Joe Paterno’s alma mater, Brown University, has permanently stripped his name from an annual athletics award after an investigation found Paterno and other Penn State University officials concealed a child sexual abuse scandal involving a former assistant football coach.
Brown’s award for outstanding male freshman athlete had been renamed in 1993 to honor Paterno, who graduated from the Ivy League school in 1950 and was inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.
The award was presented earlier this year without Paterno’s name and the school yesterday approved a decision to make the change permanent. The announcement came five days after former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Louis Freeh said in a report that Paterno and other top school officials covered up Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of children to protect the school from “bad publicity.”
“In light of the outcome of the Sandusky trial and the findings of the Freeh Report, the university has been reviewing these tributes to take appropriate action,” Brown said in a statement on its website.
Brown officials also said Paterno’s place in the school’s athletic Hall of Fame will be reviewed.
Penn State spokesman David La Torre said yesterday that the school will make a decision in the next 7 to 10 days about whether to remove an on-campus statue that honors Paterno.