11/10/11 Penn State Notes and Quotes

Been living under a rock? Get caught up on everything that has happened in the last 24 to 48 hours at Penn State.

--Coach Joe Paterno announced his retirement in a statement released by the school and hoped to finish the 2011 season. The Board of Trustees at Penn State used its power to remove him earlier -- later Wednesday, following Paterno's final practice. The focus in State College has been almost entirely away from the No. 12-ranked current team and instead on the past events and questions of the coach's moral obligations that have led to Paterno's ouster.

Paterno, who has a major college record 409 victories, was an assistant coach or head coach at Penn State for 61 years.

Mike McQueary, the man who witnessed the alleged sexual abuse of a minor at Penn State University, will remain receivers coach for Saturday's final home game of the season.

--Interim head coach Tom Bradley, who had been defensive coordinator until the child sex abuse scandal claimed the jobs of longtime head coach Joe Paterno, said Thursday it will be a "game-time decision" whether McQueary coaches from the sideline or the press box against Nebraska.

Paterno announced Wednesday that he planned to retire after his 46th season with the Nittany Lions, but was fired last night by the university's board of trustees, who couldn't ignore the public outcry after the arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on molestation charges.

University president Graham Spanier was also fired amid the controversy.

McQueary was a graduate assistant when he saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a school shower in 2002. He reported the incident to Paterno the next day, He has been criticized for not doing more.

Bradley said that quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno, Joe's son, will also be on the sidelines on Saturday.

"Jay is a great competitor," Bradley said in a news conference. "He knows he has a job to do. He wants to do that job. I'm sure he has a heavy heart, for the love of his father. But he will be with the team."

As for Bradley, who replaced Sandusky as defensive coordinator 12 years ago, he said his ascension to head coach comes with "very mixed emotions." He'll guide a Nittany Lions team vying for a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl berth.

Bradley played for Paterno and has been part of the staff since 1979. Beyond this season, he has a good chance to keep the job permanently.

"We're obviously in a very unprecedented situation," Bradley said. "I have to find a way to restore the confidence ... I will do the job in the manner Penn State expects. I told the players last night that the expectations are (still) the expectations. We're not going to waver from that."

--Former All-American LaVar Arrington has been one of the most outspoken critics of Penn State authority figures not "doing more" to help alleged victims of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who coached Arrington. Arrington has appeared on multiple national radio shows and in print to make his feelings of disgust known.

"My image of how I was taught and how I was trained is already shattered. Already," he said. "The no names on your back, the plain shoes, the plain uniforms, 'We just come to play,' don't draw any attention to yourself, do things the right way, it's about the program, it's about family, it's about trust -- those things are shattered, no matter what the outcome is," Arrington told the Washington Post.

"My image of those people who pounded that into us and ultimately there are a lot of names on a long list of guys that if they didn't do it exactly that way, they were gone," he continued. "They were no longer even a part of this program. To make the standard so high on your players, and all along, there's this going on behind the scenes, that's a hurt spot."

Arrington said that, as a father, his focus is to turn all attention to protecting innocent children.

"My reason for being vocal about the whole situation is for it to be a platform for raising awareness about taking care of children. I think that's something that could easily get lost or buried in all the stories with all the other names involved," he said.

SERIES HISTORY: Penn State leads Nebraska, 7-6. The last meeting at State College was in 2002. Joe Paterno was 3-4 all-time in the series. Nebraska's Bo Pelini has never coached against Penn State as a head coach.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He will go down as the greatest football coach in the history of the game." -- Former Florida coach Urban Meyer, in January 2011, after the Gators defeated Penn State in the Outback Bowl. Meyer is likely to be rumored as Paterno's replacement at PSU and is calling the game for ESPN.


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