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POLL: Should Joe Paterno Have Been Fired?

The legendary coach is out. What's your reaction?

The latest wrinkle in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal rocked the sports world last night.

Legendary head football coach Joe Paterno, who has helmed the team for more than five decades and is the winningest coach in college football, was fired in a telephone call by the school's Board of Trustees.

"The board also voted to oust university president Graham B. Spanier, bringing to four the number of administrators, including Paterno, who have lost their jobs over the burgeoning scandal — in which Jerry Sandusky, Penn State’s longtime defensive coordinator, was arrested on charges of molesting at least eight boys between 1994 and 2009," according to the Washington Post.

Paterno, who was told about the abuse, is in hot water for not reporting it to the authorities.

So what do you think? Was the school right for letting Paterno go, or is he collateral damage?

Bob November 11, 2011 at 03:26 PM
He has a moral obligation to report it to the Police or fire the coach. How would you feel if someone knew you were being abused and someone knew the abuser was doing it before he got to you and did not tell the police?
Bill Redmond November 12, 2011 at 03:41 AM
Paterno did report it - to the Athletic Director and to the University VP in change of the Campus Police (which is a real police force, the State College Borough police only come on campus when invited). Spannier was definitely collateral damage - he was lied to by Curley and Schultz who told him about their meetings with Paterno and McQueary buy told him that it was nothing serious. Maybe Spannier should have pressed for more details and further investigation, maybe Paterno should have followed up harder. Of course, a parent filed a complaint with the State College police in 1998-1999 which was dismissed for lack of evidence so maybe there was more culpability by the whole University community than I want to admit. Read the grand jury report before you rush to judgement.

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