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Penn State Fires Paterno

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State trustees fired football

coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier

amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex

abuse allegations against an assistant coach.

The massive shakeup Wednesday night came hours after Paterno

announced that he planned to retire at the end of his 46th season.

But the outcry following the arrest of former assistant coach

Jerry Sandusky on molestation charges proved too much for the board

to ignore.

One key question has been why Paterno and other top school

officials didn't go to police in 2002 after being told a graduate

assistant saw Sandusky assaulting a boy in a school shower.

Paterno says he should have done more. Spanier has said he was

not told the details of the attack.

Sandusky has denied the charges.

Rodney Erickson will serve as interim school president, and

defensive coordinator Tom Bradley as interim coach.

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