OT: "Sweet Caroline" is no longer welcome at Penn State football games

Submitted by GoBlueinEugene on August 27th, 2012 at 1:24 PM

"Sweet Caroline," which is a big fan participation song during games, is being cut because of the lyrics, more specifically the line "touching me, touching you."

Wonder what we'll do when we host Penn State in a couple of years.





August 27th, 2012 at 8:57 PM ^

they are coming off the worst pedaphile scandel in college football history, every media outlet will be on them this season, almost all of their athletic leaders are under indictment, under investigation or already in prison, and the NCAA just hammered them.  I don't blame them at all for erring on the side of caution with frivolous things like Sweet Caroline. 

Louie C

August 27th, 2012 at 3:11 PM ^

Or the fact that is one of the corniest songs of all time? One thing that I thought about is how Herbert on Family Guy is going to be handled. As PC as we've become, I can't imagine that he isn't going to ruffle some feathers if he's featured on any episodes from here on out.


August 27th, 2012 at 1:37 PM ^

Wow, sensitive people twisting lyrics.  That's way overboard if you ask me.  But I guess they are in a derperate situation trying to fix their image.  Don't want immature people making a big deal about it.  meeeh whatever.

Section 1

August 27th, 2012 at 1:54 PM ^

and a Neil Diamond concert, why is this being adopted as a Penn State/Michigan/anything tradition?  Since when did we get into the business of copying the Red Sox?

Mr. Yost

August 27th, 2012 at 5:00 PM ^

People have the right to be offended, creeped out, or whatever by this song at Penn St.

I commend the University, particularly the Athletic Marketing department on doing the due dillegence and catching this AHEAD of time. Granted, it was probably some intern out at the bar when the song was on when it hit him/her that it would be inappropriate at football games, but a good catch nonetheless.

Penn St. ignored, avoided, etc. the comfort of so many people for so many years...even if this may seem overboard, I'm glad they're doing everything in their power to reverse that culture.

The last thing I'll say is that it is smart from a PR standpoint. The last thing you want is people coming into your stadium making fun what happened by singing that line louder than the others or making gestures. And when you're talking about a bunch of drunk fans, dignity will certainly be beneath many of them. I'm sure there will be opposing fans doing something to poke fun at the situation...I pray they aren't wearing Maize and Blue!


August 27th, 2012 at 1:51 PM ^

They should probably have just quietly stopped playing the song, instead of publicly announcing their decision to stop playing it.  Penn State gets +1 for incompetent PR.


August 27th, 2012 at 2:09 PM ^

It should be "unwelcome" in every stadium...because it's terrible and has no place in sport.  It's a fine song for an Irish pub, but shouldn't be played in a football stadium.  You listening, DB?  You can clear out Pop Evil while you're at it.

Bobby Digital

August 27th, 2012 at 2:13 PM ^

Levon Helm was critical of the inclusion of Diamond, not discerning any musical connection to The Band. Reportedly, when Diamond came off stage he remarked to Dylan, "Follow that," to which Dylan responded, "What do I have to do, go on stage and fall asleep?"


August 27th, 2012 at 2:31 PM ^

Oh boy, people need to just accept the penalties, appologize profusely, and move on.  Does anyone here think that students singing a song which may or may not have questionable lyrics will have any bearing on anything in the world?  Do you really think that banning a damn song will make the victims lives' better, or discourage other sickos, or really do anything other than to serve as a cheap public relations stunt for an obviously idiotic university administration?  What's next, banning "Beat [Team Y]" because it could be interpreted as offensive for abuse victims?  Or hell, why doesn't Penn State take out the showers from the locker room?  Boy, that would really show the world how serious PSU is about stopping future abuse. 

Take real action, Penn State, not this garbage that only furthers the notion that your university's leadership is a bunch of out-of-touch grade-A assholes.  Give me a break.