Less than 24 hours ago Joe Paterno was the head coach of Penn State. Now, not only is he out of a job, he won't even be in the stadium when the Nittany Lions host the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a pivotal Big Ten matchup on Saturday. According to ESPN's Joe Schad, Paterno will not attend the game to avoid any more of a spectacle than what has already transpired.
If you haven't been following along, Penn State's campus was overrun by thousands of student protesters on Wednesday night after the school's Board of Trustees announced that Paterno had been fired for failing to notify the police upon being informed of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky's alleged molestation of a 10-year-old boy in the team's locker room back in 2002. The news that the head coach of 46 years has been let go has, unsurprisingly, incurred the full spectrum of emotions among fans and media members alike.
The Nittany Lions are currently undefeated in the Big Ten and vying for a spot in the league's inaugural championship game. On top of all of the off field distractions, the team also faces its toughest three-game stretch of the season, with road trips to Columbus, OH, and Madison, WI, on tap after Saturday.