After being fired from Penn State in November former head coach Joe Paterno who was fired from allegations surrounding assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is now in what people close to him are calling serious condition.
“Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications,” the spokesman said Saturday. “His doctors have now characterized his status as serious. His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.”
Paterno is Division I Football’s all time Winningest coach and would’ve most likely have gotten a couple more if he wasn’t fired.
Paterno’s cancer diagnosis was discovered on November 18th, just nine days after being fired due to Sandusky’s sexual abuse charges. Since being notified of the cancer, Paterno has been getting treatment for the disease.
After hearing the news CBBSports.com would report that Joe Paterno had died, however Scott Paterno, Joe’s son, denied the reports saying, “CBS report is wrong – Dad is alive but in serious condition. We continue to ask for prayers and privacy during this time,’ Scott Paterno wrote on Twitter.
After hearing of the news from CBS, many people began posting facebook updates and twitter updates in the idea of saying rest in peace Joe Paterno, however they aren’t necessary as he’s still fighting.
CBSSports.com would later say that they got there information from Onward State, a Penn State blog. Onward State retracted its report, saying “We were confident when we ran with it, and are still trying to figure out where our process failed. We apologize sincerely for error.”
Onward State’s managing editor announced his resignation later on tonight.
Another one of Paterno’s sons, Jay Paterno, would tweet “I appreciate the support & prayers. Joe is continuing to fight.,” Jay Paterno wrote on his own Twitter account.
Since taking over Penn State 46 seasons ago, Joe Paterno won 409 games (The most in Division I Football history) two National Championships, three Big Ten Championships, as well as many other awards, and donated millions of dollars to Penn State University. However, his legacy will always, as for now be tarnished by the sexual abuse charges that his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky performed.
As for if Joe Paterno is going to fight off his cancerous disease or of how much longer he has, there has been no word, however it has been confirmed that Joseph Vincent Paterno is still alive.