Jerry Sandusky brick removed from State College walkway
The brick bearing Jerry Sandusky's was removed on Thursday after photos posted online sparked complaints.
August 30th, 2012
03:05 PM ET

Jerry Sandusky brick removed from State College walkway

A brick bearing Jerry Sandusky's name and that of his Second Mile charity has been removed from a walkway in downtown State College, Pennsylvania.

The brick is one of nearly 3,000 along Centennial Walkway in the downtown part of campus. The bricks bear the names of many notable figures from Penn State, including former President Graham Spanier and his wife as well as other alumni.

The Sandusky brick had gone mostly unnoticed as students passed through McAllister Alley, not far from the school's Old Main building, until it was noticed on Wednesday by the student-run independent Penn State blog Onward State and photographed by others, including a CNN journalist in State College.

The photo prompted calls for it to be pulled up, considering the school had torn down a statue of legendary former coach Joe Paterno in the wake of a scandal that has left Sandusky jailed for sexually abusing 10 boys over a period of 15 years. The school had no authority to remove the brick, many mentioned, since it wasn't on Penn State property.

Pat Daugherty, owner of the Tavern, a restaurant located along the walkway, said he received a call from State College Borough Manager Thomas J. Fountaine II on Thursday morning saying he had received calls after the photos circulated online.

"We honestly were not aware the brick was there until a day or two ago," Fountaine said.

He said it took a couple days to figure out whether officials could remove the brick, because ownership of the pedestrian walkway was unclear, but it wasn't specifically borough property.

That's when Fountaine called Daughterty, who offered to remove the brick.

"There was some vandalism that was occurring as well," Fountaine said. "Because of that and other issues, we thought it was appropriate to remove it."

Daugherty said he would probably return the brick to the borough because somebody had probably paid to have it put there during the school's centennial celebration.

soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Penn State Lady

    They just won't leave the poor guy alone. Haven't all of you done enough? At least come this Saturday at 12:00 noon we will show you what we are made of. We are Proud. We are Penn State ! GOOOOO LIONS !

    August 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • MashaSobaka

      I have no sympathy for child rapists. I also have no sympathy for those who aid child rapists. So sorry that this offends you.

      August 30, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • moral compass

      Penn State Lady proving the culture will never change at the cult in crappy valley. Keep drinking the kool-aid, your leader was a liar who would be in jail if he was still alive. H2P

      August 30, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      If only that "poor guy" had left his innocent victims alone. And to answer your question...until he's gotten breasts tattooed on his back and been passed around general population for smokes and postage stamps,, then no. Enough hasn't been done to him.

      August 30, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Penn State Lady

    Catch us on ESPN ! We are going to put it to Ohio. Nittany Lions Roar !

    August 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • moral compass

      Just tell Ohio to be careful in the showers. Bad things happen at showers in PSU football facilities

      August 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PSU

    Leave our Jerry alone. He is a good man.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ActuallyWentToPSU

      Clearly this troll did not go to Penn State. No one there would ever defend that monster.

      August 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ....

    leave jerry alone???? he should of left little boys alone.. i dont hate penn state school at all... i truely hope penn state can turn it around and heal from all the horrible things that have happened there... i hope your football team does well this year.... it isnt the football player fault what happened and they are beening punished badly... i am not even a penn state fan....i dont blame the whole school for a few peoples actions... but i do agree that jerrys brick should be removed out of respect for the victims

    August 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      We, the PSU Alimni and Students, are the victims. We are being persecuted for a crime built on hearsay evidence. I seriously doubt Coach Sandusky did any of the things they claim.

      August 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    Just "Another Brick in the Wall" Part 3!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Oh, bs.
    Any rational, thinking person knows that the fault doesn't lie with the students of the football team...
    Than being said, the brick should be removed, as well as those bearing the names of the men who paricipated in the cover-up.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Oski

    Penn State ids pathetic. The only thing they had to offer was football, no education or any other socially rewarding skill. Now it is just a mediocre community college in the middle of nowhere. Time to lose the accreditation.

    August 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Oski

    The way Joe and Jerry abused those boys is just sad. I hope they get punished.

    August 30, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TheBob

    They just now removed the thing?

    August 30, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatup123

      It's obvious someone did not read the story. "We honestly were not aware the brick was there until a day or two ago," Fountaine said.

      August 30, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Penn State is developing a bit of a reputation for not noticing "things".

      August 31, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. DB

    The main focus should be on the very person Jerry Sandusky who is in jail for life. Other notable people that just did not do their jobs and turn over what they knew about him are at fault but did not commit a crime. The Penn state players and students are being forced to experience the punishment that was meant for those people. The students and players won the games, played the sports, and did the time and work to earn valued degrees. Why punish them as 99.99% of them problem never heard of the child molester until it hit the news. If they had Jerry Sandusky would probably not be fit to serve his life tern in jail. Of course the prison inmates love child molesters and will ultimately take care of the real punishment that he deserves.

    August 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MashaSobaka

    I think I would have preferred that they leave the statues, bricks, and whatnot, and instead installed large plaques next to them, clearly visible from a distance of 100 yards, which said "This man is a child rapist, and this school protected him." Next to the Paterno statue: "This man aided a child rapist for personal convenience." And so on. Removing their presence from the campus is dishonest. Their legacy should be known to all, and shamed by all.

    August 30, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    And now there is a gaping hole in the sidewalk. What happens when someone trips there?

    August 31, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • justice4sarah

      'A child get molested" That's my final answer, do I win?

      August 31, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • shut-up

      yes...because nobody though to shove another 49 cent brick in there...

      August 31, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Well they didn't think to report a child abuser, so I wouldn't be surprised if they forgot to get another brick to fill in the hole.

      August 31, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. rocinante

    Penn States is just like Soviet Russia.

    If you fall out of favor, they erase all evidence of your existence.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. good one

    LOL good joke

    August 31, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dave

    Now, that's funny! I don't care who ya are!

    August 31, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
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