Penn State plans to remove Joe Paterno’s statue from outside Beaver Sadium over Thanksgiving break, according to a tweet from Gregg Doyel of CBS. Students were reportedly informed of the Paterno statue removal by Penn State professors.
The statue lists beneath Paterno's name “Educator. Coach. Humanitarian.” The 84-year-old legend and winningest coach in Division I football was recently fired by Penn State’s Board of Trustees for his lack of action in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Paterno, 84, has been with Penn State in some capacity for 62 years and had become an icon in the world of college sports, and a hero in State College, PA. It was also announced this week that the Big 10 would remove his name from the Big 10 championship trophy.