STATE COLLEGE -- The Morning Call has confirmed that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will retire at end of this season.
Paterno, who will turn 85 next month, has been under fire since child-sex charges were levied against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on Saturday. The Pennsylvania attorney general's office announced 40 counts against the 67-year-old former coach, saying he used his position as the head of a prominent children's charity to lure boys and molest them. Two Penn State officials, athletic director Timothy Curley and senior vice president for business and finance Gary Schultz, were charged with perjury and failure to report the alleged child abuse.
Paterno has been Penn State's head football coach since 1966 and has won an NCAA college football subdivision record 409 games against 136 losses and three ties. Five of Paterno's Nittany Lion teams have had undefeated seasons and two have won national championships.
Penn State will play its final home game of the season on Saturday against Nebraska. The Nittany Lions will finish the regular season at Ohio State (Nov. 19) and at Wisconsin (Nov. 26) and are very much in the hunt for a spot in the first Big Ten Conference Championship Game on Dec. 3 in Indianapolis. At 8-1 this season, Penn State already is eligible for a bowl game as well.
Paterno also was an assistant coach at Penn State from 1950 to 1965.
In a tweet, Paterno's son Scott said all media requests will be handled by Dan McGinn of TMG strategies, a public relations firm that specialize in crisis management.
Paterno to retire at end of season
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