Former Penn State Head Football Coach Joe Paterno's difficult year has gotten worse, in addition to losing his job following a child sex-abuse scandal involving his longtime assistant Jerry Sandusky and already fighting lung cancer, Paterno was hospitalized after a fall at his home Saturday that fractured his pelvis.
Paterno was admitted to the hospital on Sunday and will not require surgery, according to the Associated Press. The winningest coach in the history of Division I football, Paterno was fired last month in the aftermath of child sex-abuse charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who maintains his innocence. Paterno is not a target of the investigation.
He originally injured his pelvis in August after he was blindsided on the field during preseason practice. It was determined that Paterno should remain in the hospital now to facilitate his regimen of cancer treatments while recovering from the pelvis injury, the AP was told.
The 85-year-old hasn't spoken publicly since his firing. Paterno was diagnosed with cancer several days after the firing during a follow-up visit to the doctor for a bronchial illness, his family has said.