STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP)—Penn State
football coach Joe Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the
season, his long career brought down by his failure to do more about an
allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant.
Paterno said in a
statement Wednesday he is “absolutely devastated” by the developments in
the case of Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator accused of
molesting eight boys over 15 years.
Joe Paterno's weekly news conference was canceled on Tuesday.
Paterno says the board of trustees should “not spend a single
minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to
“This is a tragedy,” Paterno says. “It is one of the great sorrows of
my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.”