Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 2/1/12

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions leaves the field following the 2010 Capital One Bowl against the LSU Tigers at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on January 1, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Penn State won 19-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The dozens of signs, bouquets of flowers and other items left by fans at the Joe Paterno statue outside Penn State's Beaver Stadium in honor of the late Hall of Fame coach have been removed and stored inside the stadium to dry out. University officials say the items were removed early Wednesday morning with the prior knowledge of Paterno's family. Penn State says the family will have a chance to review items to decide what to keep or donate. The bronzed statue had turned into a makeshift memorial since Paterno died Jan. 22, less than three months after school trustees ousted him Nov. 9 as football coach in the wake of child sex abuse charges against a retired assistant. Paterno's family announced he had lung cancer more than a week later.
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