|The aforementioned statue|
The decision comes on the heels of the Louis Freeh report which indicated Paterno was heavily involved in what appears to be a coverup to protect convicted child molestor and former top assistant Jerry Sandusky over the course of many years.
Unversity President Rodney Erickson released a statement early Sunday morning on the school's News Website.
You can read the full statement RIGHT HERE
Well, well, well.
Why we are not surprised by the decision to do this, the timing is, to say the least...curious. School officials, after denying for days this was going to happen, waited until the dawn hours of Sunday morning to actually do it.
Really, it isn't a huge surprise and we think most knew it was coming. Why else would so many people, including the Paterno family make the trip to take pictures with the statue late this week.
But Penn State being Penn State just couldn't come out and say they would do it. Rather, they just waited and tried to sneak it in...maybe thinking nobody would notice.
Here's your proof...
Penn State president Rod Erickson said he decided to have the statue of Joe Paterno removed because it "has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing."
"I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse," Erickson said in a statement released early Sunday morning.
Here's your proof as the statue heads to storage...
Paterno's name will stay on the library, according to Davidson, "symbolizes the substantial and lasting contributions to the academic life and educational excellence that the Paterno family has made to Penn State University."
Now, the HQ will be interested to see how the folks in Happy Valley respond...
More when we know more...