This past week has been difficult for myself and every Penn State fan. For me, it has been frustrating as well. I have heard stories about people at work or other non-PSU affiliated family members not understanding what's going on, but it's a little disheartening to find some of my fellow Penn State students, as well as several of my friends, completely disconnected when it comes to Paterno's life and legacy. It's hard for me to hear my friend mention that Joe was "just a football coach", or hear one of my roommates ask why people are sad at the death of someone who covered up for a child molester. When I try to explain to them what he meant to the University as a whole, they still don't seem to understand. They don't understand how there is only one reason that world-class laboratories are located three hours from a major city; how the town would probably be half the size if it wasn't for 200,000 people showing up 6-8 times a year; or how their degree would not have the worldwide name recognition that it does if it wasn't for one Joseph Vincent Paterno. It saddens me to think that these people do not understand that there is more to life than just the straight facts, and how one man can impact millions of people.
I apologize for the rant, but when I ran into someone after the memorial, and he couldn't understand why I was crying, it just set me off.