As if things weren’t going bad enough for him, today it was announced this afternoon that Joe Paterno has lung cancer. According to his son, Scott Paterno, the former Penn State coach has a treatable form of lung cancer. Joe Paterno, who is 84 years old, is going through treatment now, and doctors are optimistic he will recover fully.
In his statement this afternoon, son Scott asked that the public and press respect Joe’s privacy in this personal matter for his parents. He also said the lung cancer diagnosis was made last weekend while he was being checked out for a bronchial illness.
This new setback for Joe Paterno follows soon after the shocking sexual abuse allegations that rocked Penn State and former coach Jerry Sandusky. Paterno was fired soon after the allegations were publicized.