P.A. Governor Tom Corbett: Joe Paterno ‘Probably’ Shouldn’t Have Been Fired

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UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - NOVEMBER 08:  A statue of  Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno is seen outside of Beaver Stadium on November 8, 2011 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse, Joe Paterno's weekly news conference was canceled about an hour before it was scheduled to occur. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Photo: Rob Carr/2011 Getty Images

Two days after he was voted out of office, partially due to his handling of the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia case, Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett mused that the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno “probably” should not have been fired — though he reportedly pushed for his dismissal. “They probably should have suspended him,” Corbett told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “He probably should have been given the last three games, not on the sideline.” He said if the coach turned a blind eye to the abuse, he should have been punished, “But I’m not so sure it was clear to him.” Corbett added, “technically, he complied with the law.”