By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Penn State Nittany Lions have fired head coach Joe Paterno. This news has sent shockwaves through the college football world.
However, the Nittany Lions had no choice in the matter. Paterno was dismissed as a huge sexual abuse scandal as rocked the school that involves former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
“We thought that because of the difficulties that engulfed our university, and they are grave, that it is necessary to make a change in the leadership to set a course for a new direction,” said John Surma Jr., the vice chairman of the board.
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An interim head coach will finish out the season. The school has not made a decision on that announcement at this time.
Speculation is that the school’s defensive coordinator Tom Bradley may get the nod. But the school will make that decision before their upcoming game this weekend.
The College Football Hall of Famer was 8-1 with the Nittany Lions at the time of his departure. He had a 409-136-3 record at the school.
Paterno, who was commonly known as JoePa, had been the Nittany Lions’ head coach since the 1966 season.
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“I am disappointed with the Board of Trustees’ decision, but I have to accept it,” Paterno said after his firing. “A tragedy occurred, and we all have to have (the) patience to let the legal process proceed. I appreciate the outpouring of support but want to emphasize that everyone should remain calm and please respect the university, its property, and all that we value.”
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