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Penn State Fans Rally Around Joe Paterno Statue

Fans are visiting the now-infamous Joe Paterno statue on the campus at Penn State in fear that it will be taken down.

The Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal will not only mar the legacy of the Penn State football program forever, but the legacy of college football coaching legend Joe Paterno and the university as well.

Sandusky, a former coach under Paterno, was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sex-abuse in June. Last week, on July 12th, former FBI director Louis Freeh revealed his findings into what really went on behind the scenes during the scandal after an eight-month inquiry.

Freeh outlined the failings of Paterno and other members of the administration in his scathing report.

As a result, Penn State President Rodney Erickson is now deciding what to do with the statue honoring Joe Paterno that sits on the campus of the university. According to a PennLive.com report, fans are flocking to the statue in droves for fear that it'll be taken down and never seen again:

Visitors came in a steady stream, some placing flowers, flags and signs at Paterno's bronzed feet. All snapped pictures with the likeness of a now-controversial coach who some blame for keeping quiet while a pedophile preyed upon boys inside the football locker room.

This pilgrimage for Paterno has been virtually nonstop since last week when speculation mounted and rumors swirled that the university would take down the 900-pound tribute, perhaps in the dead of night.

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