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Joe Paterno's Son Leaving Penn State, Too

Jay Paterno had been team's quarterbacks coach
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 10, 2012 6:44 PM CST
Joe Paterno's Son Leaving Penn State, Too
Penn State assistant coach Jay Paterno, left, and graduate assistant coach Terrell Golden talk on the sidelines during the second half of the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2.   (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

(Newser) – The final tie between Penn State football and the Paterno family has been severed. Quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno announced he was leaving the program after spending 17 years as an assistant under his father, Joe. His departure was expected after the school last week named New England Patriots offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien to succeed JoePa as Nittany Lions head coach.

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Joe Paterno was fired Nov. 9 in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Jay Paterno said he and O'Brien spoke this week, and the two "reached the conclusion" he would not be part of the new staff. He planned to take the next few weeks to consult his wife and family about options both inside and outside of football. (Read more Joe Paterno stories.)

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