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  1. 2011 Nov 09

    The Inferno In Happy Valley


    By Shortister

    Alright. I know I am 1,091 miles from Penn State University right now, so I don't know the complete situation, but I do know what's being released. I also know that this is a disaster; this is an inferno right now.

    As you know, Joe Paterno was fired tonight and Graham Spanier stepped down as President due to the sexual abuse allegations that arose recently.

    Many of my friends are talking to me and are in disbelief why they fired him now. However, they aren't quite reading up on the story as they should be if they want to have a valid opinion on the matter.

    The chanting of "We Want Joe" on Beaver Ave. makes me sick, but yet, I understand it. I understand it because of the fact that JoePa had been the coach at Penn State for a very very long time. However, it makes me sick because they aren't thinking of the entire story. They are basically placing more value on college football than the protection and justice for the boys who made the allegations.

    Speculation is circling around Twitter and Facebook that someone needs to forfeit the game this week, whether it be the Nebraska Cornhuskers or the Penn State Nittany Lions. That's another thing right now I'm not completely sure about.

    Canning him via a phone call was a little classless, in my opinion. Couldn't a representative from the University go to his house and tell him in person? That's like breaking up with a spouse via phone. It is undoubtedly true that JoePa was married to Penn State.

    This entire ordeal reminds me of what happened at my the high school finals of Nebraska state soccer in 2010. Sure, that isn't even close to the magnitude of what is going on in Happy Valley, but it was sure big news at the time. No one remembers that the Lincoln East Spartans had a perfect season that year and was nationally ranked. Everyone remembers how former students threw green cards on to the field in response to playing a primarily ethnically Latino high school. I hope for the sake of college football that people do remember the JoePa legacy, and not just remember the last few weeks of his collegiate career.

    Tags: joe, paterno, penn, state, nittany, lions, joepa, graham, spanier, beaver, street, nebraska, cornhuskers

  2. 2011 Nov 08

    JoePa's Future Uncertain


    By Shortister

    Everyone in the sports world should know about the scandal coming to light in Pennsylvania. If you don't, you've been living under a rock for the past few days.

    Even though the Nittany Lions' players were never coached by Jerry Sandusky, this week and those weeks to come are going to be difficult. The press is all over this story, look at ESPN and all the writeups about it. Hell, just being a part of the university right now is definitely going to have bad connotations.

    The game this weekend is going to mean a lot to both teams. Nebraska, coming off a heart-breaking loss to an unranked Northwestern and Penn State trying to see some light while being involved in this depressing mess.

    Several questions loom throughout college football and Penn State: Is JoePa going to retire due to the chaos? Could he have managed this better in the past? Why was his press conference canceled? Other moral questions surround the university as well. One thing is for certain, this isn't "just going to go away".

    Tags: penn, state, joe, paterno, nebraska, cornhuskers, scandal

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