Thursday, March 22, 2012

Paterno deserves to have stadium in his name!

Love him or loathe him,
the late Joe Paterno is a legend
You know me, Eye On Sports followers. I always hold my ground when I genuinely believe in something – and don’t mind stating just how I feel on any subject no matter what kind of backlash I might potentially receive.

Having said that, I am going on record once again to say that beloved former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno got the shaft from his former employee in the wake of the now, infamous alleged Jerry Sandusky molestation case.

While Paterno did say he wished he had done more, before passing away in January, many people across the nation condemned Joe Pa, a man that has long stood as a symbol of fairness, honesty and integrity in a sport where cheating takes place n a daily basis.

Well, last week, a new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, found that 46 percent of those polled thought the school should rename Beaver Stadium to Joe Paterno Stadium while 40 percent were opposed to the name change.

Joe Pa stood for integrity and doing things
the right way during his tenure at Penn State.
Beaver Stadium is currently named after former Pennsylvania governor James Beaver, a 19th century member of the school's board of trustees. Pollsters surveyed nearly 1,300 registered voters during six days, with the poll having a margin of error that sits at plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

While the Paterno family name already sits above the library and a spiritual life center on campus, I say it would be a travesty if the school did not name its stadium after the legendary head coach.

Paterno was fired by the board of trustees in November, following the arrest of Sandusky on child sexual abuse charges, but as I continue to point out, Joe Paterno did not commit any illegal acts himself and clearly has had a major positive impact on the lives of many, both players and non-athletes alike.

Love him or loathe him (why would you?) there’s no denying that Joe Paterno’s legacy and teachings will live on for decades to come as many of the coach’s former players are now fathers and grandfathers themselves.

I fully support Joe Paterno and always have. Penn State needs to do the right thing and name their Stadium after Paterno – before erecting a statue of the respected legend.

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