Paterno To Retire After Season

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STATE COLLEGE (KDKA) – With internal support apparently fading for Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, it appears that his tenure will be coming to an end very soon.

Paterno issued a statement through PR NewsWire on Tuesday, which announced that he will retire at the end of the season.

In the statement, Paterno said he wishes he would have done more regarding the alleged child sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the university.

“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,” the statement said.

Paterno said that this will be his final season as the head coach at Penn State and that he is praying for the victims and their families.

“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,” the statement said.

Players said Paterno was emotional when he announced his decision. Many said it was the first time they have seen him cry.

This was probably the first time I’ve ever seen him cry and I actually almost got teary-eyed myself. My dad played for him, my uncles played for him, my mom came here. Penn State is in my blood and it’s just hard to see a huge key person of Penn State to go like this,” linebacker Nate Stupar said.

“The whole time he was talking, you could tell he was really emotional about it. It’s kind of hard to say. I never saw him breakdown. No matter how many media clips you can look up, I never saw him breakdown and cry. He was crying the whole time he was talking. Obviously, he felt a certain way,” quarterback Paul Jones said.

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is accused of sexually assaulting several children while on Penn State’s campus.

Sandusky allegedly met the boys through his charity, The Second Mile. He faces 40 counts ranging from inappropriate touching to statutory rape.

The Board of Trustees met Tuesday night. They decided to establish a special committee to examine the circumstances which led to this scandal and a possible cover-up.

The board will meet again on Friday and Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to be in attendance. He will be examining what failures occurred, who is responsible and what measures need to be taken in order to prevent this from happening again.

According to an ESPN report, the board’s support of Paterno appears to have been fading.

At least 1,500 students rallied outside of Paterno’s home Tuesday night. Paterno eventually came out of his house, spoke to his supporters and asked them to pray for the victims in this scandal.

“I think we ought to say a prayer for them because you know … tough life when people do certain things to you,” Paterno said.

There have been many calls for Penn State President Graham Spanier to step down as well.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Tom Ridge, former governor and director of Homeland Security, was reportedly mentioned as a possible replacement for Spanier.


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  • Arch

    What CRIME has Joe been tried and convicted of that he “must go”? No one has been convicted of any crime yet.

    • JM in San Diego CA

      He knew and didn’t do enough. He knew, he knew, he knew.

    • Michael

      Like the article says, he didn’t do enough. Just remember these weren’t players that were abused, these were little kids. Joe committed no crimes except a crime of omission.

    • weeone

      the crime Arch is he did nothing to help a child, he’s acknowledged as much

    • Penn State Creamery

      Eventually a “friend of the program” will be linked to the disappearance of D.A. Ray Gricar who was going to blow the lid off this in 2005.

    • PSUsucks

      the first rule of the cult is to protect the cult!

    • Sonja Jones

      In the meantime, no PENSIONS or HEALTH CARE funded by poor taxpayers. ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • treble

    I can’t but the grand jury report can.

  • GO PSU!


    • dpscll

      Sorry PSU – your Joepa is a sicko

  • Zoeyzotron

    Tom Ridge! Excellent canidate to replace that liberal Christmas Tree hating Spanier! Love it!

  • TimmyD.

    Please! He is not charged with a crime but MORALLY he should be given a life sentence. This whole episode in “Happy Valley” is disgusting. Now, once again, instead of just letting Joe go they give him the chance to retire at the end of the season. Everyone being intimidated by this jerk is why this whole disgusting mess has taken this long for anyone to do anything about it. Thank God one of the victims stepped forward or Sandusky would still be out there loose on the streets with everyone’s children in his path BECAUSE OF THE COACHES AND ADMINISTRATORS AT PENN STATE!!


      All of the university employees are MANDATED REPORTERS. That means that the law requires them to report all forms of child abuse. it is crime for them not to report. That is poor innocent Joe’s crime. For years he ignored the ongoing abuse.

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  • Bonnie

    As a victim of sexual abuse as a child by not only a neighbor of my grandmother’s but a great uncle as well, it stays with you FOREVER!! I know what it is like for your own family members to “sweep it under the carpet” never to mention it because of what it would do to the family. What about me?? What about all of those boys!!! I think very strongly that they all new about it but wanted to “sweep it under the carpet” in fear that they would loose money and all the bad publicity that it would cause. Apparently in the world that we live in money is much more important than life itself. Why should Joe or any of them get his retirement and all money due? They should have to give it to an organization dealing with child victims of sexual abuse. Why should any of them just get to walk away and forget about it and keep living their lives as if nothing has happened. I know first hand that sexual abuse is something that you live with for the rest of your life, you never forget it!! These things didn’t just affect me, my husband has to deal with it as well. KNOWING AND NOT DOING ANYTHING TO STOP IT IS A CRIME ITSELF!! THEY ALL SHOULD GO!!

    • Roger


      My heart goes out to you. You and your family are in my prayers.

