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Is Joe a Divisive Figure for Penn Staters?


In a recent essay in Sports on Earth, author Matt Brown has this to say:

Now, 26 months after the Jerry Sandusky scandal rocked Happy Valley, and two years since Paterno's death on Jan. 22, 2012, it's hard to figure out just what to do with the memory of the most important -- and now most divisive -- person in the history of Penn State.

The premise is that the University has "moved on" from Joe, while the town has not. That today's students don't understand the fuss and just want the alums to shut up.

I find that interesting. That implies that the kids today bought into the BOTs ideas. That they don't understand what Joe did or why he did it. Yet from what I read on here, it sure seems like the students understand the grand experiment.

I, like many others on BSD, lived through the best of times for JVP. And we winced in pain during the bad days. But none of us were prepared for IT and the aftermath. I can honestly say that I lost friends in the months after the news broke.

But many of you undergrads today don't have that connection. You didn't experience that thrill of winning in Miami. You didn't see the goal posts march through town. You didn't watch legions of drunken fans singing and staggering from bar to bar...oh wait, of course you did. You are at Penn State after all.

I will tell you that I'm linked on social media with several active faculty at Penn State. And I recall one series of comments that basically said the "jock sniffs" got what they deserved. So, in that regard, there is some validity to the essay's argument.

But I want to hear from undergrads and recent grads. Don't spare my feelings...how do you view Joe?

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