Joe Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
By Matt Eppers, USA TODAY
In the wake of Thursday's damning Freeh Report, many have called for the statue of former football coach Joe Paterno to be removed from the Penn State campus.
Despite reports that the Board of Trustees had decided that the statue would remain outside Beaver Stadium, the school issued a short statement Sunday night denying that a decision had 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," the statement said.
Earlier Sunday, ESPN reported that the Board had ruled the statue would stay.
Citing a source "with firsthand knowledge of the trustees' private discussions this week," the ESPN report says the decision was made, in part, to not offend students and alumni who still hold the late coach in high esteem.
After former FBI director Louis Freeh's 267-page report was released, the Board of Trustees had said there was no timeline on a decision about whether to remove Paterno's name or image from the campus.
That has not stopped others from dissociating themselves with the Paterno name or altering his image.
Within hours of the report's release, Nike announced it was removing Paterno's name from the child development center on its Beaverton, Ore., campus.
On Saturday, Pennsylvania artist Michael Pilato painted over the halo he had posthumously added to Paterno's image on a State College mural.