Joe Paterno, Penn State's former head football coach, was fired by the Penn State Board of Trustees on Wednesday morning amid a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former assistant and one-time heir apparent. (AP)

Joe Paterno was fired by the Penn State Board of Trustees on Wednesday evening amid a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former assistant and one-time heir apparent. (AP)

Public awareness of what has become known as the “Sandusky Scandal” began with the arrest of Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State assistant football coach. Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly recently announced Sandusky’s indictment on 40 criminal counts in connection with his alleged sexual assaults against children.

Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports spoke with Bill Littlefield about Penn State’s failure to respond appropriately to allegations of child abuse.

“Penn State bears a great deal of responsibility given the number of people within the school who either saw first-hand or were consulted or aprised of this and never got around to doing anything substantive,” says Forde.

Investigation into the scandal has revealed that numerous Penn State employees failed to act, from Athletic Director Tim Curley all the way to University President Graham Spanier.

“All of these people had concerns brought to them, one way or the other, about Jerry Sandusky,” Forde says. “Nobody did enough to stop him. It is a complete, I think, institutional failure.”