Joe Paterno to Retire from Penn State, Expresses Remorse Over Role in Sexual Abuse Scandal

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No one thought it would end this way for Joe Paterno: the iconic Penn State football coach has announced his retirement, effective at the end of this season, due to the ongoing sex scandal surrounding the university's athletic department.

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In 2002, Paterno learned that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky may have abused a boy in a locker room shower, but only reported the incident to the athletic director, as opposed to the police.

"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," the record-breaking coach state in a statement, adding:

"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."

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