Thousands of Penn State students poured into the streets of State College, overturning cars and tussling with police after the university decided to fire coach Joe Paterno late last night. Paterno had offered to resign at the end of the football season, but the Board of Trustees dismissed him and university president Graham Spanier immediately.
The gathering didn’t exactly devolve into a full-fledged riot, but police did resort to pepper spray and some arrests to disperse students. The worst trouble makers threw bricks and bottles at police, smashed car windows, and overturned a TV news van adding more embarrassment and heartache to an already troubled community. But as CBS Sports pointed out, the fact that there was very little resistance to the police crackdown shows their hearts were really in it. Read more.