Joe Paterno Fired: Penn State Finally Acts, Appoints Tom Bradley as Interim HC

Elliott PohnlFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions walks out onto the field during warmups before facing the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Joe Paterno has coached his last game for Penn State University.

Wednesday night, Penn State announced it has fired its only head coach since 1966 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal that has shattered the legacy of one of college football's most iconic figures.

Jim Gardner of ABC Action News Philadelphia broke the story on his Twitter feed, and has since been confirmed by multiple media outlets.

Wednesday's move comes after intense criticism from national media and fans regarding the University's handling of the sex scandal perpetrated by Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator at Penn State under Paterno.

Longtime defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has been appointed interim head coach.

Although it was originally believed he would be allowed to walk away on his own terms following the season, the outcry evidently became too strong.

An emergency meeting with Penn State's Board of Trustees concluded was held late this evening in Happy Valley, where, as expected, school President Graham Spanier officially resigned.

The healing process has finally begun.  

More details as this story continues to unfold. The Board of Trustees is currently addressing media members on campus.