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Vandals steal glasses from Paterno statue

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State police are looking out for Joe Paterno's thick glasses -- the bronzed ones that were perched on the statue of the iconic football coach that stands outside Beaver Stadium.

Vandals apparently cut the glasses off just above the base of the ears of the 7-foot sculpture between 11 a.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. Monday, when a police officer noticed the damage.

The school plans to replace the glasses, though assistant athletic director Jeff Nelson says it's unclear how much that might cost.

The statue, which weighs more than 900 pounds, was unveiled in November 2001.

It depicts a smiling Paterno with one hand in the air, index finger raised, running as if he's leading his team out of the tunnel in the stadium.

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