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Tom Williams out at Yale; Could Jay Paterno be a candidate?

Yale coach Tom Williams resigns after lying about Rhodes candidacy – Campus Rivalry, USA Today
Yale Accepts Coach Williams’ Resignation – Yale Sports Publicity
Yale Bulldogs head coach Tom Williams has resigned effective the end of the year. A controversy over Williams’ Rhodes Scholarship claims that came up in November is the official reason.

When the Williams story broke, I wondered if that would be it for him. Yale would have a hard time firing him in my view, because they did not do their due diligence, but I could certainly see how it would be uncomfortable for him there. Losing to Harvard annually, particularly after a failed 4th and 22 fake punt in the 4th quarter (with the lead) against Harvard in 2009, might have hurt more.

I would not be surprised to see Penn State QB coach Jay Paterno seek the Yale job. Like most or all of Penn State’s staff, he is a lame duck with an expected housecleaning of the football program following the bowl game. Yale is a prestigious university, historic football program, grand stadium and lots of smart players who are there for the love of the game.

Jay’s father, Joe, sought the Yale job in the early 1960s, but Jon Pont was hired instead. After Pont left for Indiana, Yale sought the elder Paterno, but by then he was confident he could get the Penn State job. Carm Cozza was hired instead and led the Bulldogs for about 25 years.

Whether Yale has any interest in a position coach taking over after Williams underwhelming tenure or anybody associated with Penn State is a big question. Call it a decent hunch that Jay Paterno is interested though. Obviously, we don’t know what opportunities in the future (if any), but years from now, would you rather have said you were the head coach at a MAC program or Yale?

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Not the most reassuring article on the Penn State QB situation

Penn State looking for QBs to step forwardESPN
I have not been on the “Jay Must Go” bandwagon for this most part, but after the Capital One Bowl and Matt McGloin’s 12 interceptions (not really, but it could have been), I was unhappy that Rob Bolden, the true freshman who started the season as the #1 quarterback, did not see any action. Then I see this quote:

“Really, Bolden played better than I thought,” Jay Paterno said. For instance: Bolden’s two interceptions against Alabama? He got hit as he threw each of them.

Bolden was not really the problem in the games Penn State lost with him at the helm. McGloin, at times was the solution, but it was against weak competition and generally speaking, he was figured out by the opposing defense as the games and season wore on. I knew this then, but Jay Paterno only seems to know it now.

Bolden tried transferring, but Joe Paterno would not give a release from the scholarship. The competition is open, at least in theory, but Bolden has not committed to staying at Penn State beyond this semester. I hope he does, because I think he’s got a shot at being really good. I feel we’ve seen all we can out of McGloin, who may prove to be valuable off the bench at times. Then there is redshirt frosh Paul Jones, who may make people notice as well.

It will be an interesting spring practice/Blue White Game this year I think.

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The Joe Paterno Debate: Whiskey

This is the kind of game you love. I’m going to go home and get in trouble with a good stiff bourbon. Then I’m going to take a nap and get out some Ohio State tapes.

Joe Paterno, October 20, 2001

The origin of the tradition of post-game bourbon toasts to celebrate Penn State wins is oft told by me, but for the uninitiated, here is the story. Penn State started the 2001 season 0-4 with Paterno one game behind Bear Byrant for the all time major college football wins record. After a thrilling last second win, Paterno uttered the quote above. The following week, the Nittany Lions behind freshmen QB Zack Mills came back from 22 down in the second half to beat Ohio State. Following the game, I established the tradition and have toasted to many Nittany Lions triumphs responsibly.

Over the years, the tradition has continued and is enjoyed by several of my friends whether we are together at the time or not. However, one friend, The Maryland Bureau Chief, has on occasion suggested he would rather do it differently. TMBC prefers Jack Daniel’s, which is Tennessee Sipping Whiskey. Though it is similar to bourbon, Jack Daniel’s adds a filtering process that bourbon does not. I prefer the unfiltered Kentucky spirit over the Tennessee one. We are a little uncertain about what Coach Paterno’s preference is though.

From time to time, Paterno is linked to Jack Daniel’s rather than bourbon. I recall when I was an undergraduate, his son Scott mentioned Jim Beam in a Collegian column. However, The Lion in Autumn, Frank Fitzpatrick‘s book about the end of the Paterno era (except it wasn’t! JoePa was right, he just needed a few more players like Derrick Williams, who was mentioned at the end of the book, to show up) in the early 2000s mentioned Jack Daniel’s. So, in short we don’t know his preference, but with a week before practice and over a month before kickoff, I decided to see if I could solve the mystery. Perhaps @JayPaterno can be of help.

UPDATE 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Jay Paterno followed up on my tweet about his father’s choice of whiskey:

JayPaterno @doubleuefwhy It is neither Jack nor Jim for Joe–given his choice it is Old Granddad with lots of ice. Fitting for a guy with 17 grandkids.

So, it is official, bourbon is Joe Paterno’s preferred whiskey, not Jack Daniel’s. The great debate has at last been settled. Thank you Jay, you are a scholar and a gentleman. Also, glad you liked the “This Game is Fixed” poster at the 1999 Blue White Game. I really need to find that photo and rescan it.

Oh and as a Maker’s Mark Ambassador, I’ll put in the good word for that fine bourbon, an excellent choice for post-game victory toasts.

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