Penn State bad to worse: Paterno firing inspires student riot

    Denying Joe Paterno the ability to control his exit from the Penn State football program, the university’s trustees fired him Wednesday night along with the president. Angry students reacted by rioting. What is your reaction?

    [Update] Despite Joe Paterno’s announcement of his planned retirement at the end of the season, Penn State’s trustees decided Wednesday night that wasn’t soon enough. They fired the football coach effective immediately. Angry students rioted in the streets of State College, Pa.

    Today social media is abuzz with reactions.

    Jump down to add a comment, or respond on Facebook and Twitter below.

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    Nov. 9, 2011

    After 46 seasons coaching Penn State football, Joe Paterno says he will retire at the end of this season. Reactions to Paterno’s retirement from students, alums and casual observers are all over news sites and social media.

    The announcement comes in the midst of sexual abuse charges against former football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and intense suspicion about the role played (or not played) by several other PSU officials in the scandal.

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