PSU Board: Joe Paterno, Graham Spanier Out

STATE COLLEGE (KDKA) — Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier are out.

That’s according to Penn State’s Board of Trustees. They made the announcement late Wednesday night at a press conference following a meeting at the Penn Stater, a hotel and conference center on the university’s campus.

“The past several days have been absolutely terrible for the entire Penn State community, but the outrage that we feel is nothing compared to the physical and psychological suffering that allegedly took place,” John Surma, vice president of the Board of Trustees, said. “The Penn State Board of Trustees tonight decided that it is in the best interest of the university to have a change in leadership to deal with the difficult issues that we are facing.”

KDKA’s David Highfield reports more than 300 members of the media were at the hotel.

The board says Provost Rodney Erickson will act as interim president of the university. Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley will be interim head football coach.

KDKA’s David Highfield reports:

The news that Paterno had been fired caused audible gasps during the press conference.

“These decisions were made after careful deliberations and in the best interest of the university as a whole,” said Surma.

“Penn State has always strived for honesty, integrity and the highest moral standards in all of our activities. We promise you that we are committed to restoring public trust to our university.”

Surma would not describe the telephone conversation with Paterno. However, he did say he was told of the board’s decision over the phone.

Surma also said the board’s decision was unanimous. He acknowledged that they do not yet know all the facts but the board felt this was in the long-term interest of the university.

A reporter asked Surma if the board felt Paterno should have contacted the police about what he knew.

“I don’t know that I can characterize the board’s view on specific determinations like that,” he said.

“Our view is a more larger view of what was necessary to move the university in the right direction.

“The specific aspects of these terrible activities that occurred and the terrible damage that was done really remains to be established by whatever law enforcement investigations are yet under way.”

KDKA’s Ross Guidotti reports:

Spanier released a statement about his dismissal. He said, in part:

“My heartfelt sympathies go out to all those who may have been victimized. I would never hesitate to report a crime if I had any suspicion that one had been committed.”

Paterno also released a statement overnight. It said:

“I have been incredibly blessed to spend my entire career working with people I love. I am grateful beyond words to all the coaches, players and staff who have been a part of this program. And to all of our fans and supporters, my family and I will forever be in your debt.”

The status of Mike McQueary, the receivers coach who allegedly witnessed Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy in a shower in 2002, remains the same.

Meantime, there were reports of student riots around campus overnight, including an overturned news truck.

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  1. Judy Block-Jones says:

    Reign in & educate Paterno defenders, victims urge

    Statement by Mark Serrano, SNAP Board Member (serrano@proactivecommunications.com, (703) 727-4940)

    Shame on the small, loud and insensitive group of Penn State students who rallied to back Joe Paterno last night. And shame on the university’s top officials who have apparently done little or nothing to educate students about how to respond appropriately in this controversy.

    Such callous displays of support for an accused wrongdoer make it harder for victims, witnesses and whistleblowers in child sex cases to come forward, call police, expose misdeeds, protect others and start healing.

    There’s a pending criminal investigation undertaken by Attorney General Linda Kelly. Current and former Penn State students and staff can help or hinder that probe. The University president should do all he can to make sure everyone at the school helps, not hurts, the efforts by police and prosecutors to find the full truth here. Rallies in support of school officials – whether indicted or not – are harmful. And they hurt those who’ve already been hurt. The president should stop them.

    If someone wants to back Paterno, so be it. But back him privately, not publicly. Bring him cookies, write him notes or pray for him. But don’t make loud, brash, harmful public statements that rub salt into the wounds of child sex victims and deter them from stepping forward and preventing future crimes and cover ups.

    (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

    Contact – David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, peterisely@yahoo.com), Judy Jones, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com

    1. Anna says:

      It would be educaitonal if you could do a video re-enacting what happened, to get the msg through as there are so many “people” with apparently no conscience – you have a child in terror being attacked in a shower and the football “heros” and their coaches and their money men winking and laughing… and cheering themselves…all the way to the bank…. rewind, and have someone – a real hero – come in and rescue the child, call the police, and stand by the child as witness, regardless of what happens. Then ask, which one are you.

