Although Penn State football coach Joe Paterno announced he would retire at the end of the season, he has been fired, effective immediately.
President Graham Spanier also received the boot. The Board of Trustees announced their decision late Wednesday, Nov. 9th.
Paterno, who’s been Penn State’s coach for 46 years, and Spanier were fired due to their knowledge that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky assaulted several boys.
They learned of the incident when then graduate student Mike McQueary told them that he saw Sandusky assault a boy in the locker room in 2002. Neither contacted the police and instead told Sandusky that he was no longer allowed on campus with the boys from his charity, The Second Mile.
For now, defensive coordinator Tom Bradley will be interim head coach and executive vice president Rodney Erickson will be interim president.
Sudansky is currently in custody and charged with 40 counts of sex crimes for assaulting eight young boys.