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article imageFormer Penn State coach Joe Paterno falls, breaks pelvis

By Kim I. Hartman     Dec 11, 2011 in Sports
State College - Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno fractured his pelvis for a second time in a fall that occurred at his home. The 84-year-old was admitted to the hospital but will not need surgery.
Paterno is expected to make a full recovery after slipping at his Happy Valley home on Saturday. Associated Press reports Paterno went to the hospital on Sunday when his condition had not improved. The AP withheld the name of their source because of the "sensitivity of the situation."
Paterno first broke his pelvis in an accident that occurred during an August practice with the Nittany Lions football team. The coach was blindsided by wide receiver Devon Smith, who unintentionally plowed into him at a pre-season football practice.
Paterno, who is battling lung cancer, will turn 85 on Dec. 21. The legendary coach was fired last month by the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees, hours after announcing his planned retirement for the end of the Penn State football season.
Paterno's firing came in the aftermath of the announcement that charges had been filed against former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky for child sexual assault. Paterno was not implicated in the nearly 3-year long investigation that spanned a 15-year period of alleged sexual abuse and assault against young boys at the hands of Sandusky.
Scott Paterno announced his father's battle with cancer last month. Doctors are optimistic that Paterno, who is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, will fully recover.
Associated Press reported "it was determined Paterno should remain in the hospital" after the weekend fall, "to facilitate his regimen of cancer treatments while recovering from the pelvis injury."
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