From this deadspin.com article about Penn State:
But remember, the board of trustees for a major academic institution embroiled in a national controversy is seriously debating whether or not to tear down a statue honoring a football coach. So, you know, maybe that’s your problem right there.
Apparently, Penn State is a combination of a professional football team and the Catholic church that is run by 14 year olds who are worried what other people with think and is also incidentally loosely affiliated with some of the worlds greatest scientists (for instance C.R. Rao and Aleksander Wolszczan). Academics is indeed a strange place.