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Report: Paterno Statue Removed From Beaver Stadium and Taken to Undisclosed Location

by on July 28, 2012 11:29 AM

The likeness of Joe Paterno, a bronze statute standing 7 feet tall and weighing 900 pounds, was removed from Beaver Stadium for the final time Friday morning, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer

The school would not offer confirmation as to whether the Paterno statue had been removed, but the Inquirer reported it was loaded into the back of truck and taken to an undisclosed location.

"As we've maintained from day one, the statue will be stored in a safe and secure location until a permanent location is decided," Penn State spokesman Dave La Torre told the newspaper.

The statue, which came under heavy scrutiny and debate after the release of former FBI Director Louis Freeh's investigative report of Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal on July 12, was removed from its perch outside of the stadium Sunday morning. 

It was put into temporary storage until being moved Friday.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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