Penn State bans ‘Sweet Caroline’

The Jerry Sandusky sex scandal continues to reverberate at Penn State.

The latest shock from the scandal that resulted in the ouster of coach Joe Paterno and crushing NCAA penalties involves the in-game music selection.

The athletic association has banned the playing of the Neil Diamond classic “Sweet Caroline,” which has become a staple at many sporting events. University officials were concerned because of a line in the song that goes “touching you, touching me,” according to the Allatoona Mirror newspaper.

“The thing our fans have come to expect is a great gameday experience,” said Greg Myford, associate athletic director for business relations and communications. “On a national level, we know we are very highly regarded for the Penn State gameday experience. We are not making any wholesale changes to that.”

Penn State is making other changes this season, including putting players’ names on the back of their jerseys for the first time.

Sandusky, 68, the former longtime Penn State defensive coordinator was convicted in June of 48 counts of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.

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[...] reason? I’ll let you mentally scan the lyrics for a moment, and … yes, that’s it. The non-band-related music will feature mostly what has been part of the mix inside the stadium [...]

Predatory Lender

August 27th, 2012
1:52 pm

c

August 27th, 2012
1:54 pm

This country is one big sensitive vaJJ.

Whatever

August 27th, 2012
1:59 pm

Penn State shouldn’t be allowed to play football. They think one year’s worth of revenue is enough to offset the damage that has been to those victims. Not even close.

home&home

August 27th, 2012
2:01 pm

I wish it would get banned everywhere. Awful song!

Jamie

August 27th, 2012
2:03 pm

Ba Ba Baaa!!!

Browncoat

August 27th, 2012
2:04 pm

Great song, loved hearing it at Fenway a few years ago. Penn State —BAD

HA HA....

August 27th, 2012
2:04 pm

Welcome to the hypersensitive world of academia……

Whatever

August 27th, 2012
2:07 pm

I meant. Penn State should be allowed to play football. Disregard my earlier post.

SweatDawg

August 27th, 2012
2:08 pm

Merc Jerd touches you

The Truth

August 27th, 2012
2:08 pm

Wouldn’t it be funny if PSU wins the Big Ten!

Duh

August 27th, 2012
2:10 pm

I have never understood why anyone plays this perv song. It should be banned from public events period. Gives me the creeps.

Browncoat

August 27th, 2012
2:15 pm

gttim

August 27th, 2012
2:16 pm

@ HA HA….

I hate to break it to you, but most serious academics could care less about football. I doubt they would make the effort.

OMG

August 27th, 2012
2:20 pm

OMG, political correctness run amuck. If the NCAA really wanted to punish Penn St they should allow them to keep their scholarships, play in bowl games and let the kids play. Take PSU’s money for 10 years and donate it to help kids. Not punish college kids who were in middle school when all this stuff was happening. And I’m not a PSU fan by any means.

Douglas

August 27th, 2012
2:20 pm

A favorite at sporting events? What kind of sporting events are we talking about? I go to numerous football, baseball, basketball events and have never heard “Sweet Caroline” played at any sporting event. A slow love song like that …… I don’t know maybe pairs figure skating.

Browncoat

August 27th, 2012
2:21 pm

Douglas, see video above.

Sandy

August 27th, 2012
2:23 pm

It’s played at “Boston Rude Sucks” baseball games.

Tap Out

August 27th, 2012
2:25 pm

I’m guessing they won’t be replacing the song with Leon Haywood’s “I wanna do something freaky to you”.

Ward

August 27th, 2012
2:26 pm

Douglas, “Sweet Caroline” has been played in the middle of the 8th inning of every game at Fenway for at least 15 years. It’s an iconic part of the Fenway experience along with the songs “Dirty Water” and “Tessie” (when they win). It was even included in the movie Fever Pitch.

Diamonds in the rough

August 27th, 2012
2:26 pm

Comingtoyaaaahaaaa!!!!!!!!!

Diamonds in the rough

August 27th, 2012
2:28 pm

Dude? They tourched Neil?

Tana

August 27th, 2012
2:31 pm

This sounds stupid. Even it was played every game during the fourth quarter to remove it because of that is just stupid.

joe

August 27th, 2012
2:34 pm

To be replaced by “Let’s get it on.”

North Ave Trade School FTW

August 27th, 2012
2:34 pm

Lol….I love Neil Diamond, I wda never thought about that…….but now that I get it, thats funny AS HELLL. If i was a PSU opponent, I would make sure my PA announcer AND my marchin band played it every game we faced them in……play it early AND often.

Reality

August 27th, 2012
2:36 pm

Penn State turned a blind eye towards this whole mess, yet they think that Neil Diamond’s song is inappropriate? LOL!

isiah crowell

August 27th, 2012
2:36 pm

I wonder if PSU will let me tote ball fo dem?????

