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It’s approaching two years since Penn State, in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, took down the Joe Paterno statue and carted the likeness of the legendary football coach off into nearby Beaver Stadium.
The university has been tight-lipped since then about what became of the statue, and hasn’t said much more than that publicly about how it plans to treat Paterno’s legacy moving forward.
Tired of waiting, several State College residents say they are moving forward with plans to bring their own statue of the man to downtown State College.
“This is something we can do on our own schedule,” said Ted Sebastianelli, a candidate for the Penn State board of trustees and one of the locals behind an effort to create a new Paterno statue. “We don’t have to wait.”
Joe Paterno is having a bad month. Not only has he been fired after 60+ years, but now PSU is taking down a 900-pound statue of JoePa that stands outside Beaver Stadium over Thanksgiving break. It’s being done to avoid riots. Hmmmmm.
In addition, the Big Ten will be removing JoePa’s name from the conference championship trophy.
Mr. McQueary’s statement that he notified the police about witnessing Jerry Sandusky sexually molesting a 10-year-old boy in the PSU showers has gotten the attention of local police. State College Police Chief Tom King is sayin’ that ain’t so, Joe Mike. There is no record on file that McQueary reported Sandusky to the State College popo.
The Pennsylvania State Police are not commenting if McQueary spoke with them because of the ongoing investigation into the 2002 incident. Guessing the answer is “no”.
Growing up in North Central Pennsylvania, you can’t help but be a Penn State fan. Question: Why is the sky is blue and white? Answer: God is a Penn State fan.
My Dad was a Penn State alumni and Joe Pa’s name was said with reverence. A big thrill for me was when our high school band participated in Band Day at Beaver Stadium. Standing on that field, in front of that many people, was a rush! I can’t drive by Beaver Stadium without looking at it. It certainly stands out but even after all these years, it still makes me look.
So happy birthday Beaver Stadium. Hopefully the Nittany Lions will have a banner season to commemorate your big 50. After all, it is Happy Valley!