Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has been fired amid the sexual abuse scandal that has roiled the university. He announced yesterday he would retire at season's end, only to be dismissed immediately just hours later.
The university's board of trustees voted late Wednesday night to fire Paterno.
The 84-year-old legend was not directly involved in the scandal, but in the wake of the arrest of Paterno's former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on child sex abuse charges, criticism of JoePa for not doing enough to report and stop it ran rampant.
PSU President Graham Spanier resigned right away. Paterno, who had been head coach at Penn State for 46 years, hoped to his own terms. Didn't happen.
Paterno and Spanier are just two university officials who have been under fire for not going to police with their knowledge of Sandusky's alleged sex abuse.
Hundreds of students rallied on the PSU campus last night - many chanting support for Paterno - but the trustees were steadfast in defending their decision.
Jerry Sandusky has been charged with 40 crimes, including inappropriate touching and statutory rape. He is accused of violating eight boys over 15 years.
Joe Paterno is college football's all-time winningest coach with 409 victories, but leaves with a legacy forever tainted after this shocking turn of events.
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