PHILADELPHIA - 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 Katie Couric, to be aired Monday on Couric's syndicated TV show, "Katie."

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

The "Katie" website said Couric visited the Paterno home in State College, Pa., 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.

The Paternos previously gave about $7.5 million to the university and other charitable causes. That included funds for the main library - renamed the Pattee and Paterno Libraries - and the independent Catholic center on campus, renamed the Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center.


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A group of about 15,000 Penn State alumni, led by pro football Hall of Famer Franco Harris, who is close to Sue Paterno, has been mounting an effort to oust trustees who participated in Joe Paterno's firing.