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Report: Paterno statue to be removed this weekend

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NFL Network reporter Kim Jones reported Friday that Penn State plans to take down the Joe Paterno statue outside of Beaver Stadium.

The public outcry for the removal of Paterno's statue was sparked by the release of the independent investigation by former FBI director Louis Freeh, whose findings were made public July 12. In the report, Freeh's investigative team revealed Paterno allegedly had detailed knowledge of activity involving Jerry Sandusky before and after Sandusky retired in 1999.

Nike announced it would change the name of its childcare center the day the Freeh report was issued. Penn State students changed the name of the student camp the week of home football games to "Nittanyville" last week.

Paterno's alma mater, Brown University, removed Paterno's name from its annual award given to the school's top freshman athlete and coaching position and is weighing whether to take the Paterno out of its athletic hall of fame. Paterno graduated from Brown in 1950.

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