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Joe Paterno To Retire At End Of Season

Ben Simmoneau reports

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS) – Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will retire at the end of the season, days after the school was rocked by allegations of sexual abuse against a former assistant.

Paterno’s decision comes only days after former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was accused in a grand jury report of molesting eight young boys over a 15-year span (see related story).

Paterno released the following statement this morning:

“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.”

Sandusky, 67, was arrested Saturday and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as single counts of aggravated indecent assault and attempted indecent assault, the state attorney general’s office said.

In addition, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz have been charged with failing to notify authorities after an eyewitness reported a 2002 alleged assault involving Sandusky.

Authorities say Paterno is not accused of any wrongdoing and followed protocol reporting the 2002 incident to his superiors; however, criticism has fallen upon the legendary coach for not doing more.

The grand jury report states that graduate student Mike McQueary, a one-time Penn State quarterback and current assistant coach, witnessed Sandusky in the shower at the team’s football complex with a young boy in 2002. The report states that McQueary initially told his father of the incident and then later reported the incident to Paterno.

The report states Paterno then told Curley of the alleged incident.

Paterno defended his decision to take the news to Curley. Paterno said it was obvious that McQueary was “distraught,” but said McQueary did not tell him about the “very specific actions” in the grand jury report.

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  • Rhett Bogan

    I am truly disgusted about the firing of Coach Joe Paterno. I want to say that it’s wan’t his fault that that pervert did what he did. Coach Paterno is nothing more than the scapegoat for all this. He did what he was suppose to do and report it to the proper authorities. Who hired that man? You need to look at the fact that this man was shoved around, knowing that he had a problem. I am sure that the Penn State officials who hired this man, knew about this. So you now want to blame Coach Paterno. You administration people need to all be fired. I am upset and angry about this. I knew when you kept putting the Coache’s name out there, that he would b e the scapegoat. To the ex- defensive coach accused of this, I hope that you rott in hell. You are one nasty excuse for a human.
    A Truly upset person,
    Stephanie L. Kennedy

    • Rhett Bogan

      And to finish this, I have a son that one day will go to college. Penn State is not on the list. What coach you know, has put out quite a number of NFL players. How all of you can look at your self in the mirror and think that you made the right decision, you have issues also. I just can’t believe that the Administration did this. What I want to say is “Bite Me”
      Stephanie L. Kennedy

    • celtic

      Anyone who did not report the sexual abuse to police should be fired. It’s not about Joe Paterno,football or Penn State it’s about the kids that were abused.

  • Lauren

    Anyone who is looking past their emotional reaction and thinking clearly knows that Joe Paterno’s actions 10 years ago were not done with malice or ego. He truly believed he managed the situation properly based on the information that he had. It’s easy for us to judge now that all the facts are being uncovered, but these facts should have been uncovered by the authorities that failed to follow legal protocol and follow up on McQueary’s statement – and that was not Paterno. Paterno is and will continue to be an excellent example of a man that is a leader, a coach, a mentor and a philanthropist. I would be honored to have my son be half the man Joe Paterno is.

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  • CR

    I’m sure the young boys who were abused wished he had done more too.

  • jrose

    JoePA had the power to do anything at Penn State. Let’s not forget that. No one is judging his mortal soul. He made a very bad decision not to protect this child and choose his boy instead. He needs to get up out of camp now!

  • John R. Walls Jr.

    Now we see why no one comes forward in crimes not because they fear that they will be attacked by the criminals but fear of the media and how others will judge. He could be like the people that turn their heads at least he did the minimum…how many times have you looked the other way instead of getting involved? Let him retire he acknowledged he should have done more. He is from an era where it was swept under the rug and not thought of as bad as it is now days. He did what most people do today if they report it than its over if they report it at all. Let someone else handle it, I am too busy to get involved

  • Paul

    He should retire now.

  • Peter

    Who would have thought one pervert could tear down a storied legacy? An example of why you should quit on top instead of cling on forever.

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