STATE COLLEGE, PA - JANUARY 22: Community members pay their respects at the statue of Joe Paterno, the former Penn State football coach, after hearing of Paterno's death, outside of Beaver Stadium on January 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno, who was 85 years old, had been battling lung cancer. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Penn State President Rodney Erickson Removes Joe Paterno Statue

Penn State president Rodney Erickson decided to remove the Joe Paterno statue early Sunday morning.

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Joe Paterno Statue Removed

The fate of the Joe Paterno statue was up in the air over the weekend, but Penn State president Rodney Erickson decided on Sunday morning that the statue would be removed from Beaver Stadium. Erickson released a statement on Sunday morning explaining the reasoning for tearing down the statue.

I now believe that, contrary to its original intention, Coach Paterno's statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our University and beyond. For that reason, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our university and public safety to remove the statue and store it in a secure location. I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse.

The Paterno statue was originally unveiled in November of 2001 and was supposed to be a symbol doing things correctly and avoiding NCAA violations, the "Grand Experiment" aspect of the Penn State program.

The base of the statue was removed as it was taken away under a tarp and moved inside Beaver Stadium.

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No Vote Held On Joe Paterno Statue, Penn State Board Member Claims

Contrary to prior reports that Penn State University has decided to take down the statue of deceased head coach Joe Paterno, a member of the Penn State board claims that no vote has been held by the board in regards to the removal of the statue, according to Laura Nichols of StateCollege.com.

Ever since the Freeh Report had been released, the biggest question has been whether or not the report is damning enough to Paterno's reputation that it would warrant the removal of the statue in his honor outside Beaver Stadium. The biggest hope here is that whatever the decision is, it will be a peaceful decision.

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Penn State To Take Down Joe Paterno Statue This Weekend, According To Report

In the wake of the Freeh Report's release, the single most hot button debate about the report is whether or not it revealed enough about Joe Paterno's involvement in the case to warrant a removal of a statue of the former Penn State head coach.

While the Freeh Report placed plenty of blame on the shoulders of Paterno for keeping quiet the sex abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky, many felt that he proved himself to be a good man during his 40+ years as coach of the Nittany Lions. Amid pressures from many to remove the statue, the university has reportedly decided to do so:

Kim Jones, a reporter for NFL Network, is a Penn State alumni and made regular appearances on a Penn State radio program in the past.

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Report: Joe Paterno Statue Outside Beaver Stadium To Stand For Now

The statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., isn't going anywhere -- at least not for now -- according to a recent report from Don Van Natta Jr. of ESPN The Magazine. Members of Penn State's Board of Trustees remain reluctant to remove the statue in fear of offending alumni and students, who continue to support the school's former head coach who holds the most victories in college football with 409.

"You can't let people stampede you into making a rash decision," one trustee told Van Natta. "The statue represents the good that Joe did. It doesn't represent the bad that he did."

Trustees met in Scranton, Pa., on Thursday and Friday for a regularly scheduled meeting, where they reached a consensus that the statue should remain for at least the coming weeks and months. Some contended it should remain outside the stadium forever.

"It has to stay up," another trustee said. "We have to let a number of months pass, and we'll address it again. But there is no way, no way. It's just not coming down."

Since the release of the Freeh Report on Thursday, which outlined Paterno's role in a cover-up of child sexual abuse allegations surrounding defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky for 14 years, many have insisted the statue be taken down.

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Joe Paterno Family Says He Was Not Involved In Cover-Up

Joe Paterno's role, or lack there of, in the Jerry Sandusky scandal is still widely unknown but more is expected to come to light with the release of the Freeh report on Thursday July 12. CNN released some shocking e-mails that were leaked recently that seemed to indicate Paterno knew about what Sandusky was doing, but Joe Paterno's family claims that he was not involved in any kind of cover-up.

In a letter released by the Paterno family, which first appeared on Fight On State, the family contends that Sandusky was a "deceiver" who tricked everyone at Penn State.

Joe Paterno did not cover up for Jerry Sandusky. Joe Paterno did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile. Joe Paterno did not act in any way to prevent a proper investigation of Jerry Sandusky. To claim otherwise is a distortion of the truth.

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