I wanted to comment on one element of the hypocrisy of Penn State fans that seems to go overlooked in this whole save Joe Paterno’s legacy crusade. This delusional fan base is engaging in the ultimate form of hypocrisy and it is truly sickening. While they currently are up in arms and having trustees announce this is not a Penn State scandal, they are defending the very man a large portion of them were ready to run out of town and into retirement in the early 2000’s. From 2000-2004, Penn State went 26-33 including a 16-24 record in the Big Ten. In 2003 and 2004 specifically Penn State was 7-16 and 3-13 in the Big Ten, and the fans and boosters were actively talking about how to let Joe Paterno fade away to save their program.
The greater point here sadly is that the people in “Happy” Valley are only really trying to save this man’s legacy because of the recent football history of mere modest success. Penn State has made 1 BCS bowl game since 2006 where they were beaten down by USC 38-24. These fans that want to protect their football at all cost have all of a sudden come to the defense of a man that they tried to run out of down less than a decade ago? What is truly sickening is that a collective group of people representing a sizable portion of a population in such a large state will attempt to run a man out of town for having a bad run of football over 5 years but will rally around him suppressing crucial evidence of child rape that could’ve prevented future victims from being assaulted. It’s not a football scandal they say, an asinine argument to begin with, but when framed properly, it’s easy to see that this isn’t about Joe Paterno’s legacy after all, it’s all about their precious football, and no matter what evidence comes forward, football is indeed GOD at Penn State University.
I expect eventually, perhaps even soon after the Freeh Report, the argument will shift away from saving Paterno to saving Penn State’s precious 13 Saturdays each fall.
After all, the school did just receive 208 million dollars to keep on playing football and the administration is already laying the groundwork for their upcoming football campaign.
“We’re very grateful — humbled really — to have this kind of response from Penn Staters, who I think have rallied to the cause … by the side of the institution through a very difficult time,” Rod Kirsch, senior vice president for development and alumni relations, said Monday in an interview.
Penn State vs. the world this season, and the only losers are the poor children, the victims who the university failed to protect.