Originally posted on Nittany Lions Den  |  Last updated 1/11/12

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions leaves the field following the 2010 Capital One Bowl against the LSU Tigers at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on January 1, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Penn State won 19-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The final tie between Penn State football and the Paterno family has been severed. Quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno announced he was leaving the program after spending 17 years as an assistant under his father, Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno. His departure was expected after the school last week named New England Patriots offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Bill O’Brien to succeed JoePa as Nittany Lions head coach. Joe Paterno was fired Nov. 9 in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. STORY: Patriots’ Bill O’Brien introduced as Penn State coach “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
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