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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

The Time of Goodbyes
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The Time of Goodbyes
66 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]
Johnny Manziel Case Highlights NCAA Paradox and Challenges
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Johnny Manziel Case Highlights NCAA Paradox and Challenges
68 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]
Slow Summer Days Bring Back Summer Memories
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Slow Summer Days Bring Back Summer Memories
70 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]
Aaron Hernandez, The NFL and Sensationalized Journalism
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Aaron Hernandez, The NFL and Sensationalized Journalism
72 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]
The House We Live In
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The House We Live In
74 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]
Discretion Required In Debate Over Government Surveillance
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Discretion Required In Debate Over Government Surveillance
76 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]
Reunions Show Penn Staters’ True Spirit
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Reunions Show Penn Staters’ True Spirit
78 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The next day I went to learn more about Marley’s Mission. One mother stated the program “gave her daughter the ability to be a child again.” Another mother commented “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I feel like you worked a miracle.” [Read More]
Graduation Thoughts, A Message for the Newest Members of the Penn State Community
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Graduation Thoughts, A Message for the Newest Members of the Penn State Community
80 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Make yourself vulnerable, pour your heart into someone or something despite knowing if things go wrong it will hurt so deeply as to gut your soul. It could be family, a cause, a university you love or to believe in something so real like “Success with Honor”. [Read More]
College Football Playoff Feels More Like a
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College Football Playoff Feels More Like a "Plus One"
82 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The name has been criticized for being dull, but the genius of the name is it implies this is truly a playoff rather than a Bowl System Plus One game. [Read More]
The Boston Marathon Bombing: Is This the Price of Freedom?
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The Boston Marathon Bombing: Is This the Price of Freedom?
84 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Events like the one in Boston force us to renew the conversation within our own mind, and with our fellow Americans about where exactly we want to go and what kind of society we want to have. Whatever the source of the Boston bombing we have realities to face. [Read More]
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