Sue Paterno interview goes on TV on Monday

Posted: February 06, 2013

After the Pennsylvania State University board of trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno in a phone call, his wife of 50 years, Sue, impulsively rang back to let her feelings be known.

"After 61 years, he deserved better," she was quoted as telling John Surma, the board vice president.

That was in November 2011, not quite 15 months ago. Since then, Sue Paterno has been largely silent about the way her husband's legacy and his final weeks of life were engulfed by the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal.

Now, Sue Paterno has given an interview to TV talker Katie Couric, to be aired locally at 3 p.m. Monday by 6ABC on Couric's syndicated show, Katie.

Paterno's son Scott, a Harrisburg lawyer who has often acted as his mother's spokesman, did not return calls from The Inquirer on Tuesday.

The Katie website said Couric visited the Paterno home in State College and will also host Sue Paterno for a studio interview.

Joe Paterno, who died of lung cancer at age 85 in January 2012, left $13.4 million in state pension benefits to his wife, according to a statement last year by the Paterno family.

Sue Paterno planned to give $1.5 million to charity, the family said.

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