The shame was too much, the allegations and speculation too strong.
On the same day Penn State Head Football Coach Joe Paterno announced that he had decided to retire after the end of this season, the Penn State Board of Trustees met Wednesday night and announced it had decided to fire both Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier. Both moves are effective immediately, and come in the wake of the child sex scandal that has come to light in the last few weeks.
Former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged over the weekend with 40 criminal counts of molesting eight young boys between 1994 and 2009 through his charitable foundation for at-risk youths. Sandusky has a court hearing on December 7.
Paterno has coached at Penn State for 45 years and has won more games as a head coach at a major university than any other coach. Current Defensive Coordinator Tom Bradley will serve as interim head coach. Penn State faces Nebraska this Saturday in State College, Pennsylvania.