The new era for Penn State football was coming sooner or later.
The Joe Paterno era was great, whether people like it or not. Penn Staters could live with his image being tainted. It's certainly better than what some say about him, being an enabler.
If Penn State really wants to move on from what happened in the past year, winning will have to be it. If the Nittany Lions really want to shed themselves as being a school decapitated by a scandal, they have to win. It is as simple as that. Shutting the program down is not the solution and losing would further harm the school's image.
Penn State will play football next year. It is part of the healing process. Nittany Lions' fans will have lower expectations next year for many reasons other than the firing and death of Joe Paterno.
Here are some of those expectations for Penn State football in September.