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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: May 12, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:33 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

well said...

Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:31 pm

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OK...So Jim Tressel knew players sold Necklaces to buy tattos and didn't report it forcing him to resign...and obvious NCAA violation. Joe Paterno knew what!? and didnt tell anyone, and he get's to decide when he's going to retire! Really?! Are we living in a alternate universe of morality or what?

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:22 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Let me say- I have absoulutely no ties to Penn State. I agree that Joe Paterno could not and should not survive betyond the season. That being said, the hate generated by the media and others is beyond appaling...Look at the facts:
- this is a tragedy beyond fathom... I agree.. we should be praying for those children...
- the police, the media, the board of trustees, and a tone of people had this information in their lap. The police had a confession in their hands and did nothing..
- This was outside of the football team.. these tragic events happened on PSU property, but had nothing to do with the football team..
- While listening to a college sports radio show, there was an RN who went on and on about how she would lose her license for not reporting or following up on something like that.. That was bull.. people would cringe at what is NOT reported...

Essentially, because of the story, the media has lashed out, and everyone else, a man who has given so much to so many has become the face of a tragic event that he did not participate in. He should have done more, he admits that, but this ball was dropped by many.

So, while the media and haters unite, Joe Pa wasn't going to last past this season anyways. He made a terrible mistake, but he is a man, a human who has done so much good in his life. He is a great person who made a terrible mistake. I find it funny, while the media celebrates Joe Pa's exit, they mourn the tragic death of Michael Jackson (a true pedophile) through the conviction of his doctor. Kind of ironic isn't it haters...

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...

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:21 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

You are an idiot.  A child was raped in the shower and they discussed for two days before they told Tim Curley?  If you do not see what is wrong with that you need to check yourself.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:19 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

I guess there's a lesson in this whole situation for everybody including JoePa, you are judged not only by your own actions but those who work for you and represent your organization.  A man who seemed destined to be remembered as one of the best coaches ever will now be remembered for much less flattering reasons.  Guys he put his trust in have let him down and now nearly 50 years of work is blown up and can't be salvaged.  Hard times are coming at Penn State and whomever takes over this program is going to have a hard time getting quality recruits back to Happy Valley.

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:09 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

First off, it's not a question of whether a crime was committed by Paterno.  If my mom calls and tells me my dad is having a heart attack, and I say I'm watching MNF, call 911.  That's not a crime.  What I have the biggest problem with is Joe Pa telling the public and university what he wants to do, retire at the end of the year, as if the university doesn't have a say, and he couldn't care less about public opinion. It's like being caught with another man's wife and telling him, OK, I'm going to stop the affair two months from now when I leave town to go on vacation.

Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:04 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

This whole thing makes me sick..  Paterno makes me sick... everyone involved makes me sick....   Idiots showing support for these people make me sick...  Howcan in one's moral fiber do nothing about this,,, Paterno needs to be fired immediately.  Screw his legacy,  he makes me sick... then the goof holds a pep rally on his front lawn.. really !!!  Let's pray now for the victims.. And the he makes it sound like they did it to themselves.. Fire his ass now....
i bet  you there are over 100 victims when this whole thing comes to a head... And he'll be in the middle of it...What bowl commitee is going to invite Penn State to their bowl game this year and have to deal with all this... NO ONE .... 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:53 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

I guarantee you PSU will not miss him. If PSU holds onto Joe Paterno, the legal ramifications and liabilites could be catastrophic for PSU. Do the smart, ethical thing. Get rid of Paterno. If Sandusky is convictied and signs point to that becoming reality. If he wants to avoid a life sentence with no chance of parole, he'll strike a deal and plead guilty. After that the lawsuits will avalanche against him and against PSU for allowing this predator to have the PSU sports complex as his den of mischief. Get rid of all involved. Post haste!

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:53 pm
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Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:51 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

ericgyebi is Paterno leaving the state of PA?

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