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Son: Joe Paterno feared wrongly accusing Sandusky

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  • Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, right, is shown here in 2008 walking with his son and quarterback coach Jay Paterno, who has written a new book titled "Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father." Joe Paterno told his son the day after his firing that he hadn't informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky may be a child molester because he was unsure whether they were true, Jay Paterno writes in his new book.

      Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, right, is shown here in 2008 walking with his son and quarterback coach Jay Paterno, who has written a new book titled "Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father." Joe Paterno told his son the day after his firing that he hadn't informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky may be a child molester because he was unsure whether they were true, Jay Paterno writes in his new book.
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  • This book cover image released by Triumph Books shows "Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father," by Jay Paterno. Joe Paterno told his son the day after his firing that he hadn't informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky may be a child molester because he was unsure whether they were true, Jay Paterno writes in his new book.

      This book cover image released by Triumph Books shows "Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father," by Jay Paterno. Joe Paterno told his son the day after his firing that he hadn't informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky may be a child molester because he was unsure whether they were true, Jay Paterno writes in his new book.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A son of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno writes in a new book that his father said he hadn't informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky might be a child molester because he wasn't sure whether they were true.

Jay Paterno writes in "Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father" that Joe Paterno said he didn't want to accuse somebody of something he didn't witness or know as fact. He says he had the conversation with his father the day after Joe Paterno was fired.

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The book takes a defensive tone toward the famed coach, who lost his job shortly after Sandusky's arrest in November 2011 and died of lung cancer three months later.

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