University Board's Support for Joe Paterno 'Eroding'

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Penn State football fans were wondering about the status of the university's legendary football coach Joe Paterno Tuesday as the Associated Press reported that support for Paterno among the school's board of trustees was "eroding."

Calls for Paterno's resignation have been increasing in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving one of his former assistant coaches.

A decision could come before the board meets on Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Penn State officials cancelled Paterno's weekly news conference Tuesday, during which which he was expected to field questions about the sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing eight boys over a period of 15 years.

The school's athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz surrendered to authorities on Monday.

They both face charges that they failed to alert police to complaints that Sandusky had sexually abused eight boys and that they lied to a state grand jury investigating the former defensive coordinator.

The two university officials stepped down from their posts late Sunday, with Curley taking a temporary leave and Schultz retiring. Their lawyers said they are innocent.

Coach Paterno isn't the target of any investigation. He told university officials of the suspected abuse when he first learned about it.

Paterno's son, Scott, said his father hasn't spoken with Penn State officials or trustees about stepping down.

Speaking to reporters outside his father's house, he said Joe Paterno plans to not only coach in Saturday's game against Nebraska, but for the long haul.

"No one has asked Joe to resign," Scott Paterno said.

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