Students greet Penn State coach Joe Paterno as he arrives at his home
Students greet Penn State coach Joe Paterno as he arrives at his home, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in State College, Pa. Paterno's support among the Penn State board of trustees was described as "eroding" Tuesday, threatening to end the 84-year-old coach's career amid a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former assistant and one-time heir apparent. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Say it ain't so, Joe
The heat is mounting for Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who is fighting for his job amid a widening sex-abuse scandal and possible cover-up centered on former assistant and one-time heir apparent Jerry Sandusky. The 84-year-old coach, whose regular Tuesday news conference was canceled, spoke briefly to reporters as he left for practice, saying he wanted to speak about the allegations but could not at this time.
Big show, but no Paterno
Penn State assistant athletic director Jeff Nelson announces the cancellation of Paterno's weekly news conference Tuesday. Paterno said university president Graham Spanier canceled the news conference without providing him with an explanation, and that he had wanted to speak out about the allegations against his former defensive coordinator and the Penn State program for the way it handled them.
Standing up for dad
Paterno's son, Scott, said his father was disappointed over the decision to cancel Tuesday's news conference. Addressing reporters outside his parents' house, Scott said his father was prepared to answer questions about former assistant Jerry Sandusky, who maintains he is innocent of the child sex-abuse charges, and that Paterno plans to coach not only Saturday's game against Nebraska, but also for the long haul.
Beating a retreat
Paterno leaves the Louis and Mildred Lasch Football Building on the school campus in State College, Pa., on Tuesday. Paterno's support among the Penn State board of trustees has been described as "eroding," threatening to end his career. Paterno has been head coach for 46 years and part of the Penn State staff for more than six decades.
Nowhere to hide
Penn State's greatness, old-school values and respect for tradition have inspired pride in the region and fierce loyalty to Paterno, who is the winningest coach in Division I and one of the most respected in any sport. That lofty status, however, has been the subject of heated arguments in recent days, among students on campus, construction workers on the street and the PSU board of trustees. "I don't even have words to talk about the betrayal that I feel," said the mother of one of the alleged victims.
Lauren Acquaviva, accompanied by her husband Michael and 10-month-old son Matthias, protest Tuesday outside an administrative building on the Penn State campus. Much of the criticism surrounding Paterno has concerned his apparent failure to follow up on a report of a 2002 incident in which former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky allegedly sodomized a 10-year-old boy in the showers at the team's football complex. “Anyone who knew about it and chose not to call the police and not to call child services should resign,” Acquaviva said. “If that includes Paterno, he’s not exempt from the same moral standards that everyone else is being held to."
The silent majority?
Evan Ponter, a junior at Penn State, protests Tuesday in front of Old Main on the college campus. Some protesters are taking the school to task for its silence on the subject of the allegations, while others feel the administration is muffling the students' calls of support for Paterno.
Driven to act
Ed Temple drives around Beaver Stadium at Penn State with a cutout of Joe Paterno on Tuesday in State College, Pa.
Worthy of tribute?
Penn State sophomore Andrew Barney kneels like Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who prays during football games, beside a statue of Joe Paterno.
Twilight falls on Paterno era
Protestors call for the resignation of Penn State University president Graham Spanier. A person familiar with the trustees' discussions said Spanier also has lost support ahead of Friday's board meeting, which Gov. Tom Corbett said he plans to attend.
Fans still believe
Paterno hasn't lost all his support. Hundreds of fans staged a raucous rally outside Paterno's home in State College, Pa., Tuesday evening. He appeared briefly, along with some family members, and thanked the crowd for coming.
Still crazy about him
Students greet Penn State coach Joe Paterno as he arrives at his home in State College, Pa. 'It's hard for me to say how much this means,' he said.
Feeling the love
'I've lived for this place. I've lived for people like you guys and girls,' Paterno said.
Addressing the troops
At the spontaneous rally at his house, Paterno held his fists over his head three times and said, 'We are ...' And the crowd replied, 'Penn State!' Said Paterno: 'We're always going to be Penn State. I'm proud of you. I've always been proud of you. Beat Nebraska.'
Stand by your man
Sue Paterno, wife of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, calls out to supporters at their home Tuesday in State College, Pa. Earlier, she whisked her husband away from reporters in a car.
Students rally late into the night in support of Paterno in front of the Old Main building on the school's campus. “I believe in Joe Paterno!” a girl screamed. “I believe in Joe Paterno!” the crowd echoed.
Tension in Happy Valley
Police officers watch over students rallying in support of Paterno. There were no reports of violence or rioting.
Fans fill the streets
As many as 1,000 people turned out to support Paterno on Tuesday night, amid reports that Penn State is moving to bring an end to the 84-year-old coach's career.