Joe Paterno’s son Jay, talking to Tom Rinaldi, about his late father.
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?
Penn State looking for QBs to step forward – ESPN
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.
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.
Checking in with … Jay Paterno, Part I – ESPN
Checking in with … Jay Paterno, Part II – ESPN
Football season is slowly approaching. It will be here in about six weeks, but the next two weeks will be kind of quiet unless media days are in there, I haven’t checked. Jay Paterno addresses Daryll Clark being “too heavy” and a variety of presseason topics.
Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno may not be able to “download a jar of peanut butter,” but his quarterbacks coach and son, Jay Paterno is so Web 2.0. The younger occasionally blogs at The HD Journal and is on Twitter pretty regularly. Today’s tweet is how I knew it was 100 days until football season.
BOB FLOUNDERS – Paterno shows he’s willing to change – Patriot-News
If you don’t want to get into the Penn State football hype, skip this column. Flounders details Joe Paterno’s transformation into a modern college football coach. Playing and talking about true freshman, in this case, Derrick Williams and Justin King, by name are no longer verboten. Naming a junior, LB Paul Posluzny, a team captain is now permitted as well.
Fall Saturdays might be fun for something other than tailgating again. Remember, Penn State’s magic number is 12.
More from Jeff Rice of the CDT –
Paterno has positive outlook on Pennsylvania tour
Jay Paterno trades plays for history in Mexico – CDT
Apparently, a coach de futbol Americano coach at a Mexican university has been coming to the coaches’ clinic for years, which is why Jay Paterno, Brian Norwood, and a couple of grad assistants returned the favor and went down there recently to conduct a clinic. To the uncharitable fan, this could be seen as attempt by JayPa to destroy football programs in two countries.
Kelly in, Penn State’s Paterno out of coaches panel – USA Today
Paterno will not be voting in the coaches poll this year.
Ruling Clears Way For Expos’ Relocation – The Post
Three judges in that annoying RICO suit ruled against former Expos owners who were trying to block the move. Now, the only thing standing between us and a permanent baseball team is the D.C. city council.
Private Stadium Financing Rebuffed – The Post
No big surprise here, we can only hope that they can get the vote rescheduled for sooner rather than later.
Ballpark private offers pour in – The Wash. Times
A bit of a contradiction to the previous story. Which one is accurate?
HAPPY VALLEY IS BACK (FOR AT LEAST A WEEK)
King picks PSU – Post-Gazette
Tom Bradley snagged one of the best prospects in the nation.
PSU Digest | ESPN2 to televise Saturday’s football game – CDT
This is good news for those not coming to the game, you can watch it without ordering it. Also, Paul Posluszny is Big11Ten player of the week.
Dan Victor – Admit it: You were excited – CDT Blue
Another Dan the Fan column that is right on the mark.
Ian O’Conner – Paterno should walk away only when he’s ready – USA Today
For most of the season, I have been thinking that Joe needs to be ready. Well, my head is thinking that, my heart is not. Of course, my head, heart, spleen, lung, etc. thinks that Jay Paterno needs to step down. No offense to Jay (bartender, I’ll have an entendre — better make it a double), I am sure he is a great human being, but it turns out he is not a great college football assistant coach. If Jay goes (he can still work within Intercollegiate Athletics with all the other State High QBs) I will give Joe a vote of confidence.
John Kelly’s Washington – The Very Picture of a Train Wreck – The Post
Submitted captions for a photo of the Metro wreck from last week. Some of them are pretty good.
D.C. Council Panels Back Stadium Plan – The Post
The ballpark funding has moved out of committees (a bit narrowly, but that is okay) and will be presented to the full council next week. Our hero (and my early favorite for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination), finance committee chairman Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) used some profanity when discussing some amendments with David A. Catania (I-At Large). Jack really wants this legislation to go through. The business community is still concerned about the community fund. Deal with it guys!
More from The Wash. Times: Panels approve ballpark measure
Thom Loverro – Ballclub suffers first loss – The Wash. Times
Harsh criticism of MLB’s decision to hire Jim Bowden as Expos/Senators/Grays/Nationals GM.
D.C. dates conflict with O’s – The Wash. Times
If Peter Angelo$ had not spent all of the summer time fighting the inevitable, this probably could have been avoided, to some degree. Baltimore gets no sympathy from me.