      1. Joanna says:

        A ranking official who is now gone, disappeared, made the decision not to bring charges against Sandusky. Who dropped the ball there. Did the police look the other way when this decision was made because it was their superior. Shouldn’t they have done more to overstep Mr. Garci and his decision. There is blame to go around, but the real criminal here is Jerry Sandusky and not Joe Paterno.

    2. Jack says:

      It is amazing that everyone “knows” what Joe Paterno was told word for word by his graduate assistant so many years ago. Yes we can say he should have reported it to the police but he followed procedure and told his superiors. They proceeded to cover it up because they told the graduate assistant that they were investigating it.

      THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FOOTBALL.
      It is all about how some people did not react in ways that were in the best interest of the children being abused. However it is way too easy to say what you would do when confronted with something like this, but the disturbing sight could give you pause or you may not do everything perfectly.

      Read the grand jury about the case and be more informed than just reading articles by the media.

      I am not a Penn State alum nor a student. I just believe that vilifying someone because they did not do enough is not sending a clear message to help those in need, because if you don’t report something to enough people you should not be treated as though you committed the crime.

      1. Sheri Carricato says:

        I agree. The board took the easy way out and not taking the blame. Joe did the right thing and turned it in to the proper channels and you can only blame the board for not reacting because someone knew and didn’t say a word. I’ve seen this behavior with many board members, that’s why they have Executive and board members bonding. I will not let my child apply for Penn State now.

      2. Matt says:

        This has everything to do with football – and it’s culture of generatig revenue for universities. I will be shocked if this kind of cover-up ever happens at an ivy or patriot league university.

      3. Morales says:

        Jack, I did read the grand jury indictment. All of them must go Now

      4. adam says:

        Jack, You are an idiot and i dont want you anywhere near my children and their friends. If you cant honestly say what you would do in that situation then you are as morally bankrupt as joepa, and the GA is. Any body that knew of any act like this should have gone directly to the police and is morally obligated to see that the attacker has been moved into custody and tried for their crimes. Joepa and the GA and whoever else knew about this is responsible for this and all subsequent attacks and should be prosecuted as well. they are all perverts in my eyes.

      5. dave says:

        Jack, you are an idiot. Sandusky used football to lure the victims in. Paterno is being vilified because he didn’t call the police, and because he didn’t cut all ties with Sandusky. The least he could have done was to have him fired.

      6. Erin says:

        What part of “Joe Paterno is not a subject of investigation” do you not understand? Should he have arrested Sandusky himself? Anyone’s child would be lucky to go to Penn State. Of course the students have taken to the streets. Joe Pa has done a ton for Penn State. As more and more college coaches move around from team to team hunting for the biggest salary, Joe Pa cared. He loved his town, his school, his team, and the entire student body. This was evident in everything he did. This is why students are protesting in public and not hiding in the shadows. People truely love Joe Pa and he loves Penn State.

    3. Jon says:

      If you demand sensitivity, maybe it’s time you also practice it – by changing your name to stop singling out the Catholic Church for its (now obvious) failures to protect so many kids. This is a much more widespread problem, as the Penn State debacle illustrates all too clearly. You’re actually being anti-religious while trying to be pro-victim, aren’t you? Is that your goal? Try being more precise, and more fair, while you do your otherwise noble work. You ask sensitivity of others while denying them the same.

      1. Kevin says:

        So you want sensitivity to child molesters and those who protect them?

      2. wtp says:

        PSU + Catholics = way too many child molesters.

      3. Jon says:

        @Kevin: Nope. And you know it. Instead of twisting my points, try responding to them.

        @wtp: You’re clearly not here to have an adult discussion.

    4. sunshiney says:

      YES. This was a horrible horrible crime. HORRIBLE!! Now listen to me, my child is a Penn State Student. He has had it drilled into his head from DAY ONE about Penn State Pride. Now, you are an advocate for a child abuse organization, but you probably don’t care that these students are confused, saddened, even a bit embarrased by association. BUT THEY ARE! They are dealing with this the best way that they know how. My thoughts are that the school should quickly take action to provide guidance to these kids, and help them through this time. How dare you call it callous displays. There are so many facets to this. It’s just not that simple. Quit pointing fingers at these students. Ask them if they feel bad that the situation happened. They do. I’ve asked several. But this is as fresh to them as it is to you. They are trying to deal.

