- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ever since it became public knowledge in November that Joe Paterno didn’t do everything he could to stop former assistant Jerry Sandusky from sexually abusing boys at Penn State football facilities, organizations have been rethinking the honors given the longtime Nittany Lions coach.

This is a look at institutions that removed Paterno’s name or imagery after Sandusky’s arrest.



A year before the conference got its 12th team (Penn State was No. 11), the league came out with a raft of trophies that appeared to be named by committee. For the upcoming championship game, the prize was to be the Stagg-Paterno Trophy, named for former University of Chicago coach Amos Alonso Stagg and Penn State’s legend. Less than a week after Paterno was fired by the university, the Big Ten announced that it was taking Paterno’s name off the trophy, which had yet to be awarded. Wisconsin beat Michigan State to become the first team to win the Stagg Championship Trophy.



At Paterno’s memorial service in January, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight won a thunderous standing ovation when he said: “If there is a villain in this tragedy, it lies in that investigation and not in Joe Paterno’s response.” Then the Freeh Report found that Paterno helped hush up allegations of child sex abuse against Sandusky for more than a decade. That same day, Knight said he had been wrong, and Nike’s president took the name off the Joe Paterno Child Development Center at Nike headquarters in Oregon.



For years, the area of tents where Penn State students camped outside Beaver Stadium for prime seats was called Paternoville, in a nod to a similar phenomenon at Duke named Krzyzewskiville for the Blue Devils’ basketball coach. The student group that manages the Penn State area changed the name to Nittanyville last week.



As soon as Sandusky was charged and it was known that Paterno had failed to do anything more than report an incident to his superiors, questions about the fate of the statue of Paterno outside Beaver Stadium began. By the time the Freeh Report came out, it already seemed as if the statue with the words “Educator, Coach, Humanitarian” might not stay in place. Sure enough, early Sunday morning, crews erected a screen and took the statue down behind it. On Tuesday, the wall behind the statue came down, too.


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