Bill O'Brien's first season as head coach of Penn State will be a success. An 8-4 record gets him off to a good start. However, only winning four conference games leaves room for improvement.
O'Brien sets himself up with a strong foundation for next season and proves that he and his team can overcome any and all obstacles. Recruits will now have faith in a proven coach and will give Penn State the consideration it deserves.
The postseason ban for three more years will not matter. Penn State will not go away quietly.
The outsiders to Penn State will probably not understand how I can be optimistic about this program, but I have never been more excited for a PSU football season. Why am I so optimistic?
Penn State can't fail anymore. The Nittany Lions have nowhere to go but up. The nation expects nothing from Penn State for the next 20 years.
Many expect us to fade into a shadow of our former glory, our tradition becoming nothing more than a fleeting memory. They think our team will become so sub-par, it will begin to resemble a Division II school.
I tell you now, everyone will remember this time in Penn State history. This is the time of a new beginning. A time of a new era, one that will lead Penn State back to the glory that the program had before it was tarnished.
Penn State is not dead. The football program will emerge from this period of sanctions more united and stronger than ever before.
In four years, Penn State will emerge as the next "feel good, American underdog story." Like it or not, Penn State is here to stay. The new era has only just begun.
WE ARE! PENN STATE!
*All date, time, game location and television broadcast information was obtained at gopsusports.com