STATE COLLEGE – With one Joe Paterno statue in storage, fans of the late Penn State football coach are commissioning a new one to be placed across from the university.
A State College restaurant owner says he’s interested in having the new statue put in front of his establishment.
Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers says the school isn’t involved in the plan. In 2012, the school removed a Paterno statue outside its football stadium. That happened after a university-commissioned report accused the late coach and three administrators of concealing sex abuse claims against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Organizers say the new statue will feature Paterno sitting on a bench reading. It’s expected to cost about $300,000. They hope it will be done in 2015 by Philadelphia sculptor Zenos Frudakis.