Penn State’s trustees to meet publicly amid furor

    Penn State’s trustees will meet in public for the first time after forcing out the university’s football coach Joe Paterno and president Graham Spanier amid an unfolding child sex abuse scandal.

    The Friday meeting of the 32-member board follows two days of private meetings. However, trustees, including Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, have stayed largely quiet on their internal deliberations.

    The trustees announced Wednesday night that Paterno, in his 46th season coaching Penn State’s storied football team, would no longer be coach and that Spanier would no longer be president. Paterno’s firing touched off a violent student rally.

    The Nittany Lions will play Saturday at home against Nebraska under interim head coach Tom Bradley. Penn State’s provost and executive vice president Rodney Erickson is serving as interim president.

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