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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

Here We Go Again
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Here We Go Again
2 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
4 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'
5 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
6 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
8 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
10 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]
Lost in the Debate: Reporters' Focus Must Remain on Objectivity and Facts
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Lost in the Debate: Reporters' Focus Must Remain on Objectivity and Facts
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
What is vital in being a journalist is an understanding that their job is to report the stories while doing everything to avoid becoming a story. Social media makes it too easy to cross that line. [Read More]
Penn State-Pitt: This Is A Rivalry
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Penn State-Pitt: This Is A Rivalry
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
What this game lacks in conference implications, it more than makes up for in quality of life implications for two fan bases living side by side every day of the year. [Read More]
Charlottesville: The Ghosts of Centuries Past Threaten Our Future
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Charlottesville: The Ghosts of Centuries Past Threaten Our Future
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
We must not allow hate-mongers to divide people facing similar problems afflicting all of us, across all races in urban and rural communities. Solutions to our common problems must be paramount. [Read More]
The Fierce Certainty of Now: The Drivers of Moral Certainty
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The Fierce Certainty of Now: The Drivers of Moral Certainty
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
What drives the “fierce certainty of now” that threatens this country? On every street in America we’ve picked sides, often driven by the influencers we find in the media, in social media and in our friends. [Read More]
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