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Jay Paterno Won't Join Bill O'Brien's Staff, Leaves Penn State After 17 Years

Jay Paterno, son of Joe Paterno and Penn St. Nittany Lions assistant coach for 17 seasons, released a statement Tuesday announcing that he would not remain on the Penn State coaching staff under new coach Bill O'Brien.

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.

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.

Paterno worked the last 12 seasons as the quarterbacks coach for the Nittany Lions. There was no word on whether or not he would coach elsewhere.

For more on the Nittany Lions, head to Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries.

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