Poll Question: Should Joe Paterno Have Been Fired?

Joe Paterno, 2006
Joe Paterno, 2006

Long-time Penn State coach Joe Paterno was fired last week amid child sex abuse allegations against one of his former assistant coaches.

Former PSU defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually assaulting young boys from 1994 to 2009. Sandusky ran a non-profit for at-risk children while at Penn State. He resigned in 1999.

Paterno is said to have been notified of incidents, some of which on Penn State facilities. He passed information up the chain of command but never called police.

No legal action was taken against Sandusky until now; the former coach was charged with 40 counts of criminal molestation last week. PSU's vice president and athletic director were each charged with perjury.

Students took to the streets last week expressing their opinions of Paterno's departure. News organizations, including ESPN, struggled to grasp who was at fault and if Paterno should have been let go.

Some have said Paterno's 46-year Nittany Lion coaching career grants him more credit toward earning him benefit of the doubt in doing what he believed was right, blind to the horrendous reality of the situation.

However, that argument is becoming harder to support with all the information that has surfaced in the last week.

Others say it was just that power and arrogance that comes with such a long stretch at the top of one of the nation's most storied programs that granted him the influence to cover up a scandal.

This week's Bank of Sheridan/Sheridanmedia.com Poll Question is: Did Penn State make the right decision in firing coach Joe Paterno?

Let us know what you think. Log on and feel free to post appropriate comments. Then be sure to tune in to our Jackson Electric Open Line, this Friday at 9:10 AM on News Talk 930 KROE.

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