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Joe Paterno's Exit

He Really Does Run PSU

11/9/2011 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


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Joe Paterno says he's retiring in the wake of Penn State's child sex abuse scandal -- but not until after the season. Should JoePa get 86'd ... NOW? Two former players and angry PSU students weigh-in on Paterno's future and his legacy.

Plus, Michael Jackson's bed -- the one in which he actually died -- is going up for auction. What's something that eerie worth? You gotta see Harv's guess at a final bid.

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(4:40) A rarity -- Harvey backtracks over the PSU scandal.
(5:30) If you ever doubted that Joe Paterno runs Penn State -- his statement today announcing his retirement should clear that up.
(8:05) Bruce Clark -- who played football under Joe and accused molester Jerry Sandusky -- is on the phone.
(13:40) Bruce keeps defending Paterno -- but if he were in Paterno's position ... would he have gone to the police?
(20:15) Rich Mauti -- another former PSU player whose son now plays for the team -- is on the horn.
(27:45) Harvey presses Rich about how the current players should handle the game this weekend.
(33:40) A PSU student calls in to support JoePa ... because he's a "figurehead." Harvey points out it doesn't make it right ... because Mussolini was a figurehead too.
(41:50) Did a language barrier effect the outcome of the Conrad Murray case?
(47:00) The guy auctioning off MJ's deathbed calls in.

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16.

luvtoteach    

If Paterno "enabled" the situation, he would be the focus of the Attorney General investigation her in PA. The attorney general has specifically said that Paterno is NOT the focus of any investigation. The same cannot be said of PSU President Spanier, who may be fired by the end of today, according to local news reports. As if there was not enough uproar here, the Westboro Baptist Church has indicated that they will be present at PSU on Saturday for the game. I cannot imagine there NOT being some violence against them . . .

1022 days ago
17.

Eileen    

why are you avoiding the comment that Michael Vick calling Eli Manning a ***? Brett Ratner looses Oscar gig for saying but Michael Vick gets a pass????? WTF

1022 days ago
18.

Kevin Ross    

Famliy Circus Creator died

1022 days ago
19.

Deb Colorado    

He needs to go now, given the man was aware of his assist. coaches behaviors 10 years ago. They put football above the safety of children. Absolutely dispicable.

1022 days ago
20.

gutsygirl    

Harvey: It's SANDUSKY...not SANDOWSKY

1022 days ago
21.

The Bob    

The moment Paterno heard there was a man in the shower with a boy, the call should have gone to the POLICE. Not his superiors, not the U. president. This is a crime, crimes go to the POLICE ONLY. The failure was Paterno's, and he should pay.

1022 days ago
22.

.    

GRAD STUDENT ----

WHY DID THE GRAD-STUDENT (McQuarry-sic) NOT REPORT WHAT HE WITNESSED TO THE POLICE ??

WHY DID HE NOT RESCUE THE CHILD ??

1022 days ago
23.

Mike    

Pope Benedict hasn't faced any punishment for the transgressions of his inferiors (on a MUCH larger scale), and people have suggested he was aware...

Why should Paterno, also the face of his institution, be treated any differently?

1022 days ago
24.

Veritatis Amans    

ARROGANT, and demonstrative of his authority at Penn State. If you're telling the Board of Trustees what they should or should not contemplate...OH PLEASE, you are telling them, don't bother to even try and fire me NOW.

1022 days ago
25.

jt    

All Paterno had to do was say something. He did not, preferring to keep things as they were. He is a COWARD, a POSER, and an enabler of a pedophile. Shame on him and anyone who supports this vile little man. Support someone who enables a pedophile ? SHAME SHAME SHAME SHAME

1022 days ago
26.

Michael    

Here's something interesting Harvey & Charles, on a local radio talk show here in NE Ohio today was someone raising the possiblity that a County Prosecutor the county in which Penn State is located who was murdered a few years back still has gone unsolved. The caller to the radio talk show raised the possiblity that the prosecutor was murdered possiblity because of the Sandusky allegations at the time? Just food for thought and something your crack investigators to look into?

1022 days ago
27.

Stephanie    

I think you are misinterpreting paterno's statement. Saying the trustee's don't need to talk about, he is just saying they won't have to publicly haggle over firing him. He is stepping down. I don't see the arrogance you see.

1022 days ago
28.

OhWowLike    

Joe Paterno and President Spanier should be fired NOW. I have heard from two Penn State players both of whom clearly support JoePA. What about the victims? This great guy Joe did not even bother to find out who the kid was. Neither did McQueary. Neither did Curley or Schultz. They can all go to hell. No, better yet, they can all go to PRISON as accessories to a crime.

1022 days ago
29.

Shannon    

This guys a legend and you guys are acting like he touched the kids himself!! Let him finish the season and remain a legend...

1022 days ago
30.

Howard    

Does the fact that a juror was able to understand english allow the defense to file a mis trial?

1022 days ago
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