Book: Paterno distraught after firing

Book: Paterno distraught after firing

Published Aug. 15, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Joe Paterno sobbed while meeting with his coaches and a former player the day after he was fired from Penn State, according to an excerpt of an upcoming article on Paterno to be published in GQ magazine.

The Hall of Fame coach was quoted in the excerpt as telling his son, Jay, that he had spent his whole life trying to make something of his name ''and now it's gone.''

Paterno was fired in November in the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. He died in January at age 85.

Paterno had granted access to journalist Joe Posnanski in 2011 to write a biography. The September issue of GQ features an exclusive excerpt from the biography, and the book will be available in bookstores on Tuesday.