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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

An Extraordinary Life Cut Short Still Offers One More Lesson
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An Extraordinary Life Cut Short Still Offers One More Lesson
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Sometimes in life we’re blessed to meet people of the rarest quality. Sunday we lost one of those people when Darryl Hammond died at age 50. But in his life he gave us the realization that our truest measure is the impact we make on others. [Read More]
Judge Not the 'Snowflakes'
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Judge Not the 'Snowflakes'
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Older generations have always judged succeeding generations as failing to measure up to the standards that their own had to meet. Today is no different, but now we have a condescending label to lob at today’s youth: “Snowflakes.” [Read More]
To Speak for the Dead
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To Speak for the Dead
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Five years ago today, I stood at a podium at the Bryce Jordan Center to eulogize Joe Paterno -- a husband, a father, a friend, a coach, an honest critic and a grandfather. [Read More]
There Is No Transfer of Power... We The People Will Always Hold It
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There Is No Transfer of Power... We The People Will Always Hold It
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
As one president prepares to leave office and another prepares to ascend next week, many people talk about the peaceful transfer of power in American politics. At every Presidential Inauguration some celebrate and others are downcast, but this year it seems to be more pronounced. [Read More]
Suing for an 8-Team College Football Playoff
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Suing for an 8-Team College Football Playoff
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Since the start of the College Football Playoff in 2014, the four-team format has been a catalyst for endless online and in-person arguments, filling hours of talk radio and television debate. In 2016 discussion has moved toward talk of an eight-team playoff. It’s not hard to imagine litigation in [Read More]
Safe Space Nation: It's Not Just for the Kids
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Safe Space Nation: It's Not Just for the Kids
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
During the election and in its aftermath there has been steady criticism about “safe spaces” on college campuses. While cocooning students away from potentially offensive ideas or opinions may seem a juvenile exercise, this holiday season has taught me that “safe spaces” aren’t just for th [Read More]
Transcript Leaked from Ohio State-Michigan Fourth Down Video Review
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Transcript Leaked from Ohio State-Michigan Fourth Down Video Review
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Last night Wikileaks obtained what can only be described as shocking transcripts made by the NSA spying on communications between the on-field official at the Ohio State-Michigan game and Big Ten headquarters during the now famous fourth-and-1 overtime review. The news has shaken the nation at the [Read More]
For Election Protesters, Neither Condemnation nor Coddling, but Lessons for All
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For Election Protesters, Neither Condemnation nor Coddling, but Lessons for All
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
When we lose our optimism and gripe about younger generations it's a sign of old age -- but not wisdom. Before we judge the protesters, try standing in their shoes and understand they believe their reaction is justified. [Read More]
Election 2016: Hashtag Nation and the Presumption of Guilt
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Election 2016: Hashtag Nation and the Presumption of Guilt
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Society separates into social media silos of like-minded people seeking instant sources and judging as legitimate only narratives that reinforce our confirmation bias. The biggest emergent social media weapon has been the #Hashtags used by both sides. [Read More]
Penn State-Ohio State: Youth Will Be Served
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Penn State-Ohio State: Youth Will Be Served
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
This game features a young team just a few years removed from NCAA sanctions of scholarship reductions and a bowl ban. A junior quarterback leads their spread offense along with a young running back that ranks among the Big Ten's leading rushers. The team I am talking about is Penn State right? Act [Read More]
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