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POLL: Should Joe Paterno Have Been Fired?

Share your thoughts on Penn State's decision to fire the football coach in connection to the way officials handled molestation allegations against a former assistant coach.

Iconic Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was fired late Wednesday following the outcry that resulted from the arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on molestation charges, the Huffington Post reported.

University president Graham Spanier was also fired regarding the school’s handling of initial allegations against Sandusky.

Penn State students protested the firing of the beloved Paterno, filling the streets around campus and shouting, “We want Joe! We want Joe!” according to another report in the Huffington Post.

TBL of CT November 11, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Paterno tried to show his humble self as usual stating he would leave on his own account and retire at the end of the season. However, his arrogance got the best of him. You cannot run a circle around the Board. While he is just a part of this disgusting disgrace, the entire program is forever tainted. Regardless of his contributions, this is what the people will remember about PSU. Though Paterno did not commit criminal misconduct, he even admitted to "wishing he had done more." Hence, a moral obligation and responsibility, not carried out and children forever damaged. Good riddance.
Pi November 11, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Oh yes, he reported it. Then he sat back and silently watched as Sandusky lured kids around campus for the next 10 years. He kept his mouth shut when his superiors swept the incident under the rug. I assure you, if I was Paterno, I would have made it my mission to make sure this incident was properly investigated by people without a vested interest in making it go away. Even if that meant losing my job or losing the respect of the school and the alumni, that's what I would have done.
Bob Melcher, Visiting Angels Senior Care November 11, 2011 at 03:24 PM
This just proves that the people who watched Kitty Genovese get murdered and did not call police had it right. If Joe and Mike had simply kept what they saw to themselves, they would have been OK. Joe took two specific actions to report this and look what happened to him. You cannot punish the innocent and think the world will become a better place.
Pi November 11, 2011 at 03:33 PM
People who sit by and let evil prevail are no better than the perpetrators themselves. I keep reading things like, "JoePa IS Penn State". Have a little pride in your school and do the right thing.
Todd Chandler November 11, 2011 at 04:06 PM
tell that to the kids and the parents... the VICTIMS of these vile and horrible crimes. If Joe and Mike had simply kept this to themselves, they would not have been OK. They would have been as disgusting as the criminal himself, and likely serving time. What you fail to realize is that Joe is not innocent. By allowing this to go on for YEARS and turning the other cheek, he is guilty of enabling this horrible situation.

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