Joe Paterno interview: Ex Penn State coach speaks for first time since firing

Joe Paterno speaks mostly in a whisper these days. His hand sometimes trembles. His thick black hair is gone; in its place is a wig, the Associated Press reports. Sitting at his kitchen table in a wheelchair, a blanket rests in his lap. A broken pelvis has taken its toll, so have the constant radiation treatments for lung cancer. In his first interview since being fired by Penn State two months ago, the winningest coach in Division I football told the Washington Post he’s “shocked and saddened” by the scandal that enveloped the place where he spent more than six decades.

Yet the 85-year-old Paterno refused to bash the school or say a bad word about the man at the center of the turmoil…

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