Paterno says he’s in ‘good health’ for 2011

Joe Paterno says reports of his declining health are greatly

exaggerated.

The 84-year-old Penn State coach Thursday received the NCAA

President’s Gerald R. Ford Award at the NCAA’s annual convention.

It recognizes significant leadership for intercollegiate

sports.

Paterno, who counted the late Ford among his friends, reiterated

his plans to coach next season. It is the final year of a

three-year extension signed in 2008.

Paterno says he remains in good health – contrary to occasional

rumors on the Internet. He recalled one that spread while working

at his desk one morning.

”I was supposed to be in Hershey getting cured for cancer,” he

said.