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No Decision Yet on Status of Joe Paterno's Statue as Wife, Two Children and Franco Harris Pay Visit

by on July 20, 2012 12:55 PM

Penn State, State College and social media is in a frenzy over whether Joe Paterno's statue will remain outside Beaver Stadium. 

Paterno's wife, Sue, visited the statue Friday, along with her son, David, and daughter, Mary Kay Hort. Former Penn State All-American and Paterno supporter Franco Harris, also stopped by as rumors swirl about the statue's future.

ESPN's Outside the Lines reported Friday that Penn State President Rodney Erickson would make the decision within the next 72 hours, or, by Monday.

Several reports, including Sports Illustrated, The Chicago Tribune and CBS offered conflicting reports Friday, with two outlets saying it would come down as early as this weekend. 

"I'm not aware of any decision being made," Penn State spokesman Dave La Torre said.

Regarding rumors the Penn State Board of Trustees voted via phone conference Thursday night to take the statue down, new board member Capt. Ryan McCombie said: "We did no such thing."

Board member Anthony Lubrano, elected this year along with McCombie and former Penn State football player Adam Taliaferro, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette no decision has been made on the Paterno statue, though university administration had asked the board for input.

Lubrano said Erickson ultimately would make the call on the statue, not the board.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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