Penn State students riot after firing of embattled football coach Joe Paterno
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was fired overnight, sparking outrage and protest in the streets of State College, Pennsylvania.
Paterno is under intense criticism for not going to authorities after learning of child sexual abuse allegations against one of his former assistant coaches.
Paterno was told of the allegations back in 2002, but only reported it to school officials, not police.
The decision to fire Paterno sent shock waves across the campus.
A gathering outside the stadium for a peaceful rally quickly swelled into a violent crowd.
Thousands poured into the streets, overturning a television news van and breaking windows before police in riot gear used pepper spray to break up the crowds.
Tom Bradley has been named interim coach for the remainder of the season.