Ex-Penn State assistant Jay Paterno defends Ohio State's Meyer, says ‘wait for facts’


Jay Paterno, the son of late Penn State coach Joe Paterno, came out in defense of Urban Meyer, writing in a blog post that “We should wait for facts” before calling for the Buckeyes’ coach to be fired.

Jay Paterno. AP FILE PHOTO

Joe Paterno’s four-decade career as Penn State coach ended when he was swept up into the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. Paterno was fired amid questions about how much he knew about Sandusky’s past crimes and whether he acted appropriately with allegations he was told of by an assistant coach.

Paterno writes: “As Penn Staters, we’ve seen the forces of innuendo, implication and allegation damage the lives and careers of good innocent people.” He says Americans should demand more.

Paterno was an assistant coach to his father and is currently an elected Penn State trustee.