Ultimatum of the Day

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Ultimatum of the Day
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Debate has raged for months over whether the Joe Paterno statue outside Penn State's Beaver Stadium should remain in the wake of increasingly damning revelations in the Sandusky abuse scandal.

Now, just days after an independent report implicated Paterno in a high-level cover-up, a plane is flying above the university trailing a banner that threatens "TAKE THE STATUE DOWN OR WE WILL."

No word on who "We" might be, or how soon the statue must be removed before "We" return with an excavator.

However, this has the potential to get interesting: The Penn State Board of Trustees issued a statement Sunday claiming that no decision had been made on whether the statue would be removed, and that a decision shouldn't be expected anytime soon.

[deadspin]

Premonition of the Day

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Premonition of the Day
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In a column published Friday afternoon, ESPN's Rick Reilly weighed in on Joe Paterno and the cloud of shame hanging over Penn State University. Reilly, a former Sports Illustrated columnist, profiled Paterno in 1986 when SI featured him as Sportsman of the Year. Reilly essentially retracts every word of his ten-page portrayal, but a quote from a mysterious PSU professor is what stands out in Reilly's piece. The midnight caller offered a stern warning about the dangers of hagiography -- the study of saints:

You're going to be just like the rest, aren't you? You're going to make Paterno out to be a saint. You don't know him. He'll do anything to win. What you media are doing is dangerous.

Reilly admits to poo-pooing the accusation, but a quarter-century later, those haunting words ring loud and clear.

[deadspin]

Sandusky Scandal Tweet of the Day

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Sandusky Scandal Tweet of the Day
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Actor Albert Brooks is no stranger to Twitter-related controversy, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he'd have something to say after Thursday's release of the Freeh report.

The damning report implicates Penn State's "Big Four" in failing to report on Jerry Sandusky's conduct, going as far as to say they "never demonstrated... any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky's victims."

While Brooks didn't actually come up with the aptly worded Joe Paterno burn (a response to calls for Paterno's statue at Penn State to come down), it still carries significant weight in that takes a potshot at the man whose once-golden reputation has been obliterated in recent months.

[@albertbrooks]

Weekend Read

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Weekend Read
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In "In the Ruins of a Blue and White Empire," Esquire goes behind the mess that disgraced Joe Paterno: "This is the tale of two sons. One who told a story that brought down a kingdom. The other who will never finish rebuilding it."

[thefeature]

RIP: Joe Paterno, at 85

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RIP: Joe Paterno, at 85
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RIP: Joe Paterno, the legendary coach of Penn State's Nittany Lions football team, passed away today of lung cancer. He was 85.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today," said his family in a statement. "His loss leaves a void in our lives that will ne

Another Follow Up of the Day: Penn State Students Riot After Paterno Ouster

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Another Follow Up of the Day: Penn State Students Riot After Paterno Ouster
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Another Follow Up of the Day: Thousands of Penn State students took to the streets of downtown State College last night to protest the termination of legendary Nittany Lions coach Joe "JoePa" Paterno.

What began as a relatively calm outpouring of support outside Old Main quickly descended into a f

End Of An Era of the Day

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End Of An Era of the Day
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End Of An Era of the Day: Joe Paterno is out as Penn State's head football coach effective immediately.

The Board of Trustees announced the decision at a press conference a short while ago. Earlier today, Paterno said that he would retire at the end of his 46th season.

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