Penn St. Board of Trustees Fires Joe Paterno

Rucuss staffNovember 10, 2011

Legendary Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno tried to make the decision for the board of trustees earlier today when he announced he would retire at the end of the season.

But that just wasn’t good enough. The board met earlier than their scheduled Friday meeting to vote the university president and Paterno out immediately. In his statement earlier today (Wednesday) Paterno had offered to retire at season’s end, saying he was “absolutely devastated” by the case, in which his former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, has been charged with molesting eight boys in 15 years, including at the Penn State football complex.

In Paterno’s statement, he said, “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 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.”

The board made it easier for them by getting rid of two of the staff that are engulfed in this scandal. The 84-year-old, who has spent 46 seasons at the helm, was told by graduate assistant Mike McQueary in 2002 that he saw Sandusky in the Penn State showers with a 10-year-old boy.

Paterno notified the athletic director, Tim Curley, and a vice president, Gary
Schultz. But he did not call the police, in fact, no one did. Curley and Schultz have since been charged with failing to report the incident to the authorities. Paterno hasn’t been accused of legal wrongdoing.

The U.S. Department of Education will be launching an investigation into Penn State’s handling of the abuse.

Sandusky, who is free on bail and has a Dec. 7 court hearing, has been charged with 40 criminal counts of molesting eight boys between 1994 and 2009 through his charitable foundation for at-risk youths, The Second Mile.

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