Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Statement from Joe Paterno after his dismissal

Joe Paterno issued the following statement after being dismissed as Penn State's football coach:

Statement from Joe Paterno after his dismissal

Joe Paterno issued the following statement after being dismissed as Penn State's football coach:

I am disappointed with the Board of Trustees' decision but I have to accept it. A tragedy occurred, and we all have to have patience to let the legal process proceed.

I appreciate the outpouring of support but I want to emphasize that everyone should remain calm and please respect the university, its property and all that we value.

I have been incredibly blessed to spend my entire career working with people I love. I am grateful beyond words to all of the coaches, players and staff who have been part of this program.

And to all of our fans and supporters, my family and I will be forever in your debt.

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season will be Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer