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Penn St President Weighing Paterno Statue’s Future

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STATE COLLEGE, PA - JULY 20: Kirsten Valania, 20, of Newark, Delaware, who is graduating in August, has her photo taken with the statue of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium July 20, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State's Board of Trustees is debating whether or not to remove the statue in the wake of the child sex scandal of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and Paterno's roll in not reporting it. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

STATE COLLEGE, PA – JULY 20: Kirsten Valania, 20, of Newark, Delaware, who is graduating in August, has her photo taken with the statue of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium July 20, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State’s Board of Trustees is debating whether or not to remove the statue in the wake of the child sex scandal of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and Paterno’s roll in not reporting it. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

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MICHAEL RUBINKAM,Associated Press

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 is nearly 7 feet tall and weighing more than 900 pounds. It was built in 2001 in honor of Paterno’s record-setting 324th Division 1 coaching victory and his “contributions to the university.”

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