  2. G2 says:

    Way too many people have focused on football! What about the children? They swept it under the rug when they should have came forward LIKE MEN! Now maybe they will all get what’s coming to them. I’m not a praying man but God bless those poor kids.

    1. Anna says:

      Well said. Further, the witness saw a child being raped in the showers and he called … NOT the police … but the coach. Next time, msg to Penn Staters – try being a real man and go bash the rapists head in, then call the police yourself. When did anyone in this society need to be TOLD that was the right thing to do. He let the kid continue being raped because of football. Sick sick sick.

  3. Scott says:

    Paterno did nothing! Read the grand jury report, it’s absolutely disgusting. I don’t know how these people including Mcquery can look themselves in the mirror. Ten year old children being raped, walk away and not call the cops, are you kidding me? Paterno should be in jail with Mcquery because it led to further abuse. I’m sick to my stomach.

    1. Sheri Carricato says:

      We love you Joe!!!!

      1. G2 says:

        If you have kids you would never say something that stupid. Yes he helped by letting it go on to protect his friend not protect those innocent kids.

  4. George Orwell says:

    Coach Paterno is not an accused wrongdoer. He did exactly what he was supposed to do, inform his superiors at the University of the only incident that he was ever told about. The police have already cleared him of any wrong doing.

    Having worked at a University for ten years, you can guarantee that what happened is that the University leadership did all they could to sweep this under the rug and told Coach Paterno nothing of what they did.

    It is extremely sad that the career of a man who successfully and positively shaped the lives of so many students and who was a major contributor to the community has gotten swept up in the madness of the moment.

    1. Fred S says:

      Sadly, You are correct. University leadership should be ashamed. The cover up for this is just incredible. People who suggest the board was just out to get Joe ( A reporter asked about this) are complete and total morons.

    2. Walt Kaiser says:

      So Joe Pa is gone, are they going to fire the Clinton County DA who even after hearing Sandusky say he was sorry for doing what he did and then declined to charge him? THIS IS WHERE THE INVESTIGATION REALLY NEEDS TO START.If he and the campus police had done their jobs in 98 none of this would be happening.

      1. Jack says:

        “If he and the campus police had done their jobs in 98 none of this would be happening.”

        That is exactly true this investigation should have stopped Sandusky in 98

      2. Gk says:

        Prosecutor Ray Gricar went missing in 2005 and was recently declared dead. It will be kind of hard to investigate/fire a dead person.

    3. Julie says:

      He did NOT do what he was supposed to do. Crimes get reported to the POLICE for investigation, NOT school administrations. This is not a school issue, it is an issue of law and public safety. RAPE is not something investigated by schools, but by police. YOU CALL THE POLICE. Then they’ll investigate. Why can’t people understand this?? Sandusky didn’t cheat on a test, embezzle money…he raped children!!

  5. fish says:

    Fire global warming fraud micheal mann while you’re at it.

  6. my2cents says:

    Kudos to Penn State for clearing house of all those that knew and did not help….now if only the Roman Catholic church and Vatican would take notes and do the same, a vast number of other victims could be prevented!!!

    1. MsCynic says:

      UMMMM, McQueary has not been ousted and he was an EYE WITNESS to the event itself. He should be GONE… Sorry, this wasn’t stealing equipment or defacing property, he should have called the REAL POLICE and he should have done something to STOP IT immediately…not just walk away ‘deeply disturbed’! It’s supposed to be DEEPLY DISTURBING – that’s how you know you should DO SOMETHING!

  7. Edo33 says:

    Orwell, since when is the “right” thing to do when witnessing a major crime be to report it to your superiors? The only people who needed to be alerted were the police. The university is not a criminal authority.
    There may be no criminal case against Paterno, but he failed those children miserably, and he does bear great responsibility in this case, criminal or not. It’s unconscionable that Sandusky continued to have the access that he did. Character is not 400 plus football game wins. Character is all. He displayed an extraordinary lack of character. I don’t know ANYONE who would have allowed the situation to continue.

