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Jay Paterno no longer part of Penn State staff

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As expected, Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno is no longer part of the Nittany Lions staff.

Paterno said in a statement that he and new Penn State coach Bill O’Brien “reached the conclusion” that he would not be a part of the new coaching staff. The move isn’t all that surprising, even though that Paterno said he was still a part of the Penn State coaching group as of Friday. Below is Paterno’s full statement:

After talking with Coach Bill O’Brien we have reached the conclusion that I will not be a part of the Penn State football staff moving forward.

I will spend the next few weeks consulting with my wife and family to weigh various future options both inside and outside of football.

I thank the student-athletes that I’ve been privileged to coach over the past two decades at four schools. Hopefully my career has had an impact and helped you learn about life, and about the commitment and passion it takes to pursue personal excellence.

As for Penn Staters, I cannot even begin to express what your support has meant to me and my family over the past seventeen seasons and in particular the past two months. Through the tumult of the past several weeks, it has been your stalwart support combined with life lessons learned from Joe Paterno that has and continue to sustain us.

As a Penn Stater I am reminded of the words “Sing Our Love and Loyalty” from the Alma Mater. I wish the program the best of luck in carrying on the academic and athletic excellence that have been a hallmark of this university for decades.

As part of O’Brien’s staff moves, Central Florida confirmed today the reports that defensive coordinator Ted Roof would be taking the same job with the Nittany Lioins.

“When I learned Bill O’Brien was going to be named Penn State’s head coach, I knew Ted Roof might get the job as his defensive coordinator,” said UCF head coach George O’Leary. “O’Brien and Roof are best friends and their families are very close as well. I have no doubt they will have a lot of success with Penn State.”

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24 Responses to “Jay Paterno no longer part of Penn State staff”
  1. 12strikes says: Jan 10, 2012 6:25 PM

    Shame the son has to pay for the sins of the father, but I guess the name is just to strong to keep around.

  2. auburntigers34 says: Jan 10, 2012 6:33 PM

    the fact that Nepotism got him the job in the first place kinda cancels out any sympathy that i’d have for Jay Paterno getting canned. if he’s a decent QB coach, he should be able to get another job.

  3. fockers2009 says: Jan 10, 2012 6:37 PM

    Bye, Bye, Bye

  4. chiefagc5675 says: Jan 10, 2012 6:41 PM

    The alumni were right to oppose this hiring- most of his coaches worked at redneck schools-
    they will never fit in at Penn State whose players really are students- unlike Alabama, Mississippi,
    Georgia and Miami where basket weaving type courses are still the rule for their “student athletes” -when they’re not suspended for crimes.

  5. 187onsandusky says: Jan 10, 2012 6:48 PM

    12strikes- His name is the only thing that kept him in that job for as long as he had it.

    chief- I spent two semesters in the Rec Park Major, not your Rhodes scholar choice of major, of which I had multiple classes with 4 of 5 starting O-linemen. There were other classes I had with other players, and I can tell you that the O-linemen were easily the dumbest people I have ever met on a college campus and would be in the running for dumbest I’ve met anywhere. Most of the others weren’t the sharpest crayons in the box either.

    It is that pompous attitude that has the fans of rivals so pleased with the plight we find ourselves in now. While we certainly have a tremendous record with graduation, you have to be kidding yourself if you think a lot of these guys were not taking cake courses to get by. I can’t recall a single player I had class with where he stood out as a student.

  6. 187onsandusky says: Jan 10, 2012 6:49 PM

    Oh, and, THANK YOU coach! He needed to go.

  7. bdawk20 says: Jan 10, 2012 6:58 PM

    Jay Paterno had no idea what he was doing- he did not develop any of our prospects into something worthwhile. Best news of the day.

  8. stevenfbrackett says: Jan 10, 2012 7:19 PM

    What took so danged long?

    I still think there are a lot more personnel changes that need to made, though. Honestly, I think I might just gut the place and get rid of the whole Paterno/Sandusky stink and delusions of grandeur/non-accountability and start over.

    They might have a sucky team for a few years but the University and team reputation will recover to something approaching respectable much faster. Might even help them in future lawsuit judgments – or if the NCAA decides there was a lack of institutional control that needs to be addressed.

  9. TheWizard says: Jan 10, 2012 7:28 PM

    A new broom sweeps clean, they say.

    I don’t think the program will be in the wilderness for as long as most people think.

