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By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, November 18, 8:16 PM
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Days after losing the job he held for nearly a half century, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer.

Scott Paterno, the Hall of Fame coach’s son, said in a statement provided Friday to The Associated Press that his father’s doctors are optimistic the 84-year-old Paterno will make a full recovery.

The news came shortly after Penn State said the NCAA would look into the school’s handling of a child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Paterno was fired by the board of trustees Nov. 9 for failing to do more about an abuse allegation against Sandusky than report it to his superiors.

“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 the brief statement. The doctor’s visit came the same weekend the school played its first game since the 1960s without Paterno leading the Nittany Lions — Penn State lost, 17-14 to Nebraska.

“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,” Scott Paterno said.

Earlier Friday, The Citizens Voice of Wilkes-Barre reported that Paterno had been seen Wednesday visiting the Mount Nittany Medical Center and was treated for an undisclosed ailment and released.

Sandusky is charged with sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years — charges which he denies. Critics say Paterno should have done more to stop his former assistant, specifically when he was told about an assault in 2002. But the longtime coach is not a target of the ongoing investigation of Sandusky.

Paterno initially announced his retirement effective at the end of the season, saying that the scandal was “one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.” The trustees fired him anyway, about 12 hours later.

Longtime defensive coordinator Tom Bradley replaced Paterno on an interim basis. He broke the news about Paterno’s cancer to the Nittany Lions after the team arrived in Columbus, Ohio, for Saturday’s game against Ohio State.

“I told them sometimes words pale at a time like this. I felt they should hear it from us, exactly what it was, that we were told that it was a treatable lung cancer,” Bradley said. “It’s just one of those things. It’s a tough time for the players.”

Former Penn State quarterback Todd Blackledge, now an ESPN analyst, said Paterno never mentioned the illness when he visited his former coach Thursday in State College.

“In a week or so of many surprises this was another one,” said Blackledge, who noted that Paterno was in good spirits when he saw him. A Penn State spokesman said that as far as he knew, Paterno never smoked.

To say health problems added to Paterno’s troubles during a rough period doesn’t begin to capture the last two weeks. The lurid Sandusky scandal has tarnished the reputation of a coach and a football program that once prided itself on the slogan “Success with Honor.”

The Hall of Famer’s 409 career victories are a Division I record. In all, Paterno guided five teams to unbeaten, untied seasons, and won two national championships.

Sandusky was once expected to succeed Paterno but retired in 1999 not long after being told he wouldn’t get the job.

Two university officials stepped down after they were charged with lying to a grand jury and failing to report the 2002 charge to police, an assault which allegedly took place in a shower in the football building.

A grand jury report said the attack was witnessed by Mike McQueary, a graduate assistant at the time. Now the receivers coach but on administrative leave, McQueary told the grand jury he went to his father first and then to Paterno, who in turn spoke with his boss but didn’t go to the police.

When the state’s top cop said Paterno failed to execute his moral responsibility by not contacting police, public outrage built and the trustees acted.

Besides the criminal case against Sandusky, the university announced last week it was conducting its own probe — and that was before the NCAA said Friday that college sports’ governing body would also start an inquiry.

NCAA president Mark Emmert said in the letter to Penn State president Rod Erickson the probe will look at “Penn State’s exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics programs.”

That once was never a question with Paterno, regarded as college football’s model for running a clean program. He placed as much pride in graduating players as getting to bowl games, and consistently had Penn State among the top-rated academic programs in the country.

Paterno has donated millions back to the university, and his name graces a campus library — not a football facility or athletic complex.

Prior to his firing, Paterno pressed on with coaching in spite of a number of recent ailments. He often walked into news conferences fighting back sniffles, and Paterno often passed it off as nothing more than an annoying cold.

He was said to be in good health this preseason — getting back to his routine of walking around town — before a receiver accidentally blindsided him during preseason drills in August, leaving him with an injured right shoulder and pelvis.

Known for his stubbornness and high pain threshold, Paterno walked away from the collision and stayed on his feet for the rest of the practice period before being encouraged to get checked out by a doctor. The injuries forced him to spend most of the season in the press box.

During the 2010 offseason, Paterno scaled back personal appearances because of an intestinal issue and an adverse reaction to antibiotics prescribed for dental work.

Paterno ran practices from a golf cart in 2008 and spent much of that season in the press box after injuring his hip while trying to show players how to perform an onside kick in practice. Two years earlier, he broke his leg in a sideline collision during Penn State’s game at Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium.

“This is very unfortunate news and another sad note for our Penn State community,” said school president Rod Erickson, who replaced Graham Spanier — Spanier also was ousted the same night Paterno was fired.

“Our thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time and we certainly pray for his speedy recovery,” Erickson said.

