Penn State fans love their team, but still have to be hurting over the statue of beloved coach Joe Paterno being removed from outside Beaver Stadium due to the Sandusky Scandal and now being hidden in a “secure location.”
Well, there could soon be reason to rejoice. According to Rob Tornoe of Philly.com, cousins Yesid Gomez and Wilfer Buitrago, who did the casting work on the original statue, are constructing two new sculptures at a “secret location” in Lancaster County. These sculptures are not approved by Penn State, Paterno’s family or original sculptor Angelo Di Maria.
“Penn State should have given us the courtesy of contacting us when they removed the statue and letting us know where it is,” Gomez said. “Instead, they are not responding to us, so we decided to bring the statue back again.”
Paterno’s statue was removed after the investigation into Sandusky and the numerous children he sexually abused uncovered that the Hall of Fame coach was aware of what happened, but simply alerted the university’s administration and not the authorities. It was heartbreaking, considering how Paterno was fired from Penn State after 46 years as head coach and died of cancer shortly thereafter, but the university’s hands were tied.
But that doesn’t take away from the fact that as the best coach in Nittany Lions history, not to mention the all-time leader in FBS history with 409 wins, Paterno should have a tribute of some sort that fans can view and appreciate.
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