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Attorney Advising Victims Says Penn State "Got It Wrong" By Firing Joe Paterno

Ben Andreozzi, a civil attorney who has been advising some of the alleged victims in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case, said today that the Penn State board of trustees should not have fired longtime head coach Joe Paterno last night, according to

"The board of trustees got it wrong. They should have consulted the victims before making a decision on Mr. Paterno," Ben Andreozzi said. "They should have considered these victims watch TV and are aware of the students' reaction and may not want to be associated with the downfall of Mr. Paterno. The school instead elected to do what it felt was in its own best interest at the time. Isn’t that what put the school in this position in the first place?"

The school’s board of trustees made the decision to fire Paterno late last night after nationwide outrage at the coach’s failure to report abuse accusations to police in 2002. Paterno had announced earlier in the day that he would retire at the end of the college football season, but the board made the move to relieve him of his duties immediately.

Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has been named Penn State’s interim coach for the remainder of the season.