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Joe Paterno's statement on firing

Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State

Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions during warmups before facing the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium. (Sept. 11, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Joe Paterno issued the following statement after news broke that he was fired as the head coach of Penn State football:

"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."

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