Decision To Fire Joe Paterno Could Come Before Friday, According To AP Report

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Penn St. Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno is on the way out, possibly as soon as some time within the next few days. The school's board of trustees has a scheduled meeting for Friday, which Pennsylvania's governor is supposed to attend.

The Associated Press reports a decision could be made even before then on Paterno's future:

The person is familiar with the trustees' discussions but says it's unclear what the consequences for Paterno will be.

The person says a decision could be at hand before the board meets Friday.

Paterno's son Scott has denied the Times report, saying Paterno's retirement hasn't been discussed and that he will coach this Saturday's game against Nebraska. But the board could make the decision for him. This can be cast as Paterno's willful resignment if Paterno prefers it that way, or Penn State can be forced to fire the man who's as much Penn State as Penn State itself. One way or the other, he's going.

For more on the Nittany Lions, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries. Follow along here for updates on the Jerry Sandusky case.

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