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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

Of Miracles and Men
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Of Miracles and Men
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
These men wanted nothing but to win a gold medal for their team, their country and themselves. They were and remain proud men, spectacular athletes who relished the competition but felt the pains of a chilling defeat. [Read More]
The Snow Day Call, A No-Win Situation
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The Snow Day Call, A No-Win Situation
22 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Apparently most parents were way tougher than today's kids. We're armed with vivid memories of waiting outside half an hour for the school bus that picked us up three miles from our house on days when the wind chill was 40 below. [Read More]
Dean Smith's Passing Reminds Us of What Matters in College Sports
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Dean Smith's Passing Reminds Us of What Matters in College Sports
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The hype may be exciting but it comes with a price. The over-selling of reputations gives an over-inflated sense of importance to players who have yet to attend a single class on campus or play one second of football or basketball. [Read More]
Abraham Lincoln on Social Media?
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Abraham Lincoln on Social Media?
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
As easily as Twitter can help get important, if abbreviated, 140 character messages out in real time, it also allows users to make major missteps in an instant. As Lincoln famously said, "It is better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt." [Read More]
Postmortem Notes From The First College Football Playoff Season
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Postmortem Notes From The First College Football Playoff Season
28 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Jay Paterno shares his insight on the just-concluded 2014 season. He explains why the Big Ten is better than we thought; why Michigan State is an elite program; and why he thinks (in crunch time) Penn State's Offense is better than its Defense. [Read More]
New Era Dawning in College Football Drives Sun to Set on Old Era
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New Era Dawning in College Football Drives Sun to Set on Old Era
30 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Since 1869 major college football has been competing without a playoff while attempting to maintain amateur standards. With the new College Football Playoff, those days are a relic of the past. [Read More]
Are We Becoming the Enabler Nation?
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Are We Becoming the Enabler Nation?
34 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In this country, perhaps we have entered the Age of Enablement. In many major stories we see the casting of blame on an organization, or powerful person or existing "culture" as bearing the guilt of enabling the criminal. [Read More]
Great Moments in History on Social Media
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Great Moments in History on Social Media
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
@ThomasJefferson Congress accepted my 18th re-write-All men are created equal? Not so sure about some of these guys. @TheRealJFK Still can't believe someone got @JFK twitter tag first. @NeilArmstrong #OneSmallStep is trending worldwide -- Take that @KimKardashian. [Read More]
The Sleep of Reason, The Media and the Politics of Fear
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The Sleep of Reason, The Media and the Politics of Fear
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
It is possible that we are wading through a nightmare where reason and rational discourse have slept and we create monsters around every corner with every breaking news story. It's Ebola, ISIS, Vladimir Putin, Home-grown radicalized Muslim Terrorists, dangerous illegal immigrant children. [Read More]
Penn State's Border Wars in the Big Ten
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Penn State's Border Wars in the Big Ten
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
This week AND next Penn State football players face two border wars against teams that will for the foreseeable future be division foes in the Big Ten. [Read More]
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