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Son: Joe Paterno was 'serenely calm'

Updated: January 24, 2012, 1:00 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Joe Paterno was upbeat and confident in his final days and didn't die broken-hearted over his firing in November as Penn State's longtime football coach, one of his sons said Monday.

Scott Paterno said his father was "serenely calm" before his death from lung cancer on Sunday, antsy to leave the hospital so he could start planning a vacation with his wife, Sue.

Paterno was abruptly dismissed after 46 years amid a child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant ...

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