PHOTOS: Joe Paterno statue removal

Workers place a tarp on a fence in front of 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)

July 22, 2012 7:29:28 AM PDT
In a controversial decision, Penn State President Rodney Erickson ordered that the statue of late coach Joe Paterno be removed.

Police officers, construction workers, barricades, and plenty of onlookers were on hand as Paterno's statue was taken down from Beaver Stadium. CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS FROM ACTION NEWS