Joe Paterno Dismissed as Penn State Football Head Coach
It was a whirlwind 24 hours in State College, PA, that began with legendary college football coach Joe Paterno trying to retire on his terms in the wake of a sex abuse scandal, but ultimately resulting in his coaching termination in the late hours of Wednesday night. Speaking on behalf of the Penn State Board of trustees, trustee John Surma said the situation unfolding was not in the University's best interest.
"In our view, we thought a change now was necessary," Surma said. "To allow this process to continue, we though, would be damaging to the university, and that's why we took the action we did."
Paterno has been accused of not doing enough with the information he had with regards to sex abuse allegations of his former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky is charged with the molestation of 8 boys over a 15-year span.
Paterno has more wins that any coach in Division 1 football history; he also won two national championships in building Penn State into a college football power.
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