Penn State Trustees Fire Joe Paterno, School President
Coach is ousted amid unfolding scandal
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2011 9:31 PM CST
Penn State coach Joe Paterno in a 2009 file photo.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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(Newser) – Joe Paterno's offer to retire at the end of the season wasn't good enough for Penn State trustees: They fired the football coach tonight, along with school president Graham Spanier, in the wake of the child molestation allegations roiling the campus, reports AP. The firings take effect immediately. Essentially, the trustees say both men didn't act forcefully enough to investigate accusations that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had been molesting boys for years. Paterno, 84, had coached the Nittany Lions for 46 years.