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November 9th, 2011
08:00 PM ET

AC360 Poll: Joe Paterno's resignation

Penn State's football coach, Joe Paterno, announced today he will retire at the end of the season. His departure stems from child rape allegations against a former assistant coach. Paterno says he’s devastated and wishes he’d done more about it. He hasn’t been charged in the sex abuse investigation, but some think he should retire immediately for moral failings.


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  1. Katie

    Paterno followed policy and is now being punished for someone elses alleged actions why does the man who witnessed the act still have a job he didn't call the police either. This is no longer a country of innocent until proven guilty what is sad is he did the right thing and is being fired I've worked in a job of mandated reporting and I was not permitted to do the actual reporting my superior was to be notified and they were to file the report. I'm behind you Joe, you were railroaded.

    November 9, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  2. Lauren Cohen Wichman

    If only Congress could deliberate with smart quick resolve to our Country's problems as Penn State's Trustee's did today. Whether you agree with their decisions or not ~ at least they took action with dignity toward their University, the country, and their Sports program.

    November 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  3. Mary

    Anderson, I think the law changed in the mid 1990's but the Pennsylvania law read: Staff members of public or private agencies, institutions and facilities. Board regulated practitioners who are staff members of a medical or other public or private institution, school, facility or agency, and who, in the course of their employment, occupation or practice of their profession, come into contact with children shall immediately notify the person in charge of the institution, school, facility or agency or the designated agent of the person in charge when they have reasonable cause to suspect on the basis of their professional or other training or experience, that a child coming before them in their professional or official capacity is a victim of child abuse. Upon notification by the Board regulated practitioner, the person in charge or the designated agent shall assume the responsibility and have the legal obligation to report or cause a report to be made in accordance with subsections

    Joe Paterno was for the most part not dealing with minor children, he did what the law had required in his earlier years, with age I am sure he would not be aware of the current law. He reported it to the people that should have reacted and reported. So sad that he is going into retirement under these horrible conditions. Feel sorry he will probably go into hybernation and die in a short time.

    November 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  4. Dan

    The latest development (Paterno's retirement proposal) is just one more example of the problem at the root of the whole thing, i.e. that universities put football above all else. If he did something wrong, then he should be gone now, along with all of the others who did something wrong. This proposal to retire in the future is an outrageous affront to common sense and decency. We can only hope that the Penn State Board has the guts to do what needs to be done.

    November 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm |

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