STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -

Hundreds of Penn State students rallied in support of Joe Paterno as the university's head football coach returned to his home in State College Tuesday night.

The rally came hours before Paterno announced that he would end his 46-year career with PSU at the end of this football season. The team's last home game will come this Saturday against Nebraska.

Paterno, 84, was scheduled to hold his weekly news conference Tuesday afternoon, but it was abruptly canceled by the university.

"Due to the ongoing 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," said Jeff Nelson, assistant athletic director for Penn State.

Scott Paterno said his father was disappointed by the university's decision and was prepared to take questions about the scandal involving his former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, as well as the upcoming game against Nebraska.

Sandusky, facing charges of sexually abusing young boys, is free on $100,000 bond after turning himself in over the weekend.

A ninth potential victim has since contacted authorities, said Lt. David Young, who commands the criminal investigation section at the state police barracks in Montoursville.

The man, now in his 20s, contacted the department on Sunday after seeing media accounts of Sandusky's arrest, said Young, who didn't release details about what the man claims occurred.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported that the man knew Sandusky from The Second Mile charity and had never told his parents or authorities about the alleged incidents from about a decade ago.

Two senior officials at the university resigned after being charged with covering up the alleged abuse.

There have been questions about Paterno's role, too. Pennsylvania's state police commissioner said the coach fulfilled his legal requirement when he told university administrators that a graduate assistant had seen Sandusky abusing a young boy in the team's locker room shower in 2002.

The police commissioner, however, said he also believes there were "moral requirements" for anyone who knew of the alleged abuse to alert authorities.

Meanwhile, in a rare, full-page, front-page editorial, the Patriot-News of Harrisburg on Tuesday called for this to be Paterno's last season. The editorial also called for the immediate resignation of Penn State President Graham Spanier.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review called for Spanier and Paterno to both resign in an editorial on Tuesday.

Neither Spanier nor Paterno are charged, but athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz face charges of perjury and failure to report abuse.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly confirmed yesterday that Paterno is not a target of the criminal case, but Kelly declined to make the same statement about Spanier. She said only that the investigation is ongoing.

The grand jury said Spanier testified that he was told Sandusky had been seen "horsing around" with a boy.