Paterno Statue Removed from Beaver Stadium

Workers removed the iconic statue of Coach Joe Paterno from the Penn State football stadium early Sunday.


The iconic statue of coach Joe Paterno was removed from Penn State's Beaver Stadium early Sunday.

Meanwhile, the NCAA says it will announce punishment for the university.

Penn State's president released a statement saying the statue has become a source of division and an "obstacle to healing" in the wake of the

The statue will be stored "in a secure location," according to college President Rodney Erickson.

In an unscientific poll, on whether the statue should stay or be taken away.

About 30 police officers stood guard as workers erected a temporary metal fence before removing the seven-foot statue, which weighs 900 pounds.

A crowd chanted "We are Penn State" as the work was done.

The decision to move the statue came about 10 days after the which revealed Penn State's cover-up on Sandusky's crimes. Paterno was part of the cover-up, according to the report of former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

Paterno died in January. His family has continued to defend his actions in the Sandusky case. Paterno's family said Sunday that removing the statue does not serve the victims of the sex scandal.

louis kootsares July 23, 2012 at 03:40 PM
along with this the ncaa got involved wow i am waiting to see what is done to the catholic church for its thousands of cover ups there are alot of statues to remove
Pat July 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Instead of removing it they could have just covered it up for 14 years..
matt July 26, 2012 at 01:07 PM
ZING! Great comment Pat!!
slyfox July 26, 2012 at 01:30 PM
WIth all due respect Frank, I must disagree. You called what JoePa did "a mistake". A "mistake" is forgetting to sign your check or forgetting to put a stamp on an envelope. What he did was certainly more than "a mistake".


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