 hours since I posted the original question warrant adding a fresh poll:

Should Penn State cancel or move Saturday's game against Nebraska?

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Now that you’ve (hopefully) voted, I’ll give my opinion.

In my original post, I said that I didn’t know the answer to the question I was posing and that my goal was simply to open up the discussion. My ambivalence is gone after tonight.

I think it’s become clear that Penn State needs to cancel Saturday’s home game against Nebraska. Or, if it is somehow possible, they should move the game either to a neutral field or even to Nebraska.

I know how “unfair” this is from a football standpoint, but frankly I think any football issues should be the last issues dictating what is done in this case. Making important decisions with football as the #1 barometer is what got Penn State in the situation it’s in; I think it should go without saying that it should now be moved to the bottom of the importance scale, even though I’d hate the negative effect on the innocent players who currently man the Nittany Lion roster.

There were reports tonight of media vans being tipped over and rocks being thrown at reporters. When I shut down Twitter to start writing this, police dogs were on the verge of being unleashed according to multiple reports.

Does this sound like a campus that is ready to host a football game on Saturday?

I don’t think so.

And to those who will say that things will die down by Saturday, I respond thusly: yes, maybe they will…but what if they don’t? And it leads me back to where the benefit of the doubt now needs to go in Penn State’s decision making: away from football and as close to an 100% assurance of safety as possible. I don’t think a football game just days after all of this, with emotions still likely to be raw and even unbridled, guarantees 100% safety.

If Penn State is committed to making changes that will ensure innocent people aren’t horribly violated on their watch in the future, this is a no-brainer first step.

Cancel Saturday’s game against Nebraska, or move it out of State College if you can (my preferred resolution, for the record). Any other decision is putting football over safety, and in case you need to know why that’s wrong, just remember that it’s the most likely reason for why we are here in the first place.



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  1. I believe that Penn State should forfeit the rest of its games this season. This is no time to be playing football (or any other sports, for that matter.) If the Board of Trustees, AD, and Head Football Coach knew of this matter since 2002, then several others who either work or attend the university had to know as well. Penn State University should cease to exist. Its buildings should either be torn down or left to crumble as a testament to the wickedness that happened there. Any student who has a shred of decency should immediately withdraw from school or transfer elsewhere. Apparently pedophilia is a silently-approved curriculum at PSU. Our only hope is Jesus Christ!

    • You're clearly insane.

      The game should probably be postponed or cancelled and someone needs to talk to the students on campus and instill confidence and a sense of direction for them. They are Penn State.

      • The Mighty Owen says:

        I agree, "The Voice" is clearly insane (except for the comment about Jesus.) I am a Virginia Tech alumni and know all about a campus that deals with tragedy. The university has done the right thing by terminating those who knew something but did nothing. Now it's time to take care of the victims (if at all possible) and move forward. Let's pray for all those who are dealing with this. As for the game, cancelling it, and possibly the rest of the season, would be a good start. It's only a GAME. From a Hokie who understands.

    • I think your a complete moron. First of all this has nothing to do with students of the university so do not penalize them and say "Its buildings should either be torn down or left to crumble". That statement really struck me because people like you are beginning to blame others at PSU who were not involved. This is about Sandusky, don't make this about anyone else. Yes Joe Pa should have reported this issue to the police in the first place, but you have no idea what went through his mind at the time. When your under pressure it is hard to think logically or clearly for that matter. Think about what you said "A voice" and dont make exaggerated comments like that.

    • The rest of the season should be cancelled and all games forfeited. Penn state should use their funds and work with the Big Ten and the three universities to pay reasonable amounts for returned tickets and lost revenue. The funds are there that have built up in the Penn State coffers over the last 13 years that this has been going on to do so. They cannot play in a game in the”Leaders ” division. What hypocrisy! The team can still be honored in a less public ceremony later. After all most are on scholarship. They can much better use that time to reflect, give back to those children to start thhe healing process and work on their studies. It is not about fairness as those student-athletes will move on in their lives vs. 8+ innocent children, now adults who will never be the same.

  2. Our only hope is that you get a life … Its a terrible thing that happened and we all know who is responsible. Penn State is a great institution and have a lot to be proud of. If Tim Curly did the right thing this would all have been over with years ago and the criminal acts against children would have stopped 12yrs ago.

    A handful of people dont makeup Penn State.

    • Gutless trustees should cancel the season and post season bowl games instead of just firing Joe Pa as the escape goat. The correct move was to allow Joe Pa to retire but no one knows the truth so let's start castrating the alledged.

      • True….due process and waiting to hear all the facts has been thrown to the wind and Paterno has been thrown under the bus.
        Penn State is huge, loud and proud , Joe Pa had a spotless record and is rather conservative in his politics, the media is salivating at his downfall, and the Universities, without having all the facts. I really don't even believe they're thinking about the victims. eg: I heard self righteous pundits on the national news yelling; 'how could Paterno continue to work alongside Sandusky after hearing allegations?' Sandusky hadn't been a coach since the 90's, before the incident. It's these incindeary remarks and false facts that are contributing to the circus atmosphere on campus and possible problems if the game is played on Saturday.
        The students don't trust the media or the board of trustees.
        btw, Owen…I'm a huge Va Tech fan.

  3. My family and I know JoePa personally for over 40 years and this “Witch Hunt” is awful. Knowing Joe I can almost garentee he will tell the team to go out on Saturday and “play their hearts out”. For a man who has made millions and gave most of the money he has earned to the school and to better education for children who can’t afford the education. This great man is very humble living in a small 3 bedroom ranch and he has never wanted an extravagant lifestyle. We should all be looking at him and try to be as good of a man as JoePa is.

