Penn State Trustees: Joe Paterno Was Fired For ‘Failure Of Leadership’
In an effort to further clarify the reasons behind the firing of head football coach Joe Paterno over four months ago, the Penn State University Board of Trustees released a statement today explaining the coach’s dismissal, according to the Associated Press.
The board stated that Paterno was fired for his “failure of leadership” after an alleged sexual assault perpetrated by former assistant Jerry Sandusky. The board found that while Paterno fulfilled his legal obligation to tell his superiors what he knew, he should have done more.
“We determined that his decision to do his minimum legal duty and not to do more to follow up constituted a failure of leadership by Coach Paterno,” the trustees wrote.
Sandusky was arrested on Nov. 5 in connection with a series of alleged sexual assults dating back more than a decade. Paterno was fired on Nov. 9; the university hired former New England Patriots assistant Bill O’Brien to replace Paterno as head coach on Jan. 6.
Paterno died on Jan. 22 after a bout with lung cancer. He was 85 years old.