BROOKLYN - The revered Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, a Brooklyn native, has been fired because of a child molestation scandal involving a former assistant.

Some students on the Penn State campus rioted after news of Paterno?s termination. Crowds toppled a television news van and at least one photographer was pelted with a rock.

Paterno is being accused of not doing enough after he learned of the allegations that his former defensive coordinator was sexually abusing eight young boys during a 15-year period.

The longtime Penn State head football coach grew up in Flatbush and attended Brooklyn Prep in Crown Heights, which closed in 1972.