Nearly two months after the fact, Penn State faithful remain very cross with the university for firing Joe Paterno – for what many believe is no good reason at all.
University President Rodney Erickson traveled the state to meet with alumni as a sort-of good will mission/demonstrate how transparent and open to discussion he is. Much of his time was spent listening to gripes about Paterno’s firing. Oh, and there was some criticism about the handling of Jerry Sandusky.
But there was a lot on JoePa. A lot.
So much so the Board of Trustees felt they had to explain themselves again, by issuing this statement today:
“Given the nature of the serious allegations contained in the Grand Jury Report and the extraordinary circumstances then facing the University, the Board’s unanimous judgment was that Coach Paterno could not be expected to continue to effectively perform his duties and that it was in the best interests of the University to make an immediate change in his status. Therefore, the Board acted to remove Coach Paterno from his position as Head Football Coach effective as of that date.”
Well, that should settle things.
Update: The statement prompted Jay Paterno to weigh in on his dad’s dismissal:
“It is helpful to have on the record the Board’s position (about) my father’s status with the University,” Scott Paterno said in his own statement. “As has become apparent, the termination on November 9, with no notice or hearing, was not handled well.
“Joe Paterno has reiterated from the beginning that the first priority in this crisis is to serve the best interests of the victims,” Scott Paterno continued. “He believes strongly that everyone involved is entitled to due process.”