With positive information.
Today I had the honor of meeting a former Offensive Coordinator for the Div-2A University of Delaware Blue Hens. I neglected to ask permission to use his name in this post, therefore I will not disclose his name out of professional courtesy.
Once I learned of his connection to the University of Delaware, I inquired as to how Pat Devlin fared after his transfer. His words, quoted to the best of my memory, "an honest, intelligent kid with a good arm. Not as strong as Joe Flacco's, but a really good athlete. I really hope he finds a way to make it [in the NFL]."
We also hit on other points, including that he knew Jerry Sandusky, and didn't suspect a thing. Though he did admit his contact with JS was minimal, but that he coached at several of Penn State's summer camps which contributed to his acquaintanceship with JS.
Additionally, he volunteered the following: "Joe Paterno never would have covered something up for the sake of football. Those kids meant everything to him, the sport they played was just [his classroom]. The Media is fueled by their vitriol for a man who scorned them; called them unnecessary and opportunists."
This allowed me to gently segue towards his opinions of the NCAA Infractions at PSU. To summarize his opinions in his own words: "Terrible, criminal, it's not fair what they are doing to those kids. Their president is a coward in over his head. To say that Penn State will become the bastion of academic integrity in college football is a lie. They already are. "
Just wanted to pass on some good feelings to all of you and keep the positivity train moving. I was inspired to make this post after reading this fanpost.
WE STILL ARE...
Full Disclosure: I am a college student living in the greater Newark area of New Castle County, DE, which is where I met the coach mentioned above. I have no legacy ties to Penn State. The nearest alumni connection that I have is one of my cousins. My own highschool laziness, as well as finances, did not afford me the opportunity to attend Penn State, though I have loved the school ever since Penn State Football became common ground for me and my father. Both of my parents are from the "717" as some here like to call it, and both my living Grandfathers still call Juniata County their home. Consider this my overdue, impromptu, "introduction".