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Paterno's successor rallying Penn State fans

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09:22 AM ET 05.20 | After three weeks of crisscrossing the Northeast to rally and reassure Penn State fans that all will be well in Happy Valley, Bill O'Brien still had fresh material when the Nittany Lions' coaching caravan made its 18th and final stop. The purpose of this O'Brien-inspired good-will tour was to begin mapping a post-Joe Paterno future at a university community still shaken by the child sexual abuse allegations against the former assistant Jerry Sandusky. There was no deviation from the message O'Brien delivered at every stop -- from Richmond, Va., to New York, Cleveland, and now Buffalo - when it came to upholding Paterno's legacy, how he has come to revere the tight-knit Penn State community, and how important it is to look ahead.

New York Times

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May 20, 2012  09:28 AM ET

Just win.

May 20, 2012  09:31 AM ET

B1G Champions.

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May 20, 2012  09:35 AM ET

Good luck, Bill. I hope that your character stands up under the scrutiny it will receive (brought about by no act of your own).

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May 20, 2012  01:04 PM ET

People drinking the Penn State Kool Aid have already put this Sandusky thing behind them. It doesn't affect their allegiance to the university anymore than USC fans are tainted by OJ's actions. We are all mindless boobs when it comes to who we want to support and will never accept any opinion
to the contrary. Just look at our upcoming Presidential election. Nobody cares to hear what the other side has to say...

May 20, 2012  01:28 PM ET

Look ahead...I think that was Sandusky's line!

May 20, 2012  02:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Just look at our upcoming Presidential election.

[Tweeeet!] Personal foul. Politics on the CFB threads. 10-yard penalty. Replay the down.

May 20, 2012  03:54 PM ET

So NY Times, are you advocating that Penn St is a center for child molesters? You have already victimized JoePa, what more can you do?

May 20, 2012  08:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Just win.

Exactly. Winning will help accelerate the healing process within the Penn State community.

May 21, 2012  12:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Just win.

My sentiments exactly.

And please stop referring to Coach O'Brien as "Paterno's successor." Use his name.

Thank you, 3riverbabe (PSU alumna)

 
May 21, 2012  01:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

So NY Times, are you advocating that Penn St is a center for child molesters? You have already victimized JoePa, what more can you do?

Also, let's not forget that this sick, sordid situation is not the fault of the current coach, the players, or the alumni. It's the fault of a warped ex-coach who's going on trial this summer. May the justice system have its way with him.

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