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Penn State slapped with million-dollar suit filed by Jay Paterno

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The seemingly never-ending Paterno vs. Penn State battle royale is, well, never going to end.

The latest salvo in the ongoing feud between the two parties was fired by Jay Paterno, the son of the late Hall of Fame Nittany Lions head coach.  Joe Paterno was fired in November of 2011 by Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal, with his son facing a similar fate two months later.

In confirming his departure in January of 2012, Paterno said in a statement that he and his father’s replacement, Bill O’Brien, “reached the conclusion” that he would not be a part of the new coaching staff. The younger expressed no bitterness in his farewell statement, but, more than two years later, he has expressed it by filing a lawsuit against Penn State.

The suit was filed in a Philadelphia federal court and seeks $1 million in damages from the university. Former PSU assistant Bill Kenney is also a plaintiff the suit.

The suit claims in part that “Penn State destroyed any realistic prospect Plaintiffs had to obtain other comparable positions for which they were qualified and would have otherwise been competitive, either at the collegiate or professional level, or with positions with national media companies.”  In connection to that claim, the suit claims that, after his departure from Penn State, Paterno applied for head-coaching jobs at Boston College, Colorado, UConn and James Madison; Paterno, it’s claimed, didn’t receive an interview from any of those four schools.

You can view the entire lawsuit by clicking HERE.

In a statement, Penn State responded to the lawsuit thusly:

“It is common practice for incoming head coaches to select their own coaching staff. Penn State will have no further comment on this matter.”

Neither Paterno nor Kenney have been hired as assistant coaches since they “parted ways” with Penn State 30 months ago. Paterno looked into running for lieutenant governor of the state of Pennsylvania but opted out of that political pursuit.

In February of this year, the Paterno family added Penn State as a defendant in its lawsuit against the NCAA.

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28 Responses to “Penn State slapped with million-dollar suit filed by Jay Paterno”
  1. ningenito78 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:05 PM

    Go AWAY!!!

  2. auburntigers34 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:18 PM

    The Paterno family has shown who they really are the last couple of years. Say whatever else you want to say about them, but they’re terrible, entitled people.

  3. ballsoharduniversity52 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:27 PM

    Hit the nail on the head @auburntiger34. This scumbag should go hide under a rock let alone an entitlement to a head coaching job? What a vile human being, but then again what would you expect from a Paterno.

  4. ballsoharduniversity52 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:27 PM

    Hit the nail on the head @auburntiger34. This scumbag should go hide under a rock let alone an entitlement to a head coaching job? What a vile human being, but then again what would you expect from a Paterno.

  5. dmvtransplant says: Jul 22, 2014 6:46 PM

    He might have been the worst QB coach ever and somehow despite never being an OC he’s qualified to be a head coach?

    The local paper in State College hired this guy with no writing experience to be a reporter. He still works in the media, just not Fox Sports, ESPN, CBS Sports or CSN.

    He could have left Penn State prior to 2011 and tried to be the head coach at UCONN back in 2010, but he was too worried about riding his dad’s coat tails too stand on his own two feet. Hell Temple would have taken him over Al Golden, but he was too busy enjoying a free ride at State. #NEPOTISM

    I mean even Rex & Rob Ryan worked for more people than just their dad.

  6. musketmaniac says: Jul 22, 2014 6:51 PM

    lol, love the hate. keep up the good work

  7. canetic says: Jul 22, 2014 7:10 PM

    He should sue Papa Paterno. He is the one that ruined the family name.

  8. agc99 says: Jul 22, 2014 8:27 PM

    Maybe Sandusky can get him a job in the big house as someone’s bitch.

  9. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 22, 2014 9:24 PM

    Quote: The suit claims in part that “Penn State destroyed any realistic prospect Plaintiffs had to obtain other comparable positions for which they were qualified and would have otherwise been competitive, either at the collegiate or professional level, or with positions with national media companies.” In connection to that claim, the suit claims that, after his departure from Penn State, Paterno applied for head-coaching jobs at Boston College, Colorado, UConn and James Madison; Paterno, it’s claimed, didn’t receive an interview from any of those four schools.”

    I’m curious what his qualifications actually are. Maybe the fact that he wasn’t the head coach’s son. Not to mention the fact that all he does is whine and live in a constant state of denial and entitlement. Let’s face it, outside of Pedophile State University, nobody wants this guy. I’m pretty sure he’s going to have to prove PSU did something to “destroy” his chances to get a job somewhere else. That’s not going to be easy. Maybe he just felt lonely and wanted to get his whiny face back in the spotlight.

