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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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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:15 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

He's Gone!!! Finally, the start of justice being served. 

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:10 pm


Your logic doesn't wash. The one decision to not communicate his knowledge of these heinous acts cancels his dedication and commitment to college athletics. To even attempt to equivocate the improtance of college athletics to repeated child abuse of the worst sense is absurd.
Imagine yourself as the child who has lived with the knowledge that Mike McQueary witnessed the act AND DID NOTHING ABOUT IT. That Joe Paterno met the minimum legal requirement when confronted with knowledge.
Yeah, I am sure that JoePa just asked his players for the minimum requirement to play at PSU. 
This is a micrcosm of Edmund Burke's quote "Evil flourishes when good men do nothing".

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:10 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Your really have to wonder how far in (pardon the pun) Paterno was with Sanduski.  Where this to old Baby Boomer that were on the down low.

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:06 pm

He needs to go now

Decrepit sack of garbage should not get to dictate terms on this. Who cares about the football team? Old man joe needs to go NOW. Not on his terms. I don;t care if it he knew or not. At best he is criminally stupid, as worst a criminal himself.

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:57 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

This egomaniac still thinks he can call the shots.  He doesnt want the board discussing it?  Damn straight he doesnt, any normal man will conclude this creep is borderline complicit in the rape of God knows how many children.  He wishes he could have done more?  Could he possibly have done less?  What, did 911 not work back then?  It is mind boggling that he thinks he came remotely close to doing the right thing, and probably symptomatic of how much his ego means to him.  I can only conclude anything he's done has been a facade to hide his desire, and possibly need, to be held in high regard, and to have power.  There is no other explanation for his lack of action at the time, his statement is the tacit admission that he has no comprehension as to how heinous the acts he helped cover up were and are, and that he feels he is above reproach.  Elderly or not this guy should be going to jail where he could find out how child molestors are treated..."I wish I had done more."  I have a strong feeling that at some time in the not too distant future he's going to be really wishing he had done more.

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:51 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

It is so pathetic to see people holding everyone to accountability EXCEPT Joe Paterno. Even the State of Pennsylvania is not doing anything. It is pathetic. I am a big sports fan--but there is something wrong when the sport's icons of our day can walk away after committing a crime. This reminds me of how Kobey Bryant walked away after raping a woman in Colorado . . . The powerful still rule our society. 

Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:36 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

This is only the beginning to this. Now the Dept of Education is looking into this, the Amercian Civil Liberties Union is looking into this. Dont be surprised if numerous other agencies jump on this. Paterno is no where near close to being finished with this incident. Even after he retires at the end of the year (I think it should be now) this will haunt him for the rest of his life. Law suits will follow, payouts etc. Penn State University will be living with this for many many years to come. It is a damn shame this even happened!!!!

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:34 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

I just don't see how he can go out there and coach the rest of the year. Even if he isn't thinking of the kids that were abused and thier families he must realize or someone should tell him that he will be a huge distraction to the team. It will be interesting to see Saturdays game - I'm betting 99% of commentary will be on him and the child rape & maybe 1% on the game. He needs to stop coaching now!!!

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:30 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status.

This right here signifies the arrogance of Joe Paterno in this situation.  He still believes that he is in control and that he calls the shots.  No need to look at me or address my status or discuss what should be done.  I am deciding that I am leaving at the end of the season.

As if there is no possibility that he should step down now or that the board should even entertain the idea of asking him to step down now.

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:30 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

I am afraid there may be lots more that we do not know yet. Why go through such great lengths to cover up for an ex assistant coach? He was already off of the PSU staff for three years at that time. I think the public would not have really looked at PSU in a negative light if that is what happened. The anger would have been aimed at where it should Sandusly. There has to be more to this.

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