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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno walks off the field after warm ups before Penn State's NCAA college football game against Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill. A person familiar with the decision says Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the season. The person says Paterno will announce his retirement later Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 . (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno walks off the field after warm ups before Penn State's NCAA college football game against Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill. A person familiar with the decision says Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the season. The person says Paterno will announce his retirement later Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 . (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)

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  • FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno walks off the field after warm ups before Penn State's NCAA college football game against Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill. A person familiar with the decision says Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the season. The person says Paterno will announce his retirement later Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 . (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)
  • In this Oct. 8, 2011 file photo, Penn St. assistant football coach Mike McQueary, left, talks with head coach Joe Paterno during an NCAA college football game against Iowa, in State College, Pa. Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, the school's senior vice president for business and finance, face arraignment Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, on charges they lied to a grand jury investigating former defense coordinator Jerry Sandusky and failed to properly report suspected child abuse, a case that has left fans reeling. In 2002, State Attorney General Linda Kelly said, a graduate assistant, identified by two people familiar with the investigation as McQueary, saw Sandusky sexually assault a naked boy, estimated to be about 10 years old, in a team locker room shower. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar, File)
  • In this Oct. 8, 2011 file photo, Penn State President Graham Spanier, left, and head football coach Joe Paterno chat during warmups before an NCAA college football game against Iowa, in State College, Pa. Penn State administrators have canceled Paterno's weekly news conference Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011, in which he was expected to field questions about a sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach. Paterno's son Scott tells The Associated Press that the decision was made by president Graham Spanier's office. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar, File)
  • In this Nov. 6, 2004 file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno pauses on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of his team's 14-7 loss to Northwestern, in State College, Pa. A high-ranking Penn State official says support for football coach Paterno is eroding among the school's board of trustees. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. The person is familiar with the trustees' discussions but says it's unclear what the consequences for Paterno will be. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
  • Ed Temple, a lifelong State College resident, drives around Beaver Stadium at Penn State with a cut out of Joe Paterno on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in State College, Pa.  Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Nelson announced Tuesday, that coach Paterno's weekly NCAA college football news conference was canceled. (AP Photo/York Daily Record, Jason Plotkin)  YORK DISPATCH OUT
  • Penn State sophomore Andrew Barney kneels like Denver Broncos football player Tim Tebow, who prays during football games, beside a statue of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno,  on the schools campus in State College, Pa., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. According to Barney, he was 'tebowing' in a show of  support for Paterno. Paterno's support among the Penn State board of trustees was described as 'eroding' Tuesday, threatening to end the 84-year-old coach's career amid a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former assistant and one-time heir apparent. (AP Photo/York Daily Record, Jason Plotkin) YORK DISPATCH OUT
  • Lauren Acquaviva, left, accompanied by her husband Michael and son 10-month-old Matthias, protest outside an administrative building on the Penn State campus Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in State College, Pa.  The family was protesting university administration's handling of an alleged child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
  • Penn State football coach Joe Paterno speaks briefly to reporters as he leaves for football practice, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in State College, Pa. Paterno said he wanted to speak about child sex-abuse allegations against a former assistant but could not at this time. (AP Photo/The Citizens' Voice, Michael R. Sisak)
  • Students greet Penn State coach Joe Paterno as he arrives at his home, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in State College, Pa. Paterno's support among the Penn State board of trustees was described as 'eroding' Tuesday, threatening to end the 84-year-old coach's career amid a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former assistant and one-time heir apparent. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
  • Protestors call for the resignation of Penn State University's president Graham Spanier amid a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former football assistant, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, on the school's campus. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
  • Students greet Penn State coach Joe Paterno as he arrives at his home, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in State College, Pa. Paterno's support among the Penn State board of trustees was described as 'eroding' Tuesday, threatening to end the 84-year-old coach's career amid a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former assistant and one-time heir apparent. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
  • Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, right,  yells at referee Jack Childress after a fourth quarter pass interference call during the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 in Tampa, Fla.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • FILE - In this Dec. 6, 1990 file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno, left, and Florida Sate football coach Bobby Bowden share a laugh during a news conference for the Blockbuster Bowl college football game in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A person familiar with the decision says Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will retire after the Seminoles play in a bowl game. Bowden will retire as the second winningest coach in major-college football behind Penn State's Joe Paterno. The 80-year-old Bowden has won 388 games in 44 seasons as a head coach. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Florida State's Bobby Bowden, left, and Penn State's Joe Paterno talk before the Orange Bowl game on Jan. 3 in Miami. The winningest coaches in Division I-A were elected Tuesday to the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, left, and Penn State coach Joe Paterno discuss their friendship, coaching histories, and the upcoming Orange Bowl game during a press conference Thursday in Hollywood.

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