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Scott Paterno: 'No One Has Asked Joe to Step Down'

on November 08, 2011 3:10 PM

No one has asked Joe Paterno to step down as Penn State's head football coach, his son Scott Paterno told reporters about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

"Guys, no one has asked Joe to step down," the younger Paterno said.

In a brief appearance outside the Paterno family home in State College, Scott Paterno would say little else. But he did encourage the journalists to follow him on Twitter.

Scott Paterno will announce via the social-media site when more communication will be forthcoming, he said.

A crowd of reporters -- dozens of them -- gathered outside the Paterno family home, in the College Heights neighborhood, shortly after the cancellation of Joe Paterno's regular Tuesday press conference.

Joe Paterno had been scheduled to address the media at his normal time -- 12:30 p.m. Tuesday -- in Beaver Stadium. But Penn State President Graham Spanier pulled the plug on that, Scott Paterno has said. The cancellation announcement came down less than an hour before the press conference's usual start time.

A prepared Penn State statement given to reporters reads as follows: "Due to the on-going (sic) legal circumstances centered around the recent allegations and charges, we have determined that today's press conference cannot be held and will not be rescheduled."

At 12:50 p.m., Scott Paterno indicated via Twitter that he plans to assemble another press gathering for his father.

That tweet was instrumental in prompting reporters to gather outside the Paterno family home, where many expected some kind of event or statement.

Scott Paterno, his brother David Paterno and Joe Paterno himself emerged from the house about 2 p.m.

The sons helped move their father through the media crowd and into a BMW sport-utility vehicle. David and Scott Paterno said their father was going to football practice.

A number of Penn State fans -- apparently students -- had gathered outside the home along with reporters. One yelled: "We love you, Joe" when the elder Paterno appeared.

Several fans began performing the upbeat "Joe-Pa-Terno" chant -- followed by claps -- as Joe Paterno got into the BMW and was driven away. David Paterno, at one point, clapped along with the fans.

The New York Times, citing unnamed sources, reported earlier Tuesday that Joe Paterno's departure as head coach will happen soon. Scott Paterno, however, has called that report "premature."

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