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Surreal scene after Joe Paterno's firing

Originally Published: November 9, 2011
By Brian Bennett and Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Getting rid of a coaching icon is never easy. There's never been a coach quite like Joe Paterno. And there may never have been an exit quite like his Wednesday night.

The Penn State legend's end came not on the field but with a phone call from Penn State board of trustees vice chairman John Surma. Then Surma announced Paterno's dismissal around 10:15 p.m. ET in a bizarrely confrontational news conference at the Penn Stater Hotel. Several students and fans found ...

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