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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 23, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:48 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Joseph V Paterno tesified to receiving the graduate assistants report at his home on a Saturday morning. paterno testified that the graduate assistant was very upset. Paterno called Tim Curley, Penn State Athletic Director and paterno's immediate superior, to his home the very next day, a sunday, and reported to him that the graduate assistant hand seen Jerry Sandusky in the Lasch Building showers fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young boy.  This is what the indictment said. Dont use quotes and call someone a dbag until you actually read the thing yourself. And i find it hard to think that if Joe Paterno was even remotely tied to be involved in a cover up that the DA wouldnt prosecute him to the fullest of the law. But i dont really know what happened.  Lets find out for a fact that he did or did not commit a crime before we say he should burn.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:47 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

I cannot believe Penn State would let JoePa retire at the end of the season he needs to be fired immediately. I don't care who he is or that he is an icon at PSU he needs to go. I always like and respected Joe, but once this came out I lost all respect and was floored to read that Joe had the opportunity to STOP it, but chose to sweep it under the rug! PSU needs to clean house right now everyone associated with this mess needs to leave and never set foot in a locker room again.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:47 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Hey DJ wake up.
That "questionable decision" ten years ago he allowed to continue every day since then, causing many more victims. He saw this creep on his campus over and over and over and choose to ignore it over and over and over.

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:46 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Well Joe Paterno doesn't have anywhere to move on to....ever think about that HookemHornsNJ?

Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:46 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

JoePa, you will be missed :'(

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:46 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

I get it and agree on most points!  However, asking the players who are kids to walk out is a strong statement.  A senior who will understand the situation much better than a freshman to walk out with three games remaining is very difficult.  Frankly, i would be selfish and want to play for myself at this point!

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:37 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

How can anyone in their right mind defend Joe?With more and more facts coming out it's hard to believe that they let this go on,PSU should take action now,I don't understand what they are waiting for,a child(children) has been raped and they are worried about a Mans legacy,what would Joe have done if this were this was his son?IThere is no way I would wear a PSU uniform,the team should walkout,the very school in which they represent has failed them let alone the  young boys in allowing this to happen,why did they banish Sandusky from bringing children on campus and not allowing him to shower with have got to be kidding me?....because they knew what was going on and did nothing.
   Joe is not only a disgrace to his profession but as a Man,is there no shame in what has happened,what more evidence do they need to make this the right thing the whole staff and let the healing begin.....Joe you are a bum and a  piece of s***. 

Since: Jun 18, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:36 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Penn State now has an obligation to push Paterno out immediately.  Amidst the media attention and scandal this brings to the university, there will also be serious lawsuits brought down the road.  If Joe isn't gone, the liability goes up for the program.  I wouldn't bet my first dollar that Joe will be a coach in 24 hours.  I compare this to the Barry Bonds steoid scandal, in that Barry was eventually forced out of baseball for something he did that had no effect on others, other than their baseball numbers.  I'm certainly not saying the two are in the same league, but Joe not reporting this to authorities and being more diligent in 2002 allowed this scandal to continue well beyond what should have been.  No way Joe is on the field on Saturday for Penn State's final home game.  Every individual associated with that program and this mess have to go.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:34 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Think about public figures that were taken down because of a serious lapse in judgement. How many mistakes did they make before that end all mistake? It usually only takes one. Joe Paterno is not the first man to commit career suicide because of one bad decision. He won't be the last either.

Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:31 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Wrong!  This isn't a mistake.  It's a criminal cover up that may have started over ten years ago but continued until this week! 

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