STATE COLLEGE, P.A. -- Penn State's Board of Trustees has ousted legendary football coach Joe Paterno and University President Graham Spanier.
Paterno says he's "absolutely devastated'' by the child sex abuse scandal in which his onetime assistant and heir apparent, Jerry Sandusky, has been charged with molesting eight boys over a 15 period.
The coach has been engulfed by outrage that he did not take more action after a graduate assistant said in 2002 that he had seen Sandusky sexually assault a 10-year-old boy in the Penn State football locker room showers.
Paterno met with his coaching staff and players Wednesday in the football building at Penn State for about 10 to 15 minutes in what was described as a very emotional session. Standing at a podium, Paterno told them he was leaving, and broke down in tears.
84-year-old Paterno is in his 46th year as coach.