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PSU Denies Reports of Paterno Statue Removal

Penn State denies reports this morning that the Joe Paterno statue is being removed from the main campus this weekend

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    January 22, 2012: Community members pay their respects at the statue of Joe Paterno, the former Penn State football coach, after hearing of Paterno's death, outside of Beaver Stadium on January 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania.

    Penn State denies reports that they're taking down Joe Paterno's statue from the main campus this weekend.

    The reports are coming from NFL Network reporter Kimberly Jones via Twitter and Bonnie Bernstein.

    Bonnie Bernstein, former ESPN/CBS reporter, reports that the statue will come down this weekend. Bernstein says the school's Board of Trustees voted on the matter last night during a conference call.

    However, Dave la Torre, a spokeperson for Penn State, tells NBC10 -- as of noon -- that he is not aware of any decision being made about the statue.

    The Paterno statue sits outside Beaver Stadium.

    Since the Freeh Report was released last week, more people have rallied to take the statue down. The report was critical of legendary PSU football coach Joe Paterno and other high-ranking university officials for not doing more to protect children from convicted child predator, Jerry Sandusky.

    On Tuesday, a banner plane flew over State College, reading, "Take the statue down or we will."

    Paterno's reputation has taken a punch in other ways over the last week. The student group that manages campouts at home football games changed the name of their area from "Paternoville" to "Nittanyville."

    And last Friday, within hours of the Freeh Report's release, the Nike organization took Paterno's name down from its child-care center at the company's headquarters.