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Report: New Joe Paterno statue coming to State College

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In the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, the university decided to remove the statue of Joe Paterno outside of Beaver Stadium and lock it up in storage for an undetermined amount of time. While there has been no word on when that statue may see the light of day again, a bronze likeness of the former Penn State head coach is planned to be unveiled in November 2015.

According to a report by Onward State, the statue will depict Paterno sitting on a bench outside of the Tavern Restaurant in State College and will be designed by sculptor Zenos Frudakis. Donations for the project will be raised through a Kickstarter campaign later this summer with a total cost of $300,000 needed to pay for the statue. The project has already been approved by the State College Borough, but the statue must be installed on private property.

The motivation to install a new Paterno statue is a direct response to the school’s decision to remove the original statue from outside the football stadium once the NCAA sanctions were released against the university and football program.

“There’s been some level of frustration among Penn Staters with what happened with the statue at the stadium,” Ted Sebastianelli said to Onward State. Sebastianelli is a candidate for the Penn State Board of Trustees and a former president of the Penn State Football Lettermen’s Club. “We wanted to come up with a way to honor Joe for all that he did for the State College community. It wasn’t just the university he impacted — it was the whole town.”

The Paterno family is not involved with the organization of this statue. Penn State has said in the past the university will find a way to honor Paterno, although there has been no public movement on that front by the school since the original statue was torn down.

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59 Responses to “Report: New Joe Paterno statue coming to State College”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Apr 23, 2014 9:15 AM

    Is it going to be looking the other way?

  2. clevelandschronic2 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:20 AM

    Yeah one statue for a guy who helped cover up child molestation isnt enough lets build another. Enough is enough, stop the paterno hero worshiping and accept the fact he didnt care about the kids being molested. His only care was his “legacy”.

  3. mgmac says: Apr 23, 2014 9:23 AM

    Paterno statue will face one way while the statue of sandusky with his arm around a child will be facing the other way. Paterno is not a hero

  4. 65impala says: Apr 23, 2014 9:42 AM

    This is Great news for Penn State Fans!!!

  5. packergator says: Apr 23, 2014 9:50 AM

    As long as PSU is engraved on the statue – for Pedophile Supporter University.

  6. mauldawg says: Apr 23, 2014 10:04 AM

    This time he will hugging JS. He will have a smile on his face!

  7. bonerchamp says: Apr 23, 2014 10:15 AM

    Whether Paterno fans like it or not he is tarnished forever.

  8. nirvana504 says: Apr 23, 2014 10:27 AM

    One of the most overrated football programs & coach

  9. gofish721 says: Apr 23, 2014 10:33 AM

    No doubt that JoePa has a great and positive influence on his players for decades. Their recalling of how much he helped shape their character and lives is well documented. But for the love of football he overlooked more lives he could have had an even greater impact on and chose not to act in a moral sense. He fumbled the ball away on those kids from the time he heard what JS was doing until he was finally arrested.

    When it would have shown a true noble character that he preached so hard to his players, he is now shown to be lacking in it when it counted. He could shake a hand graciously in defeat, but bring justice to innocent victims at the cost of his precious program, forget it.

    I know this hurts JoePa fans everywhere, but get away from the rhetoric found in his beloved little State College community and the huge agreement that his image is tarnished over all his good in undeniable and overwhelming. JoePa fell flat on his face at the goal line. Do any PSU fans think he should have done the right thing or what he did was the right thing (i.e. nothing)?

  10. kastout11 says: Apr 23, 2014 11:10 AM

    It is a travesty that the statue was removed in the first place. I agree that his repuation and image has been tarnished, but the guy did what he was supposed to do. He told his bosses about the incident. The fact that they did nothing should not reflect on Joe. In a perfect world among all his responsibility of molding young men and running a big-time football program at a large university, of course we would have liked him to follow up. Of course, nobobdy mentions all his charitable contributions and the library that he funded. All you stupid people seem to want to bring up is it is his fault that another man molested children. Keep in mind, Joe did not molest anybody, even though you idiots seem to think or act like he did.

  11. irishmanknowsall says: Apr 23, 2014 11:21 AM

    Hopefully he will be depicted wearing blinders.

  12. sailbum7 says: Apr 23, 2014 11:36 AM

    People are unfairly blaming Paterno for what Sandusky did. The only knowledge that Paterno had was the one statement made to him by McQueary. The problem is that McQueary has changed the content of the statement so many times that no one can really be sure what he actually said to Paterno. I think that McQueary’s first account is likely the most accurate in which he said the he heard some noises and saw Sandusky horsing arund with a kid in the shower. Paterno reported this to his bosses for them to investigate and take appropriate action, which was all he could really do. Paterno could not do more because he did not actually witness anything and Sandusky was at this point no longer part of the Penn State football program – he had retired.

