Former Nebraska Chancellor Graham Spanier, and Penn State football coach Joe Paterno were fired late last night by the Penn State Board of Trustees over the sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
This announcement came just after 9 p.m. last night and just hours after Paterno said that he would step down at the end of the season. Paterno was notified when a carrier delivered a note to Paterno at his house with instructions to call a number. On the other end of that telephone call were two board members who informed Paterno he was being relieved of his duties.
The 63 year old Spanier was chancellor at UNL from 1991-1995 when he left to become Penn State’s president.
Fan rallies began all over campus as soon as the announcment was made and they turned violent. There were reports of a TV truck that was turned over and windows were busted out. Also reports that a cameraman was hit by a rock. Police had to use pepper spray on some of the students and those who gathered on campus.
Paterno came outside his home last night where several supporters were waiting for him. He spoke publicly.