I get that not reporting Sandusky to the police is a "black mark" on Paterno, but I imagine that in reporting Sandusky to the Athletic Director, Paterno thought it would be taken care of...as in the police would be called, not in that creepy Catholic Church way of "taking care" of similar situations.
For Penn State's Joe Paterno, the winningest football coach in Division I history, his career ends with this statement Wednesday night from the school's board of trustees:
"The board determined that it is in the best interest of the University for Joe Paterno to no longer serve as head football coach, effective immediately."
Caught up in a scandal revolving around allegations that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had been abusing young boys for more than a decade and that Paterno and other school officials didn't do enough to either investigate or alert authorities to what was happening, the legendary coach won't be finishing out the season with his team — as he had hoped to do. (Sandusky says he's innocent.)
Paterno was told of the board's decision over the phone. Also fired: School President Graham Spanier.
After the announcement, as NPR's Jeff Brady reported from State College, Pa., students from the school filled the streets to express their outrage that Paterno wouldn't be allowed to coach Saturday at what would have been his last home game. Some turned over a television news van. Police in riot gear had to break up the crowd.
Some students went to Paterno's home, where he told them "I love you guys," according to The Patriot-News.