Paterno's resignation leaves players shocked, sad

NANCY ARMOUR AP National Writer Published:

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Joe Paterno was in tears, his players in shock.

Quarterback Paul Jones said he's never even seen a TV clip of Paterno crying. But when he announced he was stepping down, Jones says "he was crying the whole time."

Struggling to keep his emotions in check, Paterno stood in front of his players for 10 minutes Wednesday to say the words many already knew but never thought they'd actually hear.

The players gave Paterno a standing ovation at the end of the meeting. Paterno was somber as he left, while players still appeared to be in disbelief.

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