Jay Paterno Out At Penn State After 17 Years

The Penn State Nittany Lions are still filling out their new coaching staff under new head coach Bill O'Brien. Longtime Penn State assistant coach Jay Paterno will not be part of that staff (via NBC Philadelphia).

Paterno had a meeting with O'Brien and came to an agreement that he would not be part of the staff going forward. Paterno has not made a decision on what he will do next.

In a statement, Paterno said

"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." (via Associated Press)

He also said

"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," he said in the statement. "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."

Paterno was an assistant for his father Joe Paterno for 17 years. For the last 12 seasons, Paterno was the quarterbacks coach for the Nittany Lions.

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