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After 46 years and a career that had gone down as the best in college sports history, Joe Paterno has announced that he’s retiring at the end of this season, his reputation in tatters over a child abuse sex scandal that has shaken all of Penn State.

“Joe Pa” announced his retirement in a statement that came a day after the university’s board announced that he wouldn’t be coaching next year.

“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,” the statement reads.

The backwards chronology of the announcement is in keeping with the inadequate way the university has handled the scandal, starting years ago.

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