The New York Times is reporting Joe Paterno's time as football coach at Penn State is nearing its end.
Paterno, whose weekly news conference today was canceled by the school's president, has been coach for 46 seasons. But this week, a sex-abuse scandal has enveloped Penn State and resulted in two top athletic department officials facing charges of perjury and failure to report sexual abuse allegations.
The Times report, based on sources who were "briefed on conversations among the university's top officials" indicates Paterno's departure could be within "days or weeks."
Paterno's former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, was arrested Saturday and charged with sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year period. Paterno has been criticized for failing to alert police when he learned of an allegation against Sandusky in 2002, although Paterno did tell Penn State officials.
Paterno has not been charged. Athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schutz were charged with perjury and failure to report the allegation to authorities.
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