Brown scrubs Paterno’s name from award, plane threatens statue removal
In the wake of the Freeh Report, the removal of Joe Paterno’s name from the world of sports continues while a battle rages over his statue.
According to a report in the Providence Journal, Paterno’s alma mater Brown University has removed the former Penn State football coach’s name from the award given to that year’s top male athlete at the school. The award had carried Paterno’s name since 1993. Paterno graduated from Brown in 1950 and played quarterback for the school’s football team from 1946 to 1949. Brown has not yet announced what the award will be called in the future.
Last week, Nike removed Paterno’s name from the child care center at its Beaverton, Ore. headquarters.
There is further unrest on the Penn State campus as well today. According to multiple reports (including Deadspin), a small plane has been spotted flying over State College, carrying a banner reading “Take the statue down or we will.”
The banner refers to the statue of Paterno on the Penn State campus – one that some say should be removed after Paterno was shown in the Freeh report to have concealed former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky’s serial molestation of children in State College. It is not yet known who owns the plane or who the pilot is.