Courts & Crime

November 9, 2011

Penn State fires Joe Paterno, president in abuse scandal fallout

In an effort to contain a widening scandal, the Penn State board of trustees late Wednesday fired head football coach Joe Paterno, and university president Graham Spanier. The unanimous decision came hours after Paterno announced he would retire in the wake of allegations that a former assistant coach sexually abused at least eight boys over a 15-year period, and that Paterno and university officials failed to report it.

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