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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: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:39 pm
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Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:38 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Sad Sad Sad that PSU will be forever known as Pickle Smoocher University

Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:36 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

What a shame.... Everything about this is a shame.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:33 pm

Paterno to retire after season-decent people puke

Mr. Paterno and Mr. McQueary need to step down immediately.  Galen Hall was a former head coach at Florida, and can handle the team the rest of the way.  If Paterno is allowed to finish the season, apart from the morally reprehensible aspect of his indifference towards the former defensive coordinator's crimes against children, it will be a pitiful attempt at closing out his final year with some semblance of self-assigned dignity.

The truth is, the tarnish on having coached the most games will be grimy and filthy at best; it will make the hollowness of Barry Bonds' illegitimate HR king title almost seem remotely palatable by comparison.

At least Bonds never fed a 10 year old to a pedophillic wolf - and walked away indifferently.

Honestly, does the university deserve to have its face scrubbed in the dirt AGAIN when camera shots spend the day finding Paterno in the press box and McQueary on the sidelines?


Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:30 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Good riddance JoePa, you WON'T be missed. You are and always have been garbage.
Paterno has always been an egotistical and selfish bastard who only cared about getting the all-time wins leader. He would definitely sacrifice the lives of young boys to keep himself and the program going until he got the record. I have no doubts about that.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:24 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

If Paterno knew that this happened and didn't report it, I don't think he deserves any sympathy.
He should leave immediately.
This reminds me of the Pope,
You can't overlook pedophilia and think it is going to disappear.
Whether a coach or a priest, these people who prey on children deserve to go to prison, and then to Hell!

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:23 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

You are an idiot.

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:18 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

i don't know how pATerno leaving now would hurt the team.  He's not even coaching them now!.  He just sits in the press box with no headphones.  Everytime they put the camera on him he's not even talking to anyone.  Whoever has been really coaching the team this year, let him take over.

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:14 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Someone hasn't been paying too much attention to detail, huh?

Sandusky has been on the PS campus up until the last few weeks.  He had a an edu email address up until a couple of days ago.

Yeah, I can take a "holier-than-thou" attitude toward the whole thing because apparently I'm a much better person than Paterno and  these other scumbags.   If you think for one minute I would have allowed any of this to happen in an environment I was in control of, you're smoking crack.

Paterno did what he had to by the very slimmest margin of the Child Protective Laws.  Yet, that may not be enough if it turns out there is a discrepancy between what McQueary told him and what he told Curley.  If that turns out to be the case then he may very well be in violation of the Child Protection Laws.

That aside, he did the absolute minimal one can do under the law.

A TEN YEAR OLD BOY HAD BEEN RAPED.  I'm sorry, but "minimum" doesn't cut it.  I have a 10 and 12 year old and it's beyond my comprehension that he's even allowed on the campus as I'm typing this.

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:11 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

He should leave today. Telling your boss something this serious and then just letting it drop? That's just not responsible. Doing something just to relieve your conscience. He should be pitched out the door right now. So what if he's been a good football coach. Think about if on your job you got the same information. If you told your boss, wouldn't you go back and check up on the situation. A politician or a 9 to 5 worker would be crucified.

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