"The importance of that image, and the image of Penn State to senior officials was more important than living up to that image. That’s why I think the embodiment of that mindset, the Joe Paterno statue, should be removed from the University Park campus. That may not be a popular opinion, but symbols matter and neglecting to change this particular symbol would indicate that not much has really changed, showing a “we wouldn’t want to upset the boosters or former players” attitude. True leadership does not mean taking a popularity poll on every issue but taking hard stands on critical issues that might be unpopular. I would encourage Penn State to step forward and make the hard choice…something that the (now deposed) Penn State leadership has failed to do. It won’t undo the damage, but it’s a symbolic fresh start."
Like Seth points out, Penn Staters will be extremely disappointed to see the statue come down, but that doesn't necessarily mean that we don't agree with it. It is true that Joe Paterno did a lot of good for the University, and that he should not be completely deleted from its history, but it is also true that the Penn State leaders did not hold themselves to the moral standard that the statue is supposed to represet. I thank Seth for this very interesting point that many of us fail to see due to the fact that emotions get in the way of truly understanding what a statue means.