Award of Excellence
"WE WERE PENN STATE"
A man stares at the site in which the statue of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno stood now sits empty after it was removed six months after his death by workers outside Beaver Stadium on July 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. In the worst scandal in the history of college sports, Penn State's president Rodney Erickson made the decision Sunday to remove the statue in the wake of the child sex scandal because it was believed that Paterno had detailed knowledge of Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing children before and after Sandusky retired from coaching at Penn State. The same day, the NCAA also imposed unprecedented penalties against the Penn State football program for its involvement in the sexual abuse scandal that centered on Sandusky.