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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

We Still Seek the Mountaintop
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We Still Seek the Mountaintop
2 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
4 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
6 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
8 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
10 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
14 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]
What I Learned from Russ Rose
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What I Learned from Russ Rose
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Women’s volleyball coach Russ Rose has ascended to legendary status because of an approach to performance evaluation that can be successfully applied in sports and in life. Without question Russ’s reputation has transcended his sport. More than a few big-time college football coaches have even a [Read More]
To Help Heal Political Divisions, Stop Spiking The Ball
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To Help Heal Political Divisions, Stop Spiking The Ball
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
After every election result is announced, there quickly follows the inevitable spiking of the ball from the winning side and the placing of blame by the losing side. [Read More]
Here We Go Again
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Here We Go Again
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The reputations of many good people have been tarnished by innuendo and witch hunters. Greg Schiano is just the latest to have to face these unfair attacks. [Read More]
Hyperactive Heisman Campaigns Hype QBs
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Hyperactive Heisman Campaigns Hype QBs
22 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Between the College Football Playoff rankings, the Heisman campaign and the rebirth of the Miami Hurricanes, this season’s hype may be more active than it has been in several seasons. For now let’s focus on the Heisman Trophy by reading the criteria stated right on the award itself. [Read More]
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