STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 11: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett speaks with Penn State student leaders behind him during a press conference at the Nittany Lion Inn, November 11, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Corbett has said he supports the Penn State Board of Trustees decision to fire former football head coach Joe Paterno. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
But First, POLITICS. Well, kind of. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett spoke publicly for the first time about Joe Paterno's firing, and he's not backing away from it:
"As a governor, as a member of the board of trustees, I have to do what I think is in the best interest of the university, and of the state of Pennsylvania. And that's what I've done. I know not everybody is going to like it," said Corbett.
Corbett's discussion of Paterno (and Phil Knight's speech at the memorial) can be seen in this video, at around the 9:00 mark.
In Happier News. Did you know that elm trees are dying all over Penn State's campus? I blame Harvey Updike.
Sigh. Another reminder that the Penn State we knew is going away. The university has put up a good fight against elm yellows, but ultimately, I think they are just buying time, not finding a cure. As these beautiful trees fall, they are being replaced with different types of trees.
A Slightly Less Tragic Crime Beat. Weird news out of Happy Valley this week, as a car rammed into some gates at Beaver Stadium, then squashed the Paternoville sign. The driver then absconded with the sign, which was eventually recovered by local police.
The Cautionary Tale Of Dolla Dolla Billz. Don't cry for Billy Oliver being forced into basketball retirement due to concussions and exercise induced headaches. He's made peace with it. Instead, take a look at what he had to go through just to remain part of the Penn State basketball program:
During one visit at the Jefferson Headache Center in Philadelphia, doctors stuck 30 needles in the back of Oliver’s head and neck.
"After Billy told me that, I said, ‘Billy, you know you don’t have to do this anymore if you don’t want to. You don’t have to go through this,’" DeChellis recalled. "He said, ‘I know, coach. I want to.’ "
Once, DeChellis walked into the locker room to find Oliver’s head buried in the couch.
"When he came in, I could see how worried he was, and that’s the worst part about this," Oliver said. "It’s extremely hard for a coach to hold open a position when he only gets 13 scholarships. Nobody wanted to see me suffer, but there was nothing anyone could do."