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Trees planted where Paterno statue stood at Penn State

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 30 2012 09:52:36 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 30 2012 02:03:34 PM CDT
Joe Paterno statue

REUTERS/Pat Little

STATE COLLEGE. Pa. -

The spot where Joe Paterno's bronze likeness once stood is now occupied by freshly planted trees.

The trees were planted outside Penn State's Beaver Stadium in State College over the weekend.

A week earlier, workers removed the 7-foot statue of the late coach, sculpted by a Berks County artist, in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal that has engulfed the university.

Earlier in the month, an internal investigation found Paterno colluded with other high-ranking officials to cover up abuse allegations against his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky is awaiting sentencing on charges he sexually abused 10 boys, some at Penn State football team facilities.

The university hasn't said what it plans to do with the statue.