The fall out from the Sandusky Scandal have been going on for years. With many lawsuits and twists and turns there are always articles and news involving the issue. Today there was a sigh of relief as news came from the NCAA to reverse some of the sanctions they placed on Penn State, including the return of Joe Paterno’s wins.
It’s been two years since legendary football coach Joe Paterno passed away. He passed away on a Sunday morning and I remember that weekend unfolding and the week long honoring of him that followed. A lot has changed in the community since that cold January, but here on a bitterly cold January night some gathered to remember JoePa. Luminaries with hand written messages lined the sidewalk to the Catholic center that he and Sue donated towards, as a group hummed Penn State songs and reflected.
Last night on my way home from the office I took a few photos of the illuminated Joe Paterno statue and the things fans had been leaving in support.
This morning my alarm went off at 4:30 am and I was up and out of bed right away. It was an early start after a late night at the office, but rumor swirling that the Paterno statue would be taken down this morning had me heading to Beaver Stadium.
The Freeh report about Penn State’s involvement in the Jerry Sandusky scandal was released late last week and has caused a great amount turmoil and negative attention for Penn State and late legendary coach Joe Paterno. Blame has fallen on the shoulders of Joe Paterno and a great deal of comotion has risen about the statue that stands outside Beaver Stadium. Earlier in the week a plane circled campus with a banner stating, “take down the statue or we will.” Many have been flocking to the statue incase something does happen, and I have spent the last two afternoons there chatting with people and photographing.
I’ve photographed fans at the statue many times in the last year including when the scandal first broke in November, when Joe passed away in January, and during graduation weeks. I was looking for new angles and decided to do some details of statue.
Today the crowd was larger and a line formed take photos. Cars would drive by and yell in disgust, or shout “We Are” in support as people took their turns.