Paterno has lung cancer, son says
Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was diagnosed with lung cancer last weekend, one of his sons says.
November 18th, 2011
04:28 PM ET

Paterno has lung cancer, son says

Joe Paterno, the former Penn State football coach who lost his job amid a child sex abuse scandal allegedly involving his former defensive coordinator, has lung cancer, his son Scott Paterno said Friday.

"Last weekend my father was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness," Scott Paterno said in a statement released Friday afternoon. "He is currently undergoing treatment and his doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery.

"As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matter for my parents, and we simply ask that his privacy be respected as he proceeds with treatment."

The 84-year-old Joe Paterno, who had the most wins (409) of any NCAA Division I football coach, was fired last week after former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts in what authorities allege was the sexual abuse of eight boys. Two Penn State officials were also charged with perjury and failing to inform police of the allegations; Paterno is not facing charges.

Paterno coached at Penn State for 61 years, including 45 years as head coach.

Friday's announcement coincides with news that the NCAA is investigating Penn State in connection with the Sandusky charges and the university's handling of the allegations.

"This unprecedented situation demands the NCAA evaluate the university's accountability" and application of NCAA bylaws," NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a letter to the school dated Thursday. The NCAA and Penn State made the letter public on Friday.

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  1. Jersey Girl

    Wondering what diseases they'll announce that all the others involved in the cover-up now have!!??
    I would not be surprised if Sandusky claims that he was molested as a child.
    I can go on and on.

    November 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    my thoughts and prayers are with JOE PA amd his family hnpe the docters are able to cure the cancer and that JOEPA is able to live many more years

    November 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ma & pa

    Jersey Girl, yes. If Sandusky claims he was abused as a child that would be admitting he knew the abject misery, betrayal and helplessness he was inflicting on his victim, and did it anyway. If a clean person is smacked with filth are they to take that filth and smack another clean person? Or should they pitch it right back where it came from, with the help of like-believing peole?

    November 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ma & pa

    (sp. abv. people) A very bad thing we haven't seen mentioned is the attempted mind twisting done on the young to bring as many as possible into the ranks of pedophiles. They're told that because their sensitive bodies (not minds) sometimes respond reflexively to abuse they are same as abuser and that is to be their path from that time foreward. Often no good person has talked to the young person about naturally occurring unbidden responses. The perv uses the lack of perspective against the child to suck him into a worldwide organization. Once he's in and has seen he knows he's 'marked' and if he speaks out he risks all safety.

    November 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ma & pa

    Hold onto any pieces of truth you know so you can speak it when it may do some good. There is strength in numbers, if we don't get shocked. Gotta stop shock. There are millions of us.

    November 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. my opinion

    Only by the grace of god he will be forgiven by god if he repents and turns to god, that's what should most matter to him than others judments. As for the boys who are now grown god also has something in hand for them.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
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