(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Legendary football coach Joe Paterno has a treatable form of lung cancer, his son says.
In a statement obtained by ABC News, Scott Paterno says the former Penn State head football coach was informed of his illness last weekend “during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness.”
“He is currently undergoing treatment and his doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery,” Scott Paterno said. “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.”
The NCAA on Friday opened an investigation into Penn State’s handling of accusations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky that he molested young boys while serving on Paterno’s staff.
Paterno, 84, was fired earlier this month amid pressure placed on the university’s administration from critics who say he knew of at least one instance of sexual misconduct on Sandusky’s behalf and failed to inform the proper authorities.
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