BREAKING: Penn State Coach Paterno FIRED, PSU President OUT, Effective Immediately
Both football coach Joe Paterno and president Graham Spanier are out at Penn State in the wake of a disturbing child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach.
Paterno said in a statement Wednesday he would retire after the season, but the university’s board of trustees met Wednesday night and decided Paterno would not be allowed to continue as coach effective immediately. Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has been named interim coach.
Spanier chose to resign Wednesday and will be replaced temporarily by provost Rodney Erickson.
John Surma, the vice chair of the board of trustees said, “these decisions were made after careful deliberations and in the best interests of the university as a whole.”
“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,” he added.
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.”