Battling Paterno wants to tell all

Joe Paterno is "fighting like crazy" against lung cancer, but he remains eager to someday give his version of the events that led to his firing at Penn State, said Jay Paterno, the former coach's son, in an interview with ESPN.

"He's doing well because of the fact he's in great spirits," Jay Paterno said. "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."

He added: "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. What that timetable is I don't know exactly. But he definitely is champing at the bit."

Jay Paterno said his father wants the Penn State faithful to back new coach Bill O'Brien, who was hired Saturday.

"I don't think anybody knows really what the guy that follows Joe Paterno is going to face," Jay Paterno said. "Nobody knows that. You're not replacing Joe Paterno. You've become the head coach at Penn State. And the most important thing is that you don't try and live up to something instead of — of a person. You try and just carry on the goals and the values and the things that have always been a part of this program, and I think that's the only challenge you have to worry about."

Joe Paterno's cancer diagnosis became public Nov. 18, nine days after he was fired by the school in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal that has resulted in more than 50 counts of child molestation against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

More Penn State: O'Brien received a standing ovation during a break in the basketball game between No. 12 Indiana and Penn State. He was scheduled to have his first team meeting late Sunday before returning to the Patriots, where he is the offensive coordinator for the remainder of the NFL playoffs. O'Brien is keeping Larry Johnson from Paterno's staff and reportedly has hired Titans assistant Charles London as running backs coach.

TrojanS RB to Irish: Running back Amir Carlisle has been granted his release from Southern Cal and will transfer to Notre Dame, the South BendTribune reported. Carlisle's father, Duane, was the conditioning coach of the 49ers but has taken a job as director of sports performance at Purdue.

UCF: Cornerback Josh Robinson, a two-time first-team All-Conference USA selection, said he will forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft.

Georgia: Redshirt sophomore cornerback Jordan Love will transfer but no destination was revealed, multiple media outlets reported.

Late bowl game: The GoDaddy.com Bowl between Arkansas State and Northern Illinois was not over at press time. Visit sports.tampabay.com for the result.

Battling Paterno wants to tell all 01/08/12 [Last modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 12:02am]

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