Everybody knows the turmoil Penn State and its football program has endured over the past couple months. The Jerry Sandusky scandal has put the university in a situation that will take a long time to recover from, but the hiring of new head coach Bill O'Brien is a sign that things are moving forward once again.
A video of Penn State's message, which is entitled “Get Started,” is embedded above.
Above all else it's a terrific message. It's simple, yet direct. The program has been torn down to its core with many of the familiar faces who've been around the program for as long as many fans can remember gone and new ones taking over.
In other words, the rebuilding process is officially underway.
That's why the hiring of O'Brien was the right move. Some people weren't pleased since he lacked Penn State roots, but that's exactly what was needed: An outside force to show the university was truly looking to change the way things worked for so many years.
His opening press conference playing in the background while many of the iconic structures on campus were being shown was a perfect touch. It illustrated that it doesn't take somebody who has had a long association with Penn State to understand its rich tradition.
There are going to be plenty of hurdles for O'Brien and his team to jump over both on and off the field, but they have to start somewhere. The casual observer's opinion of Penn State isn't too positive right now, so as the most prominent team on campus, it must start changing those notions.
It won't be easy and nobody at Penn State expects it to be. A simple two-minute video isn't going to change anything other than for diehard fans who are already pumped for next season. It's all about baby steps toward normalcy and the montage is just one of them.
There's no telling if O'Brien will succeed or how long it's going to take before the scandal isn't the first thing outsiders think of when Penn State is mentioned, but the process has begun.
Rebuilding trust within the community comes first and everything else will fall into place after that. Like the video alludes, the university has a rich history. Even though its image has taken a serious hit, the outlook appears to be positive from those at the top.
At Penn State, it's time to get started.