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.
Free safety Nick Sukay has been selected to play in the 87th East-West Shrine all-star game. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. Jan. 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Sukay, a three-year starter for the Nittany Lions from Greensburg Central Catholic High School, finished this past season with 66 tackles and three interceptions.
Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III has decided to enter the NFL draft. The exciting dual-threat quarterback is bypassing his senior season at Baylor and is projected to be one of the top picks in April. ESPN, citing an anonymous family source, first reported that Griffin was going pro and in the final stages of picking an agent.
Iowa running back Marcus Coker is leaving the Hawkeyes after leading the team in rushing in 2011. The school said Coker asked for and was granted a release from his scholarship. It didn't disclose any details or reasons. He was suspended last month after violating the student-athlete code of conduct for unspecified behavior.
Notre Dame has given coach Brian Kelly a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Irish through the 2016 season. Athletic director Jack Swarbrick announced the decision Tuesday.
BCS officials are open to making big changes to college football's postseason format, including implementing a four-team playoff. The commissioners from the 11 Division I-A conferences met to exchange ideas starting in the 2014 season. BCS executive director Bill Hancock said 50 to 60 possibilities for changes were presented.
First Published January 11, 2012 12:02 am