Report: Penn State is planning Joe Paterno’s exit; son says job is ‘status quo’ (updated)


Joe Paterno during a 2010 bowl game. (SCOTT AUDETTE / Reuters)

Joe Paterno’s son, Scott, told reporters outside the Paterno home that “no one has asked Joe to step down,” according to a report by Ron Musselman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The elder Paterno was surrounded by reporters as he left for practice and said, referring to the press conference the university canceled: “I know you guys have a lot of questions. And I was hoping I was going to be able to answer them today.”

Scott Paterno said his dad’s job is “status quo.”

The Associated Press reported that Paterno’s support among members of the university’s board of trustees was “eroding” and that a decision could be made before the board is scheduled to meet Friday.

The AP reports that Penn State President Graham Spanier also has lost support among members of the board, but that it was clear how much he has lost.

Updated at 1:15 p.m.

The legendary coaching career of Joe Paterno at Penn State will soon be ending, according to a New York Times report.

The timing of Paterno’s exit, in the wake of a child sex-abuse scandal involving one of his former coaches, has not been determined, but he will not return for his 47th season as coach.

According to Mark Viera and Pete Thamel of the Times, sources say that “discussions about how to manage his departure have begun” and the end of his tenure could come within days or weeks.

Paterno, 84, was to have addressed the media today, but his press conference was canceled 30 minutes before it was to have begun, reportedly by PSU President Graham Spanier. He was not going to take questions about the scandal, the school said. By early afternoon, Scott Paterno, Joe's son, reportedly was trying to set up an off-campus press conference for Paterno.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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