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Joe Paterno fired effective immediately as Penn State head coach

Penn State's board of trustees announced late Wednesday night that Joe Paterno has been fired effective immediately as head coach of the university's football team after 46 years, officially ending an era in Happy Valley. The decision was made amidst a growing sex-abuse scandal surrounding Paterno's former longtime assistant Jerry Sandusky. Joe Paterno has coached his final game at Penn State after 46 years. (Rob Christy/US Presswire) "Penn State conducts itself with honesty, integrity and the highest moral standards in all of our activites," said John P. Surma, vice chairman of the board of trustees. "We promise you that we are committed to restoring the public's trust in our university." Paterno, who has spent 61 years total at the university, reacted briefly to the decision from the front door of his home. "Right now, I'm not the coach. I've got to get used to that," Paterno said. "After 61 years, I've got to get used to that. OK? Thanks for coming." Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season.

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