Penn State Will Make Decision On Statue Within 72 Hours

The decision whether to remove or move the Joe Paterno statue from outside of Beaver Stadium is expected to be made by Penn State president Rodney Erickson within 72 hours, a source familiar with Erickson’s plans told “Outside the Lines.”

What to do about the statue has been a highly emotional topic among administrators and the board of trustees, sources said Friday. Much of the discussion has centered on how the NCAA will interpret whatever decision is made about the statue, sources said.

Trustees told “Outside the Lines” the board had a spirited discussion about the statue in a conference call Thursday night — the same call in which the resignation of former board chairman Steve Garban was discussed. But the decision is not theirs, they said.

Various tweets Friday morning said the board had voted and/or made a decision about the statue and that it would be removed this weekend. However, if the board had taken a vote during the call, it would have violated state law, which prohibits votes from being taken outside of declared board meetings.

The trustees who spoke Friday morning said board members did discuss possibilities for the statue, including moving it from the stadium area, perhaps to the library on campus that bears the Paterno name, or the Penn State All Sports Museum near the stadium. Board spokesman David LaTorre declined to comment Friday morning.

Source: ESPN, Don Van Natta Jr.