We all knew that the Sandusky scandal would forever cast a dark cloud over the storied career of Joe Paterno. Things have just gotten more interesting, however.
It is being reported that Penn State is expected to take down the statue of Paterno in the near future. Many reports indicate that Thanksgiving is the most likely time, as student will be on break. Taking it down on Thanksgiving will most likely be done to avoid riots, much like the ones that took place when Paterno was fired.
The statue is 7-feet tall and stands outside of Beaver Stadium. It is a landmark at Penn State and one that fans take very seriously. I remember going to my first Penn State game ever and witnessing a woman scream at her child for “climbing on Joe Pa”.
I agree that it is terrible that Joe Paterno allegedly knew of the scandal and did nothing, or very little. I also think that this points to the fact that maybe this scandal goes much deeper than meets the eye. The only problem I see with this is that Penn State has been trying to sympathize by saying that the scandal "goes deeper than football." I agree 200%, but that is why removing the statue, what may seem to Penn State like a good PR move, is a bad one. The statue of Paterno was put up to acknowledge his accomplishments as one of the greatest coaches ever, not as an upstanding citizen. If the statue was for being a good citizen, by all means, take the statue down. By taking the statue down, however, Penn State shows that they are simply trying to save face and rid themselves of the scandal as soon as possible.