Penn State Football Players React To Joe Paterno's Retirement

Penn State's football players were called to a meeting with Joe Paterno at 11 a.m. to discuss his retirement. That meeting, understandably, got a bit emotional. The Daily Collegian's Joe McIntyre and SB Nation's Black Shoe Diaries' Ben Jones both tweeted players' reactions.

From McIntyre:

Joe told players he's retiring. Will be here until end of season. Joe was emotional, crying. #PennState

Nate Stupar said players emotional, too. Never saw Joe cry before.

It was a sad mood. Joe was very emotional. -Derek Moye

Team captain Quinn Barham walked away from Lasch with a hood over his head. Did not talk.

From Jones:

Drew Astorino says "Obviously a tough time for everyone at PSU. Team is handling it well."

Astorino on the room when Joe told the team: "It was tough to hear. Everybody was obviously very emotional, very upset."

Astorino says he doesn't know what to expect from the crowd this weekend.

Referring to Sandusky being around the football building, Astorino: "Not going to comment on that."

For more on the Nittany Lions, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries. Follow all of SB Nation's coverage of the Jerry Sandusky investigation in our StoryStream.

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