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What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:16 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 10:42 am
Penn State people are mad, no furious, with the reported hire of Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien as the man who would replace The Man. Which means Penn State fans just don't get it.

And look, PSU people, I'm not mocking you. Not taunting you. Not enjoying your anger or frustration. You're going to see plenty of those people in the next few days, media people and otherwise, people who were so shaken by the Sandusky scandal that they take it out on anything and everything representing Penn State. And I understand their rage, I really do. But I'm not one of them, so don't miss what I'm writing here.

I'm trying to help. Honest. And what occurs to me, from my point on the periphery, is that there are people at Penn State -- even a truly intelligent insider like ex-PSU linebacker LaVar Arrington -- who are so close to the situation that they can't see it for what it is.

And what it is, for Penn State, is impossible.

The administration had no chance to win the press conference, as it's called when the new coach is introduced to acclaim. Whoever that guy is, he wasn't coming to Penn State. Not so soon after ... Sandusky.

It just wasn't going to happen.

The initial hint came way back in November when Joe Paterno was forced out, and the first name to surface was Mike London of Virginia. That's a humble name, Mike London of Virginia. Career record at UVa: 12-13. Four years total as a head coach, the first two at Richmond. And when London was connected to Penn State by media reports, he backtracked as if Penn State was something he almost stepped in.

That was our sign. That was your sign, Penn State fans: This job wasn't going to be filled easily, and as the following two months showed, it wasn't filled easily. Penn State alums didn't want it. Outsiders didn't want it.

Meanwhile, the Penn State administration was trying to conduct its coaching search in privacy, even secrecy, because there was no way the school was going to hire someone with a great resume if that hiring was leaked before it became official. So Penn State did what it could on the down low, and for that Penn State people are mad. I've been getting tweets all morning like this one from a Penn State fan lamenting the "secrecy and arrogance" of the search.

As if there's any other kind, these days.

There are Penn State supporters, LaVar Arrington among them, who insist the job should have gone to interim coach Tom Bradley. And that underscores my earlier point, about some people being too close to the situation to see it clearly.

Tom Bradley was never going to get this job. It would have been outrageous if he had gotten it. And that's not a shot at Tom Bradley, who gets high marks from every media person I've ever talked to about him. But he spent years on staff with Sandusky, and was on staff when this story exploded, and was even the face of the program for the month after the explosion.

That guy can't be given the job on a permanent basis. Not if this school is sincere in its desire -- and the administration sure seems to be sincere -- to put behind it one of the ugliest stories in college football history.

It couldn't be Bradley. It wouldn't be Mike Munchak. Even the sub-.500 coach at a basketball school in the ACC wouldn't touch it.

Other than Bill O'Brien, who was Penn State going to get?

Nobody, that's who. The complaining today from Penn State people is as misguided a reaction as the riot by students the night of Paterno's firing. It's anger for the sake of anger, but it's aimed in the wrong place. Sandusky should be the target. Sandusky, and those who didn't do nearly enough to stop his alleged reign of terror.

This is not Penn State President Rodney Erickson's fault.

This is not Bill O'Brien's fault.

Want to be mad, Penn State? Get mad at Sandusky. Get mad at former president Graham Spanier and former athletics director Tim Curley. Hell, get mad at Joe Paterno.

But if Bill O'Brien truly is your next coach, get behind him, and do it now. You are ... Penn State. Remember?

Time to act like it.


Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 3:48 pm

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

Quite the opposite.  He was fired because he didn't know how to follow orders.  He was told to keep his mouth shut or get off our lawn.  But he just haaaaddddddddd to make a statement.  Well, as we all know, he's not on the lawn any longer.
I feel that Paterno was going to get fired even if he keep his mouth shut, some people believe Paterno was part of the problems

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:39 pm

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

Quite the opposite.  He was fired because he didn't know how to follow orders.  He was told to keep his mouth shut or get off our lawn.  But he just haaaaddddddddd to make a statement.  Well, as we all know, he's not on the lawn any longer.

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:08 pm

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

Good points ConnGator, however, with the way the board works, only about five of them count for anything and one has gone on the record stating Paterno was fired to please the mob of slobbering retards that is the American public and Greg Doyel and another stated that he was fired for no reason at all.

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:07 pm

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?


Good point on Joe's quote and I agree that he was not admitting to doing anything wrong.  However, as an outsider, I do feel that "he looked the other way" to not make waves within the program.  This is complicity and in the light of day, it's wrong.  Paint it any way you want to but it's still wrong. 

IMHO, I think the board fired Joe for his statment that he didn't want the board to have to spend one second dicussing his future, and that he would retire on his own at the end of the season.  Now that would have been fine if he had discuss it with the top board members and they were all supportive and in total agreement.  Unfortunately he make that statement without the knowledge of the board and that is supreme arrogance.  Without meaning to do it, Joe Paterno, put the board in a box and that left them with no alternative but to fire him.  

O'Brian looks like a good hire and I expect to see Penn State back in a few short years.  Pain yes, but the collective memory is short.       
;     &nbs

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:44 am
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Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:11 pm

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

"With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more."

Here is the full quote for the fool who decided he would take it out of context. Keep in mind that Joe was an English major at an Ivy League school and was a classical English instructor during a portion of his time at Penn State. Notice the first part because that says it all. Just read it for yourself. When the first part is thrown into the mix (not the mention the rest of the statement) the meaning is completely different from when you view only the end, as so many of the intellectual sloths out there do because they know Joe didn't do anything wrong but simply can't admit they were wrong. For the mentally inferior among us, when you read the entire quote, it shows that those using the second part are really nothing more than immoral lying hacks willing to misrepresent a great man's words in order to attack him.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:23 pm

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

So now anyone who worked with Sandusky is tainted... how ridiculous. There is no way Bradley knew what was going on, and Paterno did what he needed to do regarding it. Just because the police fail to make a meaningful investigation doesn ot mean Paterno should take the fall. Hope Penn State sucks for a century because of how they treated the man who made the program even relevant.

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:15 pm

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

Another uninformed fool. This time one that takes Joe's words out of context. Why the summary of the quote and not the quote itself\? Why didn't you post it? Of wait, I know, because it puts the it in context and it doesn't mean what you say.

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:19 pm

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

@steveopa, apparently it was Joe Paterno's opinion that he should have done more. that was exactly what he said the day that he anounced that he would retire at the eend of the season. it tis no surprise that he was fired after admitting that he should have done something more to stop the ABUSES of Sandushy. so i guess all thos who only are giving their opinions agree with Joe Paterno, and you sir are in the minority and shuld probably just shut up...

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:14 pm

What's with the misguided anger, Penn State?

Hey look, another dope who ran his mouth without checking the facts. Good job forty. There will be no healing at Penn State because there is nothing to heal from, just a witch hunt and a false narrative pushed by the media that is collapsing upon itself every single time more information comes out. The truth will set you free indeed, expect in the eyes of this fool who could care less about facts.

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