For an eternity, Penn State football was a model of consistency. Along with being that model, they were lead by the once immovable figure, Joe Paterno. Just when it seemed Joe Paterno was about to ride off into a cloud of college football invincibility, the cloud proved itself to be one of everlasting darkness
In the midst of yet another winning season for Paterno and the Nittany Lions, the allegations of the infamous Sandusky hit the university. Almost immediately, Penn State went from being that model of consistency to being involved in the wrong place of college football history.
After the firing and eventual death of Paterno, it seemed as if the worst had happened to the university. Sandusky was arrested, then convicted and it was about to be on to next season for Penn State. Then the Freeh Report hit the world, and the rest is surely history.
The NCAA came down on Penn State, which was what they had to do. The numbers were astounding; $60 million, 4 years probation, not to mention a loss of scholarships. Not only did the sanctions set the university’s football program back, they solidified the future stance of Penn State football. That stance is one of permanent negativity.
For as long as college football lives, people will never forget about how the Penn State administration, including Paterno, failed numerous young men. The fact that parents and guardians trusted that administration with their children and the university allowed them to be in the grasps of one Jerry Sandusky.
Good luck telling the next set of parents to send their child back to that place. That is about as possible as possible as ufos cruising down broadway. The future is quite clear for Penn State, transparency! Their best bet is to just not be seen, and not be noticed. Its no longer about wins and losses. They have already lost the most important battle.