Should Penn State's Football Program Be Suspended?

Ever since a report was released last week that shows legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno covered up the child abuse being committed by his former assistant Jerry Sandusky, our cartoonists have been weighing in with their thoughts.

While most critics are calling for Paterno’s statue to be removed (including our cartoonists), Mobile Press-Register cartoonist JD Crowe thinks the entire Penn State football program should be suspended – for 14 years.

Here’s his cartoon:

And here’s what he wrote on his blog:

For 14 years, Jerry Sandusky was allowed to roam, raping children and destroying young lives while the powers at Penn State turned a blind eye and said nothing.

The Penn State football program should be silenced for at least 14 years. It’s as plain as the nose on Joe Paterno’s face.

Do you agree with Crowe, or should the football program not be punished? Comment below or drop us a note on our Facebook page.

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

6 replies on “Should Penn State's Football Program Be Suspended?”

I say no to suspending the football program, penalizing the innocent is not the right thing. Fire everyone who knew. Prosecute everyone who covered this up.

Football players can play somewhere else. This is too much to ignore. Yes, the football program should be suspended. All in charge should work somewhere else, if they can find a job, and a new administration should be secured before Penn State is allowed to continue to play ball. I wouldn't want to be on Penn States team, anyway. One might think any player was one of the silent victims.

Shutting down the football program would be punishing the victims. The students and players had no part in this calamity, so punishing their them would be heaping insult onto injury. Punish those that deserve it – the management – not the students whose scholarships rely on football. It also punishes the entire community, including hundreds of small businesses who rely on football.

A much better legacy would be to implement new policies ACROSS AMERICA – like a national mandate that anyone in college sports who supports or fails to report abuse of any kind will be _immediately_ banned from ALL education institutions and sports programs _and_ be charged with a felony. Make the consequences crystal clear and so severe that people like Paterno will think twice before looking the other way. That would be creating something good out of this disgrace.

Shutting down Penn State’s football program doe not actually address the problem. I believe there is some good in the football program. Effectively ending it would hurt people who had no part in this tragedy. However, the climate that allowed this to continue for 14 years needs to be addressed in a way that sends a message to other institutions and actually punishes the (deserving) Penn State administration.

Money talks… I would suggest that in Penn State be required to give an account for how many dollars the football program brought in the from ticket sales, TV add revenue, donations, merchandise, ECT. over the 14 years this occurred. I would adjust that number into 2012 dollars. Penn State should then be required over the next 14 years to contribute this amount in 14 annual payments to charities or organizations (not connected to the university) which serve the victims of such abuse and/or prosecute the perpetrators of such. This would be a condition of the sport played at Penn State (no pay … no play).

… In addition, they should add a blindfold and ear plugs to the Joe P statue!!! (So future generations will ask why).

My response to those who suggest that Penn State should cancel the 2012 season, thus penalizing the current football team members who have done nothing wrong: Play every 2012 game on the opponent's field. No home games. And donate any funds received from those games to organizations aiding abused children.

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