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Joe Paterno Statue: Penn State President Will Make Call Within 72 Hours

Penn State president Rodney Erikson will made a decision whether or not to remove the Joe Paterno statue outside of Beaver Stadium within the next 72 hours, according to a report.

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Penn State president Rodney Erikson will decide whether or not to remove the Joe Paterno statue outside of Beaver Stadium in the next 72 hours, according to a report from Don Van Natta Jr. of ESPN.

There were reports Friday that the Penn State Board of Trustees had made a decision at a meeting on the statue on Thursday night, but it would have violated state law, which prohibits votes from being taken outside of declared board meetings.

The decision to remove the statue has been a difficult one, with one trustee telling Van Natta Jr:

"It's a highly sensitive decision. The decision is a symbolic one. We have to be very careful about what kind of message we send."

In their meeting on Thursday, the board discussed possible locations to move the statue should it leave Beaver Stadium. The two locations that were mostly talked about were the Paterno Library on campus and inside the Penn State All Sports Museum near the stadium.

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