Tag:Jay Paterno
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:54 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 5:55 pm

VIDEO: Ex-players speak at Joe Paterno memorial

Posted by Adam Jacobi

"A Memorial For Joe," the public memorial service for former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, was held Thursday afternoon, and it featured several speakers: ex-players from every decade that Paterno was a head coach, a member of the Paterno Fellowship academic program, Nike CEO Phil Knight (who had the most caustic remarks of the proceedings), and son Jay Paterno.

Here are samples of the speeches given by former players Kenny Jackson, Todd Blackledge, and Charlie Pittman at the often emotional service.

For a complete rundown of updates from the service, read the CBSSports.com Penn State RapidReports, with Jim Rodenbush

Posted on: May 4, 2011 3:26 pm

Jay Paterno has 'an idea' who PSU's QB is

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Penn State Nittany Lions went in to the spring with a competition at quarterback between four players, though it seems at times that the battle is more of a two horse race. The general consensus is that Matt McGloin and Robert Bolden are the most likely to earn the job seeing as how both players started games for Penn State last season. Jay Paterno says that there's been improvement amongst all four quarterbacks this spring, and that if the Nittany Lions were to play a game right now, he has an idea about which one would get the start.

"We had an idea of who would start if there was a game this month," Paterno told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "But don`t ask me who it is, because I`m not going to tell you."

Who is going to be the starting quarterback, Jay Paterno? I DEMAND you tell me!

Okay, since you won't, I'm just going to have to recklessly speculate about the matter. As we all know, last season Rob Bolden began the year as Penn State's starter. After suffering a concussion, Bolden was replaced by McGloin, and McGloin never gave him the job back. Which then led to Bolden requesting a transfer after the season was over and Joe Paterno saying "nuh uh." Since then Penn State has been forced to placate to Bolden a bit, because having a quarterback on your roster that doesn't want to be there generally isn't good for your team.

So, surely, if it were Bolden whom Jay Paterno had in mind as the starter this fall, he'd come out and say that Bolden was out in front, right? Let's see if we can read between the lines of Paterno's praise for Bolden.

Since [Bolden's transfer request and denial], Jay Paterno said he has spoken to Bolden on multiple occasions.

"He feels comfortable with us and comfortable with where he is at. They were very, very good discussions for the most part," Paterno said, refusing to reveal details. "We`ll see."

Paterno added that Bolden "is a different guy right now in terms of his command of the offense, coming out of the huddle, leadership."

He said Bolden also is speaking up more than he did a year ago. One day this spring, Bolden caught three consecutive bad shotgun snaps.

After the third one, Paterno said Bolden took the football and "kind of flicked it at the center and said, `You better cut that out.`

"That wouldn`t have happened last fall."

Okay, so you have a chance to say how well Bolden has been playing, and the thing you choose to talk about is how he threw a football at his center and said "cut that out?" Yeah, Matt McGloin is going to be the starter, you guys.

Posted on: February 16, 2011 2:06 pm

Cal coach: recruiting begins with Internet sites

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Few elements in the world of modern-day college football are as controversial as the Internet's now-ubiquitous recruiting services and recruiting rankings. Some fans consider them an excellent gauge of a team's future talent; some consider their evaluations worthless. Some consider them a distracting blight that feeds the egos of young athletes and builds (or lowers) expectations for a program based on nothing more than wild guesses; some see them as a fun, engaging, necessary diversion that helps pass the offseason grind and makes fans more informed to boot.

But one of the biggest questions surrounding recruiting rankings (like those by our Maxpreps colleagues and Tom Lemming ) has been: do they matter to the people in college football who, you know, matter? Though it's only one very small response as part of a much larger Q&A, an answer given by Cal linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Kenwick Thompson at a recruiting-centric Bear fan gathering (as recorded by California Golden Blogs ) suggests that, yes, on some level they do.

According to Thompson , the recruiting process at Cal begins with the Bear coaches examining "data" from Rivals and Scout as well as a third (unnamed) recruiting service. It's that data which helps Thompson and the rest of the staff create a "dossier" of potential recruits which the Bears may or not pursue according to the team's needs.

Thompson's not the first coach to admit that he's aware of (or even using) the recruiting services. Larry Coker's Miami staff reportedly bypassed much of their own evaluative process in favor of simply using Rivals rankings. Auburn recruting coordinator Curtis Luper once said of the rankings that "if they're keeping the score, you want to win, right?" Penn State assistant Jay Paterno wrote himself only last week that some coaches have been so fixated on recruiting rankings that they've become willing to oversign to make sure they stay near the top of them.

