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Breaking: Report Indicates Joe Paterno's Time in Penn State Coming to an End

Joe Paterno's time in Penn State is coming to an end, according to reports.

According to an article by the New York Times, the Penn State athletic department is planning a departure for head coach and college football legend Joe Paterno.

The article states that things could move as soon as "days or weeks." According to the report, the Penn State board of trustees has not yet decided on an exact time to let go of Joe-Pa, and the school decided to cancel his scheduled press conference less than an hour before it was scheduled to start.

This is a very dark time for Penn State, and it adds another asterisk to this season for the Big Ten, which already saw Ohio State involved in an offseason scandal earlier this year. By all accounts, this scenario is much more serious.

Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing eight boys over a 15 year period, and news broke on Tuesday morning of a ninth victim coming forward. Paterno has been criticized and likely will lose his job for failing to report the issue to police when he learned of an incident back in 2002.

By many accounts, the accusations and charges are not a shock, considering rumors had been swirling around campus about Sandusky. This is another case of people simply failing to do the right thing, which would have been reporting the infraction right away as opposed to protecting guys who thought they were their true "friends."

Paterno has been an icon for not only Penn State, but for college football. This would be a very sad and disappointing way to see his career in Happy Valley end.

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