Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:29 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 12:14 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
When the Penn State Board of Trustees fired Joe Paterno on Wednesday night, he had to be replaced. Not surprisingly, that replacement is longtime Paterno assistant Tom Bradley.
Ironically, Bradley is the man who replaced Jerry Sandusky -- who is at the heart of the controversy that ended up getting Paterno fired -- as the Nittany Lions' defensive coordinator in 1999.
A native of Johnstown, Pa., Bradley has been widely recognized as Paterno's right-hand man on the Nittany Lion staff since his promotion to defensive coordinator in 1999. But Bradley has served under Paterno in one role or another on the Lion staff for 33 years, rising from the graduate assistant level to position coach (Bradley has focused largely on the PSU secondary) and recruiting coordinator before stepping into the coordinator's chair.
Though rarely acknowledged directly or officially, the size of Bradley's role has only increased over the past decade as Paterno's declining health has forced him to give up many duties of gameday coaching. Bradley has long been rumored the first choice to succeed Paterno if his suddenly former boss was ever forced to step aside.
Despite that, Bradley was less than shy about pursuing other jobs this previous offseason, interviewing at both Pitt and Temple for each school's head coaching positions--and ranking as a serious candidate for both.
Amidst the chaos of Penn State football's current position, having an anchor like Bradley could -- and should -- prove to be an invaluable help in this time of crisis. After last offseason, it's fortunate for Penn State that even after those 33 years, Bradley's still around to provide that help.
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:46 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 10:47 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Penn State Board of Trustees announced on Wedneday night that Penn State President Graham Spanier has been relieved of his duties effective immediately. In the same press conference it was announced that head coach Joe Paterno had been relieved of his duties and will not coach another game at Penn State as well.
Spanier had been silent for the last few days as many on the Penn State campus and across the country have called for his job following the news of Jerry Sandusky's actions at the school and Penn State's failure to act on them. According to another report in The Chronicle, Spanier's silence may not be by choice, as he was ordered to keep quiet by the Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees met for around three hours on Wednesday night to discuss the status of Spanier and Paterno before a unanimous vote called for both to be relieved of their positions at the school.
Spanier was named Penn State's President on September 1st, 1995.
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:13 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 5:45 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
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."
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.
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:25 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Here's the statement in full:
The entire situation is so sad. There is anger, confusion, and heartache on the part of many. First and foremost, our hearts go out to all those whose lives have been negatively impacted by this series of events, particularly the young victims and their families. We hear new information on an hourly basis and recognize that there is still much to be determined. We will wait until the Board of Trustees draws its final conclusions on personnel matters before commenting on such matters ourselves. Additionally, the Board is appointing a Special Committee to undertake a full investigation of the circumstances that gave rise to the Grand Jury report, and the Grand Jury investigation is ongoing. We will wait until these two entities have drawn their conclusions before we draw any of our own on the investigation and therefore have no further comment at this time.
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:41 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 6:13 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
In the first official comment from Penn State athletics administrators on the Jerry Sandusky scandal since under-fire president Graham Spanier offered his "unconditional support" for two accused PSU officials last Saturday, acting Nittany Lion athletic director Mark Sherburne issued the following statement on the officials athletics website, gopsusports.com, Wednesday afternoon:
The Penn State athletics family is devastated by the details in the Grand Jury presentment. Our hearts go out to the children involved and their families.Sherburne has been named the Nittany Lions' interim athletic director in the wake of the resignation of one of those two officials, former AD Tim Curley. Curley resigned Sunday after being charged with perjury and other charges related to the grand jury investigation into Sandusky's alleged sexual abuse of minors.
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: November 9, 2011 2:26 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli and Adam Jacobi
In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal that has led to the arrests of two Penn State officials and the planned retirement of longtime head coach Joe Paterno, it appears that the school's highest ranking official will now lose his job as well.
According to a report in The Express Times, Penn State president Graham Spanier's resignation or termination could be coming shortly. In the report a source close to the Penn State Board of Trustess said that Spanier will either resign or be voted out by the end of the day. On Wednesday afternoon, Nate Bauer of BlueWhiteIllustrated.com reported that Spanier had submitted his resignation, though that report has yet to be confirmed.
Spanier has been silent for the last few days as many on the Penn State campus and across the country have called for his job following the news of Jerry Sandusky's actions at the school and Penn State's failure to act on them. According to another report in The Chronicle, Spanier's silence may not be by choice.
Per the paper, Spanier has been ordered to keep silent by the school's Board of Trustees:
That may not be his choice, two individuals close to the administration told The Chronicle on Tuesday. He is following strict orders from the university's Board of Trustees not to talk.The Penn State Board of Trustees is scheduled to hold a closed-door session on Thursday in which the futures of both Spanier and Paterno was expected be discussed. Paterno's future may still be discussed, but now, it's unclear whether Spanier's career will even last long enough to make it to the Thursday meeting.
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:29 am
Edited on: November 9, 2011 4:17 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno has made it official he plans to retire at the end of the season. Reports of his exit earlier in the week were denied by Paterno's son Scott, follwed by a stern statement from the school's Board of Trustees, and now Paterno's reported exit has been confirmed by the longtime head coach himself.
Paterno's fate is not quite as severe as that of Penn State president Graham Spanier, who is expected to announce his resignation as early as today. Multiple reports indicated that Spanier had lost the support of the Penn State board of trustees and that they had required him to keep silent in the previous few days.
Paterno had not been accused of any wrongdoing legally, but details from the investigation have brought criticism on the game's winningest coach for not doing more to stop Sandusky. The state police commissioner called Paterno's actions a "lapse of moral responsibility."
Official statement from Penn State head coach Joe Paterno:
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Nov. 9, 2011 -- "I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.
I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care. I have the same goal today.
That's why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can. This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.
My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University."
Paterno recently recorded his 409th career victory against Illinois on Oct. 29, making him the winningest coach in college football. He won national championships in 1982 and 1986, and has won three Big Ten Conference Championships (1994, 2005, 2008) in his 44 years as head coach.
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Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:05 am
Posted by Adam Jacobi
In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky investigation and burgeoning scandal surrounding it, Penn State's board of trustees went into an emergency session on Tuesday night. Afterwards, the board issued a statement that condemned the alleged actions of Sandusky and promised to form a special committee to conduct its own investigation into the matter.
The Board of Trustees of The Pennsylvania State University is outraged by the horrifying details contained in the Grand Jury Report. As parents, alumni and members of the Penn State Community, our hearts go out to all of those impacted by these terrible events, especially the tragedies involving children and their families. We cannot begin to express the combination of sorrow and anger that we feel about the allegations surrounding Jerry Sandusky. We hear those of you who feel betrayed and we want to assure all of you that the Board will take swift, decisive action.
At its regular meeting on Friday, November 11, 2011, the Board will appoint a Special Committee, members of which are currently being identified, to undertake a full and complete investigation of the circumstances that gave rise to the Grand Jury Report. This Special Committee will be commissioned to determine what failures occurred, who is responsible and what measures are necessary to insure that this never happens at our University again and that those responsible are held fully accountable. The Special Committee will have whatever resources are necessary to thoroughly fulfill its charge, including independent counsel and investigative teams, and there will be no restrictions placed on its scope or activities. Upon the completion of this investigation, a complete report will be presented at a future public session of the Board of Trustees.
Penn State has always strived for honesty, integrity and the highest moral standards in all of its programs. We will not tolerate any violation of these principles. We educate over 95,000 students every year and we take this responsibility very seriously. We are dedicated to protecting those who are placed in our care. We promise you that we are committed to restoring public trust in the University.