    Paterno wanted to ban Sandusky from the facilities following this but was told by his bosses that he could not do this. The reason was that the Board of Trustees, on the recommendation of the university president, had granted Sandusky emeritus status. This gave Sandusky access to the facilities for life. Paterno never recommended this emeritus status for Sandusky and was not consulted at all before it was done.

    Paterno could not have gone to the outside police because he did not witness anything. The police would have been unable to take any action other than talking to the supposed witness, McQueary. If McQueary told the police the same thing he told Paterno, they would have done nothing as McQueary had not said that he saw anything sexual or otherwise illegal going on.

    The university police, based on the report Paterno made to the head of the unoversity police, the athletic director, and the university president, investigated the incident. Based on what McQueary told them and the fact that he could not identify the boy, there was little they could do besides talk to Sandusky. This obviously did no good since Sandusky was not going to say he did anything wrong. The university president could have tried to have Sandusky’s emeritus status revoked, but did not do so. The head of the university police could have done a more thorough investigation to see if there were any other issues with Sandusky’s behavior, but did not do this, presumably since he had no evidence of any wrongdoing.

    In the end, Paterno did all that he could legally do and is being unfairly blamed for the failure of the head of the university police and the president of the university to do a more thoroough investigation and take action against Sandusky. People like to think that Paterno, by virtue of his status, could have done more. In reality, trying to do more would have been overstepping his authority and could easily have gotten him fired, not to mention possibly sued for defamation by Sandusky. I know that people like to place blame, and high profile people make great targets, but Paterno is being unfairly blamed fr something he had no control over. He tried to ban Sandusky from the football facilities but was told he could not do it. He advise the police what he was told – unlike other universities Penn State University police are State Police officers, not rent-a-cops – so that they could investigate. What more do people think he could have legally done.

  13. chunkala says: Apr 23, 2014 12:06 PM

    Let’s take a look into the future:
    Breaking News, huge explosion at the Tavern Restaurant in State College, multiple deaths reported.

    This is exactly what PSU wanted to avoid, thus they took the statue down. Some will support it, others will make sure its defaced/destroyed repeatedly.

  14. chicksdigthelongballs says: Apr 23, 2014 12:16 PM

    Ped State never learned a lesson!
    Still a culture of corruption!
    What a joke!
    Death Penalty this program into the 2020s!

  15. 1harrypairatesties says: Apr 23, 2014 12:17 PM

    Why would this be great news for Penn State fans? He will forever be known as the guy who could’ve put an end to Sandusky’s actions. He had the power & voice to end it all. But as everyone knows, he looked the other way. He doesn’t deserve a statue anywhere. It would be a symbol child rape.

  16. mogogo1 says: Apr 23, 2014 12:42 PM

    If it was put into storage, the statue wasn’t “tore down.” That last sentence makes is sound like they yanked it over like the Saddam statue in Baghdad.

  17. kosarkid says: Apr 23, 2014 1:19 PM

    Is the picture above Joe Pa handing those boys towels after showering with Sandusky… now see he did care about those kids after all.

  18. mdag5252 says: Apr 23, 2014 1:26 PM

    it does not matter at all. I guarantee you it will be torn down less than a week after it is erected. this pedophile enabler is just as guilty as the pedophile. period.

  19. mdag5252 says: Apr 23, 2014 1:31 PM

    $300,000 for a statue??? money would be better invested in anti-pedophilia movements, not glorifying a pedophile enabler. I don’t know about any of you, but as a father of a 5 year old, if I knew someone on my staff was sexually molesting and raping and sodomizing your boys, I could not sleep at night until I fixed this situation. first of all I would probably kill the guy if it was my own son. second, Sandusky should have been turned in over a decade ago for his crimes and he has committed how many other horrifying atrocities since then???

  20. sallust99 says: Apr 23, 2014 3:42 PM

    As coach Switzer said, you do not spend that kind of time with coaches and have no inclination whatsoever of the kind of “man” he is. Paterno knew more than he ever admitted.

  21. clevelandschronic2 says: Apr 23, 2014 3:43 PM

    Gotta love all the thumbs down from the joepa enablers. Facts are facts joepa knew about these crimes and refused to tell the proper authorities. For that he is as guilty as sandusky. None of joepa’s charitable contributions matter because he refused to help the children being MOLESTED. Both Sandusky and paterno should rot in hell.

