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Paterno biography detailing emotions surrounding firing hits shelves Tuesday



STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A new biography on the late Joe Paterno, which shows he cried continually after his firing, arrived in stores Tuesday.

Joe Posnanski was in State College last fall working on the book, titled "Paterno," when the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke.

The book, which hit book shelves on Tuesday, shows a vulnerable side of Paterno.

Posnanski wrote that Paterno, "sobbed uncontrollably" following his firing. He also wrote that Paterno told his son, Jay, "My name. I have spent my whole life trying to make that name mean something and now it's gone."

Paterno was fired shortly after former coach Jerry Sandusky was indicted on child sex abuse charges.

According to the book, Paterno's son, Scott, seemed to understand the indictment could be the end of his father's career.

Posnanski wrote that Scott called his father and said, "Dad, you have to face the possibility that you will never coach another game."

In another excerpt, the family searched for support on the Penn State Board of Trustees.

"We don't have anybody on the board now," a family adviser said.