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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

Opinion: Joe Biden Is a Man of Light in a Time of Darkness
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Opinion: Joe Biden Is a Man of Light in a Time of Darkness
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
On Nov. 3, I will vote for Joe Biden and not against anyone. It is a vote for a united future, to renew our continuing journey toward the “more perfect union” promised centuries ago. My motivation to vote also comes from a belief that we fly only one flag for our country. There are no names on t [Read More]
3 Leadership Lessons from a Quiet Man
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3 Leadership Lessons from a Quiet Man
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In times like these, we should recall those for whom leadership was a call to service and not a self-serving position to bellow boisterous, bogus bravado. One man that is often overlooked is General and President Dwight Eisenhower. For 2020 there are three elemental Eisenhower lessons that we’d do [Read More]
College Football Is Back... But What Comes Next?
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College Football Is Back... But What Comes Next?
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Amid the immediate euphoria of the Big Ten now trying to play in 2020, in the not-too-distant future we may recall this year college football and think of the phrase “penny wise and pound foolish.” [Read More]
On a Silent Saturday, We'll Remember Past Glory and Hold Hope for the Future
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On a Silent Saturday, We'll Remember Past Glory and Hold Hope for the Future
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Around noon this Saturday, no matter where we are, we’ll get the itch. We’ll know we should be in Beaver Stadium watching the birth of a new season as the kicker drives the football arcing end over end into the arms of a waiting kick returner. But like many things in 2020, it is not to be. [Read More]
Big Ten Football Postponement Is Difficult, but Look at the Bigger Picture
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Big Ten Football Postponement Is Difficult, but Look at the Bigger Picture
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
What you are about to read is not to take one side or the other, but rather to illuminate perspective that impacts a decision to postpone a season, a side of this that has not been communicated effectively. [Read More]
Don't Blame College Players for Opting Out of the Season of COVID-19
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Don't Blame College Players for Opting Out of the Season of COVID-19
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
If you were a major-college football player facing the season of COVID-19, would you opt-out this year? [Read More]
John Lewis's Death Reminds Us of Sacrifices Made and Work Still Ahead
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John Lewis's Death Reminds Us of Sacrifices Made and Work Still Ahead
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The death of Congressman John Lewis reminded us of the sacrifices made for equality in America, but also reminded us of the remaining challenges and the efforts we must undertake. [Read More]
College Football 2020: What If? And at What Cost?
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College Football 2020: What If? And at What Cost?
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
We must ask ourselves: what costs are we willing to bear to get college football back this fall? Or more to the point what costs are we willing to ask players and coaches to bear to get college football back this fall? [Read More]
At a Historic Juncture, We Must Embrace 'the Fierce Urgency of Now'
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At a Historic Juncture, We Must Embrace 'the Fierce Urgency of Now'
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
As the winds of change have begun to blow at a tempest pace, we should understand that what is happening in America right now is bigger than one man or one incident. This is about a nation confronting our complex history while searching for unity at a time when forces are pulling us apart. [Read More]
Summer Concert Memories: Elvis Sunglasses, Michael Stipe and Me
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Summer Concert Memories: Elvis Sunglasses, Michael Stipe and Me
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In 1995 I was the proud owner of Elvis-replica sunglasses. We’d spent a few years coaching in Virginia and on trips home we drove through the town of Front Royal, Virginia and a store that sold “Civil War and Elvis Memorabilia.” There was no way I could just drive past without a stop and that [Read More]
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