    1. Jack says:

      Guess what? Paterno did not witness the crime. He was told of what happened by the graduate assistant and we do not know exactly what word for word was said to him. Maybe he acted appropriately maybe he did not. The janitors were far worse by not telling anyone of what was witnessed.

      1. You Don't Know Jack says:

        Yeah right… Joe’s a real victim here. NOT!
        Read the grand jury transcript , Jack the Jerkoff. Joe Paterno & Friends covered up one of the most heinous crimes on the planet: Child Rape.
        Haven’t you even bothered to read the transcript of the grand jury testimony?
        Oh, I forgot: YOU…CAN’T…READ!!!
        You’ve been too busy watching football all these years and your brain has molted into a rotting bag of pus that overlooks Child Rape.
        Good luck to you and the rest of your pro-Child Rape pals.

      2. Julie says:

        Jack, if he was unsure, then he should have called the police. Calling the police doesn’t = guilty verdict. It begins an investigation. When the GA came to him, he should have said, “I’ll go with you to the police to register a complaint right now.” You DON’T call your boss. They were dealing with the lives of CHILDREN.

  8. Justice says:

    Firing Joe is the right decision! There is NO EXCUSE for his weak response to the felony that occurred. Joe Pa is an accomplice, period!!!

  9. TemplarAgainst says:

    You are all angry at Paterno and others because they did nothing. Obviously no normal man could work with someone who was a child-rapist – unless, of course, they are also pedophiles. I do not believe one person alone was raping children. Normal men would have acted. Co-conspirators (President, Paterno, etc.) though would have done just what was done – nothing. Paterno, the President and others (maybe even alumni) should all be investigated. The behavior of the individuals and Penn State is exactly like the Catholic Church. There is more than one child rapist on campus I bet. A child-sex ring is the more likely reason why this was protected.

    1. Jack says:

      Child sex ring? Wow that’s quite a stretch based on the facts.

      1. Bubba99 says:

        Drudgereport is reporting a child-sex ring allegation.

  10. Jeff says:

    This was the right thing to do……

  11. Yeziam12 says:

    What is wrong with Pennsylvania – How stupid can it be to fire the President and let the Coach stay – shame on you all, putting football over what’s right.

    1. Jack says:

      Well where ever you are from you can’t seem to read. Paterno was fired as well.

  12. Joe says:

    Is it possible that Penn State was just following the example set forth by the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH of just sweeping “this kind of thing” under the rug???? Lets face it, the Catholic Church right up to the current Pope has shown the WORLD this example for decades!!! All this reaction to it happening at Penn State, yet how many catholics have sat by for decades and not shown this much reaction when it happens in their HOUSE OF GOD!

  13. Scott says:

    fair question to you pervs that think Joe is a great guy. If this was your son that was in a shower being raped, sorry to say that, but raped is the term. Would that change your mind. Nobody can defend this and Joe is just one who is responsible, wait, irresponsible is the correct word.

    1. Jack says:

      Ask the graduate assistant why he didn’t go to the police and why he went to Paterno instead.

  14. megan says:

    Joe went to his supervisors to report what he heard! At least he did something. The board is what failed those poor kids. Joe you wil be missed at penn state! I hope I have the honor of one day calling myself a nittany lion and being an alum of where the great joe paterno worked!

    1. Julie says:

      No. No no no. Joe should have called the police. You don’t call your boss, you call the police. They are the ones who do investigations of rape.

  15. megan says:

    Joe followed procedure! He reported it to is supervisors and at least he had the balls to do that. I feel terrible for those kids and what they had to go through but the board failed them not joe paterno

    1. G2 says:

      You are obviously a younger person hopefully someday day you will have kids of your own and understand why so many people are angry. He followed protocol. He should have told the police not just his superiors. If your kid was RAPED you would kill him yourself if you knew that he stood by and did NOTHING!!!!!!!

    2. Dave Sheeley says:

      He could have stopped what was going on. When it is reported to you you don’t stop til your sure it has been reported to police no exceptions. It doesn’t matter who you are or what the procedures are he knew what was right and what was wrong shame on him for not going the extra mile for these young men. God will be the final judge and I would not want to be in his shoes.

    3. jonas says:

      joe is an adult. adults should no what to do legally and what to do morally.

