Legendary Coach Joe Paterno Says He Will Retire At End of Season

Rucuss staffNovember 9, 2011

Legendary Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno has announced he will retire after 46 seasons.

Although, it was Paterno’s decision to retire, he doesn’t have the last word on when his career will end. He could be released from his duties as early as Friday if the board votes him out. A special committee will be appointed at the board’s regular meeting Friday to investigate the case and give a decision on Paterno’s job.

Paterno released a statement saying, “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 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.”

Officials said Paterno had knowledge that former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had allegedly sexually abused a pre-teen boy in the showers in the Penn State locker room back in 2002.

A graduate assistant notified Paterno after he allegedly saw Sandusky and a young boy in a shower. Paterno reported the incident to the athletic director at Penn State, but he did not notify the police. The police commissioner says Paterno has not been accused of legal wrongdoing, but claims Paterno did not fulfill his “moral responsibility.”

Sandusky, who is free on bail and has a Dec. 7 court hearing, has been charged with 40 criminal counts of molesting eight boys between 1994 and 2009 through his charitable foundation for at-risk youths, The Second Mile.

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