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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

Flip This Team?
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Flip This Team?
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
There was a time when rivalries and traditions were valued and honored over money. Now everything is for sale. Naming rights to the stadium? No problem. Putting a corporate logo on the nets behind the goalposts? No problem. [Read More]
The Rule of Law or the Virtual Mob?
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The Rule of Law or the Virtual Mob?
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The rush to the moral high ground only occurs when there is a big enough target for the media to exhort its viewers, readers and followers to sharpen their virtual pitchforks and light their virtual torches on social media. [Read More]
Roger Goodell and The Media
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Roger Goodell and The Media
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The lightning strikes of the media generally are attracted to the highest object standing. We have seen this movie over and over again. [Read More]
Combating Sexual Assault on College Campuses
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Combating Sexual Assault on College Campuses
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
I'm not advocating we lock down students or bring back "dorm mothers", nor am I advocating we turn back the hands of time to the "good old days." I'm stating that technology may be cheaper and more efficient but it isn't always better. [Read More]
The Culture of Ever-Escalating Outrage
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The Culture of Ever-Escalating Outrage
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The accessibility and immediacy of in-the-moment emotional outrage leads to expression of unfiltered anger often mistaken for rational reaction, rather than for what it is — a knee-jerk response to news that is all-too-often incomplete and inaccurate in its reporting. [Read More]
Take Me Out to The Ballpark
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Take Me Out to The Ballpark
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In the dugout before the game Lasorda decided that my brother Scott, a few months shy of his eighteenth birthday and a big kid, would be the bat boy. Scott was hesitant to be the bat boy but there was no telling Tommy Lasorda no. Kirk Gibson could not stop laughing. [Read More]
Derek Jeter: The End of an Era
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Derek Jeter: The End of an Era
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
I'm a sucker for sports goodbyes. In 2005 I watched Jack Nicklaus cross the Swilcan Bridge at St Andrews then birdie his last-ever British Open hole. I'll always remember Michael Jordan's last shot as a Chicago Bull. Tuesday night was one of those moments. [Read More]
American Exceptionalism Comes in Recognizing All of Our History
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American Exceptionalism Comes in Recognizing All of Our History
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Our country is a product of all the people and all the history that is and has been here. Immigrants, slaves and free men and women all brought a stone to build our "City on the Hill". Some stones are scarred with painful memories but they are often the strongest because they are dearest to us. [Read More]
Echoes From The Past
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Echoes From The Past
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In the back of the room Joe Paterno was howling, probably laughing harder at himself than anyone else in the room. But Greg couldn't see that. After the skit he found me because he was nervous and sweating. He didn't realize that Joe was going to be in the room ... [Read More]
The Summer Reading List
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The Summer Reading List
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In school I read because I had to get a good grade. There was no passion for the works I was assigned to read. That changed somewhere in Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms" as Frederic and Catherine rowed across a lake to Switzerland. [Read More]
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