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A sampling of reaction from Penn State players, coaches, alumni and others on Joe Paterno’s decision to retire as coach after the season following child sex-abuse charges against former assistant Jerry Sandusky:
“It’s really, really pulling on the emotions of the students. Right now, they don’t know how to feel.” _ Penn State student body president T.J. Bard, a 20-year-old junior who says he’s seen students in tears in the hallways.
“I think everybody makes mistakes and this is as horrific a mistake as has been made. … I think if the allegations are true, that everyone needs to be accountable because it’s inexcusable.” _ Pittsburgh attorney Jon Perry, a 1997 graduate whose son, Alex, was accepted to Penn State’s main campus on Tuesday.
“I love coach Paterno so am I emotional, yeah. People you love and care about, this is a hard thing for him, I’m sure. I know it is. So it hurts me when someone you love hurts. Other than that I have a job to do. I know he’d want me to do nothing else but take care of my team. Joe is but he’s not a big sentimental guy. ‘Do your job, kid.’ That’s what he’d say.” _ Rutgers coach and former Penn State assistant Greg Schiano.
“Shocked. It’s not going to sink in yet. He’s been a staple here for so long. It’s kind of hard to realize there’s going to be change.” _ Penn State junior Troy Weller, from Hatboro, Pa.
“I’ve never seen players get that way. I’ve never seen coaches get that way. I’ve never seen coach (Paterno) get that down before.” _ Penn State junior cornerback Stephon Morris following Wednesday meeting with Paterno.
“Joe Paterno should step aside now and be happy that that’s all he has to do!!” _ Michael Strahan, former New York Giants’ defensive end and TV analyst, via Twitter.
“It’s a terrible, sad series of events, especially that would lead to someone who’s accomplished so much retiring. But I think the most important concern in all of this is for the kids. That would be my utmost concern relative to this circumstance.” _ Alabama coach Nick Saban.
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