I saw an interesting story last night. It was about the Penn State football program. The story talked about how since 2002 there have been something like 168 arrests involving Nittany Lion football players and 43 of those arrests have ended up in guilty pleas. Wow..that is a lot. So, with all of this being said is Joe Pa's time in Happy Valley finally done?
At 81 years of age Paterno seems to be finally losing control. Here's a guy who just doesn't have the energy to be a major head football coach. I think it's getting to that time where JoePa needs to think about retiring. Let a younger coach come in there and run this program. There's only so much that his assistants can do..these kids need to hear if from their head coach too. He's less of a fatherly figure to his players and more of a sweet old let's take advantage of him grandpa figure.
This all started when Penn State started to have bad seasons. Paterno and his staff started offering scholarships to guys they wouldn't have normally offered a scholarship to. These higher risk players haven't turned the corner in the program..they're still acting the way they did before they got a major scholarship. These players are making the university look bad.
Eventually the Athletic Director and President at Penn State are going to have ask themselves should we move on? I think they need to. There's only so long that you can hold on to a legend before you have to say....things are really passing you by. Sadly JoePa is at or getting close to that stage...modern college football is passing him by. At some point Penn State is going to drop off again...Paterno is going to become a recruiting liability. I remember once my high school football coach telling us, for those players that went on to play college football or any other sport at the college level, go to a place where you know the same guy is going to be there coaching when you graduate. Paterno can't say that now..he's 81. He can't say with any realy belief that any of his assistants will be either..it's just time for all parties involved to move on. What are your thoughts?