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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: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:29 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

This is a man who, in his 84 years, has made the correct decision 99.999% of the time and is being brought down for a questionable decision made 10 years ago to account for .00001% of all his decisions.  Nobody in public life can ever be perfect.  I am not a Penn St. supporter, but Joe Paterno deserves a better fate for his dedication & commitment to college athletics.

Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:29 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

You are correct.  Current players did not do anything wrong.  However, JoePA did. Big time!  Remaining players should get an additional year of eligibility, PSU should have to pay for their remaining year(s) at another institution and those scholarships should not count towards the new institutions limit.  Guys will start to bail left and right.  Those committed to Penn State will get their release.  What parent would want their child to attend a university that allowed this?

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:24 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Impose a death penalty on the football program? THe players had nothing to do with this. Sports had nothing to do with this. Sandusky retired in 1999. He hasnt been on the team for a decade. Why should the football team have to suffer because of Sandusky and the adminstration? This isnt about athletics, this is a legal/law matter to deal with, not the NCAA's.

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:22 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Why didn't the media call for his ouster in 1995,when he and McQueary covered the point spread against Rutgers?

Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:19 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Last year the Ohio State violations from last year cost their coach his job and cost players time away from their game.  Players were allowed to make money.  The NCAA looked to come down real hard. 

What the Penn State University has allowed to happen the NCAA MUST impose their DEATH PENALTY on this football program. 

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:15 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement


Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:12 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

This is an excellent post. 

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:12 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

JoePa failed completely in the greatest "challenge" of his lifetime and he continues to fail miserably with each passing minute.  Incredibly, the "leadership" of Penn State is proving to be just as totally inept.  PSU's lack of action in this horrible mess is a disgrace to all institutions of higher learning.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:07 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

What a horrilbe, horrible ending to a storied career and legacy for Joe Paterno. At the end of the day however with Joe Paterno knowing full well what Sandusky was doing while continuing to allow him on campus, travel to bowl games with little boys, the team etc. and even worse... claim him as his best friend... I just don't know what else to say except to offer... Paterno's handling of this along with his personal conduct is equally as egregious. 

Anyone that knowingly allows the sexual abuse of a child needs to immediately go to Prison and face the music from inside that living hellhole.   

Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:06 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Joe must never be allowed to coach another game.  He allowed this unforgivable activity to be swept under the rug.  He claims to have followed proper protocol by telling the AD.  Does anybody believe that for a second?  Paterno runs the athletic department.  The AD is basically his administrative assistant.  Paterno and any remaining from that era should be dismissed.  Can you imagine what will go on at away games if Paterno is allowed to retire after the season.  The Nittany Lions have instantaneously transformed their football program from one of the most respected in the country to a joke.  Paterno is the one who is directly responsible.  Ask Richard Nixon, Ask Lefty Dreisell.

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