The statue, like Paterno’s career, had fallen in the wake of his inaction after revelations that his former assistant, Jerry Sandusky, had used the aura of Pennsylvania State University and its storied football program like candy to lull young boys into illicit sexual affairs.
Even more drama is coming Penn State’s way when on Monday when the NCAA will announce “corrective and punitive measures” against the university.
The NCAA gave no indication Sunday morning about the details, the Los Angeles Times reports, although at least two media outlets said that college sports’ governing body would not issue the so-called death penalty and shut down the football program.
This disappoints individuals like sports radio host Max Kerrman, who believes that Penn State and the NCAA is not doing enough to punish the program. “The fact that they (Penn State) still want to name the library after him? Come on, man,” he told the media in disgust.
In 46 seasons as head coach, Paterno won a major-college-record 409 games and was a larger than life figure in the Penn State community, which made the revelations in the Sandusky case all the more painful and difficult to reconcile.