I’m going to just state that I spent my entire 22+ years leading up until this past week with the knowledge that Joe Paterno was Penn State and Penn State was a hallmark of college football. After reading the Grand Jury report and realizing how large and deep these allegations run it is a shock to the 9 year old me watching Big Ten football on ABC in my living room that these things could possibly happen. There is no excuse for the things that happened to have gone on and most certainly not be reported. If you think that Paterno, McQuary or anyone else involved in this should coach ‘one more game’ or be allowed on the staff for the rest of the season I’m afraid you miss the larger picture. This goes beyond college football. Football was a vector used to do terrible things to children who put trust and faith into the same men that many other children and adults admired while watching them on television. It’s tough when you’re growing up to realize that terrible people are apart of some of the great things you enjoy. That shouldn’t cause you to hate the great things, just realize who the terrible people are.
This is mostly my two cents as I’ve seemingly found a way to stay up until 2AM to watch ESPN and replays of the Board of Directors releasing the statement on the firing of Joe Paterno.