    PennState the college will go on, but the team will always be Joe’s.

    • He enabled a pervert to rape children through his non-actions! You apparently did not know that…did you!!

    • The fact that you know him for so long is only skewing your perspective. He withheld information that could have prevented a slew of child molestation (8 documented counts, who knows how many won't come forward). It doesn't matter that he gave his money for a better cause, Sandusky had a charity for a better cause, are you telling me that he shouldn't be arrested? All the people need to be arrested and they should not play the upcoming game. Maybe not cancel the whole season, but in the midst of this scandal I think going and playing with "all their heart" and all this rioting for Paterno is like a slap in the face of the victims after everything they already had to endure.

  4. Has anyone bothered to read the university policy on reporting child abuse, or for that matter criminal activity, to see if Joe Paterno did or did not do what the policy states. If he did than the people to whom he reports are the ones to held negligent. Coach Paterno has indeed been thrown under the bus. The media needs to begin talking about the criminal in this case – Sandusky.

    • It does not matter what the policy says, it has to do with doing what is right. What if the law said you never had to report child rape? That means you wouldn't? Policies and laws are to help shape the way people act but they cannot stand in for your morals. Sandusky is a disgusting pig but everyone that was notified or saw something and did not go to the police and make sure something was being done is disgusting as well. I can't believe McQueary is still working there, he's just as bad as Paterno. I can't believe that you think someone is being thrown under the bus for covering for a child rapist. You should join the riots.

  5. Anyone saying they should cancel the rest of the season is out of their mind. Every single one of those players on that team fought hard to get to the point they are at now and none of them have anything to do with this case. It isn't fair to them, it isn't fair to the students, and it isn't fair to the rest of the fans. Do you really think that by playing the rest of the season as scheduled there would be more damage done to the victims? If people think that students were acting out last night after news of Paterno's firing, canceling the game will lead to far worse consequences.

    • Go get’em Ben! Let’s not forget the gallant efforts of the Penn State students who rioted and destroyed private property in order to show their support of the rights of grown man to rape a ten year old boy in the team’s shower room, and the right of the head coach to cover said rapes up for ten plus years, thus allowing more boy rapes to occur in the very same shower room. Those alleged rape “victims” should understand that the only thing that really matters is that Penn State football fans are properly entertained! God forbid that the game is canceled, or the fans might have to burn down the whole town; If the whole season is canceled, perhaps will be forced against their will to murder innocent people who just happened to get in their way. Remember, if anything bad happens, it is not the fault of Penn State students who committed the crimes, it is the fault of all the people who prevented them from being properly entertained in such a manner that they deserve.

      • They weren't rioting to support a grown man who molested children you misinformed fool. Those in the streets were chanting "F— Sandusky". Was the rioting foolish? Absolutely. Was it appropriate? Not at all. They looked like a bunch of idiots. That being said if you were any part of Penn State you would also have some sort of emotions other then "piss on Penn State, they support child molesters". They were rioting because Monday night they all went to sleep thinking of Penn State as Penn State and woke up on Tuesday and then into Wednesday with everything they were raised with being overturned and got very little explanation from the University. Joe Paterno didn't molest anyone. He was told about inappropriate behavior that occurred and told his superiors. Should he have went and checked to make sure that other people were doing THEIR jobs? Ok lets even go along with that and say that he should have and he was in the wrong. I can agree with that to an extent. So 1. how does that mean that the students of Penn State support a child molester? 2. In what misguided world do you live in that you think all of the current football players who have worked all year to get where they are should be punished for something they had nothing to do? and 3. How do you think canceling a football game does anything to help the victims? There has already been reports that they should have checked with the victims first before firing Paterno. They watch TV. They know everything that is happening. It is a very real possibility that all of this could bring even more stress to them. Inform yourself. You don't know what your talking about.

  6. Cancel the game. The local police were overwhelmed by the initial response to Paterno’s firing. Imagine how much more will be at stake with the increased number of fans and onlookers at a Penn State home football game. Nebraska has formally expressed concern about safety. Is this game so important that Penn State should spend more $ and use more resources to beef up security? I mean, it is clear the game cannot be managed with standard security measures. And of course if the game moves forward, there is the PR nightmare of seeming to care more about football than the kids who were victimized. My main reason for cncelling the game is safety, but sending the right message to the victims and their families is also very important.

  7. Penn State will survive and prosper, but in order to do so, it must purge itself of the crimes of its leaders and demonstrate to the world that the Penn State community as a whole has its priorities straight and will not tolerate anyone, ANYONE, who turns their back while children are sodomized.

    Penn State needs to forfeit the rest of the games on its schedule for this season and let it be known that it will not accept any bowl invitations. It also needs to shut down the football program for at least one year. The NCAA should permit any football players who choose to do so to transfer to any other program without the normal ineligibility period and any players who don't want to transfer should continue to receive the scholarship and other financial aid which they had as players. Then the university needs to dismiss everyone employed by the football program and rebuild it from scratch.

    The statue of Joe Paterno needs to be melted down and a permanent memorial made from the metal to remind everyone that the safety of children matters infinitely more than football.

    I'm sorry for the pain this must be causing the overwhelmingly good people associated with Penn State. You were betrayed by the people in whom you should have been able to place the greatest trust.

  8. http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/1

    Well they definitely aren't canceling the game.

    If your opinions are actually because you care about the victims read this article. Yeah canceling the season makes a lot of sense… Oh wait… Why? Someone explain to me what good comes from that… You could donate millions if you use the revenue from the game for a child abuse charity. You can donate $0 if you cancel the game. You can show support for the victims and let them know that we actually do care about them.

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