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Biography: Paterno was distraught after his firing

The disgraced former Nittany Lions head coach sobbed at meeting with coaches and a former player. Dave Miller

Print This August 15, 2012, 06:00 PM EST

Disgraced former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno sobbed uncontrollably at a meeting with his coaches and a former player the day after he was fired from the Nittany Lions, according to an excerpt of an upcoming biography on Paterno written by acclaimed journalist Joe Posnanski.

In an excerpt, which will be in the September issue of GQ, the Hall of Fame head coach told his son, Jay, that his name was tarnished.

"My name," Paterno said to his son. "I have spent my whole life trying to make that name mean something. And now it's gone."

This past November, Paterno was fired via a late-night phone call after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal exploded across the college football landscape. He passed away in January at 85 following a short bout with lung cancer.

Posnanski was granted access to Paterno in 2011 to write a biography, which will be available in bookstores on Tuesday.

Email dave.miller@nationalfootballpost.com or follow me on Twitter at Miller_Dave

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