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OT: Joe Paterno Statue Coming Down

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Penn State has finally done something right. The announcement has been made that they are removing the statue of Joe Paterno that is in front of their football stadium. In fact, the crew to take it down is already on site.

Here is the statement that was released by Penn State president Rodney Erickson this morning:

"Coach Paterno's statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our university and beyond. For that reason, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our university and public safety to remove the statue and store it in a secure location. I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse."

This is about the first thing Penn State has done right in this whole thing- even if it did take them too long to do it. There is no doubt Paterno did a lot of good for people in his time as the coach there, but he failed to do the right thing for a decade because he was worried about his football program and his legacy.

Removing the statue doesn't do anything to help those kids that were harmed as a result of Paterno's refusal to step up and do the right thing, but hopefully this whole situation will prevent something like this from happening in the future.