Joe Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
By Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY
In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the bronze Joe Paterno statue that stands outside Beaver Stadium has been the subject of debate.
Should it go -- since it represents a man who knew about and covered up abuse allegations, according to the Louis Freeh investigation? Or should it stay -- because it still represents the the winningest coach in college football?
Opinions have been mixed throughout the country. Penn State students have been camping out by the statue. Columnists have railed against the statue itself, urging administrators to tear it down.
On Friday, it looked like the tear-it-down camp had scored a victory.
The NFL Network's Kim Jones (a Penn State grad) first tweeted on Friday that Penn State planned to take the statue down this weekend. ESPN's Bonnie Bernstein also reported that the statue would be coming down over the weekend after the Penn State Board of Trustees voted to remove it during a conference call on Thursday night.
Not so fast. The BOT then responded.
Penn State board member Ryan McCombie told StateCollege.com that the Penn State board "did no such thing." Another trustee, Anthony Lubrano, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette no vote has taken place and that the decision to remove the statue would be the school administration's, not the BOT.
After the BOT refuted her report, Jones tweeted:
Prez Rodney Erickson's office is telling PSU donors that "no final decision" has been made on statue.
So, it looks like we'll just have to see what happens here.