Joe Paterno Wants To Tell Story

January 8, 2012 by staff 

Joe Paterno Wants To Tell StoryJoe Paterno Wants To Tell Story, Jay Paterno, the son of former longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi that his father is “fighting like crazy” to beat lung cancer and would like to tell his side of the story that ultimately led to his firing.

“He’s doing well because of the fact he’s in great spirits,” Jay Paterno said in a wide-ranging interview. “Anytime you have this kind of fight on your hands, you have to have a fighting spirit, which Joe has always had. And he’s fighting like crazy. But it takes some, takes some energy out of him like it does anybody else. I mean, he said to me, ‘I get tired from time to time.’

“He’s very anxious to get out there soon and start to tell his side of the story and start to express — get all the facts out,” Jay Paterno said. “What that timetable is I don’t know exactly. But he definitely is chomping at the bit.”

Paterno told Rinaldi that he wants Penn State fans, alumni and supporters to back new coach Bill O’Brien, who was officially hired on Saturday.

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