Penn State Fires Paterno: Do You Agree?
Despite his plans to retire, the legendary coach falls victim to sexual-abuse scandal.
Updated 8:08 a.m., Nov. 10, 2011
Wednesday night, legendary football coach Joe Paterno was fired by the Penn State Board of Trustees.
Paterno, 84, became another victim of the sexual-abuse charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Also losing their jobs were the university president and athletic director.
However, Paterno -- the winningest coach in Division I history -- already had announced plans to retire at the end of the season over the scandal. But he is not being allowed to leave on his own terms.
The decision sparked rioting at Penn State overnight, according to news reports.
Among Paterno's 400-plus victories was the 1982 Sugar Bowl over Georgia in what turned out to be Herschel Walker's final college game. Ths year, the Nittany Lions are 5-0 in the Big Ten and 8-1 overall, and ranked 12th in all major polls.
So tell us, Suwanee: Do you agree with Penn State's decision to fire Paterno?