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61 Percent of People Agree with Decision to Fire Joe Paterno — Survey of the Day

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When Penn State fired legendary head football coach Joe Paterno for not being more proactive after learning his long-time assistant Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused a boy, students rioted in protest.

According to a survey of 1,386 adults from Poll Position, Penn State’s board of directors decision to dump Paterno immediately isn’t as controversial with the general public.

In fact, 61 percent agreed with Paterno’s sacking, whereas only 29 percent said that he should have been allowed to resign at the end of the year, which Paterno had already offered to do. Ten percent didn’t have an opinion on the matter.


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