PSU president to make decision on Paterno statue

This is the statue of former Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno seen as it once stood outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

July 20, 2012 11:56:23 AM PDT
Penn State's president is methodically seeking input from trustees, alumni and other constituencies about the fate of the Joe Paterno statue outside the football stadium.

The monument has becoming a lightning rod since the release of an investigative report claiming the Hall of Fame football coach concealed child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago.

A decision from President Rodney Erickson is expected next week.

The statue, nearly 7 feet tall and weighing more than 900 pounds, was erected in 2001 in honor of Paterno's record-setting 324th Division 1 coaching victory and his "contributions to the university."

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