HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Pennsylvania's governor says he's never condemned the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno for his actions regarding now-convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky, and he ''never will.''

Gov. Tom Corbett also told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that he regrets that the Penn State board decided to fire Paterno by phone rather than in person.

The Republican governor says he doesn't think his response to the scandal has hurt him politically.

Corbett was a voting member of the Penn State board in 2011 when Sandusky was arrested and two university administrators were charged with covering up complaints about the former assistant football coach.

Corbett said he counseled the board to remember Sandusky's victims as they decided how to respond to the scandal.