    To quote Motley Crue (and Stitch Jones in Heartbreak Ridge)… “Don’t go away mad, just go away.”

  10. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 22, 2014 9:26 PM

    I see a lot of thumbs downs on some of these posts. That would be the PSU fans still in denial about Sandusky and the pedophile-enabler Paterno. I’m sure everyone in Happy Valley feels PSU got the shaft. I wish the NCAA would have just told them they were no longer eligible to play sports and the entire athletic budget would be donated to charities to fight child abuse instead of supporting it.

  11. masher1965 says: Jul 22, 2014 9:37 PM

    Jay Paterno is a morally corrupt, inept human being. Of course he sues, he is going ( or is broke ) , got the job only because of daddy and can’t stand on his own 2 feet. the word that describes Jay Paterno is LOSER

  12. dkhhuey says: Jul 22, 2014 11:05 PM

    Uff – can’t get a job without dad so, hmmm, let’s sue everybody.

  13. craig4truth says: Jul 22, 2014 11:32 PM

    The saga of Jerry Sandusky as the unrepentant homosexual pedophile live on. The damage that he wreaked in the lives of his victims and people surrounding his crimes continues.

  14. curtis228 says: Jul 23, 2014 12:10 AM

    Typical Penn Stater….no shame.

  15. seanb20124 says: Jul 23, 2014 6:02 AM

    Whatever happened to that red headed coach? McCreary or something

  16. coloradofort says: Jul 23, 2014 7:41 AM

    I guess this means the love affair is over…….if you didn’t think you would ever get hired before into a college coaching job this just about seals it.

  17. chief5675 says: Jul 23, 2014 7:49 AM

    I doubt that any of the negative rednecks posting here could qualify to attend Penn State.

  18. sourwine15 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:39 AM

    As a PSU alumni, and one of the ones doing the thumbs down, I am tired of idiotic posts acting like the entire world of western PA was in on a conspiracy to support Sandusky. You aren’t clever just because you can post on an internet message board. The man was arrested, stood trial, and was convicted. It was a horrible chapter in PSU history, but let it go already. He’s in jail.

    Which brings me to my point of this post, I am disappointed in Jay Paterno as he should know better. Time is the only thing that heals wounds and the university still needs to much more time to heal. Seeing the headline just made me shake my head because it’s only hurting the healing process. Contrary to what the idiots on message boards say, it is a wonderful university and the students/alumni care very deeply about the victims.

  19. kastout11 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:42 AM

    I agree with chief5675. I don’t think Jay has a chance. It is unfortunate that he has not landed a job elsewhere, but I agree that he has no qualifications. He was the QB coach for a team that did not have a quality QB the entire time he held that position. I agree that the Sanducky scandal did not assist him in landing a job, but that is not the sole reason he has not been offered a head coaching job, especially because he has no experience as a head coach. His dad is the coaching legend, not him.

  20. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 23, 2014 9:13 AM

    “I doubt that any of the negative rednecks posting here could qualify to attend Penn State.”

    What exactly are the qualifications to attend Penn State…to be completely blind to the facts and feel like your university has been unfairly treated? You’re probably right…I wouldn’t qualify to go to Penn State because I have a brain and know the difference between right and wrong and don’t deify a coach who should have known better…then complain about how their football program is more important than the lives of young children. Go back to whatever alternate reality you live in.

  21. drew0682 says: Jul 23, 2014 10:03 AM

    Joe Paterno was a scapegoat for everyone else. For the Era he grew up in this was unheard of and no one talked about it. If he went the the proper authorities like he said he did, shame on them for not doing their job. Back then if he was to go around talking about this stuff without 100% proof of what McCreary saw he would have been called a liar or frowned upon by others. I don’t think most of you realize his age and how different it is today then it was back then.

  22. corvusrex96 says: Jul 23, 2014 11:06 AM

    It was always clear that Jay likely had a job at PSU b/c of his father. If he cannot get a new coaching gig that says more about him than the school. Like the other poster said he was the QB coach at the school when they had lousy QBs . That pretty much sums up his resume.

