Should Penn State Have Removed the Bronze Statue of Joe Paterno?

Take our poll and let us know whether you agree with the decision to remove the statue honoring the legendary late coach—in the wake of the Sandusky scandal and Freeh report.

Once one of the most revered coaches in the NCAA, the legendary Joe Paterno was honored on Penn State's campus about a decade ago with a bronze statue that's become a landmark.

But in the wake of the and the subsequent , .

Fox News reported earlier this week that some Penn State students had begun a vigil to protect the statue from vandalism. CNN reported that a small plane flew around the Penn State campus on Tuesday carrying a banner that read, "Take the Statue Down or We Will."

Other tributes to the much-honored former coach have begun to fall.

This week, Paterno's alma mater, Brown University, removed his name from its annual award to the outstanding male freshman athlete. The Brown Athletic Hall of Fame is reviewing whether Paterno still deserves a place among its elite athletes.

Nike, which outfits Penn State athletic teams, removed the coach's name from the Joe Paterno Child Development Center at its Oregon headquarters. The Penn State student group has changed the name of the football weekend tent city known as "Paternoville" to "Nittanyville."

In Grambling, LA, city officials have asked the NCAA to restore longtime-Grambling State coach Eddie Robinson to the honor of being the Division I coach with the most number of wins. Paterno only surpassed Robinson's 408 wins last Oct. 29 when he won his 409th game—and he was fired by Penn State because of the Sandusky scandal less than two weeks after breaking Robinson’s record.

And there's even a question of whether Penn State's famous Creamery will continue to offer Peachy Paterno as a flavor.

Editor's note: This story was updated about 9 a.m. Sunday.

So where do you stand? Take our poll and let us know if you think the statue should have remained or if you agree with the decision to remove it—and tell us why in the comments box below the story.

durf July 27, 2012 at 04:45 PM
@just me...sure did. I think this is larger than a football issue...A Lot larger...its amazing to me that the NCAA says its a "culture" problem...which it is.. but the only ones nailed is the football team.. The entire board of trustess should be gone..They are the ones with the real power..and they are the ones who let those who dont have any power to have precieved power... There should be investigation into the PA State Police, Corbett, DPW, Second Mile Board, PSU Attorneys and so on and so on....The 98 incident was fully investigated by the authorities with no charges being brought, cant really blame that on Joe...alot more there then just him..I think the media needs to report on the full story not just the headline maker...i understand why, but just dont fully agree. by the way..it wasnt an "FBI" investigation it was an investigation paid by PSU conducted by the former head of the FBI, far from the FBI...I am sure if the Paternos paid the same guy to do the investigation...things would be worded differentley... I am not saying Patterno got a bad rap here. Just pointing out...this is much larger! Extremly! The janitor (now cant testify) even saw an incident with Sandusky and a boy and Told his supervisor ( just like the coaching assistant did). They decided not to say anything for "fear" they would lose their jobs! REALLY??!?!?!?! Fear...nothing actual! just fear!!!! Just as much to blame as Joe PA...can not deny that...
JustMe July 27, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Molesting children is an event????? It is Joe's fault for not reporting Sandusky to the Police or CYS. Not one person on here said that they hate Joe either. NCAA did right when they handed down the punishment to PSU. It was PSU that said they would agree to what the FBI report said and the NCAA had every right to punish them as they seen fit. Their punishment could of been harsher as in not playing football for the next 4 years.
Cindy Cusic Micco July 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM
To clarify: There was no FBI investigation. http://thefreehreportonpsu.com/ The independent report was done by Louis Freeh and his law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP. Freeh is a former FBI director.
JustMe July 27, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Firing of Joe Paterno was justified by Jerry Sandusky scandal, investigation concludes Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 7:00 PM By The Associated Press Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials buried child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago to avoid bad publicity, according to a scathing report Thursday that exposed a powerful "culture of reverence" for the football program and portrayed the Hall of Fame coach as more deeply involved in the scandal than previously thought. The alleged cover-up by Paterno, then-university President Graham Spanier and two other Penn State administrators allowed Sandusky to prey on other boys for years, said the report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was hired by the university's trustees to investigate. He called the officials' behavior "callous and shocking." http://blog.nola.com/crime_impact/print.html?entry=/2012/07/firing_of_joe_paterno_was_just.html
JustMe July 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM
durf the football team isn't the only one nailed. PSU was fined. Mighty Joe was knocked off his pedestal for them leaving a man go and molest more and more children. PSU isn't just about football, it is about education, all the students will go to class as normal, get an education and graduate and go out in the world and get a job. The mighty Joe testified to the grand jury and they have his testimony there and it wasn't hearsay.


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