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Penn State student defends firing of Joe Paterno [Video]

November 10, 2011 |  2:46 pm

During an ESPN interview, a Penn State student stood up to the mob and defended the firing of Joe Paterno, only to be interrupted by an emphatic Paterno supporter.

"It's a terrible situation, but he should have done more," said the student. "I'm embarrassed for the university, for Joe Paterno, for everyone."

In the background, thousands of students were chanting, "We want Joe." The interviewee consented that he was among a small minority.    

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Before long, another man shouts into the microphone, "Joe Pa should be here until the end of time. Joe Pa should be here for life."

The reporter then asked the student who was defending the dismissal of Paterno whether he feared for his safety.

"Absolutely," he said.


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-- Melissa Rohlin