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Joe Paterno Will Probably Lose Job, Says Former Penn State Receiver O.J. McDuffie

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Former Penn State receiver O.J. McDuffie said that Joe Paterno will probably lose his job over the Jerry Sandusky scandal. | Getty

NEW YORK -- Former Penn State wide receiver O.J. McDuffie thinks the child sex-abuse case at Penn State will spell the end of coach Joe Paterno's career.

"It is going to be tough for Coach to retain his job," McDuffie said. "I think if Joe had a chance to do it all over again, he might do it differently."

Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who retired in 1999, has been charged with molesting eight young boys between 1994 and 2009.

Athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz have been charged criminally with failing to notify authorities after an eyewitness reported a 2002 assault. They have both since stepped down.

The witness, assistant coach Mike McQueary, testified to a grand jury that he saw Sandusky sodomizing a naked boy in a shower at Penn State's football facilities.

McQueary later reported what he had seen to Paterno, who told Curley but did not call police or protective services.

Curley, Schultz and Paterno testified that they were told that Sandusky behaved inappropriately in that 2002 incident, but not to the extent of McQueary's graphic account to a state grand jury.

Sandusky was arrested Saturday and is out on bail. His lawyer has said Sandusky is innocent.

"I think the fact that this happened on Joe's watch ... this is probably going to be the end of his career in my opinion," said McDuffie, who played for Paterno from 1988-92. "I feel like if he could do it over again, he would go to the authorities."

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