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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 Is No Transfer of Power... We The People Will Always Hold It
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There Is No Transfer of Power... We The People Will Always Hold It
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
As one president prepares to leave office and another prepares to ascend next week, many people talk about the peaceful transfer of power in American politics. At every Presidential Inauguration some celebrate and others are downcast, but this year it seems to be more pronounced. [Read More]
Suing for an 8-Team College Football Playoff
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Suing for an 8-Team College Football Playoff
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Since the start of the College Football Playoff in 2014, the four-team format has been a catalyst for endless online and in-person arguments, filling hours of talk radio and television debate. In 2016 discussion has moved toward talk of an eight-team playoff. It’s not hard to imagine litigation in [Read More]
Safe Space Nation: It's Not Just for the Kids
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Safe Space Nation: It's Not Just for the Kids
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
During the election and in its aftermath there has been steady criticism about “safe spaces” on college campuses. While cocooning students away from potentially offensive ideas or opinions may seem a juvenile exercise, this holiday season has taught me that “safe spaces” aren’t just for th [Read More]
Transcript Leaked from Ohio State-Michigan Fourth Down Video Review
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Transcript Leaked from Ohio State-Michigan Fourth Down Video Review
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Last night Wikileaks obtained what can only be described as shocking transcripts made by the NSA spying on communications between the on-field official at the Ohio State-Michigan game and Big Ten headquarters during the now famous fourth-and-1 overtime review. The news has shaken the nation at the [Read More]
For Election Protesters, Neither Condemnation nor Coddling, but Lessons for All
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For Election Protesters, Neither Condemnation nor Coddling, but Lessons for All
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
When we lose our optimism and gripe about younger generations it's a sign of old age -- but not wisdom. Before we judge the protesters, try standing in their shoes and understand they believe their reaction is justified. [Read More]
Election 2016: Hashtag Nation and the Presumption of Guilt
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Election 2016: Hashtag Nation and the Presumption of Guilt
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Society separates into social media silos of like-minded people seeking instant sources and judging as legitimate only narratives that reinforce our confirmation bias. The biggest emergent social media weapon has been the #Hashtags used by both sides. [Read More]
Penn State-Ohio State: Youth Will Be Served
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Penn State-Ohio State: Youth Will Be Served
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
This game features a young team just a few years removed from NCAA sanctions of scholarship reductions and a bowl ban. A junior quarterback leads their spread offense along with a young running back that ranks among the Big Ten's leading rushers. The team I am talking about is Penn State right? Act [Read More]
An Ode to Homecoming and College Football
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An Ode to Homecoming and College Football
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Homecoming is a time to recall our time in college but it is more than that. There is magic in the air for alums and students alike. Homecoming unites us in memories with classmates but also in moments familiar to alumni across decades who walked the same ground. [Read More]
More 2016 Poll Watching in Big Ten Country
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More 2016 Poll Watching in Big Ten Country
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Polls…polls..polls….It seems all we hear about in 2016 are polls. Just a few weeks after Labor Day weekend kicked off the 2016 college football campaign the early results for the Big Ten look good. [Read More]
Stories from the Heyday of the Penn State-Pitt Rivalry
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Stories from the Heyday of the Penn State-Pitt Rivalry
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
From the biggest games to the surprising coda to Joe Paterno and Jackie Sherrill's heated battles to the many moments of grudging respect, Jay Paterno shares an insider's view of a once fierce intrastate rivalry. [Read More]
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