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Joe Paterno reportedly losing support at Penn State

November 8, 2011 |  2:26 pm


Joe Paterno's support among the Penn State board of trustees was described as "eroding" Tuesday amid the sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

A person familiar with the trustees' discussions told the Associated Press it was unclear what the consequences for Paterno will be and that a decision could be rendered before the board meets on Friday.

Penn State President Graham Spanier also has lost support among the board of trustees, the person said.

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"No one has asked Joe to resign," Scott Paterno, Joe's son, told AP in a text message.

Earlier Tuesday, Penn State officials canceled Paterno's weekly news conference during which he was expected to field questions about the Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

"I know you guys have a lot of questions. I was hoping I could answer them today. We'll try to do it as soon as we can," Joe Paterno said to a group of reporters as he got into his car. About a dozen students stood nearby, chanting, "We love you, Joe."


Document: The grand jury report

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-- Houston Mitchell

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Penn State coach Joe Paterno's son, Scott, speaks briefly to reporters outside the coach's home Tuesday in State College, Pa. Credit: Ralph Wilson / Associated Press