Monday, August 31, 2015

Reports: Paterno returns home from hospital, showing improvements

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno returned home from the hospital on Sunday, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

Reports: Paterno returns home from hospital, showing improvements

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno returned home from the hospital on Sunday, multiple media outlets reported Monday. Paterno was hospitalized Dec. 11 after falling and breaking his pelvis the day before at his State College home.

ESPN broke the news of his release Monday morning, reporting via an anonymous source that Paterno is resting at home and continues to rehabilitate from the injury and get lung cancer treatments.

The Associated Press reported Monday afternoon that Paterno is showing improvement after his cancer treatments and his tumor is showing substantial reduction. The report cites someone close to the Paterno family.

Paterno, who was fired by Penn State's Board of Trustees Nov. 9 in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, turns 85 on Wednesday.

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer