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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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Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:24 pm
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Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:36 am

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

 I am glad he is gone because the only recourse for when something like this happens is to clean house and start over. EVERYWHERE.

So why is Mike McQueary still an assistant coach and RECRUITING COORDINATOR? 

Clean house? Sure. Start with Tom Brady, new interim coach, 33 years at PSU. Hmm... he probably did not even hear any rumors let alone read the 1998 police report.

If this is going to be a wholesale purge, then not a secretary or clerk or janitor, none of the coaches, lawyers, administrators, AND not one of the Board of Trustees should be allowed to keep their jobs.

After all, ultimately the BoTs are the final authority. They hired the president...
As the head coach, it is his responsibility to be accountable for what comes out of penn state, good or bad.
Only as it relates to football. The rest of what comes out of Penn State belongs to the BoTs. 

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:01 am


Some of you people are making me sick. They need to take into account 45 years of service? They need to treat him with honor and dignity? Why? 

What he did for the football team/athletics is immaterial and irrelevant. People are acting like JoePa slaved in a coal mine for penn state by himself so they could keep the students warm during the winter. He had the PRIVILEDGE of being a well compensated football coach. His job was at-will, voluntary, and exciting. Let's all stop acting like Joe walked uphill in the snow both ways to and from work everyday.

As the head coach, it is his responsibility to be accountable for what comes out of penn state, good or bad. For decades he received all the accolades, now he gets to reap the damages.

Is he responsible for the abuse? Who knows. Is he the face of the program? Youbetcha. I am glad he is gone because the only recourse for when something like this happens is to clean house and start over. EVERYWHERE. 

The cherry on top was that Joe felt he needed to release a statement saying he would retire. He attempted to dictate terms to the board. Sorry Joe, you're out. about 15 years too late in my opinion.


Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:02 am

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

I do not want to hear about Joe anymore.  The talk shows, sports shows, radio, etc. should be about the sick mother f that victimized these children.  People should be discussing how his wife did not know/debating that she did know and covered it up herself.  People should be discussing why he started doing these atrocities in his 50's...what happened in his life to turn him into this.  Has he always been like this?  People should be discussing the impact on the kid's lives.  This should not be about JOE.  Why aren't we attacking/discussing/never shutting up about the other people that knew?  This was not about football.  You really think Joe cared that much to try to cover it up?  He followed the channels he was supposed to follow.  HE IS NOT THE ONE WHO DID IT.  GET SOME COVERAGE OF THE SICK MOTHER who DID do IT.  Or how about we torment the guy WHO WATCHED IT HAPPEN AND DIDN'T STOP IT?  Lets discuss that guy.  Why didn't he stop it?  Why didn't he do something?  Why didn't he call 911?  Why didn't the guy's father encourage him to call 911?  Why didn't he say stay right there I am calling the police?  IF ANYONE ELSE HAD DONE THEIR JOB- OR WHAT THEY WERE MORALLY OBLIGATED TO DO- the guy who saw: morally obligated to first STOP IT FROM HAPPENING, second: CALL THE POLICE, third: GO TELL THE KIDS PARENTS.  The father: under the same THREE morally correct things to do that his son has done.  THE AD AND/OR VICE PRESIDENT: call the police, call the parents.  Why is Joe being the one vilified???

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:44 pm
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Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:33 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Not fair! Joe deserves to go out with honor and dignity. No investigation, no respect, no honor for the decades he poured in to the school. Id fire the entire board of trustees for hiring that coach! Love you Joe, sorry you are the scape goat for the cowards behind the board... easy to point fingures and try to make it go away. You are a ledgend in my book always! Be nice if the football team boycotts the Nebraska game in honor of a great coach! Boooo boooo boooo bad call, sue em Joe!

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:31 pm
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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:23 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Reading the posts, my opinion will be in the minority. PSU's Board needs to grow some cajones and not back down to public opinion to do a knee-jerk firing of JoePa. They need to have some class and take into account JoePa's 45+ yrs at PSU. Sure, in times like this, the EASIEST thing to do is to cut ties. It's always easy to give the rioters some heads to satisfy their desire for "justice." This reminds me of the knee-jerk reaction that came out of Duke a few years back regarding the lacrosse team! I remember last season's rush to suspend Cam Newton. Let the criminal investigations and give this process what it really needs... time for the facts to come out. The rush to throw fresh meat to the dogs doesn't serve any one any good. JoePa has been an ambassador for PSU for almost half a century... that loyalty should stand for something. PSU should have the courage to stick with the man for a few weeks at least.

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:19 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

This is a witch hunt!  In the court of public opinion, Joe did not exercise good judgement, but he did nothing legally wrong.  I blame the president and AD for trying to sweep this under the carpet.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:18 pm

Penn State HC Joe Paterno announces retirement

Will peachy paterno ice cream still be available?Cool

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