One of the most famous coaches in American sport Joe Paterno was fired after a child abuse scandal in Penn State University.
He has been accused of failing to notify the authorities about his long-serving assistant, Jerry Sandusky, who was arrested, sexually abused eight boys.
Mr Patero was a coach 46 years, has won a record number of major college football games and two national championships .
Thousands of Penn State University students have gone on the rampage after Mr Paterno, 84, was dismissed. According to press, they gathered outside a university administration building, chanting “Hell no, Joe won’t go” and “We want Joe back”.
Some police officers used pepper spray to disperse demonstrators. Police said they had identified numerous suspects that could be charged with riot. They estimated the crowd approached 5,000 people.
On Wednesday Mr Patero announced, that he would retire at the end of the season.
Also Paterno released the following statement:
“I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.
I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care. I have the same goal today.
That’s why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can.
This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life.
With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.
My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University.”
He reportedly broke down in tears. Players gave him a standing ovation when he walked out.
Authorities say Paterno is not accused of any wrongdoing and followed protocol reporting the 2002 incident to his superiors.
asked Penn State students on Thursday to refrain from the violence that wracked their college town following the firing of football coach Joe Paterno, saying the nation is watching their behavior.
At a news conference in State College, Gov. Tom Corbett Corbett also expressed disappointment in Paterno and university President Graham Spanier, who were fired by university trustees.
“As for the students who are rallying around Paterno, we hope university officials will ask them to consider the anguish their actions are causing the victimized children as well as other members of their community who are victims of sexual violence,” BishopAccountability.org said in the statement.