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Penn State: No decision made on Joe Paterno statue

The Joe Paterno statue on Friday, July 13, 2012.   Abby Drey
The Joe Paterno statue on Friday, July 13, 2012. Abby Drey

Penn State officials disputed reports today that a decision has been made on the fate of the Joe Paterno statue on campus.

ESPN.com said this afternoon that the university board of trustees has decided to leave the statue in place.

That report was picked up by Yahoo Sports, which said the trustees voted not to remove the statue.

Penn State spokesman David La Torre said today that such a decision has not been made.

“Contrary to various reports, neither the board of trustees nor university administration has taken a vote or made a decision regarding the Joe Paterno statue at Beaver Stadium,” La Torre said in a statement.

Asked Friday at the trustees meeting about removing the statue in light of the Freeh report findings, Chairwoman Karen Peetz said the issue “is a sensitive one. It’s going to take a lot of dialogue with the community.”

She said there isn’t a timeline for deciding whether the statue should be taken down or Paterno’s name removed from campus. He and Sue Paterno were major donors to the library, which bears their name.

“It’s something that’s going to take a lot of deliberation, a lot of discussion with the broader Penn State community,” Peetz said. “So there is no timeline or deadline.”

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