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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

Halloween in Happy Valley
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Halloween in Happy Valley
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Once home we endured the candy inspection to insure that all the candy was "safe" and that none of our neighbors had slipped in anything dangerous. All the years of our inspections never turned up anything, although there were a few Krackel bars that my mother deemed to be "suspicious." [Read More]
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Radical Ideas for the NCAA: One Way to Pay College Athletes
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Radical Ideas for the NCAA: One Way to Pay College Athletes
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
A school that splurges on a big-time quarterback or pass rusher has to remember investing heavily on one player reduces the amount of money left to invest in others. [Read More]
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StateCollege.com Exclusive Interview:  Amos Alonzo Stagg on College Football in 2013
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StateCollege.com Exclusive Interview: Amos Alonzo Stagg on College Football in 2013
28 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In 1994 I found a $15 edition of "Touchdown" written by Amos Alonzo Stagg in a New Haven used bookstore. Stagg coached the University of Chicago's powerhouse teams from 1892 through 1932. (Chicago, a founding member of the Big Ten dropped out of the conference in 1939) Using what Stagg wrote in [Read More]
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The True Cost of War, The Debate Over Syria & Mass Media Distractions
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The True Cost of War, The Debate Over Syria & Mass Media Distractions
32 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Maybe it was because that week our media was dominated by an attention-grabbing dance at the MTV Video Music Awards involving a foam finger — a video I have yet to see and refuse to waste my brain cells viewing. [Read More]
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The Time of Goodbyes
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The Time of Goodbyes
34 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
I realized that my father will never have that moment, that time on the field or before a game telling the stories of old plays, and critical moments and laughing. [Read More]
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Johnny Manziel Case Highlights NCAA Paradox and Challenges
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Johnny Manziel Case Highlights NCAA Paradox and Challenges
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
If you want the market to rule college athletics then make college athletics only about the money and end the system as we know it. Forget academics and pay athletes with a salary cap in place. [Read More]
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Slow Summer Days Bring Back Summer Memories
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Slow Summer Days Bring Back Summer Memories
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Each year we go to the Wednesday market and auction at Belleville. Last summer I bid $1.50 for lots of 4 whoopie pies and came home with three lots — for those scoring at home that was 12 pieces of heaven, known as whoopie pies, for just $4.50. Top that! [Read More]
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Aaron Hernandez, The NFL and Sensationalized Journalism
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Aaron Hernandez, The NFL and Sensationalized Journalism
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Investigate the story of The Central Park Five, or Ruben Hurricane Carter or Penn State’s Rashard Casey. All of them were accused, arrested, charged and later found to have been innocent. The Central Park Five and Rubin Carter served years in prison they will never get back. [Read More]
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The House We Live In
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The House We Live In
43 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Watching an honored tradition unchanged for decades I noticed the dome of the Capitol and the Jefferson Memorial in the distance. It was not lost on me that everything across the river was only possible by the sacrifices of those resting on the quiet green hills of Arlington National Cemetery. [Read More]
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Discretion Required In Debate Over Government Surveillance
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Discretion Required In Debate Over Government Surveillance
44 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
This debate requires discretion rather than grandstanding; it will have to err on the side of more secrecy rather than less secrecy. This is a time when we must trust in our government officials to make the right call. [Read More]
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