Joe Paterno to retire at end of season

Joe PaternoPenn State head football coach Joe Paterno will retire at the end of the 2011 season, he announced today in a statement. Penn State and former assistant Jerry Sandusky are embroiled in child sex abuse allegations.

Paterno, nicknamed “JoePa,” has been head coach of the Nittany Lions since 1966 and is the only FBS coach to reach 400 victories. His current overall coaching record is 409-136-3. In bowl games, Paterno is 24-12-1 and has won two national championships (1982, 1986) and three Big Ten championships (1994, 2005, 2008).

Over the weekend, former PSU defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged with molesting eight boys between 1994 and 2009. Some of the incidents were alleged to have occurred on the Penn State campus.

For more on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse allegations, see

Update: Late Wednesday night, Penn State University Trustees fired Joe Paterno and president Graham Spanier.

Joe Paterno’s Statement:

“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.”

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4 Comments to Joe Paterno to retire at end of season

  1. Jinzo

    Joe is a class act….a damn shame that is the straw that broke the Lion’s back….

  2. Anonymous

    This is a sad day for college athletics. The last great coach has retired

  3. Kro

    Seriously, I’m tired of everyone riding JoePa’s ass when he was the only guy who did nothing wrong. The best thing that ever happened to this community of Pennsylvania Germans was bringing a Brooklyn Italian onboard, and some got dang Polack f@#$s everything up.

  4. Vinny

    9 months later…little did we know how this would turn out. Crazy.

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