Posted: Jul 22, 2012 2:00 PM
The statue of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno outside the campus' football stadium will be removed, the university's president said Sunday. The tribute to Paterno had become an object of contention after the child rape scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Paterno's statue and legacy came under fire after the release of the Freeh Report, the scathing investigation led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh. The report found that several Penn State officials concealed evidence that Sandusky had sexually abused boys. Freeh concluded that Paterno could have prevented further sexual abuse had he taken action. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 victims. "I now believe that, contrary to its original intention, coach Paterno's statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our university and beyond," University President Rodney Erick son said in a statement. The 900-pound bronze statue, outside Beaver Stadium, will be stored in a "secure location."