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The distancing by Penn State from all things Joe Paterno continues apace.

Less than a week after saying they didn't want to be pushed into a "rash" decision, the board of trustees is apparently seriously considering removing Paterno's statue from in front of Beaver Stadium.

The Blob is on record as saying they should leave it up as a constant reminder of the school's shame in the Jerry Sandusky affair. But I also recognize that might not be possible now.

It has, after all, become such a lightning rod that security guards are now stationed next to it to ward off potential vandals. And the suspicion is the situation is going to get more tense, more contentious, and more of a headache for university officials.

So look for the thing to come down this weekend. And for those who'll say there's something Stalin-esque in the way Paterno is being erased from history, I have only one rebuttal.

Go talk to some of Sandusky's victims. They'll tell you all about being erased from history.

Ben Smith's blog.