College football's all-time winningest head coach's half decade plus in the sport has come to an abrupt end. Following one of the most harrowing weeks in collegiate sports history, the icon and legend of the game was removed by the Penn State Board of Trustees Wednesday evening along with President Graham Spanier.
The scene in Happy Valley was one of madness as local cameramen struggled to objectively cover the event and loud shouting ruled the air immediately following the announcement that Paterno would not finish the 2010 campaign.
The last time Penn State found themselves naming a new head coach, Lyndon Baines Johnson was situated in the White House. Penn State's transition will begin immediately as this weekend against Nebraska the team will be led by long time defensive coordinator and now interim head coach Tom Bradley. While his ties to the previous administration may keep him from consideration for the long term gig, Bradley had long been thought the favorite to replace Paterno these last ten or so years.
Nearer and dearer to the Eleven Warriors and Ohio State audiences at-large, the Buckeyes' 38-14 victory over the Nittany Lions will mark the last time Ohio State fans saw Paterno in action. With serious Big Ten Leaders divisions implications still in-play for both teams, next Saturday's Senior Day contest suddenly looks all the more nebulous though obtainable for the Bucks.