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November 10th, 2011
02:30 PM ET

Paterno fired, Penn State students riot – child sex abuse scandal widens

Joe Paterno, the legendary Penn State football coach, has been fired in the wake of a growing child sex abuse scandal at the school.  Despite pleas from Paterno to "remain calm," students reacted angrily to the news. Students clashed with police on the streets of State College, Pennsylvania; tear gas had to be used to break up the crowds.

Christine Romans speaks with Sarah Grimm, a reporter for "The Patriot News," to get student reaction to these explosive events.


Filed under: Controversy • Penn State • Sports
November 10th, 2011
02:14 PM ET

Emotions run high on Penn State campus after Paterno firing, but victims are lost in the discussion

Hundreds of Penn State students spilled into the streets early Thursday after news that legendary coach Joe Paterno had been ousted over a child sex abuse scandal at the university. The group quickly turned raucous, proceeding to tip over a news van as they decried the media's coverage of their beloved football coach.

Carol Costello speaks with Jon Wertheim, Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated, to discuss why the students are standing behind Paterno and why more attention isn't being paid to the victims.


Filed under: Controversy • Penn State • Sports
November 10th, 2011
01:57 PM ET

Penn State sex abuse scandal could leave university open to lawsuits

Many questions remain unanswered about the child sex abuse scandal involving Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno's former top assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. What did university officials know – and when did they know it?  Regardless, even Paterno admits that he should have done more at the time.

CNN legal contributor Paul Callan talks to American Morning about whether Paterno and Penn State could be legally liable for not reporting the abuse.


Filed under: Controversy • Penn State • Sports
November 9th, 2011
10:59 AM ET

Former Penn State cheerleader joins growing chorus calls for Paterno to resign

Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno may soon be out of a job because of a child sexual abuse scandal involving a former assistant. But "JoePa" still has plenty of support on campus and in the local community. Hundreds of students and community members showed their support for the coach by holding an impromptu rally outside Paterno's home last night. But many others are outraged and believe that Joe has just got to go.

Roxanne Jones, a former Penn State Cheerleader and founding editor of ESPN the magazine, explains to Christine Romans why she can no longer support the coach – or willingly cover up Happy Valley's dark secrets.


Filed under: Controversy • Penn State • Sexual abuse • Sports
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