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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 a Biden Candidacy Can Bring to Our Country
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What a Biden Candidacy Can Bring to Our Country
4 days 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
5 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
7 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
9 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
11 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
13 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]
The Greatest Generation’s Greatest
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The Greatest Generation’s Greatest
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Last week we paid our respects to President George H W Bush in a manner fitting for a man of his stature in our history. As with all historical figures, the passage of time gives us more context and perspective on the leaders in our country and world. In the case of President Bush, time has opened o [Read More]
What Happens If Alabama Loses? Some Surprising Data May Hold the Key
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What Happens If Alabama Loses? Some Surprising Data May Hold the Key
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Let’s start with a premise some media members have already advanced: Alabama is a lock for the College Football Playoff even if they lose to Georgia on Saturday night. But in researching some data, a funny thing happened on the way to the blind acceptance of the SEC strength of schedule as fact. [Read More]
The UCF Playoff Course Can Be Found in Happy Valley History
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The UCF Playoff Course Can Be Found in Happy Valley History
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
If remaining undefeated and winning 21 straight games isn’t enough, how can a non-Power 5 conference team ever hope to crash the playoff party? There is a road map of sorts here in Happy Valley’s history. [Read More]
The Home of the Brave? Vote to Continue to Make It So
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The Home of the Brave? Vote to Continue to Make It So
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Our national anthem ends with the words “the land of the free and the home of the brave” to celebrate both our ideals and the history that ensured them. But those words must remind us that bravery must not be just static lyrics celebrating the past. We are still challenged to bravely carry freed [Read More]
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