Joe Paterno to retire as Penn State head coach

November 9, 2011

The Associated Press

(AP File/Paul Beaty)
Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno talking to reporters during Big Ten football media day in Chicago on July 28, 2011.

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.

Paterno says the board of trustees should "not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address."

"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."