Joe Paterno through the years

Associated Press
FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno stands on the field before his team's NCAA college football game against Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill. Penn State Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the season, according to a person familiar with the decision. The person said Paterno will announce his retirement later Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the decision has yet to be announced. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)

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Joe Paterno joined the Penn State coaching staff in 1950 and took over as head coach in 1966. His coaching career ended in November after a record 409 victories.

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