Joe Paterno has been the subject of public scrutiny after the child sexual-abuse scandal that threw Pennsylvania State University through a loop. Paterno threw another curveball Friday after his son Scott Paterno made a statement to the Associate Press that Joe Paterno was diagnosed with lung cancer.  

Joe Paterno, 84, went to the doctor for an exam for a bronchial illness and left with the diagnosis of a treatable form of lung cancer. Scott Paterno eased the media and told the Philadelphia Inquirer staff in an article that he "is currently undergoing treatment, and his doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery." 

According to an ABC News article, Joe Paterno was seen visiting the Mount Nittany Medical Center Wednesday, Nov.16 and treated for an undisclosed ailment. The medical exam occurred the same weekend the school played its first game without Joe Paterno as a coach against the Nebraska's Cornhuskers, loosing by only three points.

"As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matter for my parents, and we simply ask that his privacy be respected as he proceeds with treatment," Scott Paterno said in a statement to ABC News and the Inquirer.