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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

John Urschel Is a Shining Example of What College Football Can Be John Urschel Is a Shining Example of What College Football Can Be
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Fighting some writer’s block for this week’s column, my attention was caught by a newly released book, “Mind and Matter,” co-written by former Penn State football student-athlete John Urschel and his wife, Louisa Thomas. Something positive to write about was a welcome development. [Read More]
We've Gotten Carried Away with Being Offended
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We've Gotten Carried Away with Being Offended
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Yes, people say and do things that are offensive, but being offended is a choice. How we choose to respond is completely within our control. [Read More]
In an Angry and Dangerous Time, the Need to Bridge the Divides Is Urgent
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In an Angry and Dangerous Time, the Need to Bridge the Divides Is Urgent
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
We live in an angry time in America, a time when the sparks of disagreement are fanned to become bitter divisions. While division is not new, our current times have made this different and dangerous. [Read More]
Amid Increased Scrutiny of the Media, a Free Press Faces More Calls for Accountability
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Amid Increased Scrutiny of the Media, a Free Press Faces More Calls for Accountability
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
We live in an age of intense tribalism where media mistrust and criticism allows any story we dislike to be dismissed with the phrase #FakeNews. Mistrust and belief of bias has been hastened by the fall of the previously sacrosanct wall between those who deliver opinions and journalists delivering f [Read More]
What a Biden Candidacy Can Bring to Our Country
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What a Biden Candidacy Can Bring to Our Country
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Joe Biden may or may not jump into it, but the United States is a better nation with him in the 2020 presidential race. His life and career, while imperfect, have been an example of what we can be and an example of the fight we can all have within us. [Read More]
By the Content of Our Character
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By the Content of Our Character
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The idea of judging each other by the content of our character is under growing pressure. Because ultimately understanding promotes unity, we must learn to appreciate our differences to live with each other. But we seem to be moving the opposite direction. [Read More]
The Independent Push
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The Independent Push
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
An independent candidate has very little chance of winning the presidency. A real chance to shake up the nation's capital is an independent focus on House and Senate seats. [Read More]
Some Dramatic but Common Sense College Football Recruiting and Transfer Solutions
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Some Dramatic but Common Sense College Football Recruiting and Transfer Solutions
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Discussing free agency in college may be extreme, but the new transfer rules are both more confusing and more permissive for the players (and fans). So in the interest of fairness, we seek solutions to the new world order of transferring and recruiting in the age of the Almighty Transfer Portal. [Read More]
One of His Era's Great Coaches, George Welsh Leaves a Legacy of Integrity and Excellence
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One of His Era's Great Coaches, George Welsh Leaves a Legacy of Integrity and Excellence
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Longtime Navy and Virginia coach George Welsh died last week, marking another loss from a golden era in college football. His career was so much more than wins or losses. [Read More]
The Problem with Docu-Fiction
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The Problem with Docu-Fiction
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
This week the movie “Vice,” about former Vice President Dick Cheney, opened with a slew of Golden Globe nominations and critical acclaim. But as filmmakers continue to venture into a blurring of lines between entertainment and history, it may be time to create legal protections to ensure account [Read More]
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