In the wake of the highly-publicized Jerry Sandusky scandal, one of the more scrutinized decisions among the Penn State fan base, aside from the sanctions placed against the football team, was that of taking down the bronze statue of Joe Paterno that sat outside Beaver Stadium in State College. Since the removal, fans have been clamoring for the statue to be returned.
Well according to Onward State, a Paterno statue will indeed make its return, just not outside Beaver Stadium where it once sat. Instead, the new one will be placed outside of a restaurant in downtown State College.
One of the organizers of the project, Ted Sebastianelli, stated that Paterno still deserves to be honored for everything he did for the small, central Pennsylvania town.
“There’s been some level of frustration among Penn Staters with what happened with the statue at the stadium,” Ted Sebastianelli, one of the organizers of the project, said. “We wanted to come up with a way to honor Joe for all that he did for the State College community. It wasn’t just the university he impacted — it was the whole town.”
So for now, there are Penn State supporters all over the country that will be happy, although more than certainly there will be some that are not satisfied that the statue will not be sitting outside of the stadium that Paterno made famous.