Penn State’s Joe Paterno statue at Beaver Stadium will be taken down this weekend, school officials reported it today.
The statue portraying Paterno leading players out of the tunnel will be taken down in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the report conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh.
According to NFL Network journalist Kim Jones' recent tweet:
“Am told that Penn State plans to take down the Paterno Statue this weekend."
Other reports surfaced Friday morning, with ESPN’s Bonnie Bernstein tweeting that the Penn State Board of Trustees made the decision via conference call on Thursday night.
The decision to take the statute down or keep it up sparked intense debate over the past week, even as a plane was spotted flying over the State College, Pa. campus with a banner reading, “Take down the statue or we will.”
Paterno’s name was already removed from the area where students camp out for tickets before football games.
In Freeh’s report, Paterno, among many other Penn State officials, were accused of hiding "critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse from the authorities, the board of trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large."
Looks like Penn State is erasing the memory of Joe Pa and turning the page on his legacy.