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Patch Poll: Should Penn State Rename Beaver Stadium for Joe Paterno?

A Quinnipiac University poll shows that, despite the scandal that ended his career, Pennsylvania voters favor renaming Penn State's football stadium for the late coach. What do you think?

Nearly half of Pennsylvania voters polled in a recent survey support renaming Penn State University's Beaver Stadium for longtime football coach Joe Paterno, who died in January shortly after a sex-abuse scandal ended his career.

Quinnipiac University's Polling Institute Friday released poll results showing that 46 percent of 1,300 registered voters polled favor changing the name of Beaver Stadium to Joe Paterno Stadium.

The poll also showed that 40 percent of those surveyed oppose the idea of adding Paterno's name to the cavernous stadium at the heart of the land-grant university's main campus in Centre County. 

"There is lingering respect for Joe Paterno," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the polling institute, said in a statement.

The institute at the Connecticut university regularly conducts public opinion surveys and conducted this six-day poll earlier this month. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

Other poll findings include:

  • 55 percent of college football fans among those polled favor renaming the stadium for Paterno, while 37 percent oppose it.
  • 44 percent of non-college football fans favor renaming the stadium for Paterno, while 37 percent oppose it.
  • 51 percent of poll voters age 65 or older favor renaming the stadium for Paterno, while 32 percent oppose it.

The university's trustees fired Paterno in November over his handling of child sex-abuse allegations against his former defensive coordinater Jerry Sandusky, who has since been arrested and is awaiting trial in that case. Paterno, who had been revered by many for his long and winning career at the helm of Penn State's football program, died of lung cancer two months later.

Should Penn State move ahead with such a proposal to honor Paterno? Or did his handling of the Sandusky case taint his career too much to put his name on the stadum?

What do you think?

GSM March 17, 2012 at 01:38 PM
No way! Paterno nsy have been a great leader on the field , but he failed tremendously as a leader in Life! He had knowledge of a pedophile on his staff and never followed up on his report ! His name will always be associated with Jerry Sandusky.
Willie Green March 17, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Your lurid character assassination is baseless. Paterno was a great football coach, but he wasn't clairvoyant. McQueary didn't SEE a damn thing. He heard suggestive "slapping sounds" and ASSUMED the worst based on very inappropriate circumstantial evidence.
Mark A. March 17, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Not baseless. Even Joe admitted he didn't do enough. He allowed it to continue because of fear of bringing down his gravy train. Rightly feared, because that's exactly what happened.
GSM March 17, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Agreed!
JoePaFan March 17, 2012 at 07:02 PM
You are so clueless on the true facts, GSM, it makes me wonder if you've read ANY facts at all about this tragedy. Joe Paterno is the only who DID FAR MORE than he was required to do. He had NO knowledge of a pedophile ON HIS STAFF because Sandusky was retired already at the time second hand information was given to Joe. STILL, Joe took AT LEAST 3 steps BEYOND the 1 step he was required to take. PLUS he followed up! YOU ARE BEHIND ON THE FACTS REVEALED IN TESTIMONY. You really now are simply telling lies.
GSM March 17, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Joe, u seem to know alot about Nothing. It is always drama when the empire comes crashing to the ground! Keep dreamin that Joe Pa dream! Ha
seen2mch March 17, 2012 at 08:31 PM
The stadium should be re-named Accountability Stadium to serve as a reminder to every Penn Stater,past,present and future as to the tragedies that can occur when(trustees,presidents,police,coaches,teachers,DA`s,attorney generals,etc.) are not responsible and accountable. And the type of damage to peoples lives and the university and all the good done by both that can be ruined by just one failure to act! Doing the right thing and doing it the right way would be the best way to honor Joe.
Orange Chic March 18, 2012 at 01:38 AM
And maybe the showers should be renamed after Jerry Sandusky! When was the last time a building was named after someone that was FIRED by that same institution??? You gotta be kidding me!?!?!
David Clark March 21, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Jerry Sandusky was released (retired) 1999 after the Grand Jury focused on him. The DA concluded ther was not sufficient evidence for a conviction. So if they had this evidence why in the world did the Trustees allow this man to maintain an office on campus?

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