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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

What Is a Coach? It Means More Than What Happens to a Player on the Field
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What Is a Coach? It Means More Than What Happens to a Player on the Field
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In recent years news of proven and unproven allegations about coaches mishandling criminal allegations within their programs have given pause to everyone in the profession. These are uncertain times for coaches and their decisions about off-field issues. [Read More]
With Legalized Sports Betting, Calls for College Injury Reports Equal Athlete Exploitation
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With Legalized Sports Betting, Calls for College Injury Reports Equal Athlete Exploitation
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
From an ethical standpoint, as sports books all over the country start taking action on college sports, it will be another example of money being made on the performance of college athletes. Injury and availability information has a value to the people in that industry, a value directly derived from [Read More]
'What Are We Hiding?' Penn State Trustees Cannot Turn Their Backs on Transparency
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'What Are We Hiding?' Penn State Trustees Cannot Turn Their Backs on Transparency
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The full Penn State board should review and then vote to release the report that our fellow trustees prepared. If we are committed to our fiduciary responsibility to transparency we should accept nothing less. [Read More]
The Great Revolt: Vital Political Lessons for Our Times
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The Great Revolt: Vital Political Lessons for Our Times
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Democrats wanting to understand why Trump won need to read the book “The Great Revolt” by Salena Zito and Brad Todd. This book is old-fashioned journalism. Zito spent months in her car driving the state routes and Main Streets in small towns across five key states (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, [Read More]
Solutions for Flawed New NCAA Transfer Rules
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Solutions for Flawed New NCAA Transfer Rules
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The NCAA is dramatically changing the transfer rules. As in life, each time you make changes you run into new problems, and this is no different. The changes, approved by the Division I Council on Wednesday, will allow student-athletes, rather than seeking a release, to simply inform the school of t [Read More]
NFL Players' Message Is Getting Lost in the Debate Over Protests NFL Players' Message Is Getting Lost in the Debate Over Protests
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Lost in arguing about the protests themselves, the NFL players have lost the discussion about the very issue that started them. The anthem issue has outrun the original issue we need to address. [Read More]
Penn State, Michigan State and the NCAA: Two Wrongs Won’t Make a Right
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Penn State, Michigan State and the NCAA: Two Wrongs Won’t Make a Right
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
With the announcement on Wednesday that Michigan State had reached settlements with 332 claimants for $425 million (another $75 million is set aside for future claims), some wonder what will come next for that university. One of the looming questions is what the NCAA will do to Michigan State. [Read More]
What Is Heaven?
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What Is Heaven?
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In Field of Dreams, heaven for ghosts was playing baseball again. As the movie ends, Kevin Costner’s character plays catch with the ghost of his father one last time. Maybe that was his father’s heaven. What is it for others? [Read More]
We Still Seek the Mountaintop
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We Still Seek the Mountaintop
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
This week many Americans solemnly marked the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. While we recall his life of nonviolence in the struggle for justice and equality, it’s equally important to remember the institutional and societal challenges that plagued our nation. [Read More]
Political Divisiveness Is a National Security Threat
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Political Divisiveness Is a National Security Threat
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Threats seem to loom everywhere from Middle East instability to military threats from hostile nations to radical terrorists or even cyber warfare. One of the biggest threats to our republic comes from the outside but is completely within our power to control. [Read More]
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