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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

Solutions for Flawed New NCAA Transfer Rules
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Solutions for Flawed New NCAA Transfer Rules
6 days 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]
NFL Players' Message Is Getting Lost in the Debate Over Protests NFL Players' Message Is Getting Lost in the Debate Over Protests
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Lost in arguing about the protests themselves, the NFL players have lost the discussion about the very issue that started them. The anthem issue has outrun the original issue we need to address. [Read More]
Penn State, Michigan State and the NCAA: Two Wrongs Won’t Make a Right
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Penn State, Michigan State and the NCAA: Two Wrongs Won’t Make a Right
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
With the announcement on Wednesday that Michigan State had reached settlements with 332 claimants for $425 million (another $75 million is set aside for future claims), some wonder what will come next for that university. One of the looming questions is what the NCAA will do to Michigan State. [Read More]
What Is Heaven?
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What Is Heaven?
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In Field of Dreams, heaven for ghosts was playing baseball again. As the movie ends, Kevin Costner’s character plays catch with the ghost of his father one last time. Maybe that was his father’s heaven. What is it for others? [Read More]
We Still Seek the Mountaintop
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We Still Seek the Mountaintop
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
This week many Americans solemnly marked the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. While we recall his life of nonviolence in the struggle for justice and equality, it’s equally important to remember the institutional and societal challenges that plagued our nation. [Read More]
Political Divisiveness Is a National Security Threat
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Political Divisiveness Is a National Security Threat
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Threats seem to loom everywhere from Middle East instability to military threats from hostile nations to radical terrorists or even cyber warfare. One of the biggest threats to our republic comes from the outside but is completely within our power to control. [Read More]
A Radical Response to College Basketball’s FBI Scandal
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A Radical Response to College Basketball’s FBI Scandal
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Big-time basketball and football are awash in money. As television rights fees climb into the billions (yes BILLIONS), and coaches’ salaries spike, are we surprised that there are players who feel entitled to a cut of the money? So for all the best basketball players in the country (or those who t [Read More]
College Football's Cyber Warfare
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College Football's Cyber Warfare
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The internet disinformation wars began years ago in college football. As far back as the late 1990s coaches and operatives in football programs would create online message board personalities to post rumors on opposing team's message boards. [Read More]
There Are No GOATs
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There Are No GOATs
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Greatest of All Time is a purely mythical title with the debate coming around after every season. The GOAT discussion is almost always present-day-centric, involving someone current or in the very recent past. It is human nature to always believe that we live in the best of times. [Read More]
Remembering Jim Tarman, a Giant of Penn State Athletics
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Remembering Jim Tarman, a Giant of Penn State Athletics
23 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
As the New Year started, Penn State lost one of the people who would be carved into a Mount Rushmore of Penn State Athletics. Former Athletic Director Jim Tarman passed away after a long life of leadership. [Read More]
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