Crews have officially removed the statue bearing Joe Paterno's likeness outside of Beaver Stadium this morning.
It took the crews a little over an hour to remove the statue on a forklift. No word on where the statue is now going to reside.
After former Penn State coach Joe Paterno passed away in January, cartoonist Rob Tornoe drew a cartoon of Bear Bryant welcoming Paterno into the pearly gates.
Fast forward seven months later, Tornoe updated his cartoon and this time it was less heartfelt.
Much less heartfelt.
Tornoe also wrote, "Like Sandusky in prison, Paterno is now in a place that knows how to deal with people who allow children to be raped."
This might perhaps be the worst depiction of Paterno after the Freeh Report.
Being kicked out of Heaven? Yikes.
Convicted child molester and former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was reportedly taunted and harassed in prison last December during his first initial arrest.
An inmate at the time, simply known as Josh, said that when the lights went out for the night the inmates would sing a line from Pink Floyd's "The Wall".
Josh said, "At night we were singing, 'Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone." The inmates were aware of who we was because they had access to TVs and newspapers.
Sandusky is currently on suicide watch at that same prison where he was serenaded.
He will be sentenced in about three months and is facing a virtual life sentence after being found guilty of 45 of the 48 counts brought against him.
The prosecution in the Jerry Sandusky case just unearthed a bombshell today in a case that's captivated a nation.
Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of Jerry, said in a written statement that his father had abused him in the past. Matt Sandusky released the statement through his lawyers, Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici. Shubin also represents two of the Sandusky 8.
The statement says, "During the trial, Matt Sandusky contacted us and requested our advice and assistance in arranging a meeting with prosecutors to disclose for the first time in this case that he is a victim of Jerry Sandusky's abuse. At Matt's request, we immediately arranged a meeting between him and the prosecutors and investigators."
It continued: "This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy."
Matt Sandusky had defended his father from child molestation allegations in the past. The Associated Press reports that Matt Sandusky had attempted suicide in 1995, shortly after moving in with the Sandusky's.
When Victim 4 took the stand earlier in the week, he said that Matt was visibly nervous when Jerry Sandusky tried to engage in a "soap battle" with them in the shower. Victim 4 continued by saying that Matt then turned off his shower and exited to another locker room.
The jury is currently deliberating .
The New Orleans Saints and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams have violated the NFL's "Bounty Rule" by setting up a bounty pool adding up to $50,000 within the past three seasons, including the Saints' feel good Super Bowl winning season in 2009.
The NFL has reported that the pool reached its highest during that 2009 season.
The pool was set up by Williams and players were offered $1000 for cart-offs and $1500 for "knockouts". The amounts were doubled and sometimes tripled during the playoffs. Players put in money toward the pool and sometimes pledged money towards a specific player.
No punishments have been handed out by the league, yet. Possible punishments are loss of draft picks, suspensions, and hefty fines.
The report is troublesome because with the recent studies of concussions, the Saints are contributing to this ever growing problem. Look at former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson or former Steeler Justin Strzelczyk, both had problems with concussions and later committed suicide due to depression and other mental health issues caused by repeated blows to the head. Duerson and Strzelczyk are just two of the known cases of suicides by former players caused by brain damage from their playing days.
Another health problem that may be caused by concussions, although not confirmed, is ALS, or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The Saints should know better than anybody about this because former safety Steve Gleason is now battling this horrible disease. The link between ALS and concussions is not confirmed, but many former players like Steve Smith and O.J. Brigance now have ALS. Smith went on "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" to express his concern that brain damage may be a direct link to ALS.
The NFL needs to come down hard on the Saints and make an example of them in order to help curb this issue. Although Williams is no longer with the team, the NFL needs to suspend him and fine him heavily. Williams said of the bounty, "It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it." Yet, Williams continued to keep the bounty in place. That shows a lack of judgement in Williams' case and deserves a lengthy suspension.
Saints head coach Sean Payton found out about it later, but didn't do anything to stop it. If that is said to be true, then Payton needs to be suspended or maybe even fired. If we've learned anything from the Penn State scandal (The Penn State scandal is much worse than this one), is that by not doing the right thing will indeed cost you your job. Joe Paterno, a college football legend, was fired for not telling the authorities after we learned of Sandusky's allegations and rightfully so. If Paterno could get fired for not remedying a serious problem, then what makes Payton so safe? I'm not saying Payton will be fired for this, but it should be a possibility.
Williams, Payton, and every player involved needs to be punished in some sort of capacity or we have had learned nothing of this. For the sanctity of the NFL, throw the book at New Orleans.
Ever since Joe Paterno's passing on Sunday, people have been sending their condolences and telling stories of the coach known as "JoePa", but I found a video that really shows who he was.
The School Philly, a website run by Penn State students, posted a video on YouTube that showed that not only was Paterno remembered as a great coach, but as an institution at Penn State.
The Paterno family has asked that in lieu of flowers to please donate to THON, a Penn State dance marathon designed to raise money for childhood and Pediatric cancer research.
God bless you, Joe. There will never be another.
Defense attorney and Jerry Sandusky's lawyer Joe Amendola was reported to have had impregnated an underage girl then marrying her.
Mary Iavasile was weeks away from her 17th birthday when she became pregnant with Amendola's child and filed for emancipation. She gave birth shortly before she turned 18.
According to Iavasile's mother, they met through the school district when she was interested in the law.
Iavasile and Amendola have since separated, in 2003 after their second child was born, and has kept his surname.
Iavasile's mother has said the Amendola is a good father and loved his two children.
Joe Amendola said the he would allow Sandusky to be around his children during Bob Costas' interview with Jerry Sandusky on NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" last night, which led to Iavasile taking to Facebook to lambast Amendola saying "OMG did Joe just say that he would allow my kids to be alone with Jerry Sandusky?"
Sandusky is facing 460 years in prison on multiple counts of child molestation.
The first ever Big 10 Championship trophy will get a new name before it is even handed out.
Big 10 commissioner Jim Delaney has announced that disgraced former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's name will be removed from the trophy.
Delaney said, "We believe that it would be inappropriate to keep Joe Paterno's name on the trophy at this time. The trophy and its namesake are intended to be celebratory and aspirational, not controversial. We believe that it's important to keep the focus on the players and the teams that will be competing in the inaugural championship game."
All this comes in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse scandal that ultimately cost Paterno his job, the one he had held for 46 seasons. Paterno failed to notify police when it was found out that his longtime defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing young boys.
The Big 10 has not decided on a new name yet. The Big 10 Championship trophy will be presented to the winner of the inaugural Big 10 Championship Game on December 3 in Indianapolis.