Lung cancer kills 1.4 million people around the world each year. In the United States, 221,130 new cases and 156,940 deaths are expected this year. The disease is typically diagnosed in older people. About 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are over age 65.

“There’s a significant number of people who are diagnosed in their 70s and 80s,” said chief medical officer Dr. Otis Brawley of the American Cancer Society. He has no involvement in Paterno’s treatment.

“Generally when I hear that a person has a treatable form of lung cancer, it means the person may very well benefit from surgery to remove a part of the lung,” Brawley said.

While the surgery can be invasive, people who undergo the operation “can do well after that,” he said.

The lights were dim Friday night at Paterno’s modest ranch home next to a park near the end of a dead-end street. A few TV photographers waited across the street for any sign of the coach.

About a mile away, a steady stream of fans arrived in pairs to take pictures at the life-sized bronzed statue of Paterno outside Beaver Stadium. Jill Varady, 24, of York, said she found out about Paterno’s illness after her aunt posted a comment on Facebook.

Despite the scandal, the school should now let Paterno “definitely let him finish the season, and then ... let him retire,” Varady said. “We probably will never know everything that happened.”

The illness didn’t change the perception of how Paterno handled the Sandusky situation, said Tessa Drawbaugh, 26, of State College. “But as far as other than that, he’s an icon,” she said. “Everybody wants him to be well.”
Curious timing to say the least.
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Joe Paterno has cancer? Hell yeah! Oh it's treatable? Dammit.

Joe Paterno can burn for all I care. I hope this is as painful as it can be for him. To hell with him.
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Aka Joe Paterno needs people to feel sorry for him. THE BIG C!!!!! except it's treatable. I'm with Nitro. This is a pity story if I ever heard one. I, Timekiller, in no way believe he had or has any form of cancer. I believe this is simply to make people feel sorry for him in an attempt to seperate him from the monster he hid. Let's never forget WHO had the closet with the skeleton in it.
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Maybe he got it from blowing smoke up so many people's asses for so long.
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NFLN just reported Joe Pa is "near death".
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Just reported he's passed. RIP Jo Pa.

Edit, it was a BS report! What the hell?

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Glad it's false. In the meantime, I hope the pain is intense. He needs to suffer a while longer. I have no compassion whatsoever for that monster.
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I hope he wins his fight if there is anything that should die it is cancer not Joe.
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I hope he wins his fight if there is anything that should die it is cancer not Joe.
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I agree.
Having a father with it I don't like cancer whether the person is good or bad. It harms way to many good folks that I just rather see it go away then effect anyone anymore no matter who it is.
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I like and respect the football coach that is Joe Pa may he RIP when his time comes, but Joe Pa the child molesting enabeler who turned his back on children being raped needs to be in prison and burn in ****.
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I like and respect the football coach that is Joe Pa may he RIP when his time comes, but Joe Pa the child molesting enabeler who turned his back on children being raped needs to be in prison and burn in ****.
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Realizing he has cancer, I think the last few months are killing him quicker than anything else. I think he regrets his actions and his part in the whole thing, but quite possibly for all the wrong reasons. No matter what his regrets stem from in his mind, to know he and Penn State has lost it all in such a relatively short amount of time could be (and probably is) killing him quicker than the disease.
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Pretty much.
Same here my image of the coach was shattered by the reality of the man. I won't celebrate his passing but I won't shed a tear either.
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Joe Paterno, the longtime Penn State coach who won more games than anyone in major college football but was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal that scarred his reputation for winning with integrity, died Sunday. He was 85.
His family released a statement Sunday morning to announce his death.
"He died as he lived," the statement said. "He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community."
Paterno built his program on the credo "Success with Honor," and he found both. The man known as "JoePa" won 409 games and took the Nittany Lions to 37 bowl games and two national championships. More than 250 of the players he coached went on to the NFL.
"He will go down as the greatest football coach in the history of the game," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said after his former team, the Florida Gators, beat Penn State 37-24 in the 2011 Outback Bowl.
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His tenure as the most successful coach in major college football history ended abruptly amid allegations he failed to respond forcefully enough to a sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant.
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It is still very sad IMHO not just him dying but the whole story. RIP Joe. I will never understand what trurly happened over there and why no one ever did anything. I don't have any other words but this story never had to be as big/bad as it is today if someone would have just said the word years ago. I'll stop now because posting/talking about it makes me angry.
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My condolences to the Paterno family and wishes for peace in this time of mourning for their loved one.

I reflect to my son predicting that Joe would probably would survive six months after the exposure and his role in knowing the molestations were allowed to continue.
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A predictable ending to a sad collapse of a myth. I neither celebrate or mourn.
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