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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: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:53 am
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

He didn't do enough then.. is anybody really surprised that he didn't do enough now? Cool



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:52 am
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Yeah guys, Joe Paterno needs the season before he can retire.  He has to create a golden throne for Sandusky in his private office that's still reserved for him, and he has to redo the golden walls because there was a smudge on them.  Factor in how much time it will take to soundproof Sandusky's rape room, and the coaches he has to tell not to go to the cops because it might tarnish Penn States image, and you can see what a full plate he has!

Piece of crap, how the hell did they find Penn st. fans stupid enough to do that demonstration..  Sure most of them just wanted to be on t.v. and where on their cell phones/waving at cameras throughout the stupid thing, but jesus christ..  That report showed just how many times he broke the law, hope he meets a nice fella named Bubba in prison and experiences the very thing he covered up...



Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:52 am
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Unacceptable.  He should go right now, in shame and disgrace.  He forfeited his right to a long, sentimental good-bye when he chose to protect the program instead of the victims.  How many kids got raped AFTER you chose to tell what you knew to your boss instead of the authorities?  SHAME



Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:51 am
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

How is he being allowed to stay? Are you kidding me? What I find most disturbing about this, is that this occurred almost ten years ago when an eye witness saw one if the acts, and yet no one in the last ten years, including Paterno, didn't stand up and say what is taking so long? Why has there been no arrest made? Everyone is liable in this. The fact that Paterno is being allowed to stay is disgusting.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:51 am
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

You are a complete moron.




Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:50 am
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

what a shame. yeah he could have done WAY more to help those kids. but at the end of the day he has to quit something he loves because of someone elses actions.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:48 am
 

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

Yeah....good luck with that Joe.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:48 am
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

If Sandusky could sing and dance they would have paid tribute to him on Dancing With The Stars like they did Michael Jackson last night.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:45 am
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Quitter.


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