Wall at former Joe Paterno statue site dismantled

State College - Centre Daily TimesJuly 24, 2012 

— Work continued Tuesday outside Beaver Stadium at the Penn State site that only days ago had been home to a Joe Paterno statue.

A crew took the 900-pound bronze statue down early Sunday morning, at the direction of President Rodney Erickson. He said it had “become a source of division and an obstacle to healing.”

On Tuesday, workers had moved on to the stone wall that had wrapped around the back of the statue of the late coach, using a backhoe and jackhammer.

By midday, there was a pile of rubble behind the blue screen that blocked the view of the construction work.

The university Office of Physical Plant directed calls to a Penn State spokesman, who declined to comment on the work.

Hundreds of fans had lined up to get photographs and a final look at the 7-foot-tall statue last week.

The bronze statue was put up in November 2001 after Paterno became the Football Bowl Subdivision leader for games won with 324 career victories.

About 25 donors contributed $650,000 for the project, which cost about $400,000.

The remaining money was directed to the cost of an organ at the university’s spiritual center.

The site included a wall plaque listing the donors as well as plaques listing the seasons Paterno coached with game scores.

The back of the wall included the quote from Paterno: “They ask me what I’d like written about me when I’m gone. I hope they write I made Penn State a better place, not just that I was a good football coach.”

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