College Legend Ousted Amid Investigation

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Penn State trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier (SPAN-yer) amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach.

The massive shakeup Wednesday night came hours after Paterno announced that he planned to retire at the end of his 46th season.

But the outcry following the arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on molestation charges proved too much for the board
to ignore.

One key question has been why Paterno and other top school
officials didn't go to police in 2002 after being told a graduate
assistant saw Sandusky assaulting a boy in a school shower.

Paterno says he should have done more. Spanier has said he was
not told the details of the attack.

Sandusky has denied the charges.

Rodney Erickson will serve as interim school president, and
defensive coordinator Tom Bradley as interim coach.

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  • by JAMES on Nov 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    I read the grand jury report .the assist coach should be the one that got fired. What kind of person can see what he said he seen and not stop it.He left and went home ask is father what he should do. Then they went and told Paterno the next day and he went and told the president . This what I think Penn State had a way to get Paterno out .And the fan would not be mad at the school. Because the assisted coach is still there . The school is pay for lawyers for the two above of Paterno and left Paterno by his self. Why was the school let the child molester at the school after he retired. I believe that if Paterno gets fired the assisted coach should be fire and all trustee too .
  • by B. Frank on Nov 12, 2011 at 08:29 AM
    Regarding Mr. Offdensen's post...I am very much a liberal and I agree with the actions taken regarding Coach Paterno. Try not to paint everyone with the same broad brush.
  • by rob on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:56 AM
    another thing i wanted to mention is that the coaches and administration should be charged as accomplises for every child molested by sandusky after they were aware of the one they "reported"
  • by rob Location: meridian on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    joe pa, the athletic director, the board, and the coach who was witness to the rape should all face criminal charges. i agree with charles foster, you dont simply report to your immediate superior and forget it. call the authorities yourself. the school fired joe pa because he has one foot out the door anyway, yet the coach who witnessed the crime is still with the college. he is missing this weekends game because of death threats but he still has a job.
  • by Charles Foster Offdensen Location: Meridian on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:41 PM
    I'll tell you whats 'so sad' here. Liberals admiring a man who allowed countless young boys to be raped over nearly a decade. Thats whats sad and also disgusting. The witness reported to him in 2002 that he had seen the assistant coach raping a boy who looked to be around 10 years old. Yes RAPE. 10 year old children cannot consent to having sex with adults. Paterno reported it to his boss and forgot about it while the man was allowed to continue victimizing other children. He didnt contact the law or anything else. He didnt care. Ask yourself this, You find out from an eye witness that someone where you work is raping children. Do you simply tell the boss and go home and forget about it or do you make sure the authorities find out about it? You can bet that this man continued raping kids and thats something that Joe Paterno allowed by his inaction.
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      by Peabody on Nov 11, 2011 at 05:25 PM in reply to Charles Foster Offdensen
      Why is the person that saw the crime and didn't report it to police is still employed? Joe reported hearsay to his bosses as would happen in any company today and let them handle it. Why is the eyewitness that did not reportto police what he saw not under the spotlight?
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        by Charles Foster Offdensen on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:45 PM in reply to Peabody
        I dont know what companies youve worked for in the past but the normal way of reporting rape against a pre-teen boy is not telling your boss. Its a criminal matter. Not something for the personnel department to handle.
  • by Hmm on Nov 10, 2011 at 04:27 PM
    I could care less about Penn State but I am confused as to why so much attention is on Joe Paterno? If Paterno knew this happened and reported it through the proper channel then why is he being ousted. I would think that whomever he reported it to dropped the ball. I would think the school leadership should be responsible if Paterno properly reported this. And what about the guy that actually molested the kids??
  • by SO SAD Location: Mississippi on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:52 AM
    I am saddened by this. I have loved to watch Penn State since I was young. I admire Joe Paterno. I don't believe he should be drug through the mud like this. The person in question is not even being mentioned for all the press on Joe. SO SAD!!!
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