  16. Doug says:

    The graduate assistant called his dad before he went to Paterno. I see there are alot of people who are just haters who need something to scream about. In 98 even the PA Dept of Public Welfare did nothing when knowing. Why arent we talking about that. Todays media has chosen to vilify someone and make them into a bigger criminal than the person who actually committed the crime. What kind of society have we become?

  17. BigA says:

    What a bunch of TOOLS, using the Penn State theatrics as a launching site and advertisement for their creepy website. Go save the whales, Then have the audasity to tell people how to react, this is a free country if you havent noticed Idiots! Grow up!! Bad situation all the way around made worse by human response…

  18. Cogiito says:

    The same people who want to hang Joe would back Clinton, Kennedy, Edwards and Spitzer to the death.

    1. Jeff Miller says:

      What a true statement that is Cogiito !! The self righteous who know all the facts already without ever being there. The same ones who preach tolerance but rip put the rope to hang anyone else with a differing view the first chance they get. Joe Paterno was used and it’s obvious to anyone sane. Those folks who don’t have a functioning and logical mind jump at anything like the mindless sheep they are.

      They scream about who should have done what when they know none of the facts. They scream for the innocent while tearing apart the innocent. It’s how the twisted operate.

      You don’t hang a good man on assumption and allegation and what the self righteous think he should have done better.

    2. gman says:

      @cogiito.. There`s a few idiotic comments here but you`ve reached the summit of Mt. Stupidity. Comparing consensual sex with women to pedophilia?

  19. morales says:

    Read the Grand Jury indictment. Everyone need to be fired and I mean everyone. Liberal Spanier should go to jail before he goes to he**.

  20. MoreBadNews says:

    Did anyone notice that Sandusky has several __adpopted__ children and has served as a __foster__ parent for numerous children. I think all this needs to be investigated. The abuse is far and wide I fear.

  21. Jason says:

    Seriously, what is wrong with you people? How debased is our society that winning football games for 46 years trumps allowing a pedophile to molest children under your watch … and you do NOTHING OF CONSEQUENCE to stop it? If you’re defending JoePa at this point for his failure to act adequately as a human being, you are exactly the reason why people are losing more respect for that institution by the second. … Good on the Board of Trustees for doing the right thing, even at this late hour.

  22. Bailey says:

    One thing I don’t get, is how Mike McQueary .. who allegedly saw this assult, still works for the University and the football organization. He was supposedly horrified at what he saw happening. One, how in the world could someone who sees what he said he saw, not go to the police, it doesn’t make any sense. It also doesn’t make any sense how he is still around after seeing this occur. It doesn’t add up.

    1. Julie says:

      Agreed.

  23. Jeff Miller says:

    The major issue we have in society today is that people can be so blind to the facts. An allegation is only an allegation and Joe Paterno is a football coach and not a campus police officer. Paterno was made aware of an allegation that he properly reported and the higher chain of command at Penn State University failed to act upon the information. Paterno was never hired to babysit Sandusky. Paterno reported the information given to him and the higher chain of command decided to sweep it under the rug instead of look into it. Don’t blame Joe Paterno for following proper procedure. Paterno was never hired on as a sexual claim investigation officer. The investigation and actions or lack of actions was the responsibility of the higher chain of command and they failed blatantly. Joe Paterno did absolutely everything correctly and the decision to fire him by the board of trustees at Penn State is reprehensible. I support Joe Paterno all the way and am no longer a fan of Penn State because of how they used this legendary coach as a scapegoat. They should be ashamed !

    Oh and thanks KDKA for allowing someone to comment on the news as they should be able to do without a need to join facebook like some in the news make you do.

    Jeff Miller

    1. Julie says:

      Seriously? PSU has a “protocol” for what to do when a fellow coach is witnessed raping a young boy?

      You follow the protocol of being a human being, and that is calling the police. Not your boss. Of course he isn’t an investigation officer. NEITHER IS THE ADMINISTRATION. THAT is why you CALL the ones who ARE: THE POLICE.

      1. Jeff Miller says:

        If you took the time to read my comments Julie you’d see it says to inform the police of course which is first and foremost and by saying that you’re basically agreeing with me and the common sense that says that Joe Paterno is not utlimately responsible for the criminal behavior of Sandusky. Joe reported it. McQueary should have called the cops in the first place.

