New Paterno Statue Planned for State College

The new statue will be downtown, off campus.

A statue of longtime football coach Joe Paterno is returning to Penn State.

The statue will not, however, stand outside of Beaver Stadium, as the former JoePa statue did.

The iconic statue of the coach leading his team to victory was installed in the fall of 2001. That statue was removed at the order of University President Rodney Erickson some two years ago in response to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal

This new ode to JoePa will be off campus, in front of the The Tavern in downtown State College. Sculptor Zenos Frudakis will depict the coach seated on a bench, Onward State said, near the statue of the three pigs, a perennial student favorite. It will be on private property.

The Paterno family is not involved with the project, Onward State said, which is expected to cost some $300,000 and will be funded through a Kickstarter campaign.

Project organizers told Onward State that they were tired of waiting for the university to pay tribute to the coach.

W.C. April 25, 2014 at 06:48 AM
Mr. Lewis.....please share with us how as you term, "people who see Paterno as an accomplice are horrible, shallow, self-righteous, people who have not a clue in the world." Joe Pa was a mandated reporter of child abuse. Yet he and other PSU officials allowed the abuse to continue for years. Sir, keep drinking the blue & white kool-aide that PSU even to this day continues to offer up.
Joan April 25, 2014 at 09:01 AM
As you pointed out CYS was willing to move forward with the case but were blocked by the Centre County DA....so who let the abuse go on!!!!! That was in 1999 I believe...how many victims since then. How much public outcry about this lack of concern by law enforcement. Not as much as about Joe Pa. The law protects all of us. You cannot make an allegation without proof......eye witness, victim testimony. Before you make that allegation make sure your ducks are in a row other wise you will be paying the perp for slander, especially one who founded a "wonderful" charitable organization and was revered in the community he lived in. Believe me I am not saying that Joe Pa. might have done more but I am trying to make you look at the circumstances. We have taken a man who has given so many other things and accomplished so many other things and want to totally eradicate him for some vague charges against him. No legal entity has found him guilty of anything as they did the administration of PSU but his name was big therefore we just need to make him the fall guy.
George Swales April 26, 2014 at 08:26 AM
Joe was more concerned about the rep. of the athletic dept. than the kids being abused by Jerry.
Steven Thompson April 28, 2014 at 07:24 AM
no statue is needed to set his legacy in stone. John 8:7


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