    • Burghnerdman

      Bonnie, i first want too say, thank you for speaking out about what happened to you as a child. It has also happened too me. The more we talk about it, The easier it becomes.
      I agree that they(PSU Coaching) should all serve some jail time for this one. Once the Witness went too JoePa, the ball should have kept on rolling. If there was going to be an investigation, it should have happened right then and there. Maybe countless other boys would not have been victomized. Even if it would have saved just one more boy, it would have been all worth it.
      Nobody has morals and ethics anymore. To them power and money are more inportant. “They sold their souls too the Devil”

    • Grim Jester

      You are spot on. I cannot believe people are coming out and expressing sympathy for a coach that did nothing to protect kids. Everyone that knew about the incident and did not refer it to police should be in jail and waiting a trial.

      Those kids deserve at least that.

      • ricardo maxwell

        you don’t react like a Nazi on second hand evidence regardless of who the victim is. Typical liberal garbage. A crime is worse because of who the victim is? A crime is a crime is a crime. Grow and use your brain. I know it’s been a ling time but try it out. The first hand witness is who goes to the police not the hearsay witness. JoePa did his part by notifying his superiors. They should have had University police either conduct their own investigation or ask for state Police assistance. A horrible crime made worse by liberal idiots piling on JoePa. I hope someone reports you all to the police without any evidence whatsoever!

  • David

    If I may ask, why is no one mentioning Mike Mcqueary (not sure if that is spelled correctly)? Here is a guy who as a graduate assistant had to be in his 20’s at the time. Here is a guy who WITNESSED what was happening to this boy young boy and what did he do? He turned and walked away and called daddy. Why did hi not walk in there and beat the living sh_t out of Sanducky? Why did he not try and stop it right then and there? Why did he not find the nearest phone and call the cops at that very moment? NO ONE is questioning this guy and his lack of actions. He could have saved this poor young boy right then and there and prevented the sick pervert Sandusky from being able to carry out his perversions any longer. We are so quick to blame this whole thing on JoePa, but what about the ONE guy who actually saw it happening and did NOTHING!!!???


      I can only imagine what was going through that poor little boy’s mind when he knew someone saw but did NOTHING help…………how can he EVER trust anyone ever again! These boys have been let down by men who have been esteemed by so many. God bless these boys and their families, they have a long road ahead of them, my heart bleeds for them.

      I hope all of these people who turned the other way when the “knew” what was going on rot in hell!

    • jackactionhero

      You think a guy in his 20s should attack a college football coach in the shower?

      You don’t have any idea what you’re talking about, David.

      • Bryan

        The guy was NOT a football coach when this happened. He was retired.

      • David

        I have no idea? The guy was 28 years old, a grown man. So you think it was better for him to walk away vs. trying to help protect a 10 year old boy? What is wrong with you, Jack?

      • JR

        Yes. Yes, a grown man should step in a save a child that is being attacked, while calling 911 on his cell phone.

        Call DADDY? No, he should have immediately called the freaking cops.

    • JA

      Kind of makes you wonder if that’s why McQueary is now a coach there doesn’t it? I mean, how better to shut someone up then to give them a paycheck?!

      I think it all stinks but I think that as this all plays out, we’re going to find that Spanier was the ring leader of this cover up and he did everything he could to keep the lid on it. Money, threats, etc… It was, after all, HIS university and I’m sure he didn’t want this on his record in any way.

      I say don’t hang JoePa and McQueary just yet. We may all be surprised to find out what happened behind the scenes at this University. I don’t think any of them are innocent by any stretch but some are DEF going to be more guilty than others!

    • Yehudah

      David, you are 100% right. Don’t we raise real men even in football anymore? Are we turning into Canada? For a man to see a boy being abused like that and not take immediate action to stop it is nothing but cowardice. And for his father to tell hi “Just go to Paterno”? It’s sickening.

      By the way, has anyone mentioned that the Sanduskys and the Mcquearys grew up together?

  • jackactionhero

    Uh, he admitted knowing it happened at the time it happened.

  • Brad

    Wow, something seemed off about this, now that homeland security has a tie to this case, i believe nothing.

  • Jim Tressel

    Thanks Joe

  • swin

    Why dance around? – He’s not retiring, he’s being fired.

  • James

    I’m pretty sure the only thing we’re sure of is that a witness of an incident reported it to him, and that he, in turn, reported what this witness told him to the administration. Should he have called the cops? Everyone is saying yes, but maybe the question is, should the administration have called the cops after Paterno passed the allegation up the line to them?

    Nobody so far is saying that he saw anything himself, or necessarily knew if the witness spoke truly or not. It is not like he failed to report the incident at all, because we know he passed what he knew up to the administration. If Paterno may have done more, others were much more negligent than he was. It’s not at all clear that he should be taking the brunt of the blame here, as seems to be the case.

    At this point, based on what we do actually know, it’s really tough to say Paterno did anything wrong. If additional evidence comes out that may change, but so far that’s where we are in this whole thing.

    • JM in San Diego CA

      The cops apparently were called. There was a DA involved. How’d that happen without the cops?

