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Penn State coach Joe Paterno to retire, following Jerry Sandusky allegations

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is to retire in the wake of the allegations made against his former assistant Jerry Sandusky. Although Paterno is not accused of any wrongdoing himself, he has allegedly said that with the benefit of hindsight he wishes he had done more to deal with the situation.

Jerry Sandusky has allegedly been accused of molesting a series of boys. There have also been allegations that various officials (not including Paterno) failed to notify authorities after claims against Sandusky a number of years ago. Much attention has focused on a report that Sandusky was allegedly accused of having sex with a 10-year-old a number of years ago.

Joe Paterno has been head coach at Penn State for a remarkable 46 years, and has overseen more than 400 victories. From 1950 to 1965 he was assistant coach before taking the top position, and his total career with the team runs to a record-breaking 62 seasons. But the 2011 season will now be his last, and a great career looks set to come to a less than glorious conclusion.

About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.

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