Joe Paterno Fired: Penn State Students Gather On Campus In Protest

Joe Paterno is out as head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, the Board of Trustees announced on Wednesday evening. The move was immediately met with shock and anger by those gathered in State College following the press conference to announce Paterno had coached his last game.

Video of the area showed a large gathering, likely of students, chanting and yelling. Screams of "We Want Joe" could be heard, as well as "[expletive] Sandusky" and "We Are ... Penn State."

Many began to gather outside Beaver Stadium, where a statue of Paterno resides. Black Shoe Diaries' Ben Jones tweeted the following picture after the press conference, which seems to show a relatively peaceful crowd gathering around the statue.

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He added the mood, at the time, was somber, with students shedding tears and taking photos of the statue.

On campus, however, it was a different story. The situation appears to be volatile and the crowd continues to grow. While it probably doesn't classify as a riot at this point -- more of a large protest -- there's no telling if the gathering will take a turn for the worse as the night progresses.

We'll be back with more as it develops in State College.

For more on the Nittany Lions, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries. Follow all of SB Nation's coverage of the Jerry Sandusky investigation in our StoryStream.

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