ESPN: The embattled members of Penn State’s Board of Trustees quietly have decided to leave Joe Paterno’s statue standing. 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. “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.”
So this is the next big Penn State issue that has come to light this morning. I'd say I'm shocked by this decision but to be honest from what I've learned about Penn State and Happy Valley through this scandal this isn't the least bit surprising. They do the opposite of every normal inclination a person with a rational brain would have given the set of circumstances they're currently working under. Hell they're George Costanza! Except instead of pithy things like telling women they're unemployed and live with their parents, they're leaving the statue up of a man that let a child rapist operate with impunity for close to two decades. Six of one half dozen of the other really. Like I truly believe they think this will blow over. Like in 5 years we'll all look back at this 'one' miscue and have a good laugh about the time Joe Pa's statue was almost taken down over a little thing like child rape. I mean to say the words 'the statue doesn't represent the bad that he did' is so looney tunes I almost respect it in a weird way. That would be like keeping a statue of OJ Simpson outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium and saying that it ONLY represents his touchdowns and crappy acting, not murder. Bizzaro world stuff. I mean if I have a degree from Penn State I think I might be taking that off my resume at this point. Put down Faber or South Harmon Institute of Technology or ANYTHING, just not Penn State. Just the name has a scarlett letter effect right now. Happy Valley makes Jonestown look like a tourist destination. All you can hope for is for 15-20 students at Penn State to have some common sense, get drunk one night and topple this thing like Saddam Hussein under the cover of darkness.
PS: Have people heard the story of Ray Gricar? Guy was a DA in Pennsylvania and was apparently going to go after Penn State on these accusations in 1998. What happened to that you might ask? Oh no big deal. Guy has been missing since 2005. His car was found abandoned and locked with his personal effects inside. His laptop was found two months later in a river with the hard drive removed. No one has heard from him or seen him since and his bank accounts have been untouched. Yawn.