ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) -- A family spokesman says former Penn
State coach Joe Paterno, who is battling lung cancer, is in serious
condition after experiencing health complications.
85-year-old Paterno has been in the hospital since Jan. 13 for
observation for what his family had called minor complications from
"Over the last few days Joe Paterno has
experienced further health complications," spokesman Dan McGinn said in a
brief statement Saturday to The Associated Press. "His doctors have now
characterized his status as serious.
"His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time," he said.