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Brown University, the late coach’s alma mater, said that it’s reviewing whether to remove Paterno from the school’s athletic hall of fame, too. Paterno, a member of the Ivy League school’s class of 1950, was inducted into the hall in 1977. Brown already took his name off an award given annually to the school’s top male freshman athlete.
STATE COLLEGE MURAL (HALO ONLY)
A mural titled “Inspiration” including Paterno and Sandusky and other members of the State College community was painted near campus 12 years ago. After Sandusky was charged, his likeness was painted over. After Paterno died, artist Michael Pilato added a halo, to signify his death, not his holiness. After the release of the Freeh Report, he painted over the halo. He added a large blue ribbon, instead, on Paterno’s lapel symbolizing support for child abuse victims. Sandusky has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing.
CONNECTICUT MIDDLE SCHOOL MURAL
State College didn’t have a monopoly on Paterno murals. Great Oak Middle School in Oxford, Conn., has a series of them, depicting admirable historic figures. They’re going to paint over the portion that depicts Paterno, the Hartford Courant’s website reported.
As part of the NCAA’s sanctions handed down on Monday, 112 Penn State wins were vacated. Paterno was credited with 111 of those, and reached the Division I record of 409 last Oct. 29 with a win over Illinois. Late the following week, Sandusky was charged, and Paterno was fired in the aftermath.
On Monday, all those wins were erased, along with Paterno’s name atop the record books. Officially, he now has 298 victories and former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden holds the top spot in the NCAA record book with 377 major-college wins. Eddie Robinson, who led Grambling to 408 victories, regained the Division I mark.
The NCAA also took back the Gerald Ford Award it gave to Paterno in January 2011. The honor is for someone who has been a lifelong advocate of college athletics.
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