Sad Day in Happy Valley: Penn State Board of Trustees … Joe Paterno Out Immediately as Head Coach … PSU President Graham Spanier Also Out




The Penn State Board of Trustees have spoken, the Joe Paterno coaching era ends in disgrace. Earlier in the day Paterno said that he would retire at the end of the years amidst the child sex scandal. Paterno was in tears and his football team in disbelief, the end of an era was over.  He stated that “at this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status.” However, that was not the case. The Board decided to terminate Paterno effective immediately. However, it was only inevitable, the domino’s were beginning to fall. 61 years on the sidelines and  46 years as head coach of the Nittany Lions all over because of a lapse in judgment and not doing the right thing when it came to a child predator.

Fade to black … Joe is Out

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was fired late Wednesday night as the result of a growing child-sex scandal that has engulfed the program. The move is effective immediately meaning he will never coach for the school again.

The board of trustees also fired Penn State president Graham Spanier amid the growing questionable behavior and cover up of the child sex scandal at the hands of one time PSU defensive coordinator and assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier has been president of the school since 1995. You knew Spanier was toast when he threw his full support behind the two PSU officials that were arrested, rather that showing outrage of the incident.

“My son is extremely distraught, and now to see how we were betrayed, words cannot tell you. To see that Graham Spanier is putting his unconditional support behind Curley and Shultz when he should be putting his support behind the victims, it just makes them victims all over again.”

What a sad, tragic and pathetic end to a college football coaching icon. Joe Paterno, the winningest coach in Division I NCAA football leaves the game in disgrace following the child sex abuse scandal that has rocked Happy Valley and Penn State.  How could it have come to this? Honestly, as a long time Paterno fan and having known individuals that have attended PSU, I am stunned. How could a hideous pedophile like Jerry Sandusky have brought down such a beloved man like JOE PA? Oh sorry, alleged hideous, pig SOB pedophile Sandusky. If there is any justice, Sandusky will get his in the State Penn that he did to little boys at Penn State.  Also, how could anyone at Penn State, including Paterno, have not done more to protect the children and not covered up this terrible crime? Did they think it would be forever just swept under the rug?

What a sad day and a terrible lapse of judgment on the part of Joe Paterno. Shock and Awe hits Penn State. 409 wins and 24 bowl wins was not enough to save the job of coaching legend Joe Paterno.  PSU college students take to the streets in support of Joe Pa; however, there were some that did not and openly stated that Joe was not the victim.

Statement from Joe Paterno:

“I am disappointed with the Board of Trustees’ decision, but I have to accept it.

A tragedy occurred, and we all have to have patience to let the legal process proceed. I appreciate the outpouring of support but want to emphasize that everyone should remain calm and please respect the university, its property and all that we value. (snip)

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  • Comments

    9 Responses to “Sad Day in Happy Valley: Penn State Board of Trustees … Joe Paterno Out Immediately as Head Coach … PSU President Graham Spanier Also Out”

    1. Bill B on November 10th, 2011 6:36 am

      This is sad and I really do feel for him. He is a lot like Woody Hayes was in the fact that he waited one year to long to retire. And before anybody tries insinuate that I am comparing the two incidents as the same I am not (big difference). Besides the obvious difference this would have caught up with Joe even if he would have retired last year.

      Not to belittle the subject but I read an article at another site about the double standard used here versus Eric Holder. Here everybody is blaming Joe for knowing and not saying anything. With Holder that is fine even though an agent got killed.
      SM: Don’t even get me started on Eric Holder, not only should he be removed from his position, he should be prosecuted.

    2. bandit on November 10th, 2011 11:12 am

      Should have happened long ago

    3. A Texas Grandfather on November 10th, 2011 11:34 am

      IMO the Board of Trustees did the right thing. When a group of people hide a situation such as this for almost ten years, it shows how low their moral values have sunk.

      The board should immediately began an internal investigation to determine if any others are directly or indirectly involved. If found, they need to be removed as well.

      Then we have the group of students in the protest march last evening who marched into downtown and promptly lost control, destroying a lamp post and overturning a news van. The police need to carefully review the video and arrest those involved.

    4. Tamikosmom on November 10th, 2011 5:13 pm

      Michael Reagan’s commentary is must read in its entirety.

      Don’t Be an Enabler — When a Child Is Abused, Here’s What to Do
      By Michael Reagan
      Published November 10, 2011

      Coach, you knew back in 2002 that Jerry Sandusky had anally raped a ten-year-old boy in the Lasch Football Building. You handled the matter quietly with your athletic director, Tim Curley. You took away the rapist’s keys and barred him from the facility—but you didn’t call the police. You didn’t lift a finger to help the victim. No hindsight needed, coach. You screwed up.

      Yes, we all know about your 61-year career at Penn State. But when you allow children to be victimized right under your nose, you wipe out 61 years of achievement. The Jerry Sandusky scandal is your legacy now. …


      Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is a political consultant, the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group, and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his website at, and visit the Michael Reagan Center at Arrow Child & Family ministries. Portions of this column are adapted from his book “Twice Adopted.”

    5. NGBoston on November 10th, 2011 11:19 pm

      #4- Janet, Thank you for sharing. Don’t be an enabler is RIGHT!

      Regardless of his legacy, he KNEW and covered it up so Penn State could continue winning Football games.

      Really????????? Since when are the rights of a Child who is a victim of a Pedophile more important than what happens on the grid iron?

      Also. can Paterno’s ego get any bigger?

      Joe, I’m sorry but I lost a lot of respect for you.

    6. Tamikosmom on November 11th, 2011 10:01 am

      Why is Mike McQueary still coaching at PSU?
      Nov 10, 6:04 pm EST

      …. But McQueary, the lowest man on the accountability totem pole in this tawdry affair, and seemingly the most expendable, still has his job. The one guy involved with Penn State football who allegedly witnessed Sandusky in the disgusting act of raping a child – the one guy in position to physically stop the violence – continues on. ….

      Read Entire Article:

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