A 900 pound statue of Joe Paterno was moved this morning (Sunday) from its place of honor at Penn State's Beaver Stadium. The decision to move the statue to a "secure" location was made by Penn State President Erickson ten days after a report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh was released. The report stated that Paterno and other University officials had deliberately concealed allegations of sexual abuse against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.Joe Paterno's family is none too pleased with this development. The Paterno's have given millions of dollars to Penn State.
"I now believe that, contrary to is original intention, Coach Paterno's statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our university and beyond," Erickson said in his 592-word statement. "For that reason, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our university and public safety to remove the statue and store it in a secure location."
If the statue of Paterno, his right index finger raised in a No. 1 salute, had remained in its current location, Erickson said he believed it would "be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse."
Erickson's announcement came exactly six months after Paterno died.
A list of NCAA sanctions against Penn State is expected to be released tomorrow.
For all intents and purposes, I believe the football program at Penn State is dead. It will be decades, if at all, before it recovers from these shocking