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Joe Paterno fired by Penn State board of trustees

Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:13 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 5:45 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

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On Wednesday morning, Joe Paterno announced that he would retire at the end of Penn State's football season. On Wednesday evening, the Penn State board of trustees decided that wasn't enough.

The trustees cleaned house at a Wednesday night meeting, announcing that both Paterno and PSU president Graham Spanier were done with the school effective immediately. That means Joe Paterno's legendary, 46-year career as head coach of Penn State is, as of today, officially over. Tom Bradley, who has spent the last 33 years coaching alongside Paterno as a defensive assistant, has been named the interim head coach for the rest of the 2011 season.

John P. Surma, the vice chairman of the board of trustees, announced at the ensuing press conference that the decision to remove Paterno was unanimous. "The university is much larger than its athletic teams," said Surma. The press conference was marked by numerous angry and accusatory questions, many of which Surma chose to ignore.

Paterno, 84, leaves Penn State as the winningest coach in major college football history, having just passed Grambling legend Eddie Robinson in his last game. He was notified of the board's decision by phone call, according to Surma, and after the press conference, he greeted a small group of students who had come to his house by telling them, "Right now I'm not the football coach."

Later, Paterno issued a longer statement from his home, saying the following:

"I am disappointed with the Board of Trustees decision, but I have to accept it. A tragedy occurred, and we all have to have patience to let the legal process proceed. I appreciate the outpouring of support but want to emphasize that everyone should remain calm and please respect the university, it's property and all that we value. I have been incredibly blessed to spend my entire career working with people I love. I am grateful beyond words to all of the coaches, players and staff who have been a part of this program. And to all of our fans and supporters, my family and I will be forever in your debt." 

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Paterno's firing comes as his Nittany Lions are ranked 12th in the nation and leading the Big Ten Leaders Division with an 8-1 (5-0) record. It was the 19th time in his career that a Paterno-led Penn State team had started the season with at least eight wins in its first nine games.

The status of Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and of vice president/treasurer Gary Schultz is still to be determined. Both men face charges for perjury and failure to report child abuse in their roles in the Sandusky scandal. Surma would not say at the conference whether the two men would continue to have their legal fees paid by the university.

Paterno has come under harsh criticism - including from within the community known as Happy Valley - for not taking more action in 2002 after then-graduate assistant and current assistant coach Mike McQueary came to him and reported seeing Sandusky in the Penn State showers with a 10-year-old boy. Paterno notified Curley and Schultz.

Earlier Wednesday, Paterno had said in a statement that he was "absolutely devastated by the developments in this case." "I grieve for the children and their families," said Paterno, "and I pray for their comfort and relief."

Paterno informed his players on Wednesday of his intent to retire in an tear-filled team meeting. Afterward, many players told the media that they had never seen Paterno so emotional.

"In all the clips I've seen of him, I've never seen him break down and cry," quarterback Paul Jones said. "And he was crying the whole time today."

Cornerback Stephon Morris said some players also were nearly in tears themselves. "I still can't believe it. I've never seen Coach Paterno like that in my life," Morris said.

The Penn State football game with Nebraska is still scheduled for this Saturday in the Nittany Lions' home finale. But for the first time since 1950, Paterno will not be there as a member of the Nittany Lions coaching staff.

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Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 2:16 pm

Joe Paterno fired by Penn State board of trustees

Paterno is a nutcase. Now you have someone sexually assaulting kids? whats up with that? Penn State need to find a way to build up as a team without Paterno, and win games!!!

Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 4:36 pm
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Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 8:16 pm

Joe Paterno fired by Penn State board of trustees

And once again you have missed the mark beyond all reason! Sorry but 2 detectives and a DA and  a child services investigator failed to take this pervert out of his sick game after he even confessed! Sorry you seem to miss that everytime so it must be denial! The 2002 incident which should not have happened had the police did their jobs in 1998 should have ended by McQuery the red headed bitch by calling the police or 911 at that moment of time! You seem to be stepping around the truth just because you hate a 80 yr old man!

