Recapping the latest from Penn State

The announcement that Penn State assistant coach Tom Bradley is now the interim head coach of the Penn State football team is the latest in a whirlwind of events swirling around Penn State University. Late Wednesday night the Penn State Board of Trustees announced that Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier had been fired, a stunning development that brought reaction from players and came on the heels of the news that the 84-year-old Paterno had hoped to remain and retire at the end of the season. Our TV crew on Big Ten Football & Beyond covered it all Wednesday night.

On Thursday morning, Bradley spoke with reporters (watch the press conference video here, read the transcript here) as well as Bradley’s one-on-one interview with BTN’s Rick Pizzo. As our own Tom Dienhart writes, Bradley has a long history with the Nittany Lions  but whoever takes over this program after this season will have a huge set of challenges in front of them. During our continuing Thursday morning coverage Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason analyzed the news of the hour and spoke with former Penn State stars D.J. Dozier and Michael Haynes. Find BTN’s rolling coverage of this story with our’s posts, updates from the Associated Press, more Dienhart analysis, and all of our related video.

Later Thursday the president of the NCAA released a statement on the latest development and shortly after that Nebraska AD Tom Osborne did the same regarding Saturday’s game at Penn State. Also, Pizzo talked with Joe McIntyre, a Daily Collegian Football Writer, about the reaction the from the Penn State student body following Joe Paterno’s firing.

The Big Ten Network will continue to cover this story Thursday night on BTN Live where we’ve been monitoring Twitter or the latest fan reactions. Join us again on Friday with The Big Ten Football Report, and on Saturday with our pre-game show beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET. Got a question for our senior writer? Send it in here and he’ll answer the best ones every Wednesday in his Big Ten Mailbag.


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gladys on 11/10/2011 @ 3:08pm EDT Said:

i need to ask seeing how they fired joe patemo and they are playing nebraska at home they have 2 games left are they going to let them still play them 2 games out or are they going to hult the rest of the season (2 games)

Marilyn Black on 11/10/2011 @ 3:45pm EDT Said: Penn State is moving on so should the Big Ten

roger thomas on 11/10/2011 @ 4:39pm EDT Said:

u know they act like joe was the witness of the disgusting act he didnt see the act so why is he the one getting fired he reported what the student told him to his superiors its kinda hard to tell second hand information to the authorities these are still just allegations what if sandusky is aquitted of these charges? anybody think of that?then would firing joe still be the right decision?they are treating this as if joe touched these boys. the media has turned this all around on joe to be the irrisponsible adult here when in fact its sandusky not paterno i find it messed up that joe is the one in the spotlight when it should be the disgusting pedophile who committed this gross crime