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Joe Paterno's Statement Following Dismissal

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For the record, here is Joe Paterno's statement released Wednesday night following his dismissal by the Penn State Board of Trustees:

"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."