Joe Paterno was pulled off his pedestal, almost literally.

The leg­endary Penn State coach, a bigger-​​than-​​life hero for most of his life, was cast in a seven-​​foot, bigger-​​than-​​life statue that wel­comed vis­i­tors to Beaver Sta­dium, an imposing line of four hel­meted players behind him, his right index finger held tri­umphantly. The latter was a ges­ture the coach dis­liked, but why not show him that way? He was the icon of the foot­ball pro­gram, the cre­ator of the “Grand Exper­i­ment” com­bining ath­letics, aca­d­e­mics and life lessons. He was the pride of the university.

But then came the fall.

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