In a letter written nearly a month before his January death, Joe Paterno defends the integrity of the Penn State football program which he guided for decades.
In the newly public letter, the Hall of Fame coach says the child sex abuse charges against ex-assistant Jerry Sandusky should not be equated to a football scandal.
Paterno says the fallout had nothing to do with the on- and off-field achievements of players.
A spokesman for Paterno's family confirms the letter's authenticity to The Associated Press. He says it was a draft intended as an opinion letter seen by several ex-players.
The letter was emailed Wednesday - not by the family, but by an unknown former player to other former players.
The letter was posted on the website FightonState.com, which covers the team.
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