JoePa’s Reign Ends At End Of Season (I Still Want Answers)

Statue Of Joe Paterno

Let's not tear this down. Let's sigh in resignation.

Joe Paterno made a statement as he announced that he is going to retire at the end of the season.  It’s better than leaving right now, but it still isn’t good.  The whole situation that perpetrated this announcement is just terrible, but I still think everyone wants answers.  I know I do.  I said yesterday that I wanted to hear him answer the questions, but I didn’t think that we would have to deal with the day when he would retire and not answer the questions.  He did say that:

“I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.”

“I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care. I have the same goal today.”

“That’s why 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. My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this university.”

Unfortunately, this does not answer any questions, and they’re going to linger until he answers them.  Joe is getting very old, and I really don’t want him to take the answers to his grave.  I fear this is what might happen.

This cannot go unexplained.

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