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Penn State Board Of Trustees Fires Joe Paterno In Wake Of Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno announced on Wednesday that he would retire at the end of the 2011 season following the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

The Penn State Board of Trustees had other plans.

Vice chairman of the board, John Surma, led an emergency press conference on Nov. 9 to announce that Paterno, along with University President Graham Spanier, were relieved of their duties effective immediately.

"These decisions were made after careful deliberation and in the best interest of the university as a whole. Penn State always strives for the highest moral standards in all of our activities. We promise we are committed to restoring public trust in our university. In our view, we thought a change now was necessary. To allow this process to continue was going to be damaging to the University. "

Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has been named interim head coach while Rodney Erickson will be the interim school president.

Penn State is scheduled to host Nebraska at home on Saturday (Nov. 12) at Noon. Speaking to students outside of his house tonight, Paterno reportedly said: "Right now, I’m not the football coach, and that’s something I have to get used to."

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