Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/15/14

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions leaves the field following the 2010 Capital One Bowl against the LSU Tigers at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on January 1, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Penn State won 19-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The bronzed statue outside Beaver Stadium is gone. The record of 409 career victories erased by the NCAA. But reminders of late head coach Joe Paterno still surround Penn State football game days around Beaver Stadium, from the ''409'' tailgate banners in the parking lots, to the mementos left at the site where the statue once stood. They're sure to sprout up come Saturday when the Nittany Lions host No. 24 Northwestern for the homecoming weekend game. ''I don't think it's fair to pretend Joe Paterno never existed,'' Chris Bartnik, 43, said before a game last month. Bartnik, a Penn State graduate from Chantilly, Va., placed a life-sized cardboard cutout of Paterno at the old statue location. The embattled Board of Trustees; Paterno's successor, coach Bill O'Brien; and most rank-and-file fans share at least one prevailing sentiment: an eagerness to move on from the scandal that blemished the university's reputation and led to the landmark sanctions from the NCAA. Sandusky is sch...
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