  10. firedude7160 says: Jan 10, 2012 8:50 PM

    Thank God! He was a horrible QB coach. If not for his last name he would have been gone 10 years ago. This is one coaching change all of Nittany Nation will be OK with

  11. dhlions says: Jan 10, 2012 8:51 PM

    Ugh, they didn’t let him go because of his last name or the “sins of his father!”

    Jay sucked as a QB coach. Worst thing to happen to QB’s since Lawrence Taylor. You never want to hear about someone losing a job, but then again, it’d be nice to have a real QB one of these seasons.

    Good riddance, but best of luck to him in whatever he does next. I would be SHOCKED if it was coaching.

  12. dkhhuey says: Jan 10, 2012 9:09 PM

    Now time to address the 800lb gorilla sitting in the corner – what happens to McCreary?

  13. dhlions says: Jan 10, 2012 9:13 PM

    Not a chance he sticks around.

  14. vincentbojackson says: Jan 10, 2012 10:21 PM

    Six months ago the last name Paterno guaranteed you a job anywhere in football. Now it pretty much ensures a different career path.

  15. 78lion says: Jan 10, 2012 11:26 PM

    Say what you will about Jay as a coach. I didn’t want him to get the position when it came open, and by most accounts, his record of player development wasn’t stellar. The class he exhibited over the past couple of month taught me all I need to know about Jay.

  16. dadsource says: Jan 10, 2012 11:54 PM

    Expected this one, but for O’Brien to hire his ‘BEST FRIEND’ as the DC instead of the most qualified…..this southern redneck SEC snobs are going to fall on their face in Happy Valley. What NO ONE HERE GETS is that we DON’T, WON’T, and WILL NEVER care about wins. It’s about winning with honor. I’ll take the honor, and wait on the next coach. This rube won’t be at PSU long, he just wants the next open NFL job. Hell, he may be interviewing for the Raiders job as we speak.

    O’Billy-Bob will never be part of ‘WE ARE’…….He ‘IS NOT and will NEVER BE’

    Shame on ‘ol State. ‘For the glory’ is gone. Let the SEC-style recruiting scandals begin….(inserting earplugs)

  17. dadsource says: Jan 10, 2012 11:56 PM

    should have said ‘these’ instead of ‘this’ in the first sentence….ugh! Just what I get for choosing to live in the South, Y’ALL!

  18. auburntigers34 says: Jan 11, 2012 7:20 AM


    feel free to head North at any time. i seriously doubt that very many people in the South are happy to have you here.

  19. auburntigers34 says: Jan 11, 2012 7:22 AM

    and after the crap that Sandusky been allowed to get away with at PSU, do you *really* want to be talking about recruiting scandals being a cause of embarrassment for Penn State? good grief.

  20. dcviking says: Jan 11, 2012 8:39 AM

    this southern redneck SEC snobs are going to fall on their face in Happy Valley.

    O’Billy-Bob will never be part of ‘WE ARE’…….He ‘IS NOT and will NEVER BE’

    That’s a very worldly opinion. Pleased to see you don’t stereotype people…

    What NO ONE HERE GETS is that we DON’T, WON’T, and WILL NEVER care about wins. It’s about winning with honor.

    OK – I’m hoping I’ll get to witness this for myself.

  21. dkhhuey says: Jan 11, 2012 9:00 AM

    Now that they’re ushering in a new era at PSU – you might as well get some new uniforms rolling in, eh.

    Question – if the new coach breaks out some new uniforms, how big would the explosion be in Happy Valley?

  22. latrobe21 says: Jan 11, 2012 9:54 AM

    About 16 years too late.

  23. byrds71 says: Jan 11, 2012 10:57 AM

    Yo, stop with the prejudice, redneck, sterotyping, from a school that protected a child rapist. Amazing that this is the 21st century, and so many racist, sexist, and prejudiced morons still exist and are reproducing. I hope someday these dead from the neck up, dinosaurs disappear, and the human race can truly evolve (Apologies to those of you who do not believe in evolution and believe in original sin that can only be absolved through confession with men who represent God, who are not free of sin themselves, like Sandusky, and are protected by men who look the other way to protect the image of the church).

  24. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Jan 13, 2012 7:00 PM

    @ dkhhuey

    The will be able to see the fire from Space.

    @ byrds71

    While I’m not catholic in any sense or form, I would simply point out the church has helped Millions of people over the world for centuries do you belong to an organization that can say the same?

    Also why would you post about ending stereotypes and than end it with a slur that entails everyone that’s representative of a particular faith?

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