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Joe Paterno Diagnosed With Lung Cancer

NCAA investigates Penn State; Jerry Sandusky's charity collapses.
1:59 | 11/18/11

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Late word coming into David Penn State's legendary football coach Joseph Paterno forced to resign after that sex scandal. Is now battling lung cancer his -- revealing the news today saying his father's condition is treatable. More on that in a moment but also involving Penn State. The NC -- -- tonight says it is now unleashing its own investigation which could put the entire Penn State program in jeopardy. ABC's Jim ultimately -- off on both fronts tonight. He is 84 years old and as far as most remember never seen smoking in public. -- even on the night he was fired the last time he was seen Joseph Paterno was still giving out fatherly advice get a good night's -- I study. Three days later says his son in a statement issued late today. My father was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer. During a follow up visit for a bronchial illness his friend and former national championship quarterback Todd -- -- visited him last night. And found a Paterno still concerned about Penn State. But not mentioning either the scandal that swirled around his beloved football program or the cancer revealed today. The stuff that's going on in. Auburn university and affecting the university an impact in university. I think he cares very deeply about. There was other bad news for Penn State football today the NCAA announced it is launching an investigation. Into how the university monitors -- sports programs and the New York Times reported tonight the second mile charity prosecutors say was used to funnel kids to Jerry sandusky is closing. And the man at the center of that controversy send -- he was seen today driving back into -- state college house. Which was hit by another break last night breaking a window. Anything to say -- I don't not I don't what -- -- that let them. The note he handed over said I have nothing to say contact my lawyer if you wish. I spoke to that attorney this morning for more than an hour he told me he -- sandusky is innocent but if he -- proven guilty he deserves to spend the rest of his life. Interest.

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