Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Joe Paterno to resign from Penn State at season's end

Amid a sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Penn State University football team, embattled head coach Joe Paterno announced he will resign at season's end this afternoon, according to a USA Today report.

Defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing eight children and questions remain about how Paterno and his superiors handled at least one of the cases. At first, Paterno stood his ground, claiming he would retire at the end of the season but folks wanted him out.

Some fans rallied behind Paterno, showing up at his house and asking him to stay. Others were outraged and demanded action from university administration.

"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," Paterno said in a statement. "I have the same goal today."

Either way this goes, the Penn State community is hurting and most fans are disgusted that the university seemed to have taken up for Paterno. Above all, the  125 players on the football team want to stick together and play well this weekend. Pennsylvania authorities are bracing themselves for more alleged victims to come forward. Some allegations have been made public last week that led to the arrest of Sandusky.

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