Joe Paterno's Sons Deny Death Reports, Maintain He's Still Fighting

Reports of Joe Paterno's passing were premature, according to multiple members of the former Penn State coach's family, as well as the family's spokesman. A report from Onward State on Saturday indicated players were informed of Paterno's passing in an email, and those reports circulated throughout the media shortly thereafter.

However, both Scott and Jay Paterno are denying the reports, maintaining their father is still alive and fighting.

Additionally, Onward State, which was cited numerous places including here, has apparently backed away from its initial report.

Sara Ganim, citing a source close to the Paterno family, reports Paterno is still very sick, but is able to communicate at this time. We'll be back with more as it becomes available.

For more on Paterno, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries. For more college football, stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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