STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno
has a treatable form of lung cancer, according to his son.
Scott Paterno said in a statement provided to The Associated
Press by a family representative on Friday that the 84-year-old Joe
Paterno is undergoing treatment and that "his doctors are
optimistic 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," Scott Paterno said in a brief
Scott Paterno said the diagnosis was made during a follow-up
visit last weekend for a bronchial illness.
Earlier Friday, the Standard-Speaker newspaper of Hazleton, Pa.,
reported that Paterno had been seen Wednesday visiting the Mount
Nittany Medical Center and was treated for an undisclosed ailment
Paterno was fired last week in the aftermath of shocking
allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky,
charged with sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years. He
initially announced his retirement effective the end of the season
the morning of Nov. 9 before university trustees fired him about 12
The lurid scandal tarnished the reputation of 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.
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