Why did the trustees rush to judgment? Intense media attention and public outrage compelled them to take immediate action against coach Joe Paterno and President Graham Spanier, according to a trustee who spoke to The Morning Call.
The board feared any delay would only fuel the frenzy outside, said the trustee, who asked to remain anonymous.
The board considered letting Paterno stay on for Saturday's home game, but with interim head coach Tom Bradley assuming the role of team spokesman, the trustee said. In the end, however, he said the board feared all the television cameras would remain focused on Paterno, thereby unnecessarily drawing out the drama and further damaging the university's reputation.
There is is. The Board acted solely to gratify the media, thus underscoring its lack of fitness to exercise stewardship and responsible trust for the University.