Players, coaches, students react to Paterno news

A sampling of reaction from Penn State players, coaches, alumni

and others after Joe Paterno, who had said earlier Wednesday he

would retire as coach at the end of the season, was ousted by

university trustees along with President Graham Spanier following

child sex-abuse charges against former assistant Jerry


”Let’s see what’s going to happen, OK? Right now I’m not the

coach. And I’ve got to get used to that. After 61 years, I’ve got

to get used to it.” – Joe Paterno speaking to a small group of

students that clustered around his house after he was pushed out of

his job.

“I think he certainly understood maybe more than anyone else,

given his role as attorney general in this investigation, he

understood the magnitude of this case, obviously before anybody

else would have and he believes, as he said this morning, that what

he was looking for was for the board to take swift and decisive

action to restore the trust and integrity of the university.” –

Kevin Harley, spokesman for Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett who participated

in a phone conference with trustees Wednesday night.

”After all he’s done for this school he didn’t deserve to go

out like this. As students, we respect him so much. We deserve to

send him off in the last game.” – Penn State junior Ariel

Chavarria from Houston, Texas.

”This university is a large and complex institution, and

although I have always acted honorably and in the best interests of

the university, the buck stops here. In this situation, I believe

it is in the best interests of the university to give my successor

a clear path for resolving the issues before us.” – Former Penn

State President Graham Spanier who was ousted by the board of


”You’re all so sweet. And I guess we have to go beat Nebraska

without being there. We love you all, go Penn State.” – Sue

Paterno, Joe Paterno’s wife, to a crowd of students gathered by

their house after his firing was announced.

”. … I love Penn State. I went to school there, it was such

an important part of my life. It’s part of me. I will never say,

`Oh, I regret going there now because of it. That’s just not the

case. … But this situation is just an unbelievable black eye for

the program and it’s going to be tough because whenever anybody

says Penn State or you see Penn State, sexual assault of young kids

is what’s going to come to mind, and that’s such an unfortunate

thing.” – Jacksonville Jaguars and former Penn State linebacker

Paul Posluszny.

”I’ve certainly been in prayer for the young people that are

involved in this, young men as they are now. I certainly feel for

them. I don’t know a whole lot about all the details. I haven’t

read through all the transcripts and things of that nature. … I’m

also very close to coach Paterno. It’s tough to see his legacy

ending in this way.” – Indianapolis Colts coach and former Penn

State assistant Jim Caldwell.

”This one moment in time, this one decision, is going to

tarnish his reputation and put a big black eye on Penn State and

what he stood for. I can’t imagine what it will be like to live

with, knowing you knew this nine years ago and you did the bare

minimum. How many more lives were affected by that decision not to

go to police? How could he betray all of us like that?” – Penn

State graduate Kathy Schmouder, 39, Selinsgrove, Pa.

”I’ve known Coach Paterno since I started coaching. I know

nothing of the circumstances, but college football will miss him

greatly on the field. He has done much for the game, and for Penn

State.” – Texas coach Mack Brown.

”This has obviously been a very emotional week for the Penn

State community. We hope for the best for everyone, particularly

the children alleged to have been mistreated or exploited. The

allegations of abuse, if true, represent personal failings. Penn

State, our Big Ten colleague, is still a great university.” –

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman.