Exactly six months after Joe Paterno died, perhaps the most visible tribute to his legacy disappeared into Beaver Stadium on the end of a forklift.
Fast-forward another six months, one year after Paterno's death, and the fate of the 900-pound bronze statue that so resembled the longtime Penn State football coach remains as murky as ever.
In the months after Paterno's death, the site along Porter Road had become a makeshift memorial for distraught students and alumni seeking closure. But the university feared the statue became a lightning rod when the Louis Freeh report implicated Paterno and other top Penn State officials in a cover-up of child sexual abuse. The acts were perpetrated by longtime Paterno assistant and now-convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky.
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