Nike was the first to distance themselves from former Penn State coach Joe Paterno following the release of the Freeh report by removing the coach’s name from the child development center on its Beaverton campus. A pair of Penn State students followed by renaming Paternoville “Nittanyville.”
Now, Paterno’s alma mater, Brown, is next to place some distance between itself and Paterno’s image.
Brown’s athletic website announced Friday it had decided to remove Paterno’s name from an award given out annually to the school’s outstanding male freshman athlete. Paterno’s name has been attached to the award since 1993, but his name was taken off this past spring. Now, it sounds like it’s staying off for good. Here’s the statement:
“Since 1991, the Department of Athletics and Physical Education has presented an award to this year’s outstanding male freshman athlete. In 1993 that award was renamed to honor Brown alumnus Joe Paterno ’50. In the spring of 2012, the Department of Athletics and Physical Education presented the award as it was originally created, honoring the year’s outstanding male freshman athlete but without Joe Paterno’s name attached. Now that the Freeh report has been released, the University will make a decision about the naming of the award in future years.”
(Hat tip: Providence Journal)