By Will Yoder
November 18, 2011

Recently fired Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno has a treatable form of lung cancer, according to CBS News.

Scott Paterno, Joe’s son, told The Associated Press in a statement that the 84-year-old is currently undergoing treatment.

"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 statement to the AP.

Paterno was recently fired by Penn State after failing to tell the police of a reported incident of sexual abuse by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky in 2002. The head coach of 61 years alerted two administrators of the incidents that were brought to his attention by then graduate-assistant Mike McQueary, however there are many who felt he had a duty to do more.

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