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Joe Paterno Afflicted with Lung Cancer After Firing From Penn State

Joe Paterno
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Less than 10 days after being fired from a job he held for nearly 46 years, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno revealed Friday he has lung cancer. A statement delivered by son Scott Paterno said the cancer is treatable and doctors expect the coaching legend to make a full recovery.

According to Scott Paterno, his father’s doctor detected the cancer when Joe, 84, went for treatment of a bronchial illness.

The news came the same day the NCAA announced it will be investigating the school’s handling of the sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky that has rocked the Penn State campus in recent days. Pennsylvania officials and the US State Department of Education already launched their own investigations into whether the university violated state and federal laws requiring public institutions to report such crimes.


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