  22. stevemac56 says: Apr 23, 2014 3:48 PM

    I’ve always known that there are a lot of Penn State haters but boy do they come out of the woodwork at every chance.
    Should he have done more? Absolutely. Did he know that Sandusky was molesting kids? I highly doubt that. If you are basing everything on the Freeh report as the Bible then you have blinders on. There is a reason why the NCAA doesn’t want to release the entire report. It is filled with contradictions and inuendos. Before you can have a definitive position you must be able to see all the FACTS. Not just what is reported by ESPN. Oh yeah it must be right I heard it on ESPN. If it’s possible all you haters try to be objective and wait for everything to come out. I certainly am.

  23. stevemac56 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:02 PM

    Oh, by the way, if you are going to quote someone please find someone of higher moral standards than Barry Switzer. Really?? Is that who you want to be your moral compass!!!

  24. 1harrypairatesties says: Apr 23, 2014 4:09 PM

    Maybe Paterno got in on a few three-ways with Sandusky & the children, huh? Maybe that’s why he wouldn’t talk. Think about it.

  25. stevemac56 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:13 PM

    What moron!!! Your screen name says it all “Harry”

  26. psublueandwhite says: Apr 23, 2014 4:18 PM

    sailbum7 makes the most sane, rational comment here and it is just ignored.

    I don’t understand how so many people find it easier to place blame rather than realize the situation is far more complex.

    It’s easier for simple minded people to call him an enabler than admit that Sandusky could have done what he had done without raising more suspicion. It’s 20/20 hindsight at its worst.

  27. sallust99 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:19 PM

    Coach Switzer played African-American players more than 90 percent of the coaches in the NCAA when he started coaching. He was a fantastic coach. He liked his booze and his women, but red blooded American doesn’t? If you are going to equate him with Paterno and Sandusky, its laughable. Hell Paterno wrote the intro to Switzer’s autobiography Bootlegger’s Boy.

  28. houndofthebaskervols says: Apr 23, 2014 4:21 PM

    God these articles always bring out the dumbest people on the internet.

    Good comments Sailbum, you are 100% correct.

  29. eddiecrash1976 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:22 PM


    Moral compass? By comparison Barry Switzer is an angel. You are an idiot for even comparing the two. Two words will some up the legacy of JoePa. “The enabler”

  30. 1harrypairatesties says: Apr 23, 2014 4:31 PM


    I don’t really think that. Just thought I’d throw it out there. But if you think Paterno knew nothing then you’re as crazy as my comment.

  31. corvusrex96 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:49 PM

    He chose a political response to McQuerys report rather than a moral response . All he had to do was say “Mike let’s call the police and you can tell them what you saw” instead he went up the political chain of command and look that that got him

  32. auburntigers34 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:50 PM

    houndofthebaskervols says:
    Apr 23, 2014 4:21 PM
    God these articles always bring out the dumbest people on the internet.

    I totally agree. They’re called Penn State fans.

  33. whosennext says: Apr 23, 2014 5:04 PM

    The statue should be with Jerry and Joe bending over Jay and Franco just like Jerry did them innocent kids. Pedophile State University and Happy Valley have sunk to an even lower form of life and coverups.

  34. derekgorgonstar says: Apr 23, 2014 6:26 PM

    Stop defending yourself, Penn State fans.

    Everyone hates you now.

  35. musketmaniac says: Apr 23, 2014 7:08 PM

    Lol, of course penn state is paying for the statue. When Wvu put a statue up of Jerry West at the Colisium, the memphis grizzlies paid for everything. You see they wanted to congratulate true greatness they obviously enjoyed having a great leader and wanted to reward him. they could have put the statue up in Memphis, but that is not where the statue belonged. They put the statue where it belonged in a place where their fans and people would not be able appreciate a place where they took very little credit for. You see it was about honoring greatness, not a political agenda or debate. They gave it to all Mountaineer fans without expectations, wanting nothing in return. Penn state and Paterno Fans thought they had that greatness, instead you had old pederass that cared more about himself than justice or decency. GO EERS.

  36. jimmy53 says: Apr 23, 2014 7:14 PM

    I have no love for Barry Switzer, but whomever compared his morality with Paterno’s is a fool. Switzer has never knowingly ignored cases of molestation.

    I love how Penn State fans act as if the whole world are just haters of their beloved university, as if this is a case of people just being rival fans. This is a tragic case of unmitigated immorality, and you all are still pretending that it didn’t happen. You would rather hold up a man who knowingly ignored the well being of children than tarnish a mere football legacy.