  24. dudefromdixie says:

    I think somehow this is a conspiracy to discredit Paterno and ruin his legacy. Why has this just come out now after, what, 12 years? Paterno was most likey going to retire after this season anyway. He is too old to coach and is now injured to the point where he can’t really even stay on the field. Now this has come out right before the end of the season. Makes me think maybe there is someone behind this who wants to see his career end badly. I predict JoePa will probably be dead in six months, Penn State football was his life. Just like Bear Bryant, who died the same year he retired, both men were dedicated to their schools and to their sport and always acted in the best interests of his players. JoePa does not deserve to be discredited like this. I fully believe him to be completely innocent and will be exonerated.

  25. Jordan says:

    Shame on the board of trustees for firing a man who has yet to be proven guilty and has yet to defend himself. Nobody knows the full truth except for those directly involved in the situation, but Joe hasn’t yet been given the opportunity to respond to the public. If you want to point fingers, point them at McQueary for not reporting a FIRST HAND account to the proper authority and the top officials at the university who failed to properly perform their job. Any human being has a moral obligation to report wrongdoing, but Joe reported what he knew (from what we currently have been told) to his superiors, whose job it was to handle a situation such as this. Could Joe have done more? Yes. But, should the onus be on him in this situation? I don’t believe so. Say what you want, but in all honesty, I probably would have reacted the same way provided what I understand of the situation. With that said, thanks for everything, Joe. I know and believe that you gave everything to the university and made a great positive impact on the lives of countless young men.

  26. Jeff says:

    I suppose the ones who wish to trash Joe Paterno would have suggested that instead of reporting the claim through proper channels that he just go ahead and make a citizens arrest of Sandusky without ever having seen a single thing firsthand and that he take him into custody based solely on the words of a former mediocre quarterback named Mike McQueary. The kid should have helped the young man if he saw it and took Sandusky to the police himself right on the spot.

    Paterno would have put himself at risk if he made unfounded accusations about Sandusky without any proof. I am in no way supporting Sandusky and find him disgusting but all I’m saying is what could Joe have done differently ? All Joe could have done is what he did do and unfortunately he was fired for it. Joe was an innocent victim of a double edged sword.

    Jeff
    Pennsylvania

    1. You Know It!!! says:

      I have a unicorn farm for sale if you’re interested.

      1. Jeff Miller says:

        You know I bet you really do have a unicron farm if you speak without logic as you do here and as most numbskulls do lol..Your brain needs plugged back into the charger for a while lol..A unicorn is a mythical beast afterall and you seem to be avery adept in myth. You know you wouldn’t have done anything different yourself because like Joe you would have nothing but words to go on and no proof as he did so come off it and get real.

    2. gman says:

      Joe was canned for exhibiting a lack of interest in the matter. Simple as that Jeff.

  27. gerri slayton says:

    A crime has been committed and you;re wondering what to do?
    Its a legal matter…go to the police…let them handle it.
    Nuff said?

    1. Jeff Miller says:

      You people have very selective vision as usual lol..Nobody wonders at all what to do and any normal person goes directly to the cops. What was said is what more could Paterno do based on mere words from one man without having witnessed a single thing himself. That’s very easy to understand for anyone actually paying attention facts.

      How is are justice system practiced in this country. Remember we gather facts and are innocent until proven guilty. I’m not defending the parasite Sandusky but you can’t be rash in any case and just go off on emotion alone. You need proof. If accuse Sandusky or fire him and whatever in haste without fact and proff then Joe would have been liable for those actions if they proved to be untrue. It’s not that hard to figure out with just a shred of common sense. You just can’t take action or label people without proof and at that current time Joe had the mere words of one man. Geesh !

  28. stephen says:

    Joe Paterno Jill

  29. Karen says:

    McQuery gets to stay??
    HE saw the assault AND DIDN’T CALL POLICE!!!

  30. jonas says:

    i wonder how many on the board of trustees also knew what was going on….this is not over.

    1. Julie says:

      Exactly.

