Penn State football had an interesting year in 2011, to say the least.
There was an image-tarring alleged sex scandal and firing of Joe Paterno, followed by frustrated and confused students overtaking Beaver Canyon, and then the eventual death of a legendary coach, humanitarian and icon.
However, football was played, in case you missed it.
On the field, the Lions put together a nice season with a 9-4 record, beating the teams they should have and losing to those who were better than them.
With a new face leading the Lions, the team will be revitalized and looking to perform well in 2012.
Here's a look at a few reasons why the Nittany Lions will shine in 2012.