Paterno Out At Penn State

JOEPA.jpg By Markus Garcia –11/11/11
Joe Paterno is officially out as the Nittany Lions head coach. The Penn State Board of Trustees has fired both Head Coach Paterno and President Graham Spainer. This ends the legendary coach’s 46 years with the team.
The firing comes as a result from a leaked grand jury report that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had allegedly been sexually abusing boys for over the past 15 years. The controversy involving Coach Joe Paterno accuses him of being informed of alleged abuse in 2002 by a grad assistant. He had notified his superiors as was required by law. But he had never notified police which was not required but is a moral issue. Sandusky has denied all of these charges and is claiming his innocence.
Paterno’s firing comes only hours after he announced he would be retiring at the end of the season and planned to be on the sidelines for the Lion’s last home game of the season. Paterno is leaving as the all-time winningest coach in college football and has spent the past 62 years working with Penn State, 46 of them as the Head Coach of the Nifty Lion’s football team.
After the news broke about Paterno’s firing, Penn State students took to the streets chanting “we want Joe” and “Joe Pa for life.” As the riots progressed students began vandalizing property, such as flipping over television vans (live trucks,) trying to rip antennas off live trucks and breaking car windshields and a threw rocks and bottles at police. During the riots students gathered outside Paterno’s house and chanted “we want Joe,” to show their support for their coach, despite recent allegations.