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Sign Left 1 Year After Paterno Statue's Removal

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    Workers place a tarp on a fence in front of the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno before removing the statue Sunday, July 22, 2012, in State College, Pa. The famed statue of Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant.

    A sign reading "We won't forget" has been left at the site where former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's statue once stood in State College.

    It marks the one-year anniversary of the date it was removed in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

    The Centre Daily Times reports the sign was left Monday outside Beaver Stadium.

    A Penn State spokesman declined comment on the condition or location of the statue.

    University officials have said only that it is in a "secure location."

    On July 22, 2012, just before 6 a.m., workers used jackhammers to remove the statue and took it away with a forklift. It used to sit outside the Penn State football stadium. The statue had become a lightning rod for public opinion amid the sex-abuse scandal.

    Paterno was accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against his retired assistant, Jerry Sandusky.

    Sandusky, who had become a hometown hero as not only a Penn State football coach, but as a champion for underprivileged boys, was found guilty of 45 out of 48 counts of child sex abuse last June.

    Paterno died in January 2012, six months before Sandusky was convicted.

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