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Joe Paterno Retiring After 2011 Season, Son Scott Paterno Confirms

Legendary Penn St. Nittany Lions football coach Joe Paterno will retire, son Scott Paterno has confirmed to the Patriot-News' Sara Ganim. Paterno will finish out the season before stepping down, says his son.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Paterno will retire, a day after the New York Times reported his exit was in the works. Scott Paterno denied Tuesday that his father had been asked to step down. Penn State's board of trustees held a meeting Tuesday night for the second time this week to discuss the future of the football program and university.

Penn State's remaining schedule includes one home game: this Saturday against Nebraska. The Nittany Lions also travel to Ohio State and Wisconsin before competing in a bowl game. Nobody really cares to look that far ahead right now, considering the weight of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, but college football all but officially has only four games left of Joe Paterno.

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.