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I expected Joe to retire after this season as did most people, long before this Sandusky scandal even came up. It is sad that he has to end his historic career on this note, but I am glad he gets to go out on his own and not forced out because the media was at his door with torches and pitch forks. He deserves that much.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.
This Saturday will be sad to know that I am in Beaver Stadium watching Joe Paterno's last home game. Hopefully Penn State can make the Big Ten Championship game, win it and win their bowl game. Would be a great ending for Joe.
Thank you Joe for all you did for Penn State and college football. You are truly the biggest legend in college football history.
I would expect Urban Meyer or Al Golden to be the head coach next season.