    That is why you are openly mocked, derided, and chastised.–and rightly so. Clue in someday people…

    This statue will be a blight on your community, and if I had a child there I would move as your priorities are unbelievably transparent.

  37. chicksdigthelongballs says: Apr 23, 2014 7:17 PM

    Penn State should be relegated to the MAC.

  38. derekgorgonstar says: Apr 23, 2014 7:38 PM


    Well put, sir. It could not be stated better.

  39. thetooloftools says: Apr 23, 2014 7:43 PM

    Joe Paterno told Curly that they should NOT report Jerry Sandusky to the police. (“we should go in a different direction”).
    Joe Paterno RAN Penn State and raised hundreds of millions for the school for which he got a %.
    Neither the Paterno family nor Penn State will disclose how much Joe Paterno was paid by the university.
    He may have had tens of millions of reasons to cover up child rape.
    Nobody is coming clean.
    Joe or the school and certainly not the Paterno family.

  40. musketmaniac says: Apr 23, 2014 7:58 PM

    rot in hell Sue Paterno

  41. dkhhuey says: Apr 23, 2014 8:36 PM

    Joe Paterno knew
    Joe Paterno turned his back on it
    Joe Paterno swept it under the rug
    Joe Paterno is rotting in hell for it!
    PSU – erects another statue of him
    Next few years – they’ll say nothing ever happened!

  42. pat199192 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:54 PM

    It is funny how all the psu lovers say he reason people come out against that animal Paterno is cause they hate psu. These are not rival fans of psu, they’re people who are against the covering up of child rape in the name of protecting the program. Who are the real biased ones in this argument. Your so blinded by your love of Paterno and psu you can’t even see how irrational you are. You are the idiots. You are the morons. You are the ones who are ignoring the facts.

  43. musketmaniac says: Apr 23, 2014 9:58 PM

    dk we need to get together, that could be a hit I got a nice banjo chord that would rock with that. can you play the keyboards.

  44. stevemac56 says: Apr 24, 2014 9:10 AM

    I never compared Switzer with Paterno. All I meant was if you want to maybe use someone’s quotes use someone like or I don’t know John Wooden or Dean Smith. Someone who is beyond reproach.

  45. psunav says: Apr 24, 2014 9:15 AM

    Sailbum7, Joe Paterno did *not* do all he could legally. He did the minimum he could do legally.

    – you can always go to the police when you’ve had a crime reported to you.
    – There never was a Penn State policy that said you couldn’t
    – There *is* a Penn State policy now (AD-72) that says you *must* go to the police if you suspect child abuse. Not tell your boss…call CYS or the police

    So it was never illegal to do, it was always in the best interests of the child’s welfare to do, and now it is required to do.

    Did you know that if you see someone drowning, the legal minimum is to stand there and watch them drown? Legal minimum is a very low bar.

  46. stevemac56 says: Apr 24, 2014 9:23 AM

    Obviously trying to use reason with people who have an agenda is useless. If you ACTUALLY read my comments you would see that all I said is that before you come to a final conclusion know ALL the facts. I love PSU. The school, the university, the quality of education that a person gets there. NOT a particular person or program. If when all the dust settles it PROOVES that Paterno knew exactly what was going on I will be the first to condemn. I don’t have my head in the sand. At the same time I am not putting a noose around the neck yet. For those that can’t wait, well, I wouldn’t want you on a jury who has found someone guilty before the end of opening arguments.

  47. psunav says: Apr 24, 2014 9:30 AM

    stevemac56, Paterno basically condemned himself with his own words. He told us he knew that Sandusky was sexually assaulting a child (report of “something sexual” between man and child = sexual assault) and he told us that he carried the message up the chain rather than telling McQueary to call the police.

    That was the point of failure. The rest is just window dressing.

  48. jpat2424 says: Apr 24, 2014 9:55 AM

    Why is this scumbag getting a statue? They should bury it next to his corpse

  49. stevemac56 says: Apr 24, 2014 10:25 AM

    psunav, your point is well taken and that is where I have my doubts about his knowledge too. I’m just not 100% sure about the validity of McQueary”s report because then the same could be said about him. If he saw what he said he saw, after he “told” Paterno if he saw no action taken why didn’t he take it to the proper authorities? And I don’t want to hear that he felt pressured not to say anything further. Clear up that issue and you can come to a more complete conclusion.

  50. psunav says: Apr 24, 2014 11:49 AM

    stevmac, I have two words for you.

