In the months since news of the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke, Penn State fans have been inundated with negative press. As bad as the situation at Penn State is now, it's old news by now. It's now time to move on and start building a new era of Penn State Football.
Initial opinions wanted the entire program to be shut down for a number of years. This USA Today article by Christine Brennan called for the program to shut itself down in July.
Now that the NCAA has levied sanctions against the program, the talk has switched to how poor the program will be for the next 5-10 years.
A Week 1 home loss to Mid-American Conference member Ohio only added to the negativity being thrown Penn State's way.
Nothing like beating a dead horse. Fans know it's bad and things are probably going to be that way for a while. What's the point in dwelling on it?
Yes, the crimes committed against children by Jerry Sandusky were terrible. Yes, the Freeh Report claims that legendary coach Joe Paterno and other top administrators knew what was going on and covered it up to save the reputation of the university. Yes, a home loss to a presumably weaker opponent (although Ohio looked like the better team) is a bad start to a season already filled with adversity.
Get over it. Jerry Sandusky is in jail and the Penn State Board of Trustees fired those men indicted in the Freeh Report. The NCAA sanctions will make it difficult for Bill O'Brien and Penn State to land the top recruits over the next few seasons.
Aside from the Death Penalty, the penalties levied on the Nittany Lions are about as bad as it gets.
So the football team will be down for a while. So what. Penn State has a loyal alumni and fan base. Three years from now, when Penn State is fielding a team made of basically Division-2 caliber recruits, Beaver Stadium will probably still be rocking on Saturdays in the fall.
Nothing can be done now except take what punishment has been given and move on.
Bill O'Brien has the task of leading this current Nittany Lions team through the tumultuous times that lay ahead. If he can do that successfully, he will cement his place in Penn State history.
It will be difficult, but fans will need to stick with their team. The new era of Penn State football brings promise to a once-proud program.
The next few years are basically about weathering the storm and escaping with minimal damage. When this team rises back up, albeit this may be in 10 years, it will be a great story of inspiration and determination.