Penn State To Discontinue Playing “Sweet Caroline” At Games Due To Lyrics

Well, under the circumstances, it is kind of inappropriate:

Changes are in the air at Penn State for this year’s upcoming football season, and one of them will be of unique interest to Red Sox fans.

The school is discontinuing its tradition of singing “Sweet Caroline” during games due to concerns raised by school officials in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, according to The Altoona Mirror. In particular, the school was worried that the “touching me, touching you” lyrics of the song would be pereceived as inappropriate in the wake of PSU’s child sex abuse scandal.

Well, I can kind of understand that.

In the meantime, take it away Neil:


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  1. jd says:

    It’s being replaced by “Man in the Mirror”.

  2. My Favorite Version of Sweet Caroline:

  3. rudderpedals says:

    …and on that day the gathered crowd filled the void with a delightful rendition of “Fiddle About”

  4. al-Ameda says:

    It’s Neil Diamond for god’s sake – they can do better.

    Why not, “Where Have All the Good Times Gone” – by The Kinks

  5. John Burgess says:

    I suspect the rogues at U. Penn are going to have rather a lot of fun with this.

  6. CSK says:

    So if Neil Diamond wrote a song about touching sweet Caroline when she was prepubescent, what does that make him?

  7. Tony W says:

    @CSK: The next head coach at Penn State

  8. Chris Berez says:

    I wish the Red Sox would follow suit. 🙁

  9. anjin-san says:

    Ah, a meaningless gesture.

    Maybe next time they will step up when it counts.