TWO DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF
Robinson doing what he can to help Nittany Lions end skid – CDT
Playing WR is the best thing he can do for the team. Period.
Gordon Brunskill – Losing seasons could affect more than football team very soon – CDT
A look at the financial ramifications of continued losing. These numbers are probably keeping AD Tim Curley up at night.
Letter to the editor – PSU football a poor investment – CDT
A well written letter from a long time fan and season ticket holder; an articulate “Joe must go.”
Brown’s talk encourages linemen – Patriot-News
The big uglies had a pow-wow with Levi Brown giving the pep talk.
Promising group fails to deliver – Post-Gazette
A look at the 2000 recruiting class.
Ask Heather – CDT
Outgoing beat writer Heather Dinich answers dozens of questions about PSU football. She makes it pretty clear that Jay Paterno needs to leave.
Penn State’s graduation rates for athletes top national averages – CDT
There is some good news coming out of Intercollegiate Athletics.
WWN ELECTION WRAP-UP
Here is a look at races that William World News has been following during the campaign. This is, as Brenda put it, a Beltway blog after all.
In my part of BeltwayLand, Arlington, there were no surprises. The schools bond passed, as did transportation bonds, including one for Metro (81%!). There were similar results over in Fairfax County, my once and probably future home. All the local House reps, Jim Moran (sadly, another yellow dog), and Republicans Frank Wolf (’61 Penn State), and Tom Davis (seen wearing an Expos jersey in September, sorry no photo) all won.
Lungren storms back in House – The Sacramento Bee
In the 1980s when he was first in Congress representing Long Beach, Californian Dan Lungren (R) lived at the bottom of my cul-de-sac. He returns to the House, this time from the Sacramento area following a nearly thirty point win. Congratulations and best of luck to him and thanks for letting us go sledding in your yard all of those years.
Marion Barry Wins District Council Race – The Post
To the surprise of no one, the ultimate yellow-dog Democrat of all time, Marion Barry (file photo) was elected as Ward-8 council member. He is of course, opposed to a ballpark, but likes baseball, so if/when the ballpark funding goes through, he can have his cake and eat it too. Remember, he has not been caught with illegal drugs (CNN) in almost three years!
In his Potomac Confidential: Election Special chat yesterday, Marc Fisher answered a question about the Nite Owl:
Silver Spring, Md.: Marion Barry is vowing to stop the stadium deal. Can he do it?
Marc Fisher: I don’t see how, but he sure can make a lot of noise, if he has the energy to do that. My sense is that Barry ran for office in good part to torment Mayor Williams, and the stadium issue is a gift from the gods toward that purpose.
Barry says he can roll back any deal that the current D.C. council approves. But that would mean pulling out of a signed legal contract. More likely, he will push to win jobs and other concessions for Ward 8–and he might well get that.
U.S. HOUSE: Wide margin surprises Holden – Patriot-News
U.S. Rep. Tim Holden handed the Paternos yet another defeat in an already disappointing year in a blow out over Republican Scott Paterno.
It turns out that to win public office, particularly a House seat, you need more than your father’s name. Scott Paterno (R), a contemporary of our good friend Tom Harrison, but political novice, got his clock cleaned in his Congressional bid in the Harrisburg area. It turns out in order to win, you have to campaign, raise money, air TV commercials before the end of October, and of course, not write columns in college that accuse a president of murders and support drug legalization — among other things. It probably help if dad is doing a little better than 2 – 6 too.
Free advice to the Democrats: When your opponent is able to build part of his appeal on the fact that he downplays (nearly to the point of omission) that he was a New England preppy who was in Skull & Bones, maybe running a candidate who has nearly similar credentials and does not downplay them, might not go over well in the “heartland,” particularly when he is aloof as John Kerry. The chances of a Massachusetts politician winning the presidency again is pretty unlikely for a generation or two. Also, being a “war hero” is generally not that strong a selling point to voters; just ask Bob Dole and George McGovern, who did not win, and Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush who got voted out of office. The way the whole party seemed to anoint Kerry the POTUS candidate after a couple of primary victories was counter-productive. This is not something that just they do, but a problem with the front-loaded primary system in general. Also, did you notice that John Edwards upstaged Kerry with his great speech?