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Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:29 am
Edited on: November 9, 2011 4:17 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno has made it official he plans to retire at the end of the season. Reports of his exit earlier in the week were denied by Paterno's son Scott, follwed by a stern statement from the school's Board of Trustees, and now Paterno's reported exit has been confirmed by the longtime head coach himself.

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The decision for Paterno to step down comes after the college football community was rocked with the molestation charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, and charges against athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz for failing to notify authorities after an eyewitness reported an assault in 2002.

Paterno's fate is not quite as severe as that of Penn State president Graham Spanier, who is expected to announce his resignation as early as today. Multiple reports indicated that Spanier had lost the support of the Penn State board of trustees and that they had required him to keep silent in the previous few days.

Paterno had not been accused of any wrongdoing legally, but details from the investigation have brought criticism on the game's winningest coach for not doing more to stop Sandusky. The state police commissioner called Paterno's actions a "lapse of moral responsibility."

Official statement from Penn State head coach Joe Paterno:

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Nov. 9, 2011 -- "I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.

I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care. I have the same goal today.

That's why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can. This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.

My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University."

Paterno recently recorded his 409th career victory against Illinois on Oct. 29, making him the winningest coach in college football.  He won national championships in 1982 and 1986, and has won three Big Ten Conference Championships (1994, 2005, 2008) in his 44 years as head coach.

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Comments

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:38 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

So let me get this straight on the overall picture. Honestly. They're all over this guy Sandusky and he hasn't even come to trial yet. He says he's innocent....should his side be told? Are there videos? Are there pictures? How is this guy going to get a fair trial and yet everyone is on him like flies on you know what. I'm not saying he is innocent by any shape of the imagination..all I'm saying is this guy should have his say. On Paterno the guy gets beaten up and being made out like HE'S the bad guy in all this. He did what he was supposed to do he reported it. It is therefore up to the school administration to do the disipline, to administer punishment. Paterno is being criticized because of moral obligation? Get serious! Under oath he didn't actually see anything happen so on a rumor he reported. Who is anyone to tell me what my moral obligation is supposed to be or tell me what I should or should not do. People can be so idiotic sometimes instead of being rational.



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Neither you nor anyone can take what he's done away.


You said it. The stain and stink of what he let happen to those children will last forever.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

No high horses here. Things just look like that because Joe Paterno chose to take the low road and protect his friend, snake in the grass, Sandusky. You can't get any lower than that. The only think Joe Paterno is sorry for is that this is in the public eye and not covered up like it was mean to be by him and the AD and head of campus police all the way to the top with the PSU president.



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Not above the fry

Anyone else out there think that it is at least possible that Joe Pa and Sandusky were in on this thing together?



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

In Joe Paterno's statement he said he would dedicate his life to do whatever he could to help the university...   Why not dedicate your life to helping the victims and their families?   Putting the University above all is what got you in trouble

well said.

Oh please.  Get a room.  All the facts are not out and you two are feeding into the frenzy of speculation.  Get off your damn high horse folks... This is a sports forum, NOT the Oprah show.



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

So who is going to replace Paterno now?  Here are some interesting thoughts in this interesting piece on Bleacher Report.  Urban Meyer is an easy and obvious choice, but there are some more interesting ones here





Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Please CBS change your rating system. If out of 5 stars, the worst rating is fair, why bother. One star should be reserved for "garbage".



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Another man's crime isnt in discussion here. We all know Sandusky will go to prison, rot and then proceed to rot in hell. We are talking about Joe Paterno's obsession with winning at all cost has no cost him his career. He chose to be a football coach over being a civil human being. A civil human being would have taken the cops to Sandusky's home and told them to hold him back as he tried to beat the living crap out of that scumbag for what he did to that 10 year old.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

In Joe Paterno's statement he said he would dedicate his life to do whatever he could to help the university...   Why not dedicate your life to helping the victims and their families?   Putting the University above all is what got you in trouble

well said.




Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

"My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University." 

This certainly seems to be meant as message to the Board of Trustees:  Let me finish the year and, in return, I'll do what I can as a fundraiser in the the future.  Fire me and no dice. 


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