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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

There Are No GOATs
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There Are No GOATs
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Greatest of All Time is a purely mythical title with the debate coming around after every season. The GOAT discussion is almost always present-day-centric, involving someone current or in the very recent past. It is human nature to always believe that we live in the best of times. [Read More]
Remembering Jim Tarman, a Giant of Penn State Athletics
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Remembering Jim Tarman, a Giant of Penn State Athletics
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
As the New Year started, Penn State lost one of the people who would be carved into a Mount Rushmore of Penn State Athletics. Former Athletic Director Jim Tarman passed away after a long life of leadership. [Read More]
What I Learned from Russ Rose
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What I Learned from Russ Rose
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Women’s volleyball coach Russ Rose has ascended to legendary status because of an approach to performance evaluation that can be successfully applied in sports and in life. Without question Russ’s reputation has transcended his sport. More than a few big-time college football coaches have even a [Read More]
To Help Heal Political Divisions, Stop Spiking The Ball
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To Help Heal Political Divisions, Stop Spiking The Ball
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
After every election result is announced, there quickly follows the inevitable spiking of the ball from the winning side and the placing of blame by the losing side. [Read More]
Here We Go Again
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Here We Go Again
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The reputations of many good people have been tarnished by innuendo and witch hunters. Greg Schiano is just the latest to have to face these unfair attacks. [Read More]
Hyperactive Heisman Campaigns Hype QBs
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Hyperactive Heisman Campaigns Hype QBs
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Between the College Football Playoff rankings, the Heisman campaign and the rebirth of the Miami Hurricanes, this season’s hype may be more active than it has been in several seasons. For now let’s focus on the Heisman Trophy by reading the criteria stated right on the award itself. [Read More]
We As Penn State Trustees Need to Get 'Woke'
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We As Penn State Trustees Need to Get 'Woke'
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
On Friday, the Penn State Board of Trustees faces a moment of truth. We can stand to defend that trust or beat a retreat leaving current and future boards in a weakened position to honor that trust of resources and taxpayer dollars. Friday we will be asked to vote on a big change to our charter and [Read More]
The No-Huddle Column: Terms and Phrases That Need to Go Away
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The No-Huddle Column: Terms and Phrases That Need to Go Away
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Rather than develop a long column detailing complex issues, this up-tempo, no-huddle column will move the reader down the field quickly. So buckle up. At the risk of sounding like an old man yelling at kids to get off my lawn, here is a list of overused terms and phrases that are as inauthentic as t [Read More]
Penn State-Michigan: A Moment in Time to Create Timeless Moments
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Penn State-Michigan: A Moment in Time to Create Timeless Moments
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In college football each team is only together for one year. That is why Penn State head coach Rip Engle used to tell his players that each year belonged to them. As this season unfolds, these Penn State student-athletes are writing their chapter into the history books of Success With Honor, before [Read More]
Gun Violence and America’s Hard Truth
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Gun Violence and America’s Hard Truth
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In the wake of another unexplained mass shooting in the United States it is time to hear a hard truth. It will anger people on both sides, but that is the point. Most real progress in this country left people on both sides with something to be angry about. As someone who believes in the possibility [Read More]
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