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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 30, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:28 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Not resigning immediately shows so much insensitivity to the victims. Quit or be fired or clean the entire Penn State house. Perhaps the governor will step in and do their work for them. What a joke!

Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:26 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Paterno needs to go now but so does the 28 year old at the time grad assistant (now assistant coach - hmmm) who walked in on a rape and did nothing but phone home and talk to his dad. His dad just told him to talk to Paterno the NEXT DAY - what a gene pool.
The prosecutors that did nothing after knowledge of all this need to go.

The Penn State Board who still haven't come out with a decision to fire Paterno and all the rest of them need to go too.

The motto on the Pennsylvania Attorney General webpage says "Protecting Pennsylvania's Families" - NOT!!

Lack of institutional control - everything else pales compared to this debacle

Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:09 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Here's the 23 page report - .  I've read to page 9 and it is sickening!  All those involved that did not report this must be punished!  Report states that Curley did not report the 2002 incident to Campus Police or any other authority (page 8)!  

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:07 pm

Joe Pathetic Must Go!

With all due respect, the only person to compare him to on that list was OJ.  The three baseball players cuffed around wives, girlfriends, and kids, or were unfaithful philanderers...

On second thought...

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:00 pm

Sad to see

The old man deserved better. While I do not dismiss his lack of follow-up in the Sandusky accusations, his legacy will be forever tainted. He was the head coach that fostered a pedophile for over 5 years.......hard to sweep that bolder under the rug.

Again, sorry to see him go this way. He was an institution; along with OJ Simpson, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGuire, and countless others.....yet another tarnished American hero 

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:54 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Obviously the general public does not know what was said or not said when JoePa reported the incident to the administration. In fact, I would imagine he let Mcqueeery (sp?) the grad student at the time report what he saw and said nothing else since he did not personally witness Sandusky (ba$TURD) doing the evil things he did. HOWEVER, there should be a criminal investigation into all parties involved. I don't want to hear any crying about he is a football coach, legend, blah blah......if he is found for any wrongdoing or hiding evidence he should be jailed along wit Sandusk. I believe the Pennsylvania law can still hold him culpable. I don't like or dislike Paternoster but anyone advocating for the Penn State program during that dark time is an idiot! Start anew and fire JoePa or let him resign right now so Penn State can try to reconcile the public and those poor children's perception of Penn State. Do the right thing!

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:53 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Paterno obviously realizes what he did was wrong. I bet he would be concerned if his children were abused. All he was thinking then was football.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:50 pm

Paterno to retire after season-decent people puke

Oh, and one more thing, Paterno apologists: if you think 2002 has raised holy terror upon JoePa, wait until they start peeling at the unforgiveably stench-rotted onion that is 1998!  If you don't think Paterno knew about Sandusky's vile proclivities in 1998, you are sub-human!

Folks, prepare for the worst!  This is just the tip of a cataclysmic iceberg that will for now, as well as the forseeable future, destroy the titanic fabric that was woven into the Penn State we knew until last Saturday, November 5th.  Joe Paterno will soon have to answer to criminal charges regarding his disclosure to the grand jury...

Or did they forget to ask him, "Did you know Mr. Sandusky was a pedophile in 1998???"

Let the rain/reign of lawsuits begin, Pennsylvania taxpayers!!!

Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:43 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Paterno should have resigned today.  It's beyond shameful that he had knowledge of Sandusky's conduct 10 years ago and tacitly allowed it to continue and stay hidden. 

"My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination."

Sorry Joe. Your only goal should have been a commitment to helping the kids and families right this very damn minute not after the season.

You don't have a shred of dignity left. Ostensibly, in your world, PSU football is more important than dealing with the fallout from the numerous assaults by the predator/pedophile Sandusky under your watch. Darn inconvenient with Nebraska coming to town.

Pathetic.  Fire him.

Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:40 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

The sarcastic response to his "oh, I'll leave at the end of the year (on my time, my terms)" is: gee, Joe, how many more 10 year olds are going to get sodomized on your watch?

Anything less than an immediate resignation is adding insult to injury for the victims who were taken advantage of AFTER the program Joe was largely in charge of covered up for the perpetrater to protect Joe and his program.

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