STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State administrators are discussing how to manage Joe Paterno's departure as the football coach, the New York Times reported Tuesday, citing two unnamed people briefed on talks among the school's top officials.Paterno could be done as the football coach perhaps within days or weeks, the newspaper reported. He certainly will not return as coach next year, the newspaper reported.
A high-ranking Penn State official also says support for Paterno is eroding among the school's board of trustees.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. The person is familiar with the trustees' discussions but says it's unclear what the consequences for Paterno will be.
The person says a decision could be at hand before the board meets Friday.
Meanwhile, Scott Paterno is telling reporters that his father has had no talks with Penn State officials or trustees about stepping down. He told reporters outside his father's house Tuesday that Joe Paterno plans to not only coach in Saturday's game against Nebraska, but for the long haul.
Earlier Tuesday, Penn State's president abruptly canceled Paterno's weekly news conference amid increasing calls for both men to resign in the wake of a former assistant coach's sex-abuse scandal and as another potential victim came forward.