"That may be unfair, but it may be necessary," he says.
But Conrad says he doubts Penn State officials would take such a drastic measure as to cancel the football season, given the affect it would have on the team's players and the overall importance Penn State places on football.
SEVER TIES WITH THE PATERNOS? — Some experts believe Penn State should take down its famous bronzed statue of Paterno and sever ties with his family.
Conrad insists that any association with the memory of the former coach or his family is bad for the university right now. He notes, however, that could change down the road.
"For the time being, it's too much of a reminder," Conrad says. "People look at it and see this picture of a man that didn't take the actions that he should have. For now, it needs to come down."
The Paterno family is well known in the community for philanthropic efforts, including the millions of dollars they've donated to the university to help build a library and fund endowments and scholarships.
But recently, the famed coach's name has been stripped from other honors. Nike founder Phil Knight, who won thunderous applause with his passionate defense of the coach at his January memorial service, decided Thursday to remove Paterno's name from a child development center on Nike's campus in Oregon.
The Big Ten removed Paterno's name from the football championship trophy it had named after him.
However, Shankman says that rushing to take down the statue would be a "knee-jerk reaction." He believes the university should take some time to talk to the community and see what it wants before making a decision.
"It's a rough situation, a lot of people are not willing to speak ill of the dead, but there are a lot of people who are speaking ill of Paterno right now," Shankman says.
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