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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: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:10 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Ok so the players were involved too? The players that worked hard to get where they are today should just forfeit all the games because of a scandal that started 10 years ago and they had no involvement in? WHy should the football team get punished for lack of leadership? Thats all I was saying by it wasnt about football today. NCAA got involved with tressel because it was a different issue about sports. This had nothing to do with football, but a pedophile and bad leaders who tried to brush it under the rug. This a law/legal matter, let them handle it.

Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:05 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

This is crap - he was leaving at the end of the year anyway.  His refusal to resign immediately reflects his continued failure to grasp the seriousness of his inactions in 2002.  The University gave him the chance to leave on his own - after what he did (or didn't do), giving him that opportunity was more than what they owed him.  Now they have to make him leave.     

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:02 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Joe Paterno has always seemed like a decent human being.  So why wouldn't he have done more to protect those kids?
A couple of answers come to mind, 1) he trusted his coach and didn't believe he could do anything like that.
2) they were at-risk kids who he thought were making untruthful allegations.  3) He's an old man an it's hard enough
for him to remember anything.  4) Here's the big one,  He obviously wanted the all-time wins record and any involvement
at all in that situation would be to distracting to him to focus on winning football games.  So he chose to ignore the situation
 and pretend nothing was happening.    Bottom Line is he wanted the alltime wins record and nothing else mattered to him.
And if number 4 actually is the correct answer then he should be fired immediately.   "Win at all costs", even Bobby Bowden
wasn't that low.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:00 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

the vulture media and their vendetta against the big ten. how far as it gotten out of control?????????? just as irritating are some of the fan comments ripping JoePa for not acting morally correct and calling for his head. so I suppose all these dumba$$es would have gone over the heads of their bosses and directly to police........and then if there was no proof to substantiate the accusations and the cops were all over the campus asking questions then what? uneducated morons. these freakin idiots can sit back and play holier than thou all they want. truth is, JoePa did not see what happened. he can only report what he was told by another party. he did not sweep it under the table he reported it to his superiors.iIf these brainless a$$ clowns want to lay blame for someone not reporting directly to police then blame the grad assistant who actually saw what happened.  this vulture media has gone too far in what will be getting rid of a great man. im SICK of this vulture media controlling people lives with NO PROOF only hate.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:57 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

It is a disgrace if Paterno is allowed to leave on his own terms. He harbored a pedophile for years. It is also ridiculous to compare this scandal to those at other great "learning institutions" such as THE Ohio State or S.C., and sack Penn State's football program. This is much bigger and much different then that. Maybe instead of covering up the scandal, the school could have reached out to offer counseling to a very sick and twisted man. Finally, as far as the students singing Bon Jovi songs on Joe Pa's lawn, offering their support; OF COURSE they supported Paterno. PENN STATE IS 8-1; if they were 1-8, 4-5 or even 5-4 they would have hurled rocks at his house.

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:53 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

This is how I stand....
I mourn those children and I pray for them....
I pray for forgiveness of Joe Pa.. He is a great man who made a terrible mistake in judgement....
I pray for all those at PSU who have contributed to shaping the lives of so many people.....
The media and the haters..... there is a special place for you people...

That's a strange set of standards you hold for people.

Paterno has 17 grandchildren.  You think he would have sat around for a couple of days talking with his pals about what to do if it were one of them being raped?

Do YOU have any children?

Call me a hater if you want, but when grown men, men in a position of authority sit around and do nothing after a 10 year old boy has been raped, I call them low-life scumbag pigs.   That poor kid has very little chance of a normal life now.   They've had theirs and his has been taken away.

F-them and anyone who defends them.

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:48 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

what do you mean it isnt about sports and football ???!!!!!...of course it is !!!...the man was an assistant coach...he rapes 10 year old boys in the football locker room...he roamed the damn sidelines with Joepa like he was at a teenage boy buffett...he had a office in the near the football locker room !!!...imagine that !!!...of course its about the football and about can it not be ???

Joepa needs to leave now...not in january after his team gets thier @sses handed to them by a better team...and dont get me started about that weak @ss schedule they put together every year ...get him out of there now...he protected his best buddy...he's trash to me...the whole damn sports department is trash...they need to take away every win he made after he found out about it and still kept him around...joepa knew better...he isnt a dumb man...but the bottom line is he still let him on the sidelines !!!!!

i have lived a long time in Pa...and yes joepa is the man around here...not anymore...he hasnt been for about 4  years now...its like "weekend at bernie's"...they carry him on the field and i dont really think the man really knows where he's at...and oh by the the hell can you coach from a pressbox half of your games...and never give a halftime pep talk anymore ...that is not coaching...thats putting him out there so he can win that game so he can pass Robinson...sad...really sad !!!   

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:47 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

psubig11.....sorry to tell you tha tthis is about football because many of these alleged crimes took place at PSU in their shower,and involves their coaches and former coaches.I've played,watched and followed all kinds of sports since the mid sixties and have never heard of or witnessed anything that comes close to this.....once can anyone defend the leadership at all of them !

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:43 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Joe Paterno is to some degree responsible for every CHILD that was raped after 2002 for sure and I have a hard time believing he didn't know sooner.

He should be fired immediately and be considered an accessory to every crime after McCreary reported to him. 

In child rape you don't have to follow a chain of command and even if your feel compelled to do so you give your superior about 24hrs to do the right thing. If they don't you go back to them and demand action! 

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:33 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

This isnt about SPORTS, trashin u. What Jim tressel did was about football, this has nothing to do with football. PSU case is much worse but has nothing to do with the football program.

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