The final verdict of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case has left the minds of those connected to Penn State shaken.
Today, the NCAA plans to punish the Pennsylvania state college after an FBI investigation found three board members as well as former football coach, Joe Paterno, covered up Sandusky’s tracks with complete knowledge of the events occurred.
While it usually takes a couple of months to a year for these cases to pan out, NCAA President Mark Emmert isn’t playing any games. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Penn State’s football program averages a gross income of $50 million annually. While history shows that the Penn State may suffer a loss of loss of scholarships and a multi-year ban from bowl games, he has yet to rule out total annihilation of the football program all together.
According to ABC News, he’s “never seen anything as egregious” as the Jerry Sandusky case.
While Penn State awaits their fate, over the weekend, the statue of the late Joe Paterno was taken down following the wrap up of the FBI’s investigation.
“Tearing down the statue of Joe Paterno does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State community,” his family said in a statement, disagreeing with the college’s decision to remove the statue. “We believe the only way to help the victims is to uncover the full truth.”
While Paterno’s family intends to pursue an investing to counteract the evidence uncovered, by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, the University feels as if it’s doing the right thing.
“It has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing,” said Penn State President Rodney Erickson of the statue’s removal.
On Sunday, there were mixed emotions while construction workers tore down the 900-pound statue. Students surrounded the site chanting choruses of, “We are Penn State.” Others who live in Penn State’s surrounding areas believe the NCAA’s ruling against the program could hurt the economics of the area.
“It’s going to kill our town,” said Derek Leonard, a university construction project coordinator.