This past weekend, I purposefully stepped away from all things PSU (except watching the press conference), in order to reflect. I have come to the conclusion that what's done is done. On the surface, it seems that Bill O'Brien is a good man, motivational type guy who "gets it." In keeping two very good defensive coaches (and his best recruiter) on staff, it shows that O'Brien is smart enough to know that he doesn't know everything. We'll see what kind of coaching staff he puts together and what kind of student/athletes he brings in, but so far I like everything I've seen.
As for the rest of it (Paterno, JS, etc.), I will never not feel as though Joe got screwed. I will never get over the horrible actions that were committed against those children. I will never forgive the people at Second Mile who seem to have (temporarily) escaped punishment for running, in effect, a brothel. I will never forgive the BoT, MSM and those who would rush to judgment without the facts, denigrating a good man in the process. And I will never forgive those who attempt to paint those who feel as though Joe got screwed as being complicit in the rape of a child, including some who blog on this site.
That said, life is too short. Joe is no longer the coach. In all likelihood, had this thing not happened, it is likely that Joe would still have been done at this point. The only difference is that, perhaps, Urban Meyer would have been in Happy Valley, as opposed to the toilet bowl that is Columbus, OH. Nevertheless, we were probably going to have to adjust to life with "the new guy." regardless of how this happened.
As such, I will continue to speak out for Joe. I will continue to battle those who insist that Joe was enabling JS simply to protect his program. However, I will not let that influence my support for Coach O'Brien. By all accounts, he seems like a good man, a smart football coach and the type of guy Joe might have had on his staff. I am excited about the future of Penn State Football under this man's leadership. I hope that, 46 years from now, we're blogging about who should replace BOB. With that said, I look forward to a successful recruiting period and off-season.
Good Luck Coach O'Brien, we got your back.