Skip to comments.AP: Joe Paterno to retire at season's end
Posted on 11/09/2011 7:25:38 AM PST by Zakeet
UPDATE - Nov. 9: The Associated Press is reporting that Joe Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the season.
As the amount of alleged victims in the Jerry Sandusky case climbs rapidly, reports are emerging that Penn State head coach Joe Paterno's coaching career will soon come to an end. Official support for Paterno is reportedly "eroding," even as Nittany Lion fans rally in support of the longtime coach.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that Paterno's 46 years as Nittany Lion head coach "will soon be over, perhaps within days or weeks." According to two sources familiar with top administrative discussions who spoke to the Times, talks to determine "how to manage his departure have begun."
"The board of trustees has yet to determine the precise timing of Paternos exit," the Times writes, "but it is clear that the man who has more victories than any other coach at college footballs top level and who made Penn State a prestigious brand will not survive to coach another season."
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Well geeze, the guy is 200 years old.
Right. Put out there to try and make it through Saturday. The trustees should can him today.
Sad end to a historic career. Tarnished after 46 years. The team and the university will not be the same. Joe Paterno was to go out on top. This certainly is not a celebration. The team and the school has fallen.
I wonder if the NCAA or the investigators will demand further disciplinary action against Penn State.
Looks like there’s even worse that Spanier and the trustees want to hide. And that in addition to aiding and abetting a pedophile, Paterno’s all for a good ol’ fashioned spot of blackmail.
So, it’s clear he needs to go because of his proximity to these crimes....but HOLDER....no, he should STAY.
Makes e physically ill...the hypocrisy. See my tagline.
Sorry to see you go Joe, but you really should have done the right thing 10 years ago. Now you will have to live with your actions, or inaction as it were.
Can’t fire him before the bowl game. /s
Lots coming outta the woodwork: Gricar, how Portland was treated, Spanier being on, then off Barry’s short list for SecEd....
Morally complicit in the crime of child molestation.
He has to go immediately.
Like he had a choice. I get the feeling if Penn State wasn’t in the thick of the Big Ten race, he would have been gone earlier.
There's a lot of morally-confused students at Penn State. The rally at JoePa's house was about as appropriate as the OWS movement. They don't know what they are celebrating if they chose this particular moment for that rally. Not unique to PSU. Campus speech-codes and a general lack of standards throughout the US education were the fertile ground for this spectacle.
Spanier tried to get rid of Paterno when Spanier got to PSU. Spanier couldn’t do it. Wonder why.....
To say Saturday’s game with Nebraska will be surreal, is the understatement of the year.
I doubt that JoePa will last the week. IMO, No way he lasts to the end of the season
The Huskers might want to be sure they don’t leave any corn cobs behind in ‘Happy Valley’ after the game...
Why wait until the end of the season. He should man up and leave immediately if he feels any remorse for his inaction and lack of follow-up on a heinous crime.
Check out the next to the last paragraph.
I’m a little fuzzy on Joe Pa’s role in this.
As far as I know, someone came to Joe with a rumor. Joe immediately went to his superior. Is Joe supposed to be all knowing? Isn’t it possible that Joe thought it was handled and the rumors are false. You know, they’re trying to use the same mentality on Herman Cain. It’s not the truth, but the seriousness of the charges that’s driving things.
As Lawrence, from ‘Office Space’ would say, “Watch your Cornhole, Bud.”
Yep. First ‘Climategate’ and now this.
He could always take over as Safe Schools Czar.
This is one case where the seriousness of the charges rule should apply, at least to get it resolved, because of the potential for more victims.
He should leave immediately if he wants to instill courage and ethics in his players. He should walk the walk.
But he has a better undertaker than Dick Clark.
And what about the graduate assistant who ACTUALLY witnessed the raping of the young boy and DID not tell Paterno the entire story. Joe was under the impression that they were horsing around in the shower. Joe told his boss as I would have told mine, and allowed the judicial system to take care of it. Probably never thought about it again until the Grand Jury summons.
McCreary is the guiltiest of them all and no mention of him. HE should have called 911 immediately and told Paterno the exact details of the RAPE.
I'll be watching for some newly minted "PEDO STATE" banners and T-shirts worn by stealth cornhusker fans.
That said, I imagine any such banners or shirts will be confiscated by the Pedo State authorities before they could be displayed.
But wait until Pedo State goes on its last two road games. Now THAT should prove very interesting...
He had a good 10 years left in the tank.
“This is one case where the seriousness of the charges rule should apply, at least to get it resolved, because of the potential for more victims.”
So, Joe Pa is a threat?
1. Tom Ridge will be the new head of the trustees.
I feel 99% on this one.
2. Bill Cowher will be the new coach.
I feel 50/50 on this one.
If the Obama admin ran a backround check on Spanier that turned up something on what Sandusky was doing....
Five will get you ten that he is gone within a week...he will NEVER make it to the end of the season.
You wonder who is going to want to take the job so soon after this?
Good Heavens, it's bad enough that Penn State will be forever known as Ped State, but can you imagine if this had happened in Nebraska?
And what of Spainer who participated in the cover-up?
Any trustee who was on the board during all this, should damn well go. Except for Corbett, since he launched the investigation while he was AG, IIRC.
Rumor like that and I call the cops and hope I wasnt wrong
That’s what he gets for passing the buck. Supposedly the Grad Student was very specific as to what was happening. Paterno should have called the Cops right then and there. NO excuse will suffice.
As for Nebraska, how do know it didn’t?
They only had to keep this hush hush long enough for him to set the win record ,right?
hasn’t that already happened?
now they’ll get the moniker of Pedo State.
As someone said on another thread, “What would Bear Bryant have done?” He probably would have gone down there and strangled the sonofabitch himself.
“The team and the school has fallen.”
Our entire culture has fallen. This is simply one more bit of evidence to support that. Any society without firm moral principles is doomed. Period.
I do not know what Coach Paterno knew about any of this. I will not tarnish him without knowing so.
NCAA Bylaw 2.4 The Principles of Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct. For intercollegiate athletics to promote the character development of participants, to enhance the integrity of higher education and to promote civility in society, student-athletes, coaches, and all others associated with these athletics programs and events should adhere to such fundamental values as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. These values should be manifest not only in athletics participation but also in the broad spectrum of activities affecting the athletics program.
For anyone claiming this has nothing to do with the football program.
It wasn’t tarnished after 46 years.
It became tarnished after the first incidents were covered up.
That we are only finding out now shows the depth of the corruption.
Maybe the trustees should have put in a university president with different values and vision than a guy who wrote his doctoral dissertation on wife swapping.
And that smiling sick b@stard comes out of his house like a superstar. Yecchhhh...
There would be a line longer than you can imagine. Especially since you would be looking at a total house clearing.
Where did you get that Paterno was only told about “horseplay”?
It was the two PennStatePedo guys who are charged for covering up the crime that reported it as “horseplay”.
As someone said on another thread, What would Bear Bryant have done? He probably would have gone down there and strangled the sonofabitch himself.
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