Posted August 28, 2012

Penn State drops ‘Sweet Caroline’ song from football game playlist

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Penn State will no longer play “Sweet Caroline” at games, and reports say some of the lyrics in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal could have been a factor. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Penn State said Monday it would no longer use the popular Neil Diamond song “Sweet Caroline” in its gameday playlist this football season, but some confusion remains over why the university dropped the song.

The Altoona Mirror’s Steve Sampsell and Walt Frank reported Monday that the school cut the song because of the way some of its lyrics could be construed in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant coach, was convicted in June on 45 of 48 counts of sexually assaulting young boys.

From the report:

Some concerns by university officials about its lyrics – “touching you touching me” – and the perception of people singing along to them in light of the recent scandal have been expressed.

But university spokesman David La Torre and another university official told ESPN.com’s Josh Moyer later Monday that the elimination of “Sweet Caroline” has nothing to do with the lyrics.

“While wholesale changes to what happens on game day are not in store, some ‘updating’ is going to occur, including to our playlist,” associate athletic director Greg Myford wrote in an email to ESPN. “Something that happens every year for both recorded music and Blue Band tunes.”


4 comments
dcrawford71
dcrawford71

Why do they duck the issue of the lyrics? If the lyrics had nothing to do with chucking the song (as a genuine truth) then why not claim the fact (of the sensitive lyrics in light of the PSU situation) as merely an additional benefit from dropping the tune from the repertoire? I smell the Board of Trustees' underhandedness in this issue...when will they ever stop being the bums that they are? When they all resign...that's when. They are an albatross around the neck of Truth.. 

garyjonesthomas
garyjonesthomas

Seriously.. this warrants actually warrants an article?

Mikey
Mikey

Come on people make something out of this too.