Penn State Students Riot After Firing of Joe Paterno

More than 1,000 Penn State University students clashed with police after one of the most famous football coaches in American sport was sacked amid a child abuse scandal.

The demonstrators congregated outside Penn State’s administration building before stampeding into the tight grid of downtown streets. They turned their ire on a news van, a symbolic gesture that expressed a view held by many: that the news media had exaggerated Mr. Paterno’s role in the scandal surrounding accusations that a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, sexually assaulted young boys.

Embattled Penn State coach Joe Paterno said yesterday he will retire at the end of the season.

But the university’s board of trustees didn’t want to wait that long. It didn’t even give the Brooklyn native the final home game of this 46th season.