Paterno to Retire at End of Season

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the season, his long career brought down by his failure to do more about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant.
Paterno said in a statement Wednesday he is "absolutely devastated" by the developments in the case of Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator accused of molesting eight boys over 15 years.
Paterno says the board of trustees should "not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address."
"This is a tragedy," Paterno says. "It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more."

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  • by Teri Location: Forty Fort, PA on Nov 9, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    I am just SHOCKED that this was allowed to go on for so long! In JoePa's defense I beg the question.......everyone wants Joe's head on a silver platter for "NOT DOING ENOUGH"...........where is the UNDERGRADUATE'S HEAD??? If HE told JoePa, WHY DIDN'T HE CALL THE POLICE??? WHERE'S HIS FIRING?? WHERE'S HIS HEAD? Everyone is crying out for blood & really you can't blame ANYONE for wanting that, BUT let's be fair.....the whistle blower HAD AN OBLIGATION to call the police since HE was the eyewitness!! We in the NE part of PA just got over the "Kids for Cash" scandel involving Judges who put kids in Juvie Dent. for NO REASON except for cash, a kickback from the developer to keep the facility full so we have seen the ugly side of people, BUT THIS TAKES THE CAKE!!! JoePa did what he was supposed to do but everyone fails to realize he MAY have followed up on it & was told "It's been reported" & Joe had a LOT of other things going on like coaching, recruiting, etc. so it's possible he thought people did the right thing....too bad people were worried about THEIR OWN JOBS......just food for thought
  • by Daniel on Nov 9, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    I always wondered why they called it "happy valley".
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Nov 9, 2011 at 11:42 AM
    Let's put the story into easy terms. Let's say, for example, you are the department director in a mid-sized corporation. One of your underlings retired 3 years ago. However, your boss, the corporation's Chief Operations Officer, allowed that person to run a youth training program at another of the corporation's offices in another city. Three years later, a custodian, who previously worked at that other building in the other city now works at the corporation's headquarters. The custodian tells you that something hinky might be going on with your former underling and the youths attending the training sessions. Immediately, you tell your boss, the corporation's Chief Operating Officer, as dictated by your contract (proper chain of command) what the custodian told you. The COO tells you that he will look into it and will take care of the matter. Additionally, you also tell your boss' boss, the CEO, who also tells you he will look into it and will handle it. A couple weeks go by, and you ask your boss how the situation turned out, and your boss tells you there was nothing to it, and your former underling continues the youth training sessions at the other location. Six years later, accusations are made against your former underling, followed by a three-year grand jury investigation that concludes your former underling was molesting teens throughout the entire duration of the youth program. The grand jury also concluded that you acted appropriately and prudently. Should you lose your job?
  • by Julie Location: Jackson on Nov 9, 2011 at 09:45 AM
    So sorry to see an illustrious career brought down by something like this. Makes you wonder if there are any heroes left out there.
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