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Sex scandal forces Penn State's Paterno into retirement

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, 84, is retiring at the end of this season, saying the effects of a child sex abuse scandal involving former heir apparent Jerry Sandusky have been overwhelming.
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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, 84, is retiring at the end of this season, saying the effects of a child sex abuse scandal involving former heir apparent Jerry Sandusky have been overwhelming.

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