Joe Paterno’s Statue was removed July of 2012

Paul Gordon Collier-  After the NCAA ruled to restore the late former PSU Coach of Penn State Joe Paterno’s wins, there was an instant call to restore the statue of Joe Paterno that once headlined Beaver Stadium. Joe Paterno’s 409 wins once again restored him to the position of top winning division 1 college football coach of all-time.

In July of 2012, eight months after Paterno was fired, the statue was removed.   All of these events were triggered by the Freeh report, which alleged that Paterno was complicit in covering up Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of boys. Since then, the Freeh report has come under scrutiny, with allegations of collusion between the Freeh commission and the NCAA in an effort to put this scandal to rest.

A recent Quinnipiac poll reveals just how strong the sentiment is to restore the stature, as well as  just how popular Joe Paterno still is, even after the Freeh report, in the state of PA.

According to this poll, when respondents were asked if the Joe Paterno statue should be restored, a decisive 59 percent said yes, while only 25 percent said no.  The margin of 34 percent reveals strong support for Joe Paterno.

The Quinnipiac survey was conducted between January 22nd and February 1st of this year.  The poll gathered responses from 1,023 Pennsylvanians.  According to Quinnipiac, the poll has a plus or minus margin of error of 3.1 percent.

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,023 residents between Jan. 22 and Feb. 1. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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