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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 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
2 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
4 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
6 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]
A.I. and Analytics Still No Replacement for Game Day Human Intelligence
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A.I. and Analytics Still No Replacement for Game Day Human Intelligence
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
From its origin in baseball the trend of analytics, artificial intelligence and modeling has infected almost every sport. Into this brave new technological world, on Saturday night in Happy Valley we got a reminder of how valuable a coach’s game-day eye and gut feelings can be. [Read More]
Don't Let Trace McSorley's Incredible Performance Be Overshadowed by Loss
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Don't Let Trace McSorley's Incredible Performance Be Overshadowed by Loss
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Saturday night he was the best player on the field. Had Penn State kicked a game-winning field goal on the last drive, national sports talk radio would’ve put him at the head of the class in the Heisman Trophy race. [Read More]
College Football’s Next Big Money Grab
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College Football’s Next Big Money Grab
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Alabama claims to have started it. Miami made it big with the Turnover Chain. Oregon State even has the Turnover Chainsaw. Let's help out ADs as they no doubt ask how they can monetize turnover celebrations with a list of our own. [Read More]
A Product of Scheduling Demands, End of Penn State-Pitt Series Is a Loss for College Football
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A Product of Scheduling Demands, End of Penn State-Pitt Series Is a Loss for College Football
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
As Penn State and Pitt clash as rivals for the 99th time, there is no shortage of opinions about whether or not this series should extend beyond next year’s 100th and final scheduled meeting between the two schools. All debate aside, a hard reality likely prevents regularly scheduled future games [Read More]
The End of Summer and the Call of Reality
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The End of Summer and the Call of Reality
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Even with four weeks of summer left on the calendar, Mother Nature is hinting of the autumn to come. In the early morning walks along Spring Creek, Thompson Run or Slab Cabin Run the signs of change are there. Autumn and the approaching school year are time’s stark call to reality. [Read More]
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
18 weeks 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
20 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]
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