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PSU president to make decision on Paterno statue

By Michael Rubinkam

Associated Press

Published: Friday, July 20 2012 1:03 p.m. MDT

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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