There was a shockingly candid article that appeared in the Post Gazette yesterday. In the article, Penn State associate athletic director of finance Rick Kaluza muses about what life will be like after Joe Paterno and the financial struggles the University is sure to endure.
Penn State officials also worry what will happen to the school's fundraising and budget once Paterno is no longer leading the program. He has two years remaining on his contract.
"Some people walk up to Joe now and just hand him a check, but we have no idea what's going to happen once coach Paterno is gone," Kaluza said. "It's the great unknown. Everyone knows he is a real bargain."
Paterno earned more than $1.03 million in 2008 in salary and bonuses, according to records released by the university, but that did not include outside compensation.
"If we go outside to hire a coach, we know what Mack Brown of Texas makes [$5.1 million] and we know what Nick Saban [$4.7 million] of Alabama makes," Kaluza said. "So, is that where we'll need to be? Probably. And that figure doesn't even include the assistant coaches.
"If we stay inside and [defensive coordinator] Tom Bradley is the new coach, then we can probably keep things a little closer to where we are now."
Oh, the horror. We'll probably have to cut the volleyball programs. Maybe we can keep fencing going, but they will most likely have to eat McDonalds and stay in cockroach infested motels when they travel. Because the new coach will have to take the private jet more often.
It's a scary scenario to think about. Except for the fact that the exact same article points out the following.