November 9th, 2011
05:41 PM ET

Paterno retiring at end of season amid Penn St. child sex scandal

(CNN) - Longtime Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno will retire at the end of the 2011 season, he said in a statement Wednesday.

Paterno said he was "absolutely devastated by the developments" regarding a child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant football coach and two university officials.

"I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief," Paterno said.

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