Penn State to remove famed Joe Paterno statue?

November 16, 2011

Joe Paterno statute to be removed?

This has yet to be confirmed, but there are rumors going around that Joe Paterno’s legacy is taking another hit. The university is planning on removing the famed Joe Paterno statue that sits affront Beaver Stadium in the coming weeks.

The bronze statute is a staggering seven feet tall weighing in at nearly 900 pounds. The statute is a fan favorite during game day and it is a popular photograph attraction. If the university decides to remove the statute, they will do it over Thanksgiving break to avoid another riot type environment.

It’s safe to say, Penn State fans and alumni will not take to light to the removal of the statue. Without even knowing the facts of the entire Sandusky situation, the school is being quick to make conclusions. Meanwhile, Paterno defined Penn State football, he made the program relevant. The statue memorializes all his accomplishments.

The statue was erected outside of Beaver Stadium back in 2001 to honor Joe Paterno’s contributions to Penn State. To take it down prematurely is just wrong.

Tip to: CBS Sports Gregg Doyel

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