The statue of former Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno stands outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Friday, July 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
The fate of the bronze statue of Joe Paterno standing outside of Beaver Stadium on the Penn State campus has become a key point of contention ever since former F.B.I director Louis Freeh released his damning 267-page report concluding that the former head football coach and key university administrators
"concealed critical facts" pertaining to the heinous sexual abuse of young boys being perpetrated by former Nittany Lions football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
An unnamed source informed Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network,
the statue is coming down this weekend.
Am told that Penn State plans to take down the Paterno statue this weekend.
Shortly after Jones' tweet,
veteran sports broadcaster Bonnie Bernstein wrote on her Twitter page that the Penn State Board of Trustees made the decision Thursday night.
Source: Penn State Board of Trustees voted on a conference call last night to take down Joe Paterno statue. Will happen this wknd.
After retweeting Jones' tweet, the
producer of "The Dan Patrick Show" obtained a statement from a PSU spokesperson who was unaware of any decision on the statue.
A spokesman for Penn State University told me "I'm not aware of any decision being made about the statue."
A more forceful denial of the previous reports followed from a member of the Penn State Board Of Trustees, via Laura Nichols of StateCollege.com.
Penn State Board member Capt. Ryan McCombie said "We did no such thing," re: voting to take down Joe Paterno statue, made no more comment.
Another member of the Board Of Trustees told
Laura Olson of the that the final decision will be made by the administration. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Re: JoePa statue, PSU trustee Anthony Lubrano says no BOT vote on removal. Final decision will be by administration, not trustees, he says.
In the aftermath of the Freeh report, there were
several calls urging Penn State to remove the statue including former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden.
Earlier this week, Penn State refuted a report that
trustees had decided to leave the statue standing, claiming that no decision had been made.
The calls to remove it didn't stop. Someone even went as far as to hire an airplane to fly over State College with a banner reading,
"Take down the statue or we will."