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Billboard supporting Joe Paterno goes up at Penn State (Picture)

The best thing the Penn State community can do in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal is to try to move forward. The cloud created by the mess will loom over State College for quite some time (possibly forever), but unless you’re making an effort to help the victims harping on the past seems senseless.

Naturally, not everyone feels that way. According to the student-run Penn State blog Onward State, the billboard you see above was recently erected at Penn State in support of Joe Paterno. By using a different shading for the words “cover up,” the people responsible for the message couldn’t have been any clearer.

Paterno undoubtedly did a lot of great things during his 61-year run at Penn State, but the things he didn’t do overshadow most — if not all — of it. Dwelling on the past successes of the football program in this type of manner does nothing to help the situation.

Al Pacino reportedly will play Joe Paterno in movie about Penn State scandal

A talent agency reportedly plans to shop a movie about the Penn State scandal, and they reportedly have Al Pacino signed up to play the role of Joe Paterno.

Deadline reports that ICM Partners will be shopping the proposed movie next week. Pacino’s manager is set to produce it, and the movie will be based on author Joe Posnanski’s biography “Paterno,” about the Penn State coach.

Paterno was fired as Penn State’s football coach in November after the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal was revealed. Paterno reportedly had been working on a package to step down at the end of the year, but he was forced out earlier after the outrage grew over his role in the scandal.

Paterno died in January, less than three months after he was fired as head coach of the football program. He was 85. The NCAA later penalized Penn State and vacated 111 wins Paterno achieved as a football coach, dropping him from 12th to second on the all-time list.

Dateline has little doubt that the movie will be bought and come to fruition. Given all the interest in the subject matter, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it go into production before long.

Pacino has experience acting as a football coach from his role in “Any Given Sunday.”

H/T Pete Thamel

Franco Harris had a Joe Paterno cutout in his luxury box (Picture)

Franco Harris has been one of the most outspoken Joe Paterno supporters, so it’s no surprise to see that he had a cardboard cutout of the late Penn State coach hanging out the window of his Beaver Stadium luxury box on Saturday.

The Paterno cutout was seen holding a sign saying, “Due process for PSU JVP.”

I wouldn’t expect anything less from Harris, who was fired from a job for his Paterno support. Unsurprisingly he is the second Penn State fan to express support for Paterno through a cardboard cutout.

If Harris wants to talk about due process, then I believe some measure of justice was served when Penn State lost its opener to Ohio 24-14. I don’t think many people would complain if the Nittany Lions went 0-12.

Here’s another creepier look at the Paterno cutout that is all “Weekend at Bernie’s” looking:

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Penn State fans make Joe Paterno cutout tribute outside Beaver Stadium (Picture)

Some Penn State fans are unwavering in their support of Joe Paterno.

Some fans put up a makeshift memorial for the late Penn State coach on Friday, the day before the school’s season-opening game against Ohio University, which will be the school’s first since being punished by the NCAA for its role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

In addition to a cutout of Joe Paterno that was staked in the ground nearby where the coach’s statue stood, someone added a sign that said “JoePa Made Penn State A Better Place,” (seen below).

The cutout and sign were later removed by university personnel, but not before some fans could express their continual support of the coach.

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Joe Paterno statue removed at Penn State (Video, Picture)

After over a week of kicking and screaming and reports saying they were going to fight to keep the Joe Paterno statue standing outside of Beaver Stadium, Penn State leadership finally succumbed to pressure and removed the bronze tribute to a man whose most notable life action was conspiring to cover up a pedophile’s rapes in order to protect his football program’s image.

A work crew gathered early Sunday morning to begin removing the statue from the front of the stadium. After it was removed, the statue was taken to an unspecified “secure location.”

The statue was built in 2001 in honor of Paterno’s record-setting 324th Division I coaching victory and his “contributions to the university,” but it had recently become a symbol of the mixed feelings regarding the coach’s legacy.

Penn State President Rodney Erickson issued the following statement regarding the decision to remove the statue:

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Gary Pinkel defends Joe Paterno as ‘great man,’ admits he hasn’t read much on case

There are two types of people who defend Joe Paterno. There is the kind of person who could be shown a video of Paterno cheering on Jerry Sandusky as the defensive coordinator abused a child and still support the head coach because of how many games he won at Penn State. Then there are the people who choose not to become informed about the case because they don’t want their image of the coach to be shattered. In either case, the reason for denial is the same: Joe Paterno can’t be bad because of how much he won, and how many young men he supposedly taught to win the “right way.”

Sadly, Gary Pinkel falls into the second group of people.

The Missouri coach embarrassed himself at SEC Media Day on Tuesday with the following defense of Joe Paterno:

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Banner over Penn State campus: ‘Take the (Joe Paterno) statue down or we will’

As you may have expected, the decision by the Penn State Board of Trustees to leave the Joe Paterno statue standing outside the football field on campus has been met with a great deal of opposition. The photo that you see above was taken over the Penn State campus on Tuesday morning. If you can’t make it out, that is a banner that reads “TAKE THE STATUE DOWN OR WE WILL.” Time could be ticking for the Board of Trustees.

“Beaver Stadium has called police services in response to the potential threat from the flyover,” PSU intern and PR major Maddy Pryor wrote on Twitter after the banner had been circling the campus.

It was later discovered that the plane flying with the banner is licensed to Air America Aerial Ads of Genoa, Ohio. The group that purchased the banner also taunted Tiger Woods at the 2010 Masters, and was done by a group described as “a bunch of do-gooders.”

The vision of some of the Penn State community may still be clouded by things like money and the school’s reputation, but there are plenty of people who out there who will not rest until the statue comes down. Paterno allegedly covered up for a child molester. At the end of the day, nothing else should matter. The Penn State club where students camp prior to football games already renamed their organization. The Nike Child Development Center in Oregon did the same. The school would be wise to follow suit with the statue. If not, an angry mob could find its way onto campus at some point in the near future.

Photo via @dmech06
H/T The Big Lead