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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

Don't Blame College Players for Opting Out of the Season of COVID-19
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Don't Blame College Players for Opting Out of the Season of COVID-19
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
If you were a major-college football player facing the season of COVID-19, would you opt-out this year? [Read More]
John Lewis's Death Reminds Us of Sacrifices Made and Work Still Ahead
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John Lewis's Death Reminds Us of Sacrifices Made and Work Still Ahead
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The death of Congressman John Lewis reminded us of the sacrifices made for equality in America, but also reminded us of the remaining challenges and the efforts we must undertake. [Read More]
College Football 2020: What If? And at What Cost?
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College Football 2020: What If? And at What Cost?
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
We must ask ourselves: what costs are we willing to bear to get college football back this fall? Or more to the point what costs are we willing to ask players and coaches to bear to get college football back this fall? [Read More]
At a Historic Juncture, We Must Embrace 'the Fierce Urgency of Now'
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At a Historic Juncture, We Must Embrace 'the Fierce Urgency of Now'
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
As the winds of change have begun to blow at a tempest pace, we should understand that what is happening in America right now is bigger than one man or one incident. This is about a nation confronting our complex history while searching for unity at a time when forces are pulling us apart. [Read More]
Summer Concert Memories: Elvis Sunglasses, Michael Stipe and Me
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Summer Concert Memories: Elvis Sunglasses, Michael Stipe and Me
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In 1995 I was the proud owner of Elvis-replica sunglasses. We’d spent a few years coaching in Virginia and on trips home we drove through the town of Front Royal, Virginia and a store that sold “Civil War and Elvis Memorabilia.” There was no way I could just drive past without a stop and that [Read More]
2020 Vision for College Football is Still Blurry at Best
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2020 Vision for College Football is Still Blurry at Best
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
If you think anyone has a clear 2020 vision for college football this fall, you’d be wrong. Everyone is facing massive uncertainty. This column is not advocacy one way or the other, only an example of how tough this will be — and this is just hitting the biggest questions that remain. [Read More]
1987 Fiesta Bowl Broadcast Is a Chance to Re-experience a Story for the Ages
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1987 Fiesta Bowl Broadcast Is a Chance to Re-experience a Story for the Ages
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
On Friday night at 9:30, NBC Sports Network will re-air one of the greatest games in all of college football history: the Jan. 2, 1987 Fiesta Bowl between Penn State and Miami. Because NBC did the original broadcast, you haven’t seen this game on ESPN or the Big Ten Network. This is a rare treat s [Read More]
Building Your Historical Penn State Offense? Don't Let Recency Bias Hold You Back
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Building Your Historical Penn State Offense? Don't Let Recency Bias Hold You Back
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
On this Twitter account was a square with pictures of 25 different players. There were five each at quarterback, running back, tight end and two rows of receivers. Every player was assigned a dollar amount from $1 to $5 and the challenge was to build an offense of 5 players with a budget of $15. [Read More]
Keeping the Faith
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Keeping the Faith
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Last Friday night in an eerie apocalyptic scene, Pope Francis ascended steps in an empty Saint Peter’s Square that was built to hold 300,000 people. While no one was there to hear his words, they were spoken to a city and world in need of inspiration. [Read More]
Pandemic Poses Huge Challenge for College Town Economies Already Facing Changing Dynamics
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Pandemic Poses Huge Challenge for College Town Economies Already Facing Changing Dynamics
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdown will hit our local economy very hard, and there is no way to know just yet when it will end. But is the near-term pandemic damage just a harbinger of change in the economics of higher education and for college towns? In State College it is a big quest [Read More]
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