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We don't need to rehash everything that has happened to the Penn State football program over the past 12 months.
But when the 2012 season got underway, not much was expected from the Nittany Lions.
After all, the program had to proceed under the crushing weight of massive NCAA sanctions, severe limits in scholarships, a bowl ban and multiple player defections—and that's just for starters.
It wasn't too much of a surprise when Penn State opened with a loss to Ohio University from the Mid-American Conference, and even less of a surprise when the upper rows of bleachers at Beaver Stadium were left empty.
But after Week 2, something clicked in Happy Valley. Penn State suddenly decided that it was no longer going to be the whipping dog of the Football Bowl Subdivision.
The Lions put together four straight wins—including a victory over then No. 24 Northwestern—and the pride is starting to come back to Penn State, little by little.
It will undoubtedly take years for the wounds at PSU to heal, but a winning football team will help the community heal in a way perhaps nothing else can.