They quickly decided action was needed, assembled and made the tough decision to fire Spanier and Paterno.
Letting Paterno go after 61-years by phone is a regret expressed in the New York Times article by several trustees. The four — chosen to speak with The Patriot-News by attorney Lanny Davis — also expressed that regret.
But not an apology.
They said they had to tell Paterno that night, for fear the decision might get leaked and he might hear it another way. And they couldn’t arrange a face-to-face meeting given the media frenzy, they said.
“We wanted to make sure Paterno found out from the board, not by radio,” said Eckel. “But the board wanted to tell the world that night.”