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Posted: Thursday November 10, 2011 12:10AM ; Updated: Thursday November 10, 2011 1:28AM

Paterno issues statement on firing

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Penn State's board fired Joe Paterno, along with president Graham Spanier

Paterno said he was "disappointed" with the decision "but I have to accept it"

His firing comes after ex-assistant Jerry Sandusky's arrest on sex abuse charges

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PSU trustees fire Paterno, president Spanier
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Penn State's trustees fired coach Joe Paterno and president Graham Spanier amid a child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

By The Associated Press

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno released the following statement Wednesday:

"I am disappointed with the Board of Trustees' decision, but I have to accept it.

A tragedy occurred, and we all have to have patience to let the legal process proceed. I appreciate the outpouring of support but want to emphasize that everyone should remain calm and please respect the university, its property and all that we value.

I have been incredibly blessed to spend my entire career working with people I love. I am grateful beyond words to all of the coaches, players and staff who have been a part of this program. And to all of our fans and supporters, my family and I will be forever in your debt."

Earlier Wednesday, Paterno released a statement saying he planned to retire at the end of the season:

"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."

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