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Schultz and Curley were both also charged with perjury. Lawyers for all three men have said they are innocent.

“I understand that people are upset and angry, but let’s be fair and let the legal process unfold,” Paterno said in the statement. “In the meantime I would ask all Penn Staters to continue to trust in what that name represents, continue to pursue their lives every day with high ideals and not let these events shake their beliefs nor who they are.”

A Hall of Famer, Paterno on Oct. 29 won his 409th victory, most among Division I coaches. Penn State was off this weekend and next plays Nebraska on Saturday in the home finale.

“If true, the nature and amount of charges made are very shocking to me and all Penn Staters,” he said. “While I did what I was supposed to with the one charge brought to my attention, like anyone else involved I can’t help but be deeply saddened these matters are alleged to have occurred.”

Instead of excited chatter about a potential Big Ten title after a surprising 8-1 start, the focus is squarely on the disturbing abuse charges.

An athletic department spokesman said Paterno would not be available to talk to reporters until his regularly scheduled Tuesday media availabilities, and referred all comment to the university’s media relations department. There were busy signals Sunday to several calls to Paterno’s home.

In his record 46 years on the job, he’s never faced a crisis quite like the one now hovering over Happy Valley like a dark cloud. While other programs were plagued by controversy after controversy _ Ohio State and Miami this year, for instance _ Penn State, one of the storied programs in the college football history, seemingly just rolled right along with about as much buzz as their plain blue-and-white uniforms, holding true to its slogan “Success with Honor.”

Miami coach Al Golden, a former Penn State tight end, returned to his alma mater in 2000 as a linebacker coach and recruiting coordinator. Golden was hired to fill the vacancy created when Sandusky retired in 1999.

“Shocked and disheartened,” Golden said. “But other than that, I really don’t know much about it or what’s going on. But the news that I did learn, I was shocked and disheartened, like so many others, I’m sure.”

Golden has remained close with several people at the school and still speaks with the highest regard for Joe Paterno.


AP writers Mark Scolforo in Harrisburg and Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report.