IN THE HOURS after Penn State swept in to remove the bronze reminder of the past nine troubling months, dismay was the overarching theme with alumni of the football program.
Many understood the difficulty of a decision to remove Joe Paterno's statue Sunday, but they were saddened by the circumstances surrounding their program and its tarnished reputation.
Lydell Sargeant, who played for the Nittany Lions from 2006-2008 and interned for Associate Athletic Director Fran Ganter during the spring of 2011, said that the statue's removal was made more complex by Paterno's inability to respond.
"It's interesting because they have the Paterno Library and the care center that Joe and Sue put together," Sargeant said. "In my opinion it's hard to judge how you take down one but not all three if you are taking his character into account. I think taking down the statue separates football from everything else, which might have been the problem in the first place. I can't say I was on one side or the other."