STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - (AP) - Penn State trustees fired footballcoach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier amid the growing furor over how the school handled sexabuse allegations against an assistant coach.
The massive shakeup Wednesday night came hours after Paternoannounced that he planned to retire at the end of his 46th season. But the outcry following the arrest of former assistant coachJerry Sandusky on molestation charges proved too much for the boardto ignore.
One key question has been why Paterno and other top schoolofficials didn't go to police in 2002 after being told a graduateassistant saw Sandusky assaulting a boy in a school shower. Paterno says he should have done more. Spanier has said he wasnot told the details of the attack.
Sandusky has denied the charges.
Rodney Erickson will serve as interim school president, anddefensive coordinator Tom Bradley as interim coach.
Paterno to retire at end of season