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November 10, 2011
Joe Paterno and his wife, Sue, greeted a mix of supporters and reporters on their porch after news broke that he had been fired as Penn State coach last night.
An angry mob of students flipped a TV van in the hours after the decision was announced.
Police in riot gear patrolled the streets in State College, Pa. Paterno was fired in the wake of child sex-abuse allegation against his former assistant.
Thousands of students flooded into the streets after learning of Paterno's dismissal.
Penn State Board of Trustees vice chairman John Surma, right, announced the departures of Paterno and school president Graham Spanier.
The news of Paterno's dismissal came in a 10 p.m. news conference, after which supporters for Paterno rallied.
Gene J. Puskar/AP
Other protesters tried to point attention toward the alleged victims of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News/AP
Earlier in the day, Paterno, who had been the Penn State coach for 46 years, was following his usual routine at practice.
Sue Paterno picked up a bouquet of flowers from her porch after the crowd dispersed from their lawn.
Paterno's supporters chanted for him and loudly protested the decision by the Board of Trustees.