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Paterno Issues Statement, Confirming Retirement

Paterno said "I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for hte children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief."

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    Joe Paterno:

    "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 University."