On Wednesday, Joe Paterno was fired as head coach for Penn State due to the recent sex abuse allegations from former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky–which is ironic considering Paterno announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2011 season just hours before the board of trustee’s announced their decision. Shortly after the news broke about the firing, Paterno made a brief appearance outside of his house to release a quick statement about the firing–which can be seen in the video above.
As you can see, Paterno’s appearance with his wife Sue outside of their house was quick (not even two minutes) as he addressed members of the media and the hundreds of students that showed up in support. Paterno didn’t say much about the incident other than telling the fans to pray for the victims, but he did make it clear how thankful he was for the support and encouraged everyone to use their time more wisely for more important things–such as sleeping or studying.
Obviously, this is one of the biggest stories not just in college football, but sports history considering Paterno ranks first all time in wins (409) and has been involved with the school’s program for the last 61 years. Everybody knew Paterno’s career as head coach at Penn State was nearing an end–but nobody could have predicted it to end this way.