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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

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
3 days 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
2 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
4 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
6 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
8 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
10 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
12 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
16 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
16 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
18 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]
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