- Associated Press - Friday, November 11, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, PA. (AP) - The Penn State board that fired football coach Joe Paterno and President Graham Spanier (SPAHN’-yur) is meeting amid a shake-up caused by a child sex abuse case against a former team assistant.

The trustees opened their meeting Friday morning with Chairman Steve Garban welcoming interim President Rod Erickson. Gov. Tom Corbett is also on hand to help the board navigate a course through the turmoil.

Garban pledged to support Erickson as the board works “for the future of this institution that we respect and love.”

Paterno and Spanier were fired Wednesday in the fallout of a shocking grand jury report alleging repeated illicit contact between retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and boys as young as 10.

Many of the cases are alleged to have happened on Penn State’s campus, where Sandusky maintained an office as an emeritus professor.

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The most tumultuous week Penn State has ever endured is drawing to a close.

Questions, however, still linger.

Gov. Tom Corbett will be on hand Friday to help the board of trustees navigate a course through the turmoil from a child sex-abuse scandal that has engulfed the state’s largest university and led to the firing of the university’s legendary coach Joe Paterno.

Corbett, an ex-officio member of the board, will participate in Friday’s regularly scheduled trustees meeting, where a committee will be appointed to investigate the “circumstances” that led to the indictments of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, as well as two university officials. It’s the first time the board has met publicly since forcing out Paterno and president Graham Spanier amid the unfolding child sex abuse scandal.

Paterno and Spanier were fired Wednesday night, four days after a grand jury report charged Sandusky with a series of sexual assaults stretching back to the late 1990s.

The grand jury report alleges Sandusky assaulted eight boys _ including one he allegedly raped in the university’s football facility shower. Much of the alleged inappropriate contact with seven victims happened on Penn State’s campus, where Sandusky maintained an office as an emeritus professor following his retirement.

Authorities said Sandusky met many of his alleged victims through The Second Mile, a charity he founded to help at-risk youth.

The indictment also charged the school’s athletic director and a vice president with perjury and failure to report the assaults.

“Certainly every Pennsylvanian who has any knowledge of this case, who has read the grand jury report, feels a sense of regret and a sorrow to also see careers end,” Corbett said after arriving on campus Thursday.

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