Penn State Board Fires Paterno, Spanier

The Board of Trustees on Wednesday night fired the school's president and football coach in the "best interest of the university."

The Penn State Board of Trustees announced at a press conference late Wednesday that Penn State President Graham Spanier and Head Football Coach Joe Paterno have been fired, effective immediately.

A statement released by the Board said that the decisions were "in the best interest of the university."

John Surma, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, fielded questions from reporters and said that with the information they had, the Board used their best judgment to make the decision they did.

In a statement released by Spanier, he said, "This University is a large and complex institution, and although I have always acted honorably and in the best interests of the University, the buck stops here. In this situation, I believe it is in the best interests of the University to give my successor a clear path for resolving the issues before us."

Jordan November 10, 2011 at 01:02 PM
I agree -- I'd be pretty mad if my car was one of the ones that was flipped over or damaged. What exactly did those people do to the university anyway?
Jeff Lugar November 10, 2011 at 01:45 PM
It's sad that in a country that supposedly values our cherished right of "innocent until proven guilty" that Joe Paterno—who isn't even charged with a crime, thus isn't even in danger of being found guilty of anything—gets raked over the coals and fired unceremoniously.
Jeremy November 10, 2011 at 03:14 PM
It's telling that such a violent reaction comes after the firing of a football coach, not after being informed that the university, and perhaps the coach, knowingly harbored a pedophile for years.
Lavender Green November 10, 2011 at 05:29 PM
It is very sad that the path of guilt is automatically taken, however it is also sad that these students find it necessary to protest in such a violent way. I believe that when a person harms a child, in any way, they should be investigated and they should pay the price. I also think that if there are witnesses who stood there and did not do anything to stop this horrible act should also have repercussions also. To many believe that they can bully a child into things just because they are an adult, to many people in authority believe they can bully others, its sad that people need to use this force. The facts will come out and hopefully all involved will be held accountable. The sad part is this child will never get back what was lost, will never fully understand why, and will have a lack of trust. Those who choose to be violent in their actions never gain a thing.
D Heininger November 11, 2011 at 04:59 PM
It is unfortunate that the man (McQueary) did nothing when he witnessed the terrible crime when he saw it happening. He should have rescued the child and called the police immediatly instead of passing along the information for someone to handle it at a later time. He was the first one to drop the ball but not the last. I am embarrassed for Joe Paterno and all the others who did not do the right thing. I think they worried about their jobs and the fotball team instead of a vunerable child. I am a woman and I would've jumped in and saved the boy. What must the child have thought when he was not saved? How can children trust anyone? I feel sorry Joe Pa was so foolish. He is paying a dear price and now the media should leave him and his family alone. Dawn Marie


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