Paterno and Spanier Out at Penn State, Effective Immediately

By Cabrone D. Brewer

The Penn State board of trustees unanimously voted to remove football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier.

After 46 seasons of roaming the sidelines for the Nittany Lions, the Penn State University board of trustees fired legendary coach Joe Paterno Wednesday night amid public outrage over the school’s handling of sex abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

PSU president Graham Spanier was also terminated Wednesday evening in a speedy and unanimous decision by the board to relieve both men of their duties at the university.

College football’s all-time winningest coach felt extreme pressure from all angles this week following the arrest of Sandusky on charges that he molested eight boys, in the football locker room in some instances, during a 15-year period.

In order to combat the media storm surrounding State College, Paterno announced early Wednesday afternoon that he would retire at the end of this season — admitting in a prepared statement that he “should have done more” after a graduate assistant told the Hall of Fame coach that he witnessed Sandusky assaulting a boy in the shower in 2002.

Retirement wasn’t enough for the board of trustees, who must now work hard to repair the university’s shattered image.

Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley will serve as interim coach for Penn State’s game Saturday against Nebraska.

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