  23. scpausa says: Jul 23, 2014 2:58 PM

    Jay Paterno – Get a Real Job! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoxqN5BLe4M

  24. amosalanzostagg says: Jul 23, 2014 8:29 PM

    Penn State is an excellent school, Jay Paterno was crap as a recruiting coordinator and pathetic as a coach,period. Did Jay really think that O’Brien was going to keep him on his staff simply because his name was Paterno?

    Point is, Penn State has weathered the storm that the NCAA correctly sanctioned the football program with. Penn State will never realize just how close they were to having the ENTIRE athletic program being shut down for three years.

    With Franklin on board, Penn State should be positioned very well on a long term basis in the B1G
    East thanks to O’Brien and Franklin. Actions by the Paterno family do nothing to help JoePa’s
    reputation and gives the distinct impression that it is all about them rather than the school, the teams that represent the school, the students and the proud alums. Grow up Paterno family!

  25. thetooloftools says: Jul 23, 2014 8:38 PM

    Jay Paterno was and is a joke. He only had his job because his father was the head coach. He couldn’t even start at QB for his high school team the State College Little Lions. He played for Penn State (he was recruited by no other school) and held the snaps for extra points.
    People as per David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot news “During the period from 2000-11 when Paterno was quarterbacks coach, Penn State QBs completed above 58 percent of their passes in just two of 12 seasons. The average season completion percentage for those dozen seasons was .539.
    That was the lowest figure in the Big Ten during the same period. Only perennial bottom-feeders Minnesota (.554) and Indiana (.550) were remotely close.
    The star QBs of Jay Paterno’s tenure were Michael Robinson, who won Big Ten offensive MVP in 2005 and Daryll Clark who did the same in 2009.
    Robinson was one of the toughest option and open-field runners and big-play converters the Big Ten has ever seen. He got by with rudimentary quarterback skills because of that and his uncommon leadership ability. He was drafted basically as an athlete by the 49ers, got one glimpse at QB in training camp and was promptly discarded from the position. He subsequently made a name in the league with the 49ers and Seahawks as a situation back, a special teams hellion and a team leader. Jay Paterno did not teach him any of this.
    Clark was Jay’s one real triumph and he deserves credit for it. He finished his career with six PSU passing records. He never got a sniff of the NFL, however. And considering all the years when Rashard Casey and Zack Mills and Anthony Morelli and Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden showed early flashes but never improved and even regressed, how does that weigh out?
    Were you a prospective employer, would you not consider Paterno’s last year as a QB coach? During the 2011 season, in which Penn State went 9-4 and 6-2 in the Big Ten, the Nittany Lions’ quarterback situation was the team’s main impediment. It was a mess all year. Experienced sophomore Bolden and junior McGloin combined to complete .481 of their passes and throw 12 picks against 10 TDs. Both the completion percentage and TD-int ratio were conference worsts.
    The very next season McGloin, given a different position coach in O’Brien, miraculously found confidence and direction, completed nearly 61 percent of his passes with 24 TDs and 5 interceptions. He’s about to begin his second season in the NFL.
    Drop mic (I’m out.)
    THUMP

  26. realfootballfan says: Jul 23, 2014 9:21 PM

    Anyone trying to elevate anyone who had an inkling of what Sandusky was doing from Paterno to the school President and AD to anyone else, go find that Oprah interview with his adopted son. Just disgusting that the young man had to be subjected to that.

    They freaking knew or they wouldn’t have been like “I know I’ve known Jerry 40 years or whatever it’s been, but hey, I’m not going to leave my own kids and grandkids alone with Jerry.” . GTFOH. For that reason, whatever anyone wants to say about Paterno or anyone else who had even the slightest clue about what this guy was doing all those years is fair game, and when you try to defend any of them in any way, you just sound incredibly stupid.

  27. bimbim3838 says: Jul 24, 2014 2:50 AM

    You idiots only believe what ESPiN tells you to believe no matter what the evidence or facts dictate. http://framingpaterno.com/

  28. mogogo1 says: Jul 25, 2014 1:52 AM

    He has no case. He is essentially saying that PSU shouldn’t have been allowed to remove JoePa as coach and/or that O’Brien shouldn’t have been able to choose his own staff. He’s not going to win either of those arguments in court. And there was never any conspiracy against him personally. Absolutely nobody cared about him because he was seen as a guy who only had a job because of his father.

    Best case for him without the scandal would have been some figurehead job in the athletic dept. just to keep the Paterno name around.

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