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Penn State Fires Paterno

After 46 seasons, legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno will leave the university before the next football game. He's followed by the college's president, Graham Spanier, who also got the boot from the school's board of trustees. Paterno's firing in particular has sparked a raucous riot on PSU's campus. Thousands of people have turned out and according to the student newspaper, police have started to use pepper spray to control the crowd.  Though Paterno announced earlier Wednesday that he'd resign at the end of the season, the trustees decided to fire the coach, effective immediately. Paterno has come under fire for failing to alert authorities when he learned of an alleged incident of abuse involving his former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and a young boy in the locker-room showers in 2002.

November 9, 2011 10:10 PM