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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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Comments

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:34 pm
 

BREAKING: Joe Paterno out at Penn State

Listen to this guy, if what he says is true they should shutdown the school!!

http://audio.weei.com/a/48513214/ma

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Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:30 pm
 

BREAKING: Joe Paterno out at Penn State

 My opinion is that the ONLY reason he has not been charged with a crime is because he is Joe Paterno.  Failure to Report should really be a minimum
JoPa is not being charged with a crime because under PA law, he is only required to report the incident to his superiors, which he did.

Paterno, himself, has stated, he should have done more.  As a father, a grandfather and a role model -- Paterno should have done more.  The fact it was a colleague of his for 32 years is reason enough for Paterno to do more.  The fact it was sexual acts against a child is why paterno should have done more.

It turns my stomach that I read that whole grand jury report.  I can't even fathom being one of the individuals who were aware of what was going on and readily swept it under the rug.  MIND BLOWING TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:30 pm
 

BREAKING: Joe Paterno out at Penn State

Hopefully Joe Pa will sue the University for wrongful termination.

Sad that noone in our society can take responsibility for their own actions.  It is always someone elses fault whenever anything bad happens.  Today, Joe Pa gets to be the scapegoat.

Paterno was a co-conspirator in a cover-up involving a child predator and rapist. That is not the definition of a scapegoat, you freaking moron.





Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:25 pm
 

BREAKING: Joe Paterno out at Penn State

I agree with you completely.  If Joe Paterno is smart he will keep his mouth shut and not try to explain anything.  Joe Paterno knew that a grown man "horsing around" in the shower with a boy is wrong.  Joe could have contacted the police and arranged for the grad assistant to tell his, "non-heresay, eye-witness" story to the police.  This was a huge coverup because the pedophile was a close friend of Joe Paterno and no one at PSU wanted to go against Joe Paterno.  Joe Paterno had a great college football legacy.  You will not be able to take that away.  But when I hear about all the good he did, he failed miserably to protect young boys.  Several more were molested after this incident because Joe Paterno did not use his position to stop it. 

Why a man who built his entire legacy on honesty and doing the right thing chose on this critical instance to hide behind doing only what is legally required, I do not know.  Maybe what we are finding out is that he is not that great of a man.  He is a great football coach.  A truly great man would have stopped this and ensured something was done.  Don't tell me he did not know any reason why his long time friend was suddenly banned from using the football facilities.  I am sure that was not done without Joe Paterno's knowledge.

Joe Paterno should have stepped down and not forced the trustees to fire him.  But it is all about Joe.  He was going to leave on his own terms and no one was going to stop him.  Joe wanted the record for coaching the most games. 

There will potentially be substantial house cleaning after the season.  There is also potentially more troubling news coming. Why did it take 9 years for this to become public?  I do not know but I think we will all be surprised when we find out.



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:24 pm
 

BREAKING: Joe Paterno out at Penn State

Hopefully Joe Pa will sue the University for wrongful termination.

Sad that noone in our society can take responsibility for their own actions.  It is always someone elses fault whenever anything bad happens.  Today, Joe Pa gets to be the scapegoat.

 




Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:23 pm
 

BREAKING: Joe Paterno out at Penn State

i CANNOT WAIT for the civil suits to start rolling in -- PSU is going to be paying MASSIVE settlements to each and every individual child whose life was ruined by the inept and pathetic adminstration at PSU.  notice i said settlements -- ZERO chance PSU goes to trial on any of these as the awards rewarded for each specific case would be in the 8-9 digit range.
Yes, and do all of you Paterno defenders realize that PSU is a state institution? This means that you, the taxpayer, are on the hook for something that Paterno and his co-conspirators could have ended immediately but instead chose to cover up. Do you still defend him? Is he still your hero?



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:22 pm
 

BREAKING: Joe Paterno out at Penn State

To the crowd using the "he told his boss" defense for JoePa -

As a boss who has a boss (just like JoePa is a boss with a boss), I also would tell my boss what was communicated to me by my subordinate.........right after I get off the phone with the Police. But this was more about protecting the University and not the child.  Thanks JoePa.

Nothing more can be said.  If you defend JoePa with the "boss defense", you are admitting that you too would not call the police, and just tell your boss...whatever helps you sleep at night.



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:19 pm
 

BREAKING: Joe Paterno out at Penn State

Burn in hell Joe Paterno.  While he did not himself commit these heinous acts, he knew about them for over a decade.  How many young people were abused AFTER he was aware of what was going on?  My opinion is that the ONLY reason he has not been charged with a crime is because he is Joe Paterno.  Failure to Report should really be a minimum.  Penn State is a joke all the way around.  What is it about the rust belt that causes people to riot whether victorious or in defeat?  Oh wait,  I think I answered my question with my question.  How can anyone honestly support this man?  All of the "great" things of the past are null and void.  He will be remembered as an evil little man everywhere except PA.



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:17 pm
 

BREAKING: Joe Paterno out at Penn State

@MikeD....That's not my post you copied and pasted....




Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:15 pm
 

BREAKING: Joe Paterno out at Penn State

Joe Pa wasn't touching little kids. He's a football coach, not a judge, not a policeman, not a social worker. You act like he was the only person that knew about this.
He ENABLED a KNOWN child PREDATOR and RAPIST free reign to continue raping innocent and defenseless children. Paterno could have put a stop to it simply by doing what he should have done by going to the police in 2002 (he knew there was a problem as early as 1998). By not doing so, he has blood on his hands for the additional child rape victims.



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