Joe Paterno Statue To Be Taken Down At Penn State This Weekend: Report

07/20/2012 12:13 pm ET | Updated Jul 20, 2012

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.

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.

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 more forceful denial of the previous reports followed from a member of the Penn State Board Of Trustees, via Laura Nichols of

Another member of the Board Of Trustees told Laura Olson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the final decision will be made by the administration.

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.

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."

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