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Penn State trustees say Paterno didn't do enough after learning of allegation

01/19/2012 11:59 EST | Updated 03/20/2012 05:12 EDT
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Joe Paterno was ousted as Penn State's football coach in part because he didn't meet a moral obligation to do more to alert authorities about a child sex abuse allegation against a retired assistant coach, school trustees say.

Trustees interviewed Thursday by The Associated Press also cited statements from Paterno in the days and hours leading to his dismissal Nov. 9 they felt challenged the Board of Trustees' authority at a time of crisis.

Jerry Sandusky is out on bail and awaiting trial after denying the child sex abuse charges. Paterno testified about a 2002 allegation before a state grand jury investigating Sandusky.

But the trustees say they still intend to honour Paterno's accomplishments and contributions to the school. He won a Division I-record 409 games over 46 seasons.

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