Penn State Begins Healing Process; Removes Joe Paterno Statue
Penn State removed Joe Paterno's statue on Sunday.
By: Steven Lassan | 7/23/12, 5:56 AM EDT
Joe Paterno's statue, outside of Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley, was once a symbol of success and everything that epitomized Penn State. Under Paterno's watch, the Nittany Lions recorded 409 wins and two national championships. Also during his tenure, Penn State emerged as one of college football's powerhouses and most recognizable brands.
But with the Jerry Sandusky scandal rocking the program, the statue had become a hot topic over the last few weeks, especially after the release of the Freeh Report. The report detailed Paterno and other Penn State officials lack of involvement in reporting Sandusky to the police, while continuing to allow him access to the school's locker room.
On Sunday, Penn State removed the statue from Beaver Stadium.
Here's what the statue looked like outside of Beaver Stadium before Sunday:
Here is the statue as it was being removed:
After Sunday, all that remained was outlines of the players and concrete:
Needless to say, no one predicted this would be the way Paterno would be remembered at Penn State.
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