Yesterday it was announced that Joe Paterno would see the Penn State Nittany Lions through their last few remaining games and retire at the end of this season – even amidst the hysteria caused by the Jerry Sandusky child abuse sex scandal and public outcry that Paterno didn’t do enough in reporting those allegations to police. Not surprisingly, when the Penn State University Board of Trustees met last night, some staffing changes were announced for PSU as a direct result of the child sexual abuse scandal caused by Jerry Sandusky. The Board of Trustees at Penn State had other ideas about allowing Paterno to remain through the end of the season as they announced at a press conference last night (see the attached video) that head coach Joe Paterno has been “let go” effective immediately. Also fired, PSU President Graham Spanier. Immediately following the Board’s announcement, 14,000 angry Joe Paterno student supporters rioted on the State College campus at Penn State, overturning a news van (see attached pictures and video).
The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees and Graham Spanier have decided that, effective immediately, Dr. Spanier is no longer president of the University. Additionally, the board determined that it is in the best interest of the University for Joe Paterno to no longer serve as head football coach, effective immediately.
The board has named Dr. Rodney A. Erickson, executive vice president and provost, as the interim president of the University. Tom Bradley, assistant coach, has been named interim head football coach. ~ per PSU
According to espn:
Paterno received an envelope at his home Wednesday night 15 minutes before the board of trustees made their announcement, a source with first-hand knowledge told ESPN’s Joe Schad. A note inside gave Paterno a phone number to call. He did so and was told by one of two board members on the receiving end “you are relieved of your duties.”
According to the person close to Paterno, the coach had a hard time grasping what was contained in the allegations against Sandusky.
See the video of the full press conference from the Penn State Board of Trustees announcing the firing of Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier.
Students Riot at PSU:
After the announcement, Pennsylvania State Police in riot gear lined East College Avenue in the early morning hours on November 10, 2011 in State College, Pa. Police patrolled the streets following a riot on the Pennsylvania State University campus in response to the firing of Head Football Coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal that has rocked the university’s administration and athletic program. 14,000 unhappy students took to the streets to express their feelings about the handling of the situation. During the riot at PSU a news van was flipped over by students as police tried to control the crowds.
See the Slide show. See the video of student riot.
Also see the chronological history leading up to last night’s firing:
- Child sex charges filed against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky
- Joe Paterno news conference cancelled amidst Sandusky child sex abuse charges
- Support eroding for Penn State’s Joe Paterno, retirement just announced
(cover image: Steve Garban (L) and John Surma prepare to announce that Penn State president Graham Spanier and football head coach Joe Paterno have been fired during the Penn State Board of Trustees Press Conference at the Penn Stater, November 9, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno and Spanier have lost their positions amid allegations that former former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse. )