Paterno issues statement on firing

In this Oct. 8, 2011 file photo, Penn State President Graham Spanier, left, and head football coach Joe Paterno chat during warmups before an NCAA college football game against Iowa, in State College, Pa. Penn State administrators have canceled Paterno's weekly news conference Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011, in which he was expected to field questions about a sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach. Paterno's son Scott tells The Associated Press that the decision was made by president Graham Spanier's office. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar, File)

November 9, 2011 11:00:20 PM PST
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno released the following statement Wednesday:

"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."