STATE COLLEGE — With one Joe Paterno statue in storage, fans of the late Penn State football coach are commissioning a new one to be placed across from the university.
A State College restaurant owner says he’s interested in having the new statue put in front of his establishment.
Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers says the school isn’t involved in the plan. In 2012, the school removed a Paterno statue outside its football stadium. That happened after a university-commissioned report accused the late coach and three administrators of concealing sex abuse claims against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Organizers say the new statue will feature Paterno sitting on a bench reading. It’s expected to cost about $300,000. They hope it will be done in 2015 by Philadelphia sculptor Zenos Frudakis.
Another kickoff time set
Penn State will be adjusting to Ireland time when the Nittany Lions open the 2014 season in Dublin against UCF.
Upon returning home, they’ll have to begin adjusting to primetime.
Three of the Lions’ 12 games will be played at night after the Big Ten announced that Penn State’s Big Ten opener against Rutgers will kick off at 8 p.m. on Sept. 13.
The game, which will be carried on the Big Ten Network, will be Rutgers’ first conference game as a member of the Big Ten. Rutgers and Maryland officially join the league this summer.
It was previously announced that Penn State’s Oct. 11 game at Michigan (7 p.m.) and its Oct. 25 home game against Ohio State (8 p.m.) would be played under the lights.