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. Paul Willson

    Go beat this Coach. Best wishes

    November 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • B=Dog

      Lets forgive him, because he's good at coaching football.

      November 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Victoria

    Sorry to say but, there's no TREATABLE lung cancer. Actually, lung cancer has a very high mortality rate. I know by fact because my mother died of lung cancer and the best scenario (life spectrum) is 2 years.

    November 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hey hey

    This is breaking news?

    November 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kris

    **Breaking News"" Paterno has a cold! It's treatable but will need some rest.

    November 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Karloff

    So?

    November 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe Pa

    I don't really have lung cancer. Just want the media off my back and it was the best thing I could come up with.

    November 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JimmyVA

    Look at all the Joe HATERS!!! You low life's wish you could be half the man Paterno has been. You all convict and hang people BEFORE any facts are even brought to light.

    You all will die too some day, shame the way you act in your life. Bet most won;t care when you do either. Losers.

    November 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jnpa

      Very well said!

      November 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • chicago2010

      Looks like you should be the one worrying about death and facing God. And Paterno.

      November 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • SPF

      What? There are plenty of people that are twice what Joe is, and they would not so easily dismiss serious allegations of people under them.

      November 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Agreed. Haters = losers. Get a life people.

      November 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ana

    KARMA. Cover-up is not THE WAY TO GO.

    November 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Karma? Then why post such a comment. You are next...

      November 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Adam

    This might work against him. He might have been smoking because of his guilt re:the kids!

    November 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ugh

    sad to read some of these comments. no body has even heard Joe's side of the story. give the guy a break! Your only source of real information has been a grand jury report meant to indict jerry sandusky. all else has been speculation.

    November 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • jnpa

      Joe had a news conference scheduled the week this all hit the news to talk about the Nebraska game and also answer questions about the scandal. PSU abruptly cancelled it because of the ongoing investigation. Soon after, he was fired. It isn't right or fair to judge anyone without knowing both sides of the story. I heard a grand jury is not like a regular trial in the way questions are asked and the way witnesses reply. He hasn't had a chance to say anything, but he has been tried, convicted and sentenced in the court of public opinion and that is wrong.

      November 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sasquatch

      So true. The media has vilified Joe Pa, so he's obvbiously guilty, right? LMAO. Now people don't care if he dies, and, think him getting lung cancer is Karma related. Does anyone know what McQuery said to Jo Pa? No. They don't. They act like they do bc they eat anything the agenda laced media tells them. People like these are what's wrong with America. Go vote for Barak again, LOSERS.

      November 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Awww...

    that's a shame. I sure liked him in Up!

    November 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MIguel

    He should tell his supervisor. The forget about it.

    November 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. delrose

    Cancer is a deeply personal matter and it should be kept that way. It doesn't take away from the personal exploitation of the young boys under Penn State's watch. I wish Joe well in his recovery and that he may be able to do is part in the investigation and prosecution process that is coming.

    November 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Skippy

    Who CARES??? He SHOULD ROT IN HELL for what he has done!

    November 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sasquatch

      What exactly has he done, skippy? You tell us what McQuery told him, since you obviously know to the point you're ready to cast him into hell and let him rot. We're waiting....

      November 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. News?

    More like sympathy bait.

    November 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
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