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Jay Paterno Sent Handwritten Letters To Urban Meyer, Mark Richt, Others Looking For A Coaching Job

In the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, Jay Paterno, the son of late legendary PSU head coach Joe Paterno, has not been able to continue his coaching career. Paterno coached quarterbacks at Penn State from 1999-2011, but has been without a job ever since. Court documents from the case between the Paterno family and NCAA reveal that he has been pretty active in seeking out opportunities. Penn Live posted a handwritten letter from Paterno to Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, inquiring about potential job openings.

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Penn Live's Christian Alexandersen transcribed more of the letter:

"This note is also to express my interest in any coaching positions that have opened and may open on your staff in the future," Paterno wrote. "My father had tremendous respect for you and I share that respect as well. It would be an honor to be a part of your staff."

Paterno went on to write, "For you [sic] Ohio State -- I would bring a diverse set of experiences on and off the field that would be an asset to your program. My career has included success in recruiting, coaching as well as leadership in social media and public relations."

According to Alexandersen, Paterno sent similar letters to Georgia's Mark Richt and West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen. Anyone who has had a prolongued job search can appreciate the hustle here, but the thought of a Paterno coaching at Ohio State is admittedly a bit weird.

[Penn Live]