Penn State really did not go anywhere as far as football is concerned. Penn State will raise its public image out from the ashes.
Had the Jerry Sandusky scandal not happened, Joe Paterno would have been forced to retire because of lung cancer.
However, the team more than likely would not have made it to the Big Ten Championship because Wisconsin was just an incredible football team.
Nebraska was also a team that Penn State probably would not have beaten. In fact, the score probably would not have been as close as it was. Penn State played with a chip on their shoulder that day against Nebraska, and that was why the game was so close.
There is no doubt that there were distractions in the Nittany Lions' locker room of the this past fall. While many columnists voiced their opinions on whether or not Penn State should play in a bowl game, publicly, there has been word spread around Happy Valley that the team did not want to play in a bowl game for various reasons. However, the athletic department made the team go to the Ticket City Bowl.
The saying of “what a difference a year makes” is the ultimate understatement going into the 2012 season for the Nittany Lions. The magnitude of the Sandusky scandal, the horrible PR tactics used by the university and the events surrounding Joe Paterno’s death were storylines that no Penn State fan, alumni, student or faculty member ever thought could happen in Happy Valley.
Again, from a football standpoint, Penn State never went anywhere. When it is the time of year for college football Saturdays again, Penn State will be out there playing solid and competitive football. It may be a little different style of play, but Bill O’Brien will continue the tradition of Penn State football: a winning tradition done the right way.