ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. is reporting that Penn State has no plans to take down Joe Paterno’s statue in the wake of his involvement in the Sandusky coverup revealed by the Freeh Report.
The trustees’ reluctance to remove the statue is motivated, in part, by a desire not to offend alumni and students who adore the late coach despite the damning findings of his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse cover-up detailed in the Freeh report, the sources said. Some trustees also said in interviews they want to resist being pressured by the media into a sudden decision about such an emotionally charged issue.
Avoiding rash action is fair enough, though comments like this from one of Penn State BOT members, will only fuel calls for the NCAA to impose the death penalty.
“You can’t let people stampede you into making a rash decision,” a trustee said. “The statue represents the good that Joe did. It doesn’t represent the bad that he did.”
Penn State also must consider whether to rename the library.
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