This is not to say that Thompson's Bears or any staff are letting the recruiting services do their work for them. From the rest of Thompson's Q&A, it seems clear he and Jeff Tedford's staff are using the "data" collected there only as a starting point, with plenty of evaluative legwork still to do afterwards. But it also seems clear that the recruiting sites are very much on the minds of FBS coaches, and that yes, the information they provide --unless the Bears are the only ones, which seems highly unlikely -- is being put to some kind of use by programs at or near even the top of the college food chain.

Love them or hate them, what you can't say about the recruiting services is that they aren't having an impact on the landscape of college football.

Posted on: February 10, 2011 4:38 pm

Oversigning debate hits Connecticut legislature

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

If we haven't yet, let's go ahead and call this the Offseason of Oversigning. No topic has proven to be a bigger hot button since Auburn polished Oregon off in Glendale, with everyone from Nick Saban to USA Today to Bernie Machen to Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples to compliance officials to (as of today) Jay Paterno weighing in on the subject ... and we're not even halfway through February.

Such has been the topic's rapid rise to critical mass that it's even being debated outside the world of college football--in this case, inside the halls of the Connecticut state legislature , where a bill called the "Connecticut Student-Athletes' Right to Know Act" would "require universities to spell out the details" on how and why their athletic scholarships could be revoked or unrenewed.

Appearing before legislative officials to argue for the bill were local professor (and former Notre Dame football player) Allen Sack and former UCLA Bruin Ramogi Huga:
While NCAA rules state that athletic aid cannot be reduced or cancelled during the one-year period of the award because of athletic ability or injury, Sack said, "the rules are murky when it comes to conditions for the renewal and non-renewal of the scholarships in the subsequent year."

"Some universities renew scholarships for four years as long as athletes continue playing and adhere to team rules," said Sack. "Others cancel scholarships for poor athletic performance or for injury" ...

Huma, a former UCLA football player and president of the National College Players Association — a California nonprofit made up of more than 14,000 Division 1 student athletes — also testified at the hearing and went one step further. He said the majority of high school recruits decide which college to attend based on "false information given to them by athletic recruiters."

Most recruits and their parents have no idea, Huma said, that colleges can "leave them with sports-related medical expenses, take away their scholarship for any reason, leave them with tens of thousands of dollars in educational-related expenses, and hold their eligibility and scholarship opportunities hostage when they try to transfer schools."
Though neither Sack nor Huga specifically refers to the practice of oversigning, the controversy over whether teams (in Sack's words) "cancel scholarships for poor athletic performance" in order to make room for new recruits nonetheless puts it at the heart of the bill. It's hardly coincidence it appears just as the debate over oversigning reaches its most heated point, just as it wasn't coincidence Saban prematurely echoed Sank's words by saying "We have never gotten rid of a player because of his physical ability" in his defense of his recruiting practices.

The bill still has many hurdles to clear before passing, including a check with the NCAA to make it sure it doesn't run afoul of (or further complicate) NCAA regulations. And, of course, there's a massive, massive gulf between one such bill passing in Connecticut (where UConn would be the only FBS program affected) and nationwide oversigning reform enacted by either the NCAA or the government.

But the point remains: more than ever it appears college football is sloping towards some kind of oversigning legislation, and that the only real question is how slippery that slope will be.

Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:58 pm

Paterno denies Bolden's transfer request

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Following Penn State's loss to Florida in the Outback Bowl on Saturday, news broke out that Robert Bolden had informed the school that he wanted to transfer.  Which meant that Penn State was going to lose the two quarterbacks who began 2010 atop the team's depth chart.  Well, it seems that after seeing Matt McGloin's five-interception performance against Florida, Joe Paterno isn't all that comfortable with the idea of coming back for another season without Bolden as an option.

According to Bolden's parents, their and his father met with Joe and Jay Paterno on Tuesday to discuss his request to transfer, and Joe Paterno refused to grant Bolden's release from his scholarship.  Which Robert Bolden Sr. wasn't a big fan of, saying that he doesn't agree with the decision, and neither does his son.

Robert's mother, however, is somewhat pleased with the news.

"I didn't want Rob to leave," Tonia Williams told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I think he should stay there. I just told him that I thought he was making the wrong decision. I really felt that he moved just a little bit too quick and too fast.

"I don't know what's going to happen now. He tried to get them to sign his release papers and they didn't do it. I don't know if that is going to make the situation worse or not, or if Rob will end up at another school."

Now, just because Bolden's release was denied now, doesn't mean it won't be approved in the future.  It could just be that Paterno would like his quarterback to take some more time before making his decision.  After all, you have to figure that if Bolden really does want out of Penn State, then there isn't much of a point in keeping him around.
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