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Penn State Students Take To The Streets, Chant Support For Paterno

First Posted: 11/10/11 12:34 AM ET Updated: 11/11/11 12:25 AM ET

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Hundreds of Penn State students have taken to the streets to chant their support for ousted football coach Joe Paterno.

The students flooded downtown State College on Wednesday night 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.

The students gathered about two blocks from the campus, with some chanting `We want Joe! We want Joe!" Some shook a lamp post and others tipped over a news van (video below), kicking out its windows.

A smaller crowd gathered outside Paterno's home. He had earlier in the day announced his intention to retire at the end of the season. After his firing, he told student he would have to get used to not being the coach.


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Students and those in the community fill the streets and react after football head coach Joe Paterno was fired during the Penn State Board of Trustees Press Conference, in downtown Penn State, November 9, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania.


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