• Joe Paterno Fired, Effective Immediately



    By Philly Sports Daily

    Wednesday night, an era ended.

    The Penn State University Board of Trustees banned legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno from coaching.

    “Joe Paterno is now longer the coach at the university,” said John Surma, vice president of the Board of Trustees. Surma is the CEO of U.S. Steel.

    Assistant coach Tom Bradley will coach the team Friday against Nebraska. Paterno was fired over the phone by acting athletic director Mark Sherburne.

    University president Graham Spanier was also ousted. The 63-year-old Spanier had been the president of Penn State since 1995. The board named Dr. Rodney A. Erickson, executive vice president and provost, as the interim president of the University.

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