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Paterno to retire at end of season in wake of Penn State child sex abuse scandal

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Nov 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - 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.''

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