Son Says Penn State Coach Paterno Will Retire At End Of Season
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Mark Memmott
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 10:25 AM
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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
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The legendary coach's decision comes amid a scandal that has rocked Penn State and college football. A former assistant coach has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing young boys.

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will retire at the end of this season, his son Scott has told The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa.

Word of Paterno's decision was first broken a short time ago by The Associated Press, which cited "a person familiar with the decision" and said Paterno will announce the news later today.

The legendary coach's decision comes amid a scandal that has rocked Penn State and college football.

Former assistant coach Joe Sandusky was arrested over the weekend and charged with 40 counts related to the alleged sexual abuse of young boys over more than a decade. And two university officials were charged with lying to a grand jury about what they knew and failing to report the allegations to police.

Paterno, according to a grand jury report, had been told in 2002 that Sandusky had been seen doing something of a sexual nature with a young boy in Penn State's locker room. The coach told the university's athletic director about the incident, but apparently did not tell police. Paterno has not been charged with any crime.

Now 84, Paterno has been Penn State's head coach since 1966. This season he broke the record for most wins by a Division I coach when he recorded his 409th victory in the team's most recent game, on Oct. 29. [Copyright 2011 National Public Radio]



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