No surprises here… the coaching career of Penn State’s football coach Joe Paterno will end at the end of this football season.

Wednesday Paterno issued a statement announcing his decision as the school is engaged in the sex abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.

Paterno says in the statement:

“I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.

“I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care. I have the same goal today.

“That’s why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can. This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.

“My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University.”

Penn State will face No. 17 Nebraska on Saturday in what will be Paterno’s final home game.

Your J.G.F.,

Marcelle English