Diamonds in the rough

August 27th, 2012
2:38 pm

To be replaced by Pink Floyd – HEY! TEACHER! LEAVE THEM KIDS ALONE!!

allen981

August 27th, 2012
2:38 pm

PSU shouldn’t even have a game to play; but, thank goodness the NCAA did show some backbone.

Hey, started to add a joke title or two myself; then I thought – nothing funny about PennState/Sandusky/Paterno…nothing funny at all.

pat

August 27th, 2012
2:48 pm

I hate that song. It should be banned everywhere for being horrible.

pat

August 27th, 2012
2:53 pm

I don’t know why people think they have to imitate the Red Sox’s extremely psychotic fan base. As far as I know the genisis of using this song started there. I think it should stay there with their loser team.

Retired Old Atlantan

August 27th, 2012
2:54 pm

@ gttim A learning moment. While I agree in principle with what I think you are trying to say, the correct expression is “couldn’t care less.” “Could care less” indicates that one does care at least some.

@ isiah crowell PSU is not going to let you tote de ball until you learn how to spell your name (ISAIAH) correctly. Please go home tonight and carefully write it 100 times.

Harvey D. Pooka

August 27th, 2012
2:59 pm

Talk about taking a decent line out of context ,,,,,, this is going just a bit too far. Guess the administers have no Ba**s afterall.

asmith

August 27th, 2012
3:00 pm

Neil Diamond’s association with penn state football shows that is also just another child rape enabler and all of his earnings from this point forward should be donated to a child sex abuse charity, and all of his sales records should be vacated and he should be banned from any further music.

333

August 27th, 2012
3:04 pm

You’re Joking, Right?

Cletus snow

August 27th, 2012
3:05 pm

I can’t believe this, Just how weak & stupid do they think College kids are?? They will hear far worse than that sitting at a redlight in Atlanta. Maybe they could trade sweet Caroline for Flo Rida’s Can you blow my whistle baby, I can’t help but wonder what we’re raising if they can be corrupted by a few simple words in a song. After the athletic association looked the other way for years while dozens were molested now they think it’s OK to ban music thats played all over the world and no one else found it corrupting the kids. How about banning Wild Thing as well. Maybe they should also fire those who looked the other way to avoid seeing the evil that was happening right under their noses.

333

August 27th, 2012
3:05 pm

Right On c!!!

itpdude

August 27th, 2012
3:08 pm

There are other reasons to stop using the song like because it SUCKS!

WhoCares?

August 27th, 2012
3:08 pm

What a depressing series of comments. One blogger misspells the name he is using in his racially tinged note. Another “sports fan” has never heard of a two-decade old tradition at Fenway Park and PSU. Another sees “political correctness” at a school trying hard to get over a sad, tragic scandal. And someone else imagines the world of academia “hypersensitive” although it wasn’t exactly the English Department that got into trouble at PSU. Sad.

Don Suddath

August 27th, 2012
3:09 pm

As a professor of music,I applaud the comments which label “Sweet Caroline” as mega-hideous. Let’s see—written in juvenile 2/4 signature–has a range of maybe 4 notes–and not a sharp or a flat to break the monotony. But hey–that’s America–dumb as posts–just like most of my students.

Walter White, Jr.

August 27th, 2012
3:09 pm

Yooooouuu’ve gogogogot tototo bebe kiddddding rrrrright ?

isiah crowell

August 27th, 2012
3:10 pm

dat why i tote ball. It not heavy and i good

Drago

August 27th, 2012
3:17 pm

Can they ban Freebird too?

Ford

August 27th, 2012
3:20 pm

What are they going to call ‘TOUCH’downs?

catlady

August 27th, 2012
3:21 pm

” …hands… reaching out, touching me, touching you” is how it goes. Gee whiz is this what we have come to, to ban love songs like this?

jay

August 27th, 2012
3:22 pm

They should dig up ole joepa and bury him upside down with his butt exposed to the elements just like he left those poor kids exposed to sandusky’s element…

David Puddy

August 27th, 2012
3:24 pm

“I hate to break it to you, but most serious academics could care less about football.”

What exactly do you think he/she meant to say?

P Rose

August 27th, 2012
3:25 pm

This may be the stupidest thing I have ever heard.

Ban tight end. Ban wide receiver. Ban the quarterback putting his hands under the center’s butt. Oh my god what have we come to as a society. For the love of god.

David Puddy

August 27th, 2012
3:25 pm

“Can they ban Freebird too?”

I agree with this………….

Son of Sammy Davis Jr, Jr

August 27th, 2012
3:26 pm

What happened to cool sporting events songs like We Will Rock You and Another One Bites The Dust? Opps my bad that wouldn’t work at Penn State football games either. Maybe they can play Surfing Bird.