  31. Joe says:

    The Penn State Board of trustees is a bunch of gutless wimps. After 46 years they can’t have the decency to fire JoePa face-to-face. Nobody really knows what McQuery told JoePa. It’s all guesswork. They could have at least allowed him to coach the last home game this weekend.

  32. Devon says:

    What aobut the janitor?

  33. 2059 says:

    It’s only fitting that the man who gave the victims the minimum received the minimum, a phone call, from the Trustees.

  34. JOHN says:

    MOST DISTURBING IS STUDENTS CHANTING LEAVE JOE ALONG THEY WILL FIT RIGHT IN WITH THE LEADERS IN WASHINGTON,AND FOR THAT STUDENTS YOU SHALL BE KNOWN AS PENN STATE PETER PUFFERS

  35. rad says:

    HA HA joe paterno if you don,t know is a supposed family vaules man republican, ha ha what a joke, he knew what was going on and he protected his neo-con cronnies like all of them neo-cons do for many years too, its all going to come out now and you neo-cons can,t do a damm thing about it, maby you can now get ruch limpballs to try and protect these bunch of neo-con pedofiles, ha ha lmfao!

  36. len says:

    Dont understand why the board of trustees fired paterno, was he got fired because he followed their rule? Are they bunch fo dummies?

  37. jbsoups says:

    You people saying Paterno did the right thing in going to his superiors are very mis-informed. Paterno has NO superiors at Penn State. Maybe in name he did but NOT in reality. Paterno ran everything. Heck the AD was an ex ballboy of the football team. And Paterno had him hired as the AD. But what really takes the cake is when the AD and President went to Paternos house to fire him. Paterno told them to get off his property. He also told them that he will leave when he wants to and not before. Does this sound like a man who had superiors. I THINK NOT!!

    You may also want to take a look at what your great Paterno has to say about sexual assault before the Orange Bowl a few years ago. He makes light of it. FACTS Paterno is a PIG.

    Paterno’s remarks came a day before the Orange Bowl, when a reporter asked about Florida State linebacker A.J. Nicholson, who was accused of sexual assault and sent home before Tuesday’s game.

    Paterno replied by talking about past suspensions of Penn State players. He then added: “There’s some tough — there’s so many people gravitating to these kids. He may not have even known what he was getting into, Nicholson. They knock on the door; somebody may knock on the door; a cute girl knocks on the door. What do you do?”

    “Geez. I hope — thank God they don’t knock on my door because I’d refer them to a couple of other rooms,” Paterno continued. “But that’s too bad. You hate to see that. I really do. You like to see a kid end up his football career. He’s a heck of a football player, by the way; he’s a really good football player. And it’s just too bad.”

  38. Mad Hatter says:

    LONG LIVE JOEPA – GREATEST COACH / MENTOR OF ALL TIME!

  39. Warlock Jones says:

    Joe was done wrong. PSU is truly a full blown mess now.

  40. workingforaliving says:

    The real crime was a 28yr old grad student mike mcq witnessed the assault and walked away and told his dad? that shows character? he should have stopped the attack and any real person would have beat that creep down right there!!! all he was worried about was his job..how do you sleep at night Mike, don’t have kids your not a man!!! chump more like it.

  41. jbsoups says:

    Ok, there have been rumours out that the Attn. General had a blockbuster coming soon. Some of it may have leaked. What is being reported now is. Sandusky used Second Mile to pimp out little boys to big Penn State Alumni donors. This report is just in the early stages so take it for what it is worth. But there is no doubt alot more sick things to come out of this whole mess. And it all occurred under the watch of Paterno and his beloved football empire. This man knew all, saw all, and nothing happened around the football program without him knowing. PERIOD!!…He had no superiors. In name maybe he did, but in reality Paterno ran everything. Did ya know that the AD was basically appointed by Paterno. He was the ex ballboy for the football team. And when the AD and Pres tried to oust Paterno a few years ago. They went to his house to tell him they were letting him go. Paterno kicked them off his property and told them that he would leave when he was ready and not before. Does this sound like a man who has superiors. I think not.

  42. MustafaJohnson says:

    Wasn’t Mike McQueary a product of the Penn State system? Wasn’t he inspired and influenced by Joe?
    So what does that say for his response and handling of what he saw?
    How did that work out for you?

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