|Paterno To Step Down|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Wednesday, 09 November 2011 12:11|
Penn State Head Football Coach Joe Paterno says in a statement that he has decided to retire at the end of the season, ending a 46-year run as head coach with the school.
The long-time football coach is leaving amid eroding support from Penn State's board of trustees and a widening sex-abuse scandal and possible cover-up centered on former assistant and one-time heir apparent Jerry Sandusky.
"It's hard for me to say how much this means," the 84-year-old coach said. "I've lived for this place. I've lived for people like you guys and girls."
Paterno, who joined the Nittany Lions coaching staff in 1950, took over as head coach in 1966. He's won 409 games, 24 bowl games, two national titles (1982 and 1986) and three Big Ten titles.
The Nittany Lions (8-1 overall; 5-0 Big Ten) entertains Nebraska on Saturday.
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