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Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:29 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 12:14 am
 

Tom Bradley named PSU interim coach

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
 

BREAKING: Graham Spanier out at Penn State

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
 

Joe Paterno fired by Penn State board of trustees

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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Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: November 9, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Report: PSU president Spanier may resign today

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.

"It's tearing Graham up to sit by and watch everything he's done to build up this university over nearly 17 years—and see this individual's alleged acts tear away at it," said one of the sources, who asked not to be identified because of the board's policy.
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
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

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.

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The decision for Paterno to step down comes after the college football community was rocked with the molestation charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, and charges against athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz for failing to notify authorities after an eyewitness reported an assault in 2002.

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 10:29 am
Edited on: November 9, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

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.

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The decision for Paterno to step down comes after the college football community was rocked with the molestation charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, and charges against athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz for failing to notify authorities after an eyewitness reported an assault in 2002.

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 8, 2011 2:01 pm
 

PIC: Penn State protestors gather, burn diplomas

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Penn State may be trying diligently to fix the Jerry Sandusky/Joe Paterno fiasco, but to some protestors, the damage is evidently permanent and beyond redemption. How else to explain this picture tweeted by Philadelphia news anchor Jim Gardner?



According to Gardner, that's a 1975 graduate of the university burning his diploma, and others have described the situation as multiple protestors doing the same.  

Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:33 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 1:37 pm
 

AP: Joe Paterno to retire at season's end



Posted by Jerry Hinnen and Adam Jacobi

UPDATE - Nov. 9: The Associated Press is reporting that Joe Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the season.  


As the amount of alleged victims in the Jerry Sandusky case climbs rapidly, reports are emerging that Penn State head coach Joe Paterno's coaching career will soon come to an end. Official support for Paterno is reportedly "eroding," even as Nittany Lion fans rally in support of the longtime coach. 

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Paterno's 46 years as Nittany Lion head coach "will soon be over, perhaps within days or weeks." According to two sources familiar with top administrative discussions who spoke to the Times, talks to determine "how to manage his departure have begun."

"The board of trustees has yet to determine the precise timing of Paterno’s exit," the Times writes, "but it is clear that the man who has more victories than any other coach at college football’s top level and who made Penn State a prestigious brand will not survive to coach another season."

At least one person has come forward to dispute the Times report. Joe's son Scott Paterno said at a gathering of reporters at the Paterno household on Tuesday afternoon that "nobody has asked Joe [Paterno] to step down" and that Paterno would be coaching at Nebraska this weekend.

"There has been no contact about anything to do with anybody stepping down," said Scott. "The status quo holds. It's the same as it's always been. He's the coach at Penn State. When there's more to add I will."

Later, at Paterno's home, a crowd of hundreds gathered in an impromptu rally for the embattled head coach. Cries of "we love you, Joe" and chants of "Let Joe stay" peppered the air. Paterno emerged from his house to give a brief statement, but did not answer questions. 

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The Associated Press, citing an unnamned source close to the situation, reports Paterno's support among the Penn State board of trustees was "eroding," but that the final consequences of that lack of trust were still unclear. That source also indicated that Penn State president Graham Spanier was also the subject of waning confidence by the board, but again: the extent to which that support was fading and what that might ultimately mean isn't clear yet.

What is known, however, is that the Penn State board of trustees held an emergency meeting Tuesday night. Chairman Steve Garban acknowledged to the Associated Press that the board was "in session" when asked. A person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the schedule was not made public said the trustees were having a teleconference Tuesday evening.

The Board of Trustees released a statement Tuesday expressing outrage over the “horrifying details” of the Sandusky case. The board announced it would form a committee to investigate the “circumstances that gave rise” to the case. The statement did not mention the job status of Paterno or Spanier.

Meanwhile, reports have emerged that the number of alleged victims in the Sandusky case is growing after the state attorney general and police commissioner publicized two phone numbers to help potential victims contact investigators. According to Fox 29 in Philadelphia, the number of alleged victims has more than doubled in just one day and as of Tuesday evening, approaches 20. Sandusky has yet to be charged in any of the new allegations that are coming in.

Paterno was scheduled to speak at a press conference Tuesday morning, but the conference was canceled, reportedly by Spanier. The Times later reported that Paterno will not hold an off campus press conference as was rumored. Paterno did coach Tuesday's practice.

According to the grand jury report that charges Sandusky with 40 counts of sex crimes against minors, Paterno was told of an incident involving Sandusky in a Penn State locker room in 2002 and reported that incident to his superiors But the head coach allegedly made no further effort to follow up on the incident as Sandusky enjoyed continued access to PSU facilities.

In a statement, NCAA president Mark Emmert said that the Sandusky scandal "is a criminal matter under investigation by law enforcement authorities and I will not comment on details."

"However, I have read the grand jury report and find the alleged assaults appalling," said Emmert. "As a parent and an educator, the notion that anyone would use a position of trust to prey on children is despicable. My thoughts and concern goes out to the alleged victims and their families."

State police commissioner Frank Noonan said Monday that Paterno fulfilled his legal obligations and was in no danger of being charged with any criminal wrongdoing, but that he felt the 84-year-old coach had not lived up to his moral obligations.

"Somebody has to question about what I would consider the moral requirements for a human being that knows of sexual things that are taking place with a child," Noonan said. "I think you have the moral responsibility, anyone. Not whether you're a football coach or a university president or the guy sweeping the building. I think you have a moral responsibility to call us."

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