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.