Joe Paterno, the winningest head coach in college football history, will reportedly retire from his post as coach of the Penn St. Nittany Lions at the end of the 2011 season in light of the Jerry Sandusky scandal that has rocked the college football world.
Paterno's retirement was first reported by the Associated Press and has been confirmed by his son, Scott Paterno. Joe Paterno has been the target of criticism for not going to the police in light of the 40 felony charges against Sandusky, the longtime defensive coordinator for Penn Sate, who allegedly sexually harassed and assaulted as many as eight boys, some as young as 10 years old.
Paterno has coached the Nittany Lions since 1966 and has compiled a record of 409-136-3 to go along with a record 24 bowl wins in 37 appearances, also a record, for a postseason winning percentage of .662. Paterno guided the team to five 12-win seasons and finished with the No. 1 ranking in the country five times in his career.