Joe Paterno Reportedly Retiring at Season's End Is Right Move

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 3:  Penn State head coach Joe Paterno addresses the media after the game against the Indiana State Sycamores on September 3, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The scandal at Penn State has elevated to even bigger heights with each new day, and now reports are stating legendary coach Joe Paterno will retire at the end of the season. 

The Associated Press first broke the news, and it is the right move for Penn State. 

Joe's son Scott has confirmed the news. 

It's the end of an era for Penn State and truly a sad day. It will be hard to imagine somewhere other than Paterno on the Nittany Lions' sidelines. 

Entering the 2011 season, very few people believed it would be the last one for Paterno, but recent events have forced him to end his career. 

Here is an excerpt from Paterno's full statement:

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. 

Some will argue that Paterno should never coach another game, and they certainly have great points to make. 

However, Paterno has been the coach at Penn State since 1966, and it's no secret that he is a feisty guy. He wanted to do things on his own terms, and when school officials cancelled his press conference yesterday, you can tell it really got to him.

There were reports that Paterno would have an off-campus press conference, but now it doesn't seem that will happen. 

Instead, it looks as though Paterno will sit down for an interview, which will definitely be must-see television. 

Everybody wants to hear him speak, and rightfully so.

This scandal about former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky allegedly using his charity, Second Mile, to molest young boys is just disturbing. 

In 2002, a graduate assistant, later identified as former Penn State quarterback Mike McQueary, witnessed Sandusky molesting boys in the Penn State showers. 

He told Paterno, who then passed the information up the chain of command. Those school administrators then covered it up, and Sandusky was still preying on young boys for many years. 

The incident was never reported to police, and that is why so many people are outraged. 

The Nittany Lions are smart to start fresh because of this scandal. 

However, kicking Paterno to the curb right now would only make matters worse, plus, it would ruin everything Paterno built up. 

The 84-year-old coach made Penn State into a national name, and he has the right to finish the season out. If they force him to go now, it's not really a retirement at all. 

There will certainly be hard moments and troubling times as the season progressed, but if Paterno wants to finish the season, it's only right the school lets him.

Penn State has stuck by his side for so long, and while Paterno should have taken action against Sandusky, letting him retire is the best move.

It pleases the coach as well as the fans. Not to mention having Paterno at Saturday's game against Nebraska gives them a better chance to win. Without him the players would feel lost and discouraged.

Sure, the nation may be irate, but Paterno is a staple in college football, and he should be allowed to coach one last home game and bowl game for the Nittany Lions.  


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