Penn State coach Joe Paterno under fire because of child sex scandal

*(Via ajc.com) – Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the season, according to a person familiar with the decision.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the decision has yet to be announced.

Paterno has been besieged by criticism since former defensive coordinator and one-time heir apparent Jerry Sandusky was charged over the weekend with molesting eight young boys between 1994 and 2009. Athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz have been charged with failing to notify authorities after an eyewitness reported a 2002 assault.

Paterno decided to retire at age 84, in the middle of his 46th season with the Nittany Lions. He won 409 games, a record for major college football, but now, the grandfatherly coach known as “Joe Pa,” who had painstakingly burnished a reputation for winning “the right way,” leaves the only school he’s ever coached in disgrace

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Earlier, we reported …

Penn State Child Sex Abuse Scandal Biggest in College Sports History?

*(Via ajc.com) – Scandals of all kinds have tarnished college sports for decades, though what is unfolding at Penn State is hard to compare to any of them.

It’s simply on another scale, both in terms of the charges – former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is accused of serial child sex abuse, which he denies – and the other person whom the case could bring down, Joe Paterno.

“That would be heartbreaking if it ended like this,” Miami coach and former Penn State player Al Golden said Tuesday.

Paterno is the winningest coach in the history of Division I football, less than two weeks removed from surpassing the late Eddie Robinson of Grambling with victory No. 409, and the embodiment of a program that has generally been viewed as upstanding.

“This is like having a scandal in the White House. That’s how big this is,” said Beano Cook, a college football historian and ESPN analyst.

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