Paterno's son leaves Penn State amid scandal
Jay Paterno was Penn State's quarterbacks coach for 12 years and was on staff for 17.
January 10th, 2012
06:33 PM ET

Paterno's son leaves Penn State amid scandal

Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno has resigned from the university's embattled football program, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Jay Paterno's resignation comes two months after his father, legendary head coach Joe Paterno, was fired over the sexual abuse scandal that erupted in November. Penn State named New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to replace the elder Paterno last week.

Penn State has been rocked by accusations that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused young boys over a 14-year period - and that school officials failed to take complaints about Sandusky to police. Joe Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier were sacked after a grand jury report on the case in November.

Jay Paterno, who was a reserve quarterback at Penn State in the late 1980s, was Penn State's quarterbacks coach for 12 years and was on staff for 17, according to Penn State's athletics website.

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  1. hamsta

    they say like father like son.ill bet paterno is a voyueristic bad michael jackson is dead he would have bought tickets from paterno.

    January 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The philip fan club

    yeaaa! sausage fest here oh goody.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    To hamsta: Paterno nor his son have or have been accused of molestation, get your facts correct before you slander someone. The molester was a previous assistant coach. BTW Susan, Jay didn't resign amid a scandal, Jay wasn't kept on the staff by the new coach. Jay held his ground through the scandal, and should be praised for his loyalty toward the current players by sticking around despite the fact the school fired his father by telephone, and despite the fact his father didn't nothing wrong.

    January 11, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rob

    Paterno did everything wrong. Starting from when he was first told of the molestation going on in his own shower facilities, back in 2002. What kind of human being hears about such a thing and waits a day or two before reporting it at all. What else might happen to the victim (or other victims) during that time? Who doesn't immediately call 911?

    And when Paterno did get around to telling someone it turned out to be a couple of school administrators. And don't tell me that is the same as telling police. Curley and Schultz are not sworn officers of the law, and are not qualified to conduct police investigations.

    January 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Booker Brooks

    The real idiot in this story, that is streaming at the bottom of of 3pm CNN Stories 1/11/12, is the HEADLINE WRITER/EDITOR. That person has no ability to correctly surmise the essence of what is trying to be communicated. He/she is horribly off course. What a travesty of reporting is being streamed. Fire them. Association come back to nest.

    January 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
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