TV van tipped as pro-Paterno rally goes wild

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 7:02 AM
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Police in riot gear dispersed about 2,000 Penn State students who took to the streets after the ouster of football coach Joe Paterno. Crowds toppled a television news van and at least one photographer was pelted with a rock.

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A TV van is tipped over by students.  AP
A TV van is tipped over by students.

The students flooded downtown State College on Wednesday night for about three hours after Paterno and university president Graham Spanier were fired amid a growing furor linked to their handling of sex abuse allegations against a former assistant football coach.

Officers used pepper spray at times to control the crowd. Some students chanted ‘We want Joe! We want Joe!” Others kicked in the windows of a toppled news van.

About 100 police officers were downtown, many wearing helmets and carrying pepper spray. State College police said early Thursday they were still gathering information on any possible arrests.

Paterno had announced earlier in the day he planned to retire after the season and expressed remorse for not having done more after he learned of the sex assault allegations.

Centre County emergency dispatch said early Thursday that State College police would be addressing the protests later in the day.

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seenitB4 11/10/11 - 08:36 am
Common sense has left the

Common sense has left the building.

dickworth1 11/10/11 - 09:30 am
This is just cementing the

This is just cementing the reason Joe had to go, the mere fact that some of the students think it is more important to have a coach on the
sidelines and forget about the child abuse is enough grounds to expel
these so called educated students. A coach should never have the much
power, that can overlook illegal acts on our children and it makes me wonder what else has been overlooked at Penn State! Do you really believe that this is the only thing that has transpired at Penn State? This just solidifies the fact that winning is the only thing that matters to coaches and students and also most supporters of their respected teams. No exception is the Dawgs wanting to fire a great coach because he had a losing season. No one mentions the fact that Richt
is a good person and will dismiss you from the team if you mess up regardless of the consequences of how it affects the team or season.
ESPN and your TV networks should share a lot of this blame because
they control when a game is played and for the most part how a team is ranked and what teams get prime time games. These networks are in business to make money and will do whatever to intensify the news
to do so. ESPN has been showing the Paterno firing all night and have not stop as of the comment. We have to remember that football is a
game and let's go back to " It is not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game."

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