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Penn State Coach Paterno, President Spanier fired tonight

Published: Wed, November 9, 2011 @ 10:37 p.m.


Penn State trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach.

The massive shakeup Wednesday night came shortly after 10 p.m., just hours after Paterno announced that he planned to retire at the end of his 46th season.

But the outcry following the arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on molestation charges proved too much for the board to ignore.

Speaking at his house to students, Paterno said, “Right now, I’m not the football coach, and that’s something I have to get used to.”

For more on this breaking story, plus analysis by Vindicator Sports Editor Rob Todor, read Thursday's Vindicator or Vindy.com.


1CantStandYa(222 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Explain to me why that redheaded piece of trash McQueary still has a job?!?!?!?!

He didn't call the cops either!?!?!?

Personally, if I witnessed ANYTHING like that, I would have BEATEN THE LIVING S*%T OUT OF HIM and gotten that kid to the nearest hospital.

Sandusky should be found guilty, taken to the center of the stadium, and hacked into pieces and fed to pigs.

McQueary is trash, put him out to the curb.

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2grog8797(25 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

There are no winners here. Very dissappointed in JoePa. He did the wrong thing in 2002 and again this week in not retiring immediately. He did the bare minimum and failed in the most important decision of his life; failing to protect who knows how many innocent young people. Would he accept the bare minumum and lame excuses from any of his players? Why should we accept it from him? All involved need to go, including McQueary; a grown man who chose to leave and call his daddy after witnessing the rape of a child rather than intervene or at least call the police.

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3JME(802 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I'm guessing McQueary will be encouraged to immediately seek employment elsewhere.
Agree, he should have stepped in as soon as he witnessed what was happening.

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4db(280 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Joe Paterno is a huge disappointment. I am disturbed that he did not investigate McQueary's story and, as much as I like Paterno, there is no excuse for standing by while Sandusky continued on in his job and with his crimes. Joe should beat that gay child molester with a bat and stood over him until the police arrived.

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5peacelover(838 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Stan. This has nothing to do with homosexual rights, and you know it. If you think you are being clever, you're not.
That said, this whole scandal turns my stomach. To let this go with no action for so long and let this guy off the hook is inexcusable. Everyone involved who did nothing to bring this guy to justice should be prosecuted, I don't care how powerful and legendary they are. Sandusky should be locked up and then throw away the key. God have mercy on all those children.

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6republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

The Devil manifests itself in many ways. In this case he came in the form of the fatherly figure Jerry Sandusky, where he raped and brutally attacked young boys.

Coach Paterno, in his vanity, put himself above the institution -- trust me, he said, for I am good. And I alone can lead this university.

Vanity and love of power must always be eyed skeptically. Sooner or later every man fails. When he surrounds himself with yes-men, that failure becomes magnified. It took Joe 46 years to screw up. His failure let a monster run loose at Penn State. Very sad, but lessons can be learned from this.

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7walter_sobchak(2674 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

That was my take on this situation. If you were walking down the street and saw a woman being raped behind some bushes, wouldn't you intervene and start beating on the guy? Let's face it, he would be rather helpless since something that would be exposed could easily be targeted to take the man down, if you get my drift. Same thing here. Why wouldn't you intervene and kick Sandusky in the taliwacker?

That being said, it's sad Joe Pa's career is ending this way but why didn't he pursue this after notifying his superiors?

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

peacelover :

"Stan. This has nothing to do with homosexual rights"

So you're saying that Jerry Sandusky has no rights ? How else did he carry on for so many years then ? . . ..

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9IcemanTheSequel(2 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Didn't Scott Kennedy go to Penn State? I know he always spoke passionately about the PSU football program. I wonder if there's a connection between the child molester Sandusky and the child porn photo hoarder Kennedy. I wonder if this whole thing is much bigger than we suspect. Maybe this thing is far reaching in the institute's upper hierarchy and among the alumni. If so, maybe JoePa and McQueary were hesitant to follow up for a more ominous reason. Let's hope we get a really thorough investigation out of this.

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10candystriper(575 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

murder charges?

In the late 90's the District Attorney went missing while investigating the case.

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11mrblue(1175 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I think that everyone knew that Joe Paterno was going to be fired. The problem here is, the way it was done. A telephone call. VERY UNPROFFESIONAL.

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12Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Sad that this has been going on and nobody did anything . All for football SAD

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13Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

With Paterno's career having come to a sudden, inglorious conclusion and Beaver Canyon overrun with students, some whom flipped two television news trucks, it seemed that Penn State had reached its nadir.

Perhaps not.

Penn State Scandal: Jerry Sandusky Rumored To Have 'Pimped' Boys To Donors: REPORT
The Huffington Post Chris Greenberg

First Posted: 11/10/11 11:29 AM ET Updated: 11/10/11 11:39 AM ET

Shockingly, there are reports that even more depraved details about the sexual crimes committed by Sandusky will be revealed in the coming days. As the quasi-riots shook the Penn State campus late Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning, SportsByBrooks began tweeting ominous messages about allegations that have yet to become public.


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