Jay Paterno, son of former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, will not be joining the Nittany Lions coaching staff for the 2012 season. This marks the first time since 1950 that a Paterno will not be present on the Penn State coaching staff. Jay Paterno, a quarterback for Penn State from 1986-1990, rejoined the Penn State program in 1995 as an assistant and has served as their quarterbacks coach since 1999.
In a recent statement explaining his decision, Jay-Pa expressed his feelings for the Penn State community:
“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 continues 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.”
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien was hired as the new head coach of the Penn State program, making him only the second full-time head coach the football team has had since 1966.
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