Penn State University's Joe Paterno has announced that he will retire at the end of the season after 45 years as head football coach.
The resignation comes after a child sex abuse scandal in which one of Paternos former top assistants, Jerry Sandusky, has been charged with seven counts of "involuntary deviant sexual intercourse." Sandusky is accused of forcibly sodomizing young boys. One of those cases allegedly occurred in the shower of the Penn State locker room. A graduate assistant reported that incident to Paterno, who alerted the school's athletic director but did not talk to criminal authorities. Paterno has not been charged in the case, but he faced widespread calls to resign for not fulfilling his moral responsibility.
Paterno has the most career victories of any coach in major college football history with 409 wins. His contract was set to expire at the end of the year.
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