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Jay Paterno

State College native and Penn State graduate Jay Paterno is a father, husband and political volunteer. He’s a frequent guest lecturer on campus and at Penn State events and was the longtime quarterbacks coach for the Nittany Lions. His column appears every other Thursday. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JayPaterno

Articles by Jay Paterno

A Beginners Guide To Exploiting California’s NCAA Legislation
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A Beginners Guide To Exploiting California’s NCAA Legislation
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
One constant remains in college sports: when rules change, creative minds begin lining up how they will exploit the gaps. Everyone from agents to attorneys to alumni are looking for ways to ride this new wave of money that is about to flood the market. [Read More]
Autumn's Call to Remember
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Autumn's Call to Remember
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
According to the calendar this is the last weekend before fall. But for those more in touch with their soul than a cold scientific definition of the seasons, fall has already begun. And here in Happy Valley autumn is a time of incredible beauty and a time of reflection. [Read More]
In “Talking to Strangers,” Gladwell's Insights Hit Close to Home
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In “Talking to Strangers,” Gladwell's Insights Hit Close to Home
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
“With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.” With those 11 words, issued as part of a statement in the early days of the Sandusky scandal, Joe Paterno became a central yet misplaced focus of the story. How did that happen? This and much more becomes clear in Malcolm Gladwell’s new [Read More]
Historically Speaking, the Transfer Portal Is a Cakewalk
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Historically Speaking, the Transfer Portal Is a Cakewalk
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
“The Transfer Portal.” The words alone evoke strong reactions from college football fans and coaches alike. Most of them are not positive. So as we hit the 150th anniversary of the first college football game, here is a history lesson from long ago days when players had far more freedom than the [Read More]
With the Season Upon Us, Some End-of-Summer College Football Notes
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With the Season Upon Us, Some End-of-Summer College Football Notes
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The unofficial start of fall is upon us as college football begins this weekend. So it’s a good time to wrap up some summer notes before the real blocking and tackling resumes. [Read More]
It's Time to Act to End the Gunshot Lottery
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It's Time to Act to End the Gunshot Lottery
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The time for talk is over. The “too soon” defense is a tired excuse for inaction. The time to act is upon us to end the spreading contagion of gun massacres. [Read More]
We Need the Spirit of Mister Rogers as Much as Ever
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We Need the Spirit of Mister Rogers as Much as Ever
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Mr. Rogers reminded us of the dignity that comes when every person is seen as unique and deserving of respect. We learned to search for the innate goodness of all humanity. [Read More]
Valuing the Journey
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Valuing the Journey
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
For the St. Louis Blues and other championship teams, the journey wasn’t free and it exacted its toll. But the journey is valued above all else because it is what ensures all else. [Read More]
In College Football Recruiting, a Few Decommitments Aren't a Reason to Panic
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In College Football Recruiting, a Few Decommitments Aren't a Reason to Panic
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
A few days ago I bumped into a Penn State fan right after a span where a highly-rated Pennsylvania recruit chose Ohio State and some previous Nittany Lion pledges had decommitted. He asked if Penn State fans should be concerned about that recruit and the run of “decommitments” that were occurr [Read More]
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