Penn State to rule on Paterno statue in 7-10 days

Posted July 17, 2012, at 8:52 p.m.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A Penn State spokesman says a decision on the fate of a statue of late football coach Joe Paterno will be made within days.

Critics have called for the statue to be taken down in light of a report concluding Paterno and other top university officials concealed information about sex abuse allegations against a former assistant coach to avoid bad publicity.

Penn State spokesman David La Torre said Tuesday a decision on the matter is seven to 10 days away.

A small plane has pulled a banner mentioning the statue over State College, where Penn State is based. The banner read, “Take the statue down or we will.”

Paterno’s family denies he tried to cover anything up.

Meanwhile, in Providence, R.I., Brown University has removed Paterno’s name from its head football coaching position and a student award and is reviewing whether to remove him from the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Ivy League university said on Tuesday that it made the moves following a report that concluded the late football coach was among those who concealed child sex abuse by assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Paterno graduated from Brown in 1950.

The school said Paterno’s name has been permanently removed from an award for outstanding male freshman athlete.

His status in Brown’s hall of fame is being reviewed by the hall’s board. He was inducted in 1977.

Brown says the removal of his name from the head coaching chair was made due to issues that predated the Penn State matter.

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