Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Happy Valley reacts to PSU Coach Joe Paterno's retirement

Here's some reactions from around Centre County to news of Joe Paterno's decision to retire at the end of this season.

From Fran Fisher, who said he's "a good friend" with Joe and Sue Paterno and started in the Penn State radio network the first year Paterno became head coach:

"It's a difficult thing to think that his retirement is the result of a circumstance that is not appropriate to defining his career.";

"I have nothing but admiration for the guy, the contributions he's made, which far overshadow any innuendo of misdoing in his part of this Sandusky situation."

"The man should be remembered for his contributions he made to the sport of football, to the development of young, and to the dedication he and his wife had to the Pennsylvania State University."

From Lou Prato, retired director of the Penn State All-Sports Museum and author of four Penn State football history books:

"I feel sorry for him. I have empathy for him. If what comes out is true, I might have other feelings."

"I didn't want it to end this way. I covered Joe from before he met Sue," when Prato worked at the Daily Collegian.

"I feel very, very sorry for a lot of people caught up in this."  

From Chris Exarchos, Centre County commissioner-elect:

"I personally have a lot of fond memories of him. I think he's a great man. He's done a lot for the university outside of football," he said.

But, he said, in some ways Paterno has to acknowledge his part.

"It saddens me no end that a great institution like that has fallen in this situation," he said.

From Jean Pytel

, former Faculty Senate chairwoman and associate professor:

"Many of us were thinking that he may retire after this year anyway, given where he is and his level of accomplishment. It's too bad the current situation has muddied the waters in terms of his his true motivation for retiring at this particular time," she said.

From Paul Frankhouser), of Lemont, PSU alumnus and passionate fan:

"It's not the way Joe should end things. It's a shame."

From Dale Hoffman, of the Centre County Alumni Association:

"I'm saddened by the fact that he has to end his career based on this. But I believe he's doing it for the good of the university and the good of his students."

Mark Poblete, president of the Blue Band Alumni Association:

"I'm disappointed, as I think all Penn Staters are, that Coach Paterno's tenure has to end shrouded in so much controversy and question. He's meant so much to this University and to the community, far more than his coaching successes, and Saturday truly is going to be one of the most emotional days in Penn State's history. I'm looking forward to being in the stands at Beaver Stadium on Saturday from kickoff to the final whistle, and I know it's going to be an emotional game regardless of the outcome. It'll be surreal to think that this will be the last time we see him on the sidelines."