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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: May 29, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Timeline I pulled earlier... Only reference to Paterno here:

March 2, 2002: In the morning, the graduate assistant calls coach Joe Paterno and goes to Paterno's home, where he reports what he has seen.

March 3, 2002: Paterno calls Tim Curley, Penn State athletic director, to his home the next day and reports a version of what the grad assistant had said.


So, let me get this straigh. Paterno gets a call from a student saying what? In how much detail did they go in to? Let's say it was a description of a child being violated. Now, I can tell you the first thing I would do is report it to a supervisor and let them handle. Being such a sensitive subject, that DOES get misused from time to time, I would leave it with my direct report.

Who in their right mind would go behind that directly to the police. Before all your bleeding hears reply about moral ground and what SHOULD have been done... spare us all. Looking back, OF COURSE, Joe is going to wish he would have done more. BUT, to tie his legacy to these events and continue to snipe at him? That is freaking lunacy folks.

One of the great guys in the business. I can assure you his his morale compass and passion for success helped quite a few people, and those people helped quite a few people. Please for the love of God and all that is good...stop trying to tie Joe to this until very clear facts come out.
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Timeline:

March 2, 2002: McQuery tells Paterno to the effect "I saw Sandusky having sex with a 10 year old boy in the shower last night".

March 3, 2002: Paterno calls Curley and reports what happened.

Next Nine Years:  Paterno hears nothing about what happened in Sandusky situation.  No police come to question him.  Nothing ever comes of it.  Paterno never asks what happened with his report.  Paterno sees Sandusky at facilities, in closed practices, with little boys, FOR YEARS, never confronts him, never follows up on what the police did/said. 

"Hey, I did my part," you reason that Joe says to self.  "If they aren't going to do anything about a freakin' child molester, nothing I can do.  I did ALL I can do.  Now excuse me while I find some sand to bury my head in."

Read the freakin' Grand Jury Report, d-bag.




Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

paterno is penn state football. all these journalists who have been sucking his dick for the past decade about how good he is and how the game has not past him by are now the ones who are trying to get rid of him in this witch hunt! FELDMAN AND ESPECIALLY THAT SUPER FUCKING IDIOT GREGG DOYEL ARE THE WORST.DOYEL STICK TO WHAT YOU KNOW LIKE GOLF AND TENNIS AND LEAVE MENS SPORTS OUT YOU FUCKING FAG!!!



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

IMO: Paterno should have resigned immediately at the close of the press conference. It's beyond shameful that he had knowledge of Sandusky's conduct over 10 years ago and tacitly allowed it to continue and stay hidden. 

"My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination."

Sorry Joe. Your only goal should be a commitment to helping the kids and families right this very damn minute not after the season.
You don't have a shred of dignity left. Ostensibly, in your world, PSU football is more important than dealing with the fallout from the numerous assaults by predator/pedophile Sandusky under your watch. Darn inconvenient with Nebraska coming to town.
Pathetic.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

According to the grand jury report. The grad assistant told him in great detail what happened. I dont understand why you would want to minimize the version of what happened to your superiors. 

I am not saying that Joe Paterno has never done good even great things to help young men in their careers at PSU. Unfortunately, he has admitted that he should have done more, and he didn't. This is what he will have to be held accountable for. We are not talking about stupid recruiting violations. We are talking about alleged felonies occuring in facility that Joe Paterno is in charge of.



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

It's been reported that more victims are coming forward, so we are starting to see a pattern.  The guy is guilty!



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

I was thinking the exact same thing when I ready Joe's statement.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:49 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

It was a near perfect statement.  But...his plea for the Board of Trustees to not spend a single minute on his fate was out of line and shows that he either still doesn't get it or that he is blinded by his desire to go out on his terms.  Yes, Joe made a commitment to his current team.  But perhaps that is superceded by a past failure to which he has graciously admitted.  I am in favor of Joe coaching through the end of the season and a probable bowl game.  But any further advice he wants to give the powers that be at Penn State are ill advised.  He should be very cautious about his use of an office and PSU athletic facilities during his retirement.  Not because he is another Jerry Sandusky or that kids will be at risk from JoePa but in order for the new head coach to make the job his own and for the university's good so they can truly clean house.  That is the price he should pay for his brief but far-ranging failure to report what he had heard to the police or president.  It looks like Spanier and several others have much more to answer for than Joe, but it remains a mistake that perhaps cost some boys their health and future as whole men.  Congratulations Joe, you are greatness.



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Michael Jackson took less heat than Joe Paterno is and didn't touch anyone or have little boys sleeping with him.

Priorities please.
 

This is to all the sportswriters who live in glass houses. Look in the mirror before you run your mouth or it will come out about you.



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

So let me get this straight on the overall picture. Honestly. They're all over this guy Sandusky and he hasn't even come to trial yet. He says he's innocent....should his side be told? Are there videos? Are there pictures? How is this guy going to get a fair trial and yet everyone is on him like flies on you know what. I'm not saying he is innocent by any shape of the imagination..all I'm saying is this guy should have his say. On Paterno the guy gets beaten up and being made out like HE'S the bad guy in all this. He did what he was supposed to do he reported it. It is therefore up to the school administration to do the disipline, to administer punishment. Paterno is being criticized because of moral obligation? Get serious! Under oath he didn't actually see anything happen so on a rumor he reported. Who is anyone to tell me what my moral obligation is supposed to be or tell me what I should or should not do. People can be so idiotic sometimes instead of being rational.
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Like you.  I would doubt you have kids, but if you did and it was your kid in that shower, I doubt you'd be cool with JoePa passing the buck off to the AD and washing his hands of it.




Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Timeline I pulled earlier...  Only reference to Paterno here:

March 2, 2002: In the morning, the graduate assistant calls coach Joe Paterno and goes to Paterno's home, where he reports what he has seen.

March 3, 2002: Paterno calls Tim Curley, Penn State athletic director, to his home the next day and reports a version of what the grad assistant had said.


So, let me get this straigh.  Paterno gets a call from a student saying what?  In how much detail did they go in to?  Let's say it was a description of a child being violated.  Now, I can tell you the first thing I would do is report it to a supervisor and let them handle.  Being such a sensitive subject, that DOES get misused from time to time, I would leave it with my direct report. 

Who in their right mind would go behind that directly to the police.  Before all your bleeding hears reply about moral ground and what SHOULD have been done... spare us all.  Looking back, OF COURSE, Joe is going to wish he would have done more.  BUT, to tie his legacy to these events and continue to snipe at him?  That is freaking lunacy folks.

One of the great guys in the business.  I can assure you his his morale compass and passion for success helped quite a few people, and those people helped quite a few people.  Please for the love of God and all that is good...stop trying to tie Joe to this until very clear facts come out.

I digress.... thanks for reading.



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