PSU Trustees Ousted Paterno Over Lack Of Action

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno was ousted as Penn State’s football coach in part because he didn’t meet a moral obligation to do more to alert authorities about a child sex abuse allegation against a retired assistant coach, school trustees say.

Trustees interviewed Thursday by The Associated Press also cited statements from Paterno in the days and hours leading to his dismissal Nov. 9 they felt challenged the Board of Trustees’ authority at a time of crisis.

Jerry Sandusky is out on bail and awaiting trial after denying the child sex abuse charges. Paterno testified about a 2002 allegation before a state grand jury investigating Sandusky.

But the trustees say they still intend to honor Paterno’s accomplishments and contributions to the school. He won a Division I record 409 games over 46 seasons.

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  • Asst2RegionalMgr

    eff those records. The only record that would have mattered is if one less boy was molested due to Joe’s action, but instead more likely happened due to his inaction.

  • Victor Locke

    My only question is what more can one do when does not see the action being done himself? I think that part is always missing in these arguments. I’m not really upset that Paterno is fired because I knew that was going t happen anyway. But the continuous demonization of him is foolish considering he got second-hand information from a person that was vague about his testimony and delivered the information to two liars that according to my knowledge still have jobs or some positions at that school. If anyone should be called for inaction, it should be McQueary. Joe can’t police the entire university himself.

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