PHILLIPSBURG - For the first time in almost a half-century, someone other than Joe Paterno is calling the shots for the Penn State football team.

Paterno, the winningest coach in college football history, was fired last night. Also relieved of duty was Penn State President Graham Spanier. Both were ousted by a board of trustees fed up with the damage being done to the university's reputation by a child sex-abuse scandal involving Paterno's one-time heir apparent.

Many of the people News 12 New Jersey spoke with this morning in Phillipsburg agreed with the university's decision. Some argued that Paterno had a greater responsibility to act on the incident.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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