Michael Pilato, said he decided the halo had to go after the release of a report by former FBI director Louis Freeh, which was sharply critical of Paterno and other Penn State officials for their handling of the child abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, reported Onward State, an independent student news blog.
He had added the halo to the painting after Paterno’s death in January.
“Sadly, today is one of the hardest things that I’ve done,” Pilato was quoted by Onward State. “I had to … I got rid of his halo.”
Pilato decided to keep a blue ribbon he painted on Paterno’s jacket symbolizing support for child abuse victims.
The university, meanwhile, has received pressure to remove the statue of the late coach that stands outside Beaver Stadium.
Officials said Sunday trustees and administrators haven’t decided what to do with the sculpture.