Joe Paterno's legacy is tainted, and the removal of his statue at Penn State is only one of the symbols of his athletic achievements to fall.
Paterno's alma mater, Brown University, made several recent moves to strip the disgraced Penn State coach of his honors at the school and to keep his name at arm's length from the institution.
In a university release, Brown officials stated:
Joseph V. Paterno graduated from Brown in 1950, and has been honored over the years for his accomplishments as a student-athlete and his career in athletics. In light of the outcome of the Sandusky trial and the findings of the Freeh Report, the university has been reviewing these tributes to take appropriate action.
Brown University, which has given out the Joseph V. Paterno '50 award in his honor for the past two decades, removed his name from the award this May as a result of Penn State sexual abuse scandal. In light of the Freeh Report's condemnation of Paterno's improper actions that did not protect young boys against Jerry Sandusky's pedophilia, the school has reverted the award's title back to its original "the first-year male athlete award.” The release also stated that past recipients of the award will be notified of the change.
Virginia Tech Head Football Coach Frank Beamer, who was the first to receive the Joseph V. Paterno award from Brown, took the plaque from its display in his office, saying last week that it was "the proper thing to do."
In addition, Ivy Gate, a news blog on the Ivy League, reports that Brown has pulled Paterno's name off its list of prominent alumni.
However, Ivy Gate also reports that Brown University still hosts a page on its athletics website dedicated to Paterno's legacy. It details his accomplishments as a student athlete and football coach. Paterno played football for Brown and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977. According to the release, the scandal has caused Paterno's place in the Hall of Fame to come into question, and his recognition as a hall of famer is currently under review by Brown's Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
On Brown's webpage on Paterno's athletic legacy, Paterno reportedly said:
'The best four years of my life were here at Brown,' said Paterno at the 1990 Celebration of Brown’s 1949 team. 'I’ve been involved with kids who won national championships in football... none of it has meant as much to me as the Colgate game, the Princeton game in ’48, the Harvard game in ’49. We all did it together. We all depended on each other...we trusted each other...We grew up together. We gave something to Brown, Brown gave something to us, and we gave something to each other. Brown is a special place-I really believe that.'
Following a three-year investigation, the former Penn State player and assistant coach was <a href="http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2011/11/07/grand_jury_presentment_story.aspx" target="_hplink">indicted</a> on Nov. 4 on 40 counts of sexual crimes against male minors that occurred over the span of more than a decade -- the first alleged recorded incident of abuse <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/07/justice/pennsylvania-coach-abuse-timeline/?hpt=ju_c2" target="_hplink">dates back to 1994,</a> and Sandusky was first investigated in 1998.. The allegations have rocked Penn State's storied athletic program to its core, raising questions of who in the program knew what -- and how much -- when.
<a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/colleges/penn_state/133338298.html" target="_hplink">McQueary</a> was a graduate assistant at Penn State when he allegedly witnessed coach Jerry Sandusky sodomizing a 10-year-old boy in a locker room shower. Shocked by what he saw, he reported it to head coach Joe Paterno, who then told Athletic Director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz. Ten days after McQueary saw the incident, Curley and Schutlz told him that they were not going to report it to police.
The famed Nittany Lions coach was allegedly informed of Sandusky's actions in 2002, after which he reported them to Athletic Director Tim Curley. He claims that he did not know the full extent of Sandusky's actions. In a statement, Paterno said that "the fact that someone we thought we knew might have harmed young people to this extent is deeply troubling." Joe Paterno <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/22/joe-paterno-dead-ex-penn-state-football-coach-obit_n_1221946.html" target="_hplink">passed away from lung cancer </a>on Jan. 22, 2012.
The Daily Collegian reports that Penn State senior vice president for finance and business <a href="http://www.collegian.psu.edu/" target="_hplink">Gary Schultz</a> was known for his family values. However, Schultz allegedly lied to authorities about what he knew in regards to Sandusky's actions, and may have been aware of them for years. He has since resigned from his job. A judge ruled in December that<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/16/tim-curley-gary-schultz-hearing-trial-penn-state_n_1154360.html" target="_hplink"> Schultz and Curley will be tried</a> on charges of lying to a grand jury.
Penn State's athletic director was informed of Sandusky's misdeeds as early as 2002, but maintains that he was not aware of their explicit nature. He has been charged with failure to report and has been put on administrative leave. He claims he is innocent. A judge ruled in December that<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/16/tim-curley-gary-schultz-hearing-trial-penn-state_n_1154360.html" target="_hplink">Gary Schultz and Curley will be tried</a> on charges of lying to a grand jury.
Penn State President Spanier, left, recently wrote to the Penn State Daily Collegian that he believed he had the best job in American education. Now, students and alumni are <a href="http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2011/11/07/Petition_to_fire_president_spanier.aspx" target="_hplink">calling for him to be fired</a> in the wake of horrific sexual abuse accusations against former coach Jerry Sandusky.
The Second Mile
Sandusky's <a href="http://www.thesecondmile.org/" target="_hplink">charity,</a> founded in 1977, allowed him unfettered access to young boys under the guise of selflessness.
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