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.