Penn State had to get rid of Joe Paterno

It simply would have been inexcusable if Penn State had allowed him to coach again

Originally Published: November 10, 2011
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

This is a justified end for Joe Paterno.

He announced early Wednesday that he would retire at the end of the season, but finally the university that had placated him in recent years said, no.

It didn't take the coward's way out. It didn't gradually ease its iconic coach out the door.

Penn State's board of trustees ushered Paterno -- and PSU president Graham Spanier -- to a deserved finality with a swift, bold kick.

It was clear from Paterno's ...

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