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UPDATE: Joe Paterno out as Penn State head coach


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Police at Penn State say they're gathering information on any possible arrests of students who rioted after longtime football coach Joe Paterno was fired.

Police in riot gear used pepper spray to try to break up the crowd of some 2,000 students who took to the streets of State College Wednesday night.

The students flooded downtown for about three hours after Paterno and university president Graham Spanier were fired amid a growing furor linked to their handling of sex abuse allegations against a former assistant football coach.

Some students chanted 'We want Joe! We want Joe!" Others toppled a TV news van and kicked in its windows. A photographer was pelted with a rock.

Paterno had announced earlier in the day he planned to retire after the season and expressed remorse for not having done more after he learned of the sex assault allegations.


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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