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 5:43 pm

Joe Paterno fired by Penn State board of trustees

Are people really this stuipd?  They parrot criminal law like it has any place in a civil decision.  Innocent until proven guilty is part of our criminal procedures, AND I might add, doesnt stop the police from putting the person in jail until the trial.  Seriously if you want to make a point at least try not to expose how ignorant you are.  I suppose it could just be sheer stupidity as well.

Joe Perv, and Mcquery worked for a state institution and had a legal obligation to report what happened accurately to their superiors.  That is the bare minimum they could do and it is required by statute.  There is absoultely nothing in that statute that prevents anyone from contacting the police as an individual when they witness a crime.  There is nothing in that statute that prevented 6'5" Mcqueery from stopping the rape of a 10 year old.  Now does anyone think a cover up didnt take place?  If not why is Joe Perv babbling about fondling and improper touching...what Mcqueery so colorfully described does not sound like that to me, it sounds like rape.  By failing to come even remotely close to doing the right thing they both deserve whatever fate they are going to get.

Fortunately from reading the comments it does seem like only idiots and potential pedophiles are defending their complete lack of action.    &nbs

Since: May 19, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:42 am

Joe Paterno fired by Penn State board of trustees

The so-called Board-of-Trustees needs to be gone.  They have no right making any decisions given the circumstances.  If you are cleaning house, then you must start from the top on down, starting with the board. 

On a side note

What the hell is wrong with this child's mother.  You let this grown man take your kid out of school and have no idea he was doing it?  What is wrong with parents now-a-days.  No idea he was taking your chlid out of school, i mean really lady...did you even know you had a child? 

I still don't understand why they are hiding these peoples names, they aren't minors anymore.  I want names of all victim's...victim's would only be fair.  No lives of anyone involved will ever be the same again, so come on lets get them out there. 

Also, there will never be a trial, Sandusky is a dirt bag and will off himself before it.  Although, this is about to get even more ugly seeing as though there is a possibility of a giant sex-trafficking ring led by none other than Mr. Sandusky himself involving the 2nd mile organization, which I think will turn out to be true. 

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:51 am

Joe Paterno fired by Penn State board of trustees

The one things I agree with President Obama and others is that we MUST protect our kids and we must ALL do what we are able.

However, here in the United States, one IS innocent until proven guilty, and, I sit here wondering why Coach Paterno was deemed Guilty by the school's trustees vs. simply placing him on Administrative Leave?

Is there a limit as to how many may be placed on that list - as in MLB with the various Disbled lists ???

Personally, to me it appears that the Trustees have, indeed, thrown Coach Paterno under the proverbial bus without the common decency of permitting him the opportunity to defend himself................

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 4:28 am

Joe Paterno fired by Penn State board of trustees

I am so glad that people have brought all this up about hearing a rumour second hand and not acting on it, because this opens a whole can of worms for everyone of us!

A fellow at my office told me he saw some lady pop her child on the butt once in the parking lot 2 days ago but I didn't go to the police, so I should be fired ...right.

I heard a rumour that a bunch of people where I work went out on friday night and got drunk and everyone of them drove home! So now it's monday morning and I am hearing this rumour should I call the police and reports this because I am also hearing they do this every friday night and some unsuspecting driver could get killed by them. Nah I don't call the police but I should be fired because I didn't.  

Wow if someone tells you a rumour at work best just not even listen because it could cost you your job! 

Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 4:08 am
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Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:53 am

Joe Paterno fired by Penn State board of trustees

Sorry Redwings but this was in the hands of the police back in 1998 and even after Sandusky confessed to them they still didn't arrest him, and by the way the kid had parents so why is it they didn't bring this up to the police!

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:50 am

Joe Paterno fired by Penn State board of trustees

First off 8 ball stands for dumbass in anybodys langauge!

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