Restaurant plans new statue of Joe Paterno

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Fans of the late Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno are planning to commission a new bronze statue of him, and place it across from the school.


Organizers say the statue will feature Paterno sitting on a bench reading. It’s expected to cost about $300,000 and would hopefully be done in 2015 by Philadelphia sculptor Zenos Frudakis.


Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers says the school isn’t involved in the plan. But a restaurant owner in downtown State College says he’s interested in having the statue in front of his establishment.


In 2012 the school removed a Paterno statue from the campus after an investigative report alleged the late coach and three other top Penn State administrators concealed sex abuse claims against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.


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