    Organizational culture

    He should have taken it to the proper authorities the moment he saw it. He made the wrong decision. This decision was validated correct within the culture by two PSU football hanger-ons, dad and dranov. They recommended he tell the coach? Really?

    Then it was validated correct again by the head football coach, who as his first line supervisor had a responsibility to give his direct report employee the correct advice (Mike, you just described sexual assault…we need to call the police). And again by the AD, the VP, and the University President.

    Mcqueary worked for Paterno, Paterno was his supervisor. McQueary’s failure to call is also Paterno’s failure to direct him to call.

  51. phillyman012 says: Apr 24, 2014 2:16 PM

    All you haters need to get your facts straight. In 1998…let me say that again… In 1998, the Pennsylvania DA (your wonderful Tom Corbett) had the opportunity to take J.S. to court and did nothing. Why did none deface Corbett when all this came out…it could of stopped right then and there and none of the rest would of happened! Then the incident happened with McQueary, that Paterno took TO HIS BOSS AS PER PROPER PROCEDURE. One of his bosses was the head of campus police. Last time I checked, that is taking it to the proper authority. Bottom line is Paterno was an escape goat, they needed to throw someone under the bus considering they screwed up and who better to do it to than the one that was the face of PSU. If it was something that happened to any other program, they still would of some how turned this on Paterno. The authorities at PSU that should of done something screwed up and will be paying for this for a long time. Joe was just an easy target to pin this on to try to get it off their conscience.

  52. psunav says: Apr 24, 2014 2:53 PM

    It was not proper procedure at Penn State. I challenge you to come up with policy that said it was.

    It was the legal minimum. Meanwhile a child was continually under the control of a sexual predator, while Joe didn’t bother Tim that weekend.

    Did you know that if you see someone drowning, the legal minimum is to stand there and watch them drown? Legal minimum is a very low bar.

  53. musketmaniac says: Apr 24, 2014 3:41 PM

    not everyone can swim. I have a question, why does Jim Bohiem not get this treatment. He flat out called the victims liars and extortionist. and was present in a hotel with the victim and Fine. We need some of the people on here to get a little more active against the Orange.

  54. amosalanzostagg says: Apr 24, 2014 9:52 PM

    Terrible selection of a picture on the Paterno statue

    Paterno with his arm around two young boys and a towel on his arm. Seems to be saying “Jerry!, Jerry!.
    I have two for you!”

  55. onbucky96 says: Apr 25, 2014 3:35 AM

    Why? JoePa should have gone 2 the Police after not seeing any action by “his superiors”. JoePa is responsible for having Sandusky on campus and allowing the SEXUAL ASSULT OF CHILDREN to continue at Penn State.

  56. florida727 says: Apr 25, 2014 9:06 AM

    The statue should have JoePa NOT wearing glasses. Just seems appropriate if you know what I mean.

  57. dkhhuey says: Apr 25, 2014 6:46 PM

    WE ARE – still freakin delusional!

  58. amosalanzostagg says: Apr 25, 2014 8:09 PM

    Hubris, simply Hubris.

    Joe Pa opined in 1973 in a commencement speech to a graduating PSU class that “How could Richard Nixon know so much about college football in 1969 and know so little about Watergate?”

    Same could be said to a current PSU graduation class. “How could Joe Paterno know so much about college football and know so little about Jerry Sandusky?”

    Paterno was all about his legacy, period.

    Paterno had more than enough stroke in the Commonwealth AND the University that if he had made ONE phone call to the State Police as a CONCERNED Citizen, the episode with Sandusky and Second Mile would NEVER have happened. You think a sitting school president at PSU would have had the “balls” to fire Joe Pa or even reprimand Joe Pa over a call to the State Police by a concerned citizen?

    Joe Pa knew. He has his defensive coordinator to a national championship team “retire” and the defensive coordinator doesn’t even get a whiff at other National programs? Truth
    is Joe Pa didn’t like Sandusky. Why keep Sandusky in Happy Valley? Why have Sandusky
    even near your own football players? Why have your football players work at the Second Mile Foundation? The answer is simple. Vito Corleone stated “Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer.” Since Joe Pa didn’t count Sandusky as a friend, it was an opportunity for Joe Pa to keep a Penn State “problem” local and have the Penn State family “control” the problem. Some control. How did that work out, Penn State?

    ONE phone call from Joe Pa was all it would have taken, ONE call. Joe Pa failed and failed

  59. 1harrypairatesties says: Apr 25, 2014 9:39 PM

    The comment above was well put.

    In some way I believe Paterno’s guilt sent the old man to his grave a little sooner.

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