Legendary coach will retire after this season under shadow of sex abuse scandal.
Longtime Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno has announced that he will step down at the end of the season.
Reports say Paterno wept openly as he told first his staff, then his players, this would be his final year as a coach at Penn State.
In a written statement released by the university Paterno said he made the decision to retire to make things as "easy as possible" on the university's board of trustees, who he says have "more important matters to address".
The statement went on to say:
"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."
Paterno has faced criticism since former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing young boys.
Joe Paterno has not been implicated in an alleged cover-up, but Penn State's former athletic director and vice president are facing charges.