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Joe Paterno Was Never Fired by Penn State, Still Getting Paid

So that whole thing about Joe Paterno getting fired as head coach of Penn State’s football team? That was a matter of semantics. Though he’s no longer coaching the team, Paterno was never fired. In fact, he’s still getting paid by the school.

“Coach Paterno remains employed by the University as a tenured faculty member,” the Penn State Board of Trustees said in a statement released Thursday. “The details of his retirement are being worked out and will be made public when they are finalized. Generally speaking, the University intends to honor the terms of his employment contract and is treating him financially as if he had retired at the end of the 2011 football season.”

As Adam Hoge of CBS Chicago writes, Paterno was suspended without pay, and now that the season is over, he can retire. Unsurprisingly, the Board of Trustees responded to complaints from alumni who wonder why he was fired. This should come as no shock; Penn State created a culture where football was valued over everything, including protecting sexually abused children.


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  • Anonymous

    It’s simply impossible for him to explain why Sandusky was hanging around for years after the deed.  Go away.

  • Gene

    I will always believe Paterno knew in 1999 when Sandusky, a successful defensive coordinator and recruiter,  retired at age 55.  Otherwise,  if, as the story goes, Joe Pa told him that he would never be head coach at Penn State, why did he not seek a head coaching position at another school the way other coordinators did?  Did they cut a deal in return for dropping the 1998 investigation? 

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I don’t believe a word Paterno says

  • Gene

    Sadly, I agree with you.  We all know that a football coach is the most powerful person on campus and knows and controls everything that is going on pertaining to the football program.