|Published:||Jul 22, 2012 9:03 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 23, 2012 8:36 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fl. - "I would have left it for now," says Richard Achilles.
Penn State alum Richard Achilles graduated back in 1962. He says while the scandal surrounding his alma mater is a tragedy, he doesn't believe removing Joe Paterno's statue solves anything.
"As the story unwinds there seem to be media outlets who seem to be caught up in damning Coach Paterno... have really taken bits and pieces out of the report to skewer Coach Paterno and I resent that to be candid, I feel that that story has yet to be fully told," Achilles adds.
But that's not the opinion of everyone. In fact, more people WINK News spoke with Sunday, Penn State alum or not agreed with the University President's decision to take the seven foot tall stadium entrance centerpiece down.
"I think that was the right choice. It's an issue of ethics, I think there was something that didn't work the way it was supposed to be handled," says Chris Sperzynsky.
While the University waits to see what penalities the NCAA will hit them with, some Nittany Lions here are standing by there alma mater.
"Do we like the idea that there are some people that we held in high esteem seem to have clay feet? No we don't like that either but our experiences at Penn State will always be cherished," Achilles adds.
Achilles says this week his chapter is discussing ways they can help youth in our community.
He says it's a goal many Penn State alumni chapters across the country have set to be proactive in the midst of the scandal.