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Penn State Coaching Search: Jay Paterno Reportedly Granted Interview

Penn State quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Jay Paterno was interviewed on Friday by the university's six-person committee tasked with finding a replacement for his father, legendary former head coach Joe Paterno according to Bob Cohn and Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The younger Paterno's chances of getting the call from the group headed by acting athletic director David Joyner appear slim, however, as Cohn and Rossi write. 

The sources described Jay Paterno's interview as a courtesy and said he is not considered a serious candidate to replace his father, who was fired Nov. 9 in the aftermath of a child rape investigation of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Jay Paterno worked at his father's side from 1999 until his firing and has long been a target of criticism from Nittany Lions fans dissatisfied with the offensive unit's performance over the last decade. Though Jay Paterno's offenses have been resurgent since Penn State's four losing seasons in five years between 2000 and 2004, many have long feared he'd become a serious candidate in the wake of his father's departure as a show of respect to his father.

That does not appear to be the case here.

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