STATE PARK, PA (NEWS1130) – After more than a week of debate, Penn State has decided to remove the statue of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno from its campus.

Rodney Erickson, Penn State President, ordered the removal, which comes in the wake of a report that found Paterno and other top school officials concealed claims of sex abuse against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The statue had turned into a target for critics of the late Paterno. Once a beloved figure on the campus, Paterno’s alleged complacence in the Sandusky allegations has tarnished his once glistening reputation.

Earlier this morning, workers lifted the statue off its base and used a forklift to move it into Beaver Stadium as approximately 150 students watched.

In a statement, Erickson said, “I fully realize that my decision will not be popular in some Penn State circles, but I am certain it is the right and principled decision.”

Also today, the NCAA says it will levy “corrective and punitive measures” against Penn State in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal involving Sandusky. The NCAA announced that it will detail the sanctions tomorrow.