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Penn St. fans plan new statue of Joe Paterno
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo, Ashley Buchan holds her 4-year-old nephew Caleb Anthony, as she reaches to touch the face of the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. In 2012, the school removed this Paterno statue after a university-commissioned report accused the late coach and three other administrators of concealing sex abuse claims against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Fans of the late coach are commissioning a new statue to be placed across from the school at a local restaurant. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic,File)
April 23, 2014, 3:14 pm

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) 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, Pa., 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.

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