Joe Paterno statue removed from Penn State

Sanity prevails, as the Joe Paterno statue has been taken down

7/22/12 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Blog Photo - Joe Paterno statue removed from Penn State

For the first time in decades, the folks at Penn State took a step back and realized that integrity is more important than a few silly football games.

The statue outside Beaver Stadium honoring Joe Paterno, a man who stood idly by for years while one of his assistants repeatedly raped children on campus, has been taken down.

The decision to remove the statue was made by Penn State president Rodney Erickson, who released a statement announcing his decision at 7 a.m. today.

Many Penn State students were upset about the decision, and even showed up to protest. However, Erickson's decision to remove it at 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning likely helped to avoid a huge scene.

According to ESPN, the NCAA will announce "unprecedented sanctions" against Penn State tomorrow at 9 a.m., which insinuates the "Death Penalty" that SMU received back in the 1980s for recruiting violations, and most likely additional sanctions.

Here are a few pictures of the statue removal:

Blog Photo - Joe Paterno statue removed from Penn State
Blog Photo - Joe Paterno statue removed from Penn State
Blog Photo - Joe Paterno statue removed from Penn State
Blog Photo - Joe Paterno statue removed from Penn State
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7/23/12   |   derms33   |   17652 respect

I wish someone would revel the location so people can line up to pi$$ on it.  F Paterno and F Penn St

7/23/12   |   Jess   |   34926 respect

I'm glad the University made the right call here. Keeping that statue up would have sent a message of inconsideration to all of those who fell victim to Sandusky's crimes. I know a lot of people want to turn a blind eye to Paterno's part in the whole tragic ordeal, but the man chose not to do anything about what was going on and in my opinion that makes him just as guilty. He doesn't deserve to be honored with a statue.

7/23/12   |   Fannyman

PurrsAlot wrote:
hahahaha

Who cares right??

7/23/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

PurrsAlot wrote:
I could say what else the pointing finger could mean but out of a shred of dignity and good taste I will refrain at this time!

hahahaha

7/23/12   |   VaGeekChick   |   10 respect

PurrsAlot wrote:
I could say what else the pointing finger could mean but out of a shred of dignity and good taste I will refrain at this time!

I think it's more in the "smell my finger" category.

7/23/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

VaGeekChick wrote:
I'm glad it happened.  Protecting a monster makes you, kinda, sorta, as much of a monster.  And make no mistake, that's what happened here.  At least PA has the integrity (at long last) to make some sort of amends.  Ask the Duke Lacrosse players if they ever got any closure from, you know, the DA LYING to fabricate a case. ..

I could say what else the pointing finger could mean but out of a shred of dignity and good taste I will refrain at this time!

7/23/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

VaGeekChick wrote:
I'm glad it happened.  Protecting a monster makes you, kinda, sorta, as much of a monster.  And make no mistake, that's what happened here.  At least PA has the integrity (at long last) to make some sort of amends.  Ask the Duke Lacrosse players if they ever got any closure from, you know, the DA LYING to fabricate a case. ..

well said.  and if i may ask a question, what does the statue seem to be pointing at now at this juncture?  "Check please!  Oh waiter!  Check?!

7/23/12   |   VaGeekChick   |   10 respect

I'm glad it happened.  Protecting a monster makes you, kinda, sorta, as much of a monster.  And make no mistake, that's what happened here.  At least PA has the integrity (at long last) to make some sort of amends.  Ask the Duke Lacrosse players if they ever got any closure from, you know, the DA LYING to fabricate a case. ..

7/22/12   |   horacenick   |   5 respect

Wow, that was fast! I was wondering about the statue a few hours ago actually!

7/22/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

This just makes me happy.  I don't care about death penalties, scholarship losses, or the Big Ten, only the fact that the powers have realised that it was those young men who suffered while their leader stood by and did nothing.  They can't undo what was done to them, but at least they are getting some retribution in a small way.  And I agree with Scott that the players there now should be given some kind of "move out - no penalty" option.  The school should pay their moving expenses.

7/22/12   |   Scott   |   54162 respect

Once the Freeh report acknowledged and proved the "lack of institutional control", you knew that Penn State was going to get the hammer dropped on them.  I don't see them getting the death penalty but I do see the loss of multiple scholarships for years to come, no chance to play for the Big Ten championship and no bowl games.  To be honest, no punishment could be severe enough for what went on the last 20 years.  That said, I only hope the NCAA gives the players the chance to transfer to another school and not have to sit out a year.  They shouldn't be punished for what the administration failed to do

7/22/12   |   hskrdave   |   10722 respect

ESPN now has a story up saying no death penalty.