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Penn State Scandal: University Releases Official Statement On Joe Paterno Statue

Penn State University released a statement Sunday commenting on the Joe Paterno statue outside of Beaver Stadium. The brief one-sentence statement contradicted earlier reports quoting trustees saying the statue would remain in place. As of yet, a decision has apparently not been made.

Contrary to various reports, neither the Board of Trustees nor University Administration has taken a vote or made a decision regarding the Joe Paterno statue at Beaver Stadium.

The statue has become a point of contention in the wake of the report released Thursday, headed by former FBI director Louis Freeh, that found that Paterno and others had known about sexual child abuse by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and failed to report it to police.

Debate largely centers on whether the statue can be still be seen as a symbol of what Paterno contributed to the university, or whether it will forever be associated with the scandal that ultimately led to his firing. Words on the gray-stone wall next to the statue read "Joseph Vincent Paterno; Educator; Coach; Humanitarian."

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