Honoring Joe Paterno, A Sad Situation

I was going to write a post about how much I’m going to enjoy going to the football game this Saturday, but then Penn State announced that they would honor Joe Paterno during the Temple game.

As some of you may know, I sang the Penn State Alma Mater at Joe’s memorial service. I knew and spent some brief time with him over the course of my life. I also knew Jerry Sandusky. Please keep in mind, I’m the age of the victims. I spent time at Penn State during the time of the alleged crimes. So, I knew the victims, I knew the accused and I was in the same area at the time of the events, but I knew nothing about what was going on, and still don’t.

Want to know what I do know? I do know that there is a library with the name Paterno on it. I also know that there is a spiritual center with the Paterno name on it. I know that year in and year out our football players have one of the highest graduation rates in the country.

So apparently we’re just supposed to forget about the good? Never mention Joe’s name again? Let’s be realistic here, the man was at the university for 61 years, spending millions of dollars to better the educational experience of every student that passes through here.

I don’t give two shits about a statue, I don’t care about Pitt fans harassing us, but I do care about being able to attend a state of the art learning institution. We’ll never know the truth about what actually happened. We’ll never know what Joe actually knew.

The fact of the matter is, the trial was decided long before it went to court, it had already been heard in the court of public opinion. The dirty laundry had already been aired on the news. No matter how loud Penn State fans scream, the rest of the country already “knows” the truth.

So now instead of looking forward to a new season under the leadership of James Franklin, the talk of tomorrow’s game will be on continuing to degrade the name of someone who died over four years ago.

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