Penn State coach Paterno retiring at end of season

(AP) - Joe Paterno, the Penn State footballcoach who preached success with honor for half a century but whoselegend was shattered by a child sex

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - (AP) - Joe Paterno, the Penn State footballcoach who preached success with honor for half a century but whoselegend was shattered by a child sex abuse scandal, said Wednesdayhe will retire at the end of this season.Paterno said he was "absolutely devastated" by the case, inwhich his onetime heir apparent, Jerry Sandusky, has been chargedwith molesting eight boys in 15 years, including at the Penn Statefootball complex.He said he hoped the team could finish its season with "dignityand determination."The school's board of trustees could still force Paterno toleave immediately. It also could take action against the universitypresident, Graham Spanier.Paterno said the trustees, who had been considering his fate,should "not spend a single minute discussing my status" and havemore important matters to address.The 84-year-old Paterno has been engulfed by outrage that he didnot take more action after a graduate assistant, Mike McQueary,came to him in 2002 and reported seeing Sandusky in the Penn Stateshowers with a 10-year-old boy. Paterno notified the athleticdirector, Tim Curley, and a vice president, Gary Schultz.Curley and Schultz have since been charged with failing toreport the incident to the authorities. Paterno hasn't been accusedof legal wrongdoing. But he has been assailed, in what the statepolice commissioner called a lapse of "moral responsibility," fornot doing more to stop Sandusky."This is a tragedy," Paterno said in a statement. "It is oneof the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, Iwish I had done more."

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