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Joe Paterno Is In The Hospital Again

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Paterno in Hospital

If he wouldn't have been fired, it looks like health reasons would have forced Joe Paterno to retire this year.

The sick former Penn State football coach has been admitted into the hospital again. His family hopes the stay is brief, but Paterno was hospitalized for minor complications from his ongoing lung cancer treatments just a month after fracturing his pelvis.

Things aren't all bad for the all-time winningest football coach in NCAA Division I history. PSU officials revealed on Thursday that Paterno is still getting paid despite being relieved of his coaching duties last fall after the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal broke.

A statement from Chairman Steve Garban and Vice Chairman John Surma read:

"Coach Paterno remains employed by the university as a tenured faculty member. The details of his retirement are being worked out and will be made public when they are finalized. Generally speaking, the university intends to honor the terms of his employment contract and is treating him financially as if he had retired at the end of the 2011 football season."

We hope this guy's health starts to turn around soon and he's able to beat this cancer! Feel better soon, Joe!

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Penn State Creating A Fund For Inevitable Civil Lawsuits

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penn state creating a fund for lawsuits

Hopefully it's a HUGE fund, because we have no doubt that the lawsuits will be plentiful and costly to the university.

Penn State's Board of Trustees Chairman Steve Garban has announced that the board will be creating a fund to deal with all the civil lawsuits that are bound to come up as a result of the ongoing scandal.

Here's what a source had to say about it:

"[He's been] discussing with fellow trustees the need to establish a fund because it's absolutely inevitable that the university is going to be sued by the alleged victims. There will be absolutely no money taken from Penn State's donations from alumni, corporations, or any other source."

"Money that goes to the the sex abuse fund will be specifically designated, and this is being done is a very discreet manner. Penn State has very, very wealthy donors, and board members, and this is who will be contributing to it."

"[It's] a foregone conclusion that there will be litigation in this matter. It could go on for years."

And here's what the source had to say about how much money will be placed in the fund:

"It will be a significant amount. It's important to emphasize again, absolutely no money that is donated to Penn Sate from the public, will be diverted. No resources will be taken from the institution, period. There will be a very strict oversight of the fund, and every dollar will be accounted for."

Certainly no amount of money can make up for all the horror that these victims endured, but at least this is a SMALL step in the right direction for the university.

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