Paterno Fired; Riots Follow

By Dean Pantazi
By Scott Sarvay

November 11, 2011 Updated Nov 11, 2011 at 1:42 PM EDT

STATE COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Veteran Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was removed from that position Wednesday night by the Penn State board of trustees following a lengthy meeting.

Paterno was reportedly informed of his ouster by telephone.

An enormous crowd of mostly Penn State students pulled down lamp posts and flipped over a news van, angry over the firing of their football hero.

Paterno earlier Wednesday announced he would retire as coach at the end of the season because of the child sexual abuse scandal involving a former assistant football coach, a situation Paterno knew about but failed to follow up on.

The board of trustees named assistant coach Tom Bradley as the interim head coach for the rest of the season starting with Saturday's game against Nebraska.

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