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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

Keeping the Faith
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Keeping the Faith
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Last Friday night in an eerie apocalyptic scene, Pope Francis ascended steps in an empty Saint Peter’s Square that was built to hold 300,000 people. While no one was there to hear his words, they were spoken to a city and world in need of inspiration. [Read More]
Pandemic Poses Huge Challenge for College Town Economies Already Facing Changing Dynamics
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Pandemic Poses Huge Challenge for College Town Economies Already Facing Changing Dynamics
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdown will hit our local economy very hard, and there is no way to know just yet when it will end. But is the near-term pandemic damage just a harbinger of change in the economics of higher education and for college towns? In State College it is a big quest [Read More]
The Seeds of Penn State Basketball's Current Success Were Sown a Year Ago
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The Seeds of Penn State Basketball's Current Success Were Sown a Year Ago
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
When the poetry of the 2019-20 Penn State Basketball season is finally completed and written for future generations, it must begin with the prose of the 2018-19 season as the starting point. [Read More]
A New Year, a New Hope
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A New Year, a New Hope
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Our rescued miniature schnauzer is learning to be a family dog. After a few weeks she barked for the first time and started to play outside and wag her tail. She remains skittish at times but each day the bonds of trust pave a little more over the years of neglect. [Read More]
Dr. King’s Dream vs. 2020 Vision
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Dr. King’s Dream vs. 2020 Vision
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
This week we observed a national holiday created to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But does our 2020 society truly honor a man who asked us to lift our eyes to the horizon and dream of unity through non-violent change? [Read More]
Now More Than Ever, Social Media Companies Must Be Held Accountable to Truth
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Now More Than Ever, Social Media Companies Must Be Held Accountable to Truth
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
It should concern everyone how easily a social media lie repeated often enough gains factual equivalency. And once lies are cloaked as truth it becomes nearly impossible to tear them from the minds of people choosing to believe them. If we have no standards of truth we have lost the currency that en [Read More]
The College Football Decade Ahead
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The College Football Decade Ahead
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Let’s look ahead in the crystal ball to see what those of us lucky (or maybe unlucky) enough to still be around may be looking back at when December 2029 rolls around. Here are some fearless predictions for the next 10 years. [Read More]
College Football Season Wrap: What’s Really Wrong with the Playoff; Buckeye Big Ten Dominance
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College Football Season Wrap: What’s Really Wrong with the Playoff; Buckeye Big Ten Dominance
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Now that the regular season is done and the first bowls are just a little over a week away, it’s a good time to look at the College Football Playoff and examine the Ohio State dominance of the Big Ten. [Read More]
12 Penn State Football Games from My Youth That I'm Thankful For
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12 Penn State Football Games from My Youth That I'm Thankful For
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s in State College was a magical time. Part of the magic was autumn Saturdays in Beaver Stadium. Here is a Thanksgiving list of games from my youth from 1973 through 1985 for which I am thankful. [Read More]
Be Careful What You Wish For: The True Costs of Fans’ Unrealistic Impatience
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Be Careful What You Wish For: The True Costs of Fans’ Unrealistic Impatience
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
By Veterans’ Day 2019 we’ve already seen the firings of head coaches at Arkansas, Rutgers and Florida State. The most rash of these firings were at Arkansas and at Florida State where head Coaches Chad Morris and Willie Taggart had yet to even complete their second seasons. [Read More]
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