November 9: Joe Paterno Fired
After the Sandusky scandal became public, Joe Paterno began facing hordes of criticism and was pressured to resign as head coach. In response, Paterno announced he would retire at the end of the 2011 season.
However; only hours after the announcement, Penn State's Board of Trustees announced the firing of Joe Paterno and school president Graham Spanier.
The decision to fire Paterno remains highly controversial. The firing resulted in mass student riots on the Penn State campus, as well as harsh criticism to the Penn State Board, whom were allegedly made aware of Sandusky's antics by Paterno himself back in 2001. The Board has since been accused of failing to expose Sandusky, as well as attempting to keep the story under wraps.