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Penn State Scandal

Joe Paterno Fired!!

Univ. President Resigns

11/10/2011 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF



Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is not untouchable, after all -- the university's board of trustees voted late Wednesday night to fire Paterno ... effective immediately.

The living legend, known as JoePa, announced early Wednesday that he would retire at the end of the season in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal that began with the arrest of Paterno's former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

In announcing his retirement, Paterno -- who's been PSU's head coach for 46 years -- said the trustees should "not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address."

PSU President Graham Spanier was allowed to resign.

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 incidents with young boys ... some dating back to 1994.

Hundreds of students are rallying on the Penn State campus -- many chanting support for Paterno.

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2:41 AM PT At 2:00 ET, cops clad in riot gear issued a dispersal order to immediately leave the downtown area and the Old Main, and the students went home ... but not before some students turned over a TV microwave truck and tore down some street signs and a light post. Some students also set off fireworks, while chanting, "F**k the trustees."

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Student rallies are getting violent -- a local CBS news van was tipped over and street signs torn down. Police in riot gear are trying to disperse the crowds.

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Liz    

The exact right thing to do -- and more heads need to roll (like the athletic director and the asst. coach who saw the assault and didn't call police then).

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Carl    

Too bad he's being made a scapegoat in all of this. Yeah, he's the most famous guy at the school, but he is hardly at the top of the chain of command. He was told something by a grad student (he didn't witness it himself). He told this information to his superior, the Athletic Director. That's what he should have done. The AD and the Administration are the ones that should have dealt with this. Those are the people that should have called the police. Them OR... the guy who actually witnessed it, the grad student.

896 days ago
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writenow    

Touchdown! (Never trust a guy who dyes his hair.)

Too many schools follow this example.

896 days ago
4.

who dat    

The live feed pressor was on CNN. You should post it.

896 days ago
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mlkchicago    

This is NOT about football> This is about the complete failure of a Major Federally funded State college. And the inability to do nothing when justice could have been done. This is a sad day. This is tip of the iceberg and its going to get worse. Shame on Penn State, Shame on Paterno if he knew and said nothing. Shame Shame Sham

896 days ago
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Eldridge Cleaver    

Good! Any person who didn't call the cops after learning that a person was raping boys is piece of crap. I hope this guy's legacy is forever tarnished. He's just as bad as Roger Mahony. Have fun in hell :)

896 days ago
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Snowberrie    

Yay! I can't believe he did not quit immediately, probably because he is a s***bag, but atleast he is gone!!!!

896 days ago
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writenow    

Touchdown! (Never trust a guy who dyes his hair.)

Too many schools follow this example.

896 days ago
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AntiSocialForum.com    

Good! Joe Paterno should also face criminal charges. This cover-up is disgusting and everyone involved should be prosecuted!

896 days ago
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patty    

wow! good for them - finally starting to do right thing!

896 days ago
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I am Spartacus    

This is the right decision. McQuery needs to be gone ASAP. What kind of man sees a kid being raped and instead of doing something he turns and walks away? Paterno and everyone else that covered this up are an embarassment. Just telling the AD is not enough. If you see nothing being done to the man you have to step in and do more. You are Joe Paterno, you are Penn State. To allow this man to have an office and be on campus for years after knowing what he did is sickening.

896 days ago
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nof    

Good.


Good Riddance.


Didn't care for his, "I'll retire at the end of the year."


Oh, really, you mean you tell us?


Lame, like most coaches.


Like my own high school coach - who looked the other way as well -

And for the sake of his non-storied coaching career -


Very callous thing you did, Joe.


"Uh, I told my supervisor."


Wuss.

896 days ago
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TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

That old bastard looked the other way when a child was being raped. I am glad he was fired...HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

896 days ago
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Horndog    

Somewhere Harvey is smiling.

896 days ago
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Throwback kid    

It's sad but Paterno should have called the police. If that was his grandson being sodomized in the shower you would have bet that Paterno would have called the police and reported the crime which is a felony. Instead, 6 more boys were molested

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