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Joe Paterno 'Disappointed' By Penn State's Decision To Fire Him

Joe Paterno quickly shot back a formal statement in response to the move last night by the Penn State Board of Trustees to remove him from his post as head football coach immediately. This morning, Paterno released a statement of his disappointment and continues to acknowledge the tragedy that has taken place.

He writes, "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 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 a part of this program. And to all of our fans and supporters, my family and I will be forever in your debt."