Christopher Smith

Jay Paterno Runs For Office In Pennsylvania

Created on Feb. 20, 2014 3:39 PM EST

Jay Paterno, a former Penn State assistant coach and son of Joe Paterno, is running for lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania, he announced Thursday.

Paterno coached tight ends and quarterbacks for his father from 1995 to 2011, but was not retained by former Nittany Lions coach Bill O'Brien when his father resigned in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Paterno remains a popular surname in Pennsylvania, and before 2011 he likely would be an automatic to be elected for anything within the state.

He does have political experience, working for President Barack Obama's campaign in 2008 and 2012 and introducing Obama at an '08 rally in State College, Pa. Though his father was a prominent Republican, Paterno has been a Democratic advocate for many years.

According to a lawsuit the Paterno family has filed against the NCAA, the Associated Press reported, Jay Paterno has continued to seek coaching jobs, but despite 16 years as a prominent assistant at a Big Ten school, has been unable to succeed.

Perhaps he'll have better luck running for office, or perhaps the stain on the Paterno name is just too great to overcome at this juncture in history.

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