Paterno’s final interview: ‘I just did what I thought was best’

** FILE ** Penn State head coach Joe Paterno stands with his players before they ran onto the field before their college football game against Youngstown State, in this Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, file photo in State College, Pa. Penn State won 37-3. No. 1 Ohio State has a wealth of options on offense, but the whole show is orchestrated by Heisman hopeful Troy Smith. How will No. 24 Penn State stop the mobile quarterback on Saturday? (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Joe Paterno made his only extensive comments on the Penn State abuse scandal and its fallout in an exclusive interview with The Post's Sally Jenkins.


STATE COLLEGE PA, JANUARY 12: Susan Paterno, left, sits with her husband, Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno as he is interviewed about his dismissal, at his home in State College PA, January 12, 2012.  (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Video: 'We've got a problem, I think'

The Post's Sally Jenkins discusses her exclusive interview with Paterno, in which he speaks about the abuse scandal that forced him from his job.

Excerpts from the Paterno interview

Joe Paterno made his first extensive comments on the Penn State abuse scandal and its fallout in an exclusive interview with The Post’s Sally Jenkins. The interview took place Jan. 12 and 13.

Poll: Joe Paterno’s actions in Penn State sex abuse scandal

How do you feel about Joe Paterno’s actions after learning of alleged sexual abuse by a longtime assistant coach?


A fan views a statue of former football coach Joe Paterno before an NCAA college football game between Nebraska and Penn State Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Photos: Paterno takes a look back

Images of Paterno — from some of his earliest career achievements through the interview in his home.

Joe Paterno interview: Sally Jenkins discusses her talk with ex-Penn State coach

Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins hosts a live discussion with readers about her exclusive interview with former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

Post Sports Live: Arrington on Paterno

LaVar Arrington offers his reaction to Joe Paterno's first lengthy comments about the Sandusky scandal.

Penn State scandal archives

The case against Sandusky

The case against Sandusky

A look at the victims and events in the case against Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, as reported by the grand jury that investigated.

Complete video coverage

Complete video coverage

Interviews, news conferences and analysis since the news first broke in early November.