    • Tammy Hibbert Beardall

      what would joe have done if it had been his young son or grandson in that shower???!!!

    • Reg

      You wonder if Paterno did nothing wrong – right or wrong, HE DID NOTHING.

      • my2cents

        Paterno did EXACTLY as the Pope and Catholic church have ALWAYS done about this atrocity….nothing! Seemed to work out OK for the Pope.
        Did you rally and call for the Pope’s resignation when the Catholic Church was revealed to have these same disgusting problems?? I mean you have had a couple decades or so to talk about those very few men of courage in high positions. How often have you done so?? Neither is right for their actions of course, but why such a vehement response toward PSU when you’ve been quiet for the Pope?

      • dr michael

        Whats wrong is wrong no matter who does the wrong. We all need to take a standfor what is right. Sadly, too many people feel that since it doesnt bother them, its not their concern

      • my2cents

        Paterno did EXACTLY as the Pope and Catholic church have ALWAYS done about this atrocity….nothing! Seemed to work out OK for the Pope. Just sayin…

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  • laura

    End of the season???? Kick his ass out NOW!



  • jon

    No kidding he wished he had done more; but he wanted to win more than he wanted to protect the children getting raped in his locker room by one of his staff. If he had taken the hit, by letting go the coach, he might have lost a few more games, but wouldn’t have been remembered as sheltering a pedophile….
    Can’t go soon enough Joe….

  • Yehudah

    Of course he knew. If he didn’t know, then why did he tell Sandusky he couldn’t hold his camp at Penn State any more? Why did he tell him he would never be the successor at head coach? If your assistant tells you that he just saw another assistant having inappropriate sexual contact with a young boy, the only way you don’t sit him down and make him explain EXACTLY what he saw, is if you already know what’s going on.

    • arpiem

      He told him he couldn’t be the head coach if he kept his camp, that’s all. He wasn’t the one who told him he couldn’t hold his camp at Penn State.

  • Truth

    Pride comes before the fall.

  • Joe Morality

    I really can’t see how JoePa is to blame for any of this, after all’ he “DIDN,T” do ANYTHING!!!!

    • Rhodium Heart

      I caught the sarcasm / irony. The screen name is the proof.

    • frmezo

      Not doing anything is why he is being blamed.

  • PSU Fan

    I’m simply amazed by the lack of simply humanity.

    How does it even matter if Paterno broke the law?

    The fan, the players, the administration, the school should demand Paterno’s resignation now.

    Anything less is acceptance that Paterno’s decision to not call the cops himself was acceptable.

    Put yourself or your child in the situation at age 11 and ask yourself if protecting Paterno’s legacy is worth it.

    He’s crying over his legacy.

    The players are no better if they don’t stand up and refuse to play for this sub-human.

    The fans are no better if they don’t demand his resignation.

    The alumni association is no better if they don’t demand his resignation.

    The administration is no better if they don’t demand his immediate resignation.

    You are no better if you accept this type of behavior.

  • Reg

    They have known since 1996, NINETEEN NINETY SIX according to grand jury testimony. They ALL need to go to jail. JoePa says he’s didn’t do enough !?! He didn’t do ANYTHING. He should ask himself what if it was his grandson being raped in the showers.
    There is a front row seat in hell for them all.

  • Richard Carlson



    • Michelle Wise

      Exactly….I hope they sue until there is no Penn State left. Everytime I hear of Penn State I will think….”that is the college where little boys were raped and no one cared….heck, they still played ball the following Saturday.

      • Dave

        That is one of the most selfish statements I have ever read. You want Penn State to go away because of how hearing the name will affect you? This is an institution that has had a positive influence on millions of people. Because of one extremely evil and sickening man and a handful of people who made an egregious and extraordinary mistake you want to destroy the entire institution. Should the Catholic Church go away because of similar issues? What about the entire United States because of covered war crimes during Vietnam or the continued killing of innocent children with drones? I am very sad and angry about this, just as most people are, but I do not want to see countless others hurt and deprived of something that has offered something good to so many people because the name will remind me of something bad.

  • Jeff Carroll

    AMEN did any of you read the statement by joe? HIS OWN WORDS admit that “he wished he had done more” there is no doubt of a cover up “pray for the victims” no doubt of a crime. not once did he use the terms” alleged “or “out of context”. this man has a history of saying exactly what he means and this is no exception. he should be fired today and banned from campus forever.

  • Reg

    Check back in when you have a child then MAYBE you’ll realize just how stupid your comment is. Do you also walk around with a “Stop Snitching” t-shirt. JoePa is being attacked because he didn’t allow the system to play as you say, because he and the PSU admin decided to ignore the reports since 1996 !!!! 1996 – think about how many other victims there are because the accused is known.

    • ricardo maxwell

      Reg check back when you have a brain.

  • Reg

    Patrick, I believe you mean the Catholic church and not Catholics in general. Trust me I know the difference, I’m from Boston.

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