Statue of Penn State’s Joe Paterno planned for downtown State College


This statue of Joe Paterno was taken down in July 2012. (Pat Little / AP)

The statue of Joe Paterno at Penn State was pulled down in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal that rocked the university, but now another one is planned for State College, Pa.

The bronze statue would depict the coach sitting on a bench reacing “Aeneid” and would be placed outside the Tavern Restaurant in the fall of 2015, Onwardstate.com reports. A group that calls itself “Penn Staters” is creating a $300,000 Kickstarter project to commission the work by Zenos Frudakis.

“There’s been some level of frustration among Penn Staters with what happened with the statue at the stadium,” Ted Sebastianelli, a former president of the Penn State Football Letterman’s Club and a Board of Trustees candidate, told Onward State. “We wanted to come up with a way to honor Joe for all that he did for the State College community. It wasn’t just the university he impacted — it was the whole town.”

The statue has the city’s approval, provided it be erected on private property.

Meanwhile, the statue of Paterno that was removed from campus remains in storage at an undisclosed location. Although Penn State has said that it plans to honor Paterno one day, Sebastianelli said his group isn’t going to wait.

“There’s a culture of people in State College that clearly appreciates what Joe has done,” Sebastianelli said. “Our alumni always want to know how we will honor him. This is something we can do for State College while getting Penn Staters from around the country involved. This has nothing to do with university. We are doing this on our own.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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