Joe Paterno, the Penn State football coach who was fired last week due to his role in a child molestation cover-up, has been diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer.
His son, Scott, said the diagnosis took place last week and released the following statement:
"He is currently undergoing treatment and his doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery. 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."
Penn State remains under intense scrutiny and investigation for the alleged actions of ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who faces 40 counts of sexual abuse charges stemming from his interactions with young boys on and off the university's campus.
He recently admitted to showering with these young teens.