Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Penn St. Finally Get What They Want.
After years of trying to find the perfect exit strategy for their legendary, but aging, coach JoPa, Penn St. University finally have found their way out. Though this is probably not the exit strategy that either the AD, or coach Paterno had initially thought, but he will finally step down at the seasons end. This is an unfortunate event for the storied coach. A series of reports of sexual abuse to kids as young as 11 years old by an assistant coach, and a cover-up allegation to go with it by coach Paterno himself. Penn St. have been feeling the push from alumni the past few seasons to move in a different direction, with alumni saying Paterno's outdated coaching style doesn't fit with the modern game. The year after the pending move made national headlines, JoPa responded by leading Penn St. to a bowl game. In the following seasons since that first report, Paterno has made a mockery of himself, his product, and Penn St. football with a series of comical events. Florida St. had a similar choice to make with coach Bowden when it came time for him to move on, but at least he wasn't seen booking it for the bathroom running his players over because he couldn't hold it any longer. Notre Dame faced had a JoPa ordeal they went through with Charlie Weis when he was incapacitated, but at least he remained on the side lines to coach, unlike Paterno who retreated to the press box. This is an unfortunate occurrence to a storied football coach indeed, but for every new recruit, current player, and alumni, this will be a blessing in disguise. Hopefully Sandusky will not be allowed to rear his ugly head around children ever again, and hopefully this black cloud will not linger above College Station Pa. for too long.