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Penn State, rocked by a growing child sex-abuse scandal that Wednesday night claimed legendary football coach Joe Paterno, attempted to move forward Thursday, introducing its interim head coach but leaving key questions unanswered over who knew about the alleged abuse and why it was allowed to continue.

Penn State interim coach Tom Bradley said during a Thursday press conference that he is stepping in for Paterno with “very mixed emotions.”

The defensive coordinator is Penn State’s first coach other than Paterno in almost half a century. He was appointed interim head coach by Penn State’s board after the trustees fired Paterno on Wednesday night in the wake of a child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky, who is accused of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years.

“We’re obviously in a very unprecedented situation,” Bradley told reporters. “I have to find a way to restore the confidence … it’s with very mixed emotions and heavy hearts that we go through this.”

“I grieve for the victims, I grieve for the families,” he said.

Bradley took over the reins as interim coach after the school’s board of trustees ousted Paterno, the longest-tenured coach in major-college football, and university president Graham Spanier late Wednesday over the school’s handling of the allegations against Sandusky.

The board’s decision sparked riots throughout the Penn State campus, with some protesters flipping over a media van and destroying property.

Riot police were deployed in State College, Pa., to subdue a crowd of about 2,000 people who had gathered at Old Main and moved to an area called Beaver Canyon, a street ringed by student apartments that were used in past riots to pelt police, Fox affiliate WTXF-TV reported. Several people were reportedly arrested.

A mural honoring Paterno, called “Inspiration,” was partially painted over to cover an image of Sandusky’s face. In Sandusky’s place, the artist put a blue ribbon, which is a symbol for the campaign to end child abuse.

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