Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the season, according to a person familiar with the decision.I'm hearing the list of victims has climbed to 20 or more. This isn't going to end well.
The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the decision has yet to be announced, said Paterno will announce his retirement later Wednesday.
Paterno has been besieged by criticism since former defensive coordinator and one-time heir apparent Jerry Sandusky was charged over the weekend with molesting eight young boys between 1994 and 2009. Athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz have been charged with failing to notify authorities after an eyewitness reported a 2002 assault.
Though Paterno is not accused of any wrongdoing, he has been questioned over his apparent failure to follow up on a report of the 2002 incident, in which Sandusky allegedly sodomized a 10-year-old boy in the showers at the team's football complex. A witness, Mike McQueary, is currently receivers coach for the team but was a graduate assistant at the time.
And apparently not everyone in Pennsylvania was a fan. From Twitter (and I've cleaned it up a bit):
@MikeElk: f*** Joe Paterno anyhow - guy was a f***ing right wing bastard who help elect a s*** ton of right wingers in my home stateAnger issues.