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  • When the hero falls off the pedestal

    CNN - 09/01/2012

    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.