State Secrets

It shouldn’t be like this.  It should be about the 8-1 Nittany Lions. The perfect Penn State team in the Big Ten conference. A team that hosts Nebraska at home in mid November for a great shot of making the inaugural championship game.

Joe Paterno could win the Paterno-Stagg trophy in December.

He still can, but nobody cares at this point.

Paterno’s final season with the Lions, his 45th at State College, will not be remembered for when he broke Eddie Robinson’s division one record for most career wins by a head coach. It will be remembered for the unforgivable and unmentionable acts of a defensive coordinator and 30-year co-worker of Paterno’s.

This story will play out like one of those Hallmark movies that leaves a bitter taste in everyone’s mouth, but all blame lies with the figure-head in Happy Valley. Paterno’s name and likeness lives throughout State College, including the library on campus. Inside the library, I assume you will find books on morals. Maybe Paterno should tour his own facility and read some of those books.

Penn State sent out a release late Monday that said JoePa will only answer questions about Saturday’s game against Nebraska.  It’s a press conference that goes one of two ways in a hurry: Paterno says nothing or Paterno ends the presser early.

It shouldn’t be like this.

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