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College football notes: Book says Paterno's family prodded him to read grand jury report
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Joe Paterno had to be prodded by his family to read the grand jury report regarding Jerry Sandusky and did not understand some of its graphic terminology, according to a new book.

The book, "Paterno" by Joe Posnanski, was purchased Friday by The Associated Press in advance of its release next week.

In the book, Posnanski describes a scene at Paterno's home, two days after Sandusky had been charged with child sex abuse last November. Paterno's family and a close adviser were trying to explain to the Penn State coach that there was a growing sentiment Paterno must have known for years about the accusations against Sandusky.

The book quotes Paterno as shouting "I'm not omniscient!"

The book also indicates Paterno didn't comprehend all the terms in the report, asking his son what sodomy meant.

According to the book, later that night Paterno's son, Scott, told his mother that she should brace herself for the possibility that Joe could be fired.

Sue Paterno responded, "Scotty, that will kill him."

Paterno was fired by school trustees two days later, on Nov. 9. He died in January at age 85 of cancer.

The book also details the long and frosty relationship Paterno had with Sandusky while they worked together at Penn State.

According to the book, the two were never friendly and late in Sandusky's tenure, Paterno felt the defense was not performing well and neither was Sandusky.

Paterno did not want to fire Sandusky because he was so popular in the community and with fans, according to the book. The book indicates that Sandusky showed interest in taking an early retirement in 1999, and Paterno encouraged him to do so and let his assistant know he would not be the next head coach at Penn State.

Michigan DT OK

after neck injury

Michigan defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins was healthy enough to walk around and watch his teammates practice Friday afternoon. Earlier in the day, he injured his neck and was hospitalized for precautionary reasons and evaluation.

Wolverines coach Brady Hoke released a statement saying Pipkins had movement in all of his extremities. The 6-foot-3, 340-pound Pipkins is a highly touted freshman from Kansas City, Mo.

Idaho cleared to go independent

Idaho has been cleared to compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision as an independent, joining schools such as Notre Dame, BYU, Army and Navy as schools without a conference.

The Idaho State Board of Education voted 5-1 to let Vandal athletic officials begin the challenge of filling its schedule for the 2013 season and beyond as the school prepares to exit the ailing Western Athletic Conference.

The board's vote also gives the UI permission to negotiate terms for rejoining the Big Sky Conference for men's and women's basketball, volleyball, track and other Vandal teams.

College football notes • Book: Coach didn't understand graphic terms.
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