Longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno recently announced his plans to retire at the end of the season. Paterno’s announcement comes as the university is embroiled in controversy over the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse charges.
"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," Paterno said in a statement released just after initial reports confirming his pending retirement.
"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."
Paterno has not been accused of any legal wrongdoing, though many have called for his immediate retirement due to his moral obligation to file police reports against Sandusky.
Sandusky was charged by a state grand jury with counts of deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, and indecent assault. Despite initial reports claimed Sandusky sexually abused eight young boys, however, after a hotline was offered for victims, the number appears ‘closer to twenty.’ The 84-year-old coach still plans to coach the Nittany Lions in their last home game of the season against Nebraska this Saturday.