Paterno issues statement on firing
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno released the following
”I am disappointed with the Board of Trustees’ decision, but I
have to accept it.
A tragedy occurred, and we all have to have patience to let the
legal process proceed. I appreciate the outpouring of support but
want to emphasize that everyone should remain calm and please
respect the university, its property and all that we value.
I have been incredibly blessed to spend my entire career working
with people I love. I am grateful beyond words to all of the
coaches, players and staff who have been a part of this program.
And to all of our fans and supporters, my family and I will be
forever in your debt.”
Earlier Wednesday, Paterno released a statement saying he
planned to retire at the end of the season:
”I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I
grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their
comfort and relief.
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. I have the
same goal today.
That’s why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at
the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should
not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more
important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them
as I possibly can.
This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life.
With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.
My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff
and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I
will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this