Source: Penn State told Paterno of firing by letter

Joe Paterno

A source close to former Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno tells CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian that the Paterno family is stunned and outraged over the university's handling of the firing.

The source claims a university employee hand-delivered a letter about the firing to the family home a mere 15 minutes prior to the press conference. According to the source, the reason for the letter was that the university employee said the board was unable to locate Paterno during the day.

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"The family has lived in the same house for more than 40 years, and they can't find him?" said the source. As of an hour after the university press conference announcing the firing, the source told Keteyian no one from the board of trustees had spoken to Paterno.

Said the source, "You give your life to this place, and that's how you're treated."

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