Following the 2011 scandal there were widespread calls for the statue of head coach Joe Paterno to be removed. Some of the people requesting the removal of the statue included Paterno's longtime friend and coach of Florida State, Bobby Bowden. At one point, an anonymous individual flew a plane over Pennsylvania State College for several hours with a banner that read Take the Statue Down or We Will and threatened violence if the statue was not removed.
On July 22, 2012, six months after Paterno's death, the university announced that it had removed the statue. The university claimed they had stored it in a secure location. Their reasoning for taking it down was that it had become a source of division and an obstacle to healing. In addition to the statue of Joe Paterno the three accompanying plaques were removed as well. The area where the statue once stood has since been replaced by trees.