Jay Paterno leaving Penn State

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Jay Paterno is leaving Penn State's coaching staff after spending 17 years as an assistant under his father, Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.

The younger Paterno worked the last 12 seasons as the quarterbacks coach. His departure was expected after the school last week named New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to succeed JoePa as head coach. Paterno was fired Nov. 9.

"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," Jay Paterno said in a statement.

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. Helping his father and mother, Sue, deal with Joe Paterno's treatments for lung cancer was also a priority. Joe Paterno's spirits "are good and he continues to fight on," Jay Paterno said in a phone interview Tuesday while cleaning out his office.

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