A lot of eyes were focused State College, Pennsylvania and Penn State on Saturday, as the Nittany Lions opened the team’s first season in nearly 50 years without Joe Paterno as head coach.
Even more though than the absence of Paterno, most want to know how the school would fare under the weight of some of the most serious sanctions ever levied against a major college football program.
The immediate answer is not very well. Penn State playing at home lost to the Ohio University Bobcats 24-14.
On paper Ohio University was not the toughest test for Penn State, but the Bobcats nonetheless provided a measuring stick to examine the resiliency of a team that will have to find ways other than polls, bowl games, and championships to motivate itself for at least the next five years.
I think most of us agree that Penn State deserved to be severely punished for its role in essentially enabling some of the horrendous crimes against children committed by Jerry Sandusky, and what now appears to b...