CREATED Nov. 9, 2011
is reporting that Joe Paterno has annouced he will retire at the end of the season, following the recent child sex abuse scandal that has rocked his department and Penn State University.
Many had called upon his resignation, claiming he should have done more when he became aware of offenses made by retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
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,” he said.
“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."
According to CNN, "Paterno expressed regret for not acting sooner after learning of the abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky".
"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," he said. "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.”
It was just a couple of weeks ago Paterno was honored for his 409th career win, most in Division I history, by athletic director Tim Curley, who has been charged with perjury and has taken a leave of absence.