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Penn State Coach Joe Paterno to retire at end of season, AP says

November 9, 2011 |  7:27 am


Joe Paterno has decided to retire at the end of Penn State's football season, the Associated Press is reporting.

Paterno will make the announcement Wednesday, said a source who wished to remain nameless because the decision has not yet been announced.

Support for the legendary football coach has been eroding among university officials amid questions about how much he should have done in light of the sexual abuse allegations concerning his former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

FULL COVERAGE: Penn State scandal

Sandusky has been charged with molesting eight young boys between 1994 and 2009. Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, Penn State's vice president for finance and business, have been charged with failing to notify authorities after an eyewitness reported a 2002 assault.

Paterno is not under investigation but has been criticized for apparently not following up on a report of a 2002 incident involving Sandusky and a 10-year-old boy in the showers at the team's complex. A witness related the alleged incident to Paterno. The coach notified Curley and Schultz, who notified Penn State President Graham Spanier. The incident was not reported to authorities.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Penn State Coach Joe Paterno walks to his residence after speaking to a group of students rallying outside it in State College, Pa., on Tuesday night. Credit: Tim Shaffer / Reuters