Penn State removes Paterno statue

Amid recent fallout the statue of Penn State's late, disgraced former

football coach Joe Paterno has been taken down, after university

officials announced July 22 its decision to remove it. According to the

Paterno family, tearing down of Penn St. coach's statue 'does not serve

victims' of Sandusky.

An area of the statue of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno stood sits empty after it was removed by workers outside Beaver Stadium on July 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State's president Rodney Erickson made the decision Sunday to remove the statue in the wake of the child sex scandal of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. It's believed that Paterno had detailed knowledge of Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing children before and after Sandusky retired from coaching at Penn State. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

FILE - The statue of former Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno stands outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., in this July 13, 2012 file photo. Police and construction workers have barricaded both sides of street and the sidewalks near the Joe Paterno statue at Penn State University Sunday July 22, 2012. A chain-link fence has been erected around the perimeter surrounding the statue.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

FILE - Sabine Briggs, 2, looks up at a statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on Penn State's campus, in this Nov. 11, 2011 file photo taken in State College, Pa. Police and construction workers have barricaded both sides of street and the sidewalks near the Joe Paterno statue at Penn State University early Sunday July 22, 2012. A chain-link fence has been erected around the perimeter surrounding the statue. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Workers handle the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno before removing the statue Sunday, July 22, 2012, in State College, Pa. The famed statue of Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant. (AP Photo/John Beale)

Workers handle the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno before removing the statue Sunday, July 22, 2012, in State College, Pa. The famed statue of Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant. (AP Photo/John Beale)

A plane flying the Penn State University campus in State College, pulls a banner reading "Take the statue down or we will" on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. The Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium has been a point of much contention. Critics have called for the statue to be taken down after the Freeh report concluded that Paterno was aware of a 1998 allegations against Sandusky _ in contrast to his grand jury testimony and an interview given after his firing _ and that he was involved in the decision to not report a 2001 incident to the authorities even after his superiors had decided to. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark) MAGS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno walks off the field after warmups before an NCAA college football game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. NCAA president Mark Emmert says he isn't ruling out the possibility of shutting down the Penn State football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. In a PBS interview Monday night, July 16, 2012, he said he doesn't want to "take anything off the table" if the NCAA determines penalties against Penn State are warranted. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno walks off the field after warmups before an NCAA college football game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. NCAA president Mark Emmert says he isn't ruling out the possibility of shutting down the Penn State football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. In a PBS interview Monday night, July 16, 2012, he said he doesn't want to "take anything off the table" if the NCAA determines penalties against Penn State are warranted. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2008 file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno listens to a question during his weekly news conference in State College, Pa. Paterno and other top Penn State officials hushed up child sex abuse allegation against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago for fear of bad publicity, allowing Sandusky to prey on other youngsters, according to a scathing internal report issued Thursday, July 12, 2012 on the scandal. (AP Photo/Pat Little)

This combination of two photos shows a detail of a mural by Michael Pilato in State College, Pa. depicting a halo over the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, left, and the halo removed by the artist on Saturday, July 14, 2012. Pilato had put a halo over Paterno's image after the beloved coach's death in January, but said he felt he had to remove it Saturday after a report that Paterno, former university president Graham Spanier and others buried allegations of child sex-abuse against ex-assistant Jerry Sandusky. Paterno's family denies the claim. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark, Abby Drey)

This Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 photo shows a mural by Michael Pilato in State College, Pa. depicting a halo over the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. On Saturday, July 14, 2012, the artist removed the halo from the painting amid the school's child sex-abuse scandal. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)