Penn State Will Remove Joe Paterno Statue This Weekend

Jan 22, 2012; State College, PA, USA; Candles , cards , and flowers form a makeshift memorial around the statue of former Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno outside of Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

In the end Penn State just didn’t want to deal with the headache. After massive public outcry and even threats of violence the university has elected to tear down the campus’ statue of legendary-but-now-tarnished coach Joe Paterno. The university board of trustees voted during a conference call Thursday night to remove the controversial statue, which was once a tribute to a great coach, but in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal became in many people’s eyes a symbol of Paterno and the university’s failures to protect students from the convicted sexual predator.

And why would you want a symbol of moral failing standing on your university? So the Paterno statue comes down before crazed vandals can tear it down. Probably the right call. I wonder how Pedobear feels?

Topics: Joe Paterno, Penn State

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