We're a month away from camps opening up for college football. Penn State is still planning currently to have a 2012 football season. In reality, it shouldn't happen. If new head coach Bill O'Brien can make an early positive impact on Penn State, he should request that football be shut down for the year.
Currently, the program is tainted and crumbling each and every day. Playing football as normally scheduled won't help fix it. This is a program that still has an image of Joe Paterno, a man who was seen as a saint in a college setting, who turned out to be a bigger sinner. Most people in the country will not be able to watch Penn State football without getting a sick feeling in their stomach in 2012.
You would be playing football around a collapsing university that will keep falling apart piece by piece if you continue to play.
If you call off football for 2012, you have a chance to fix a small portion of the damage done to this university.
After calling off the football season, begin to "De-Paterno" the campus. Take his statue down, remove his name from the library, spiritual center and every trace of his legacy.
It may lighten the blow from the NCAA. For those who feel they won't get the death penalty, the organization will still do something to respond. Public outcry is large. It's the fuel that ignites the NCAA.
No football gives not only the program time to rebuild, but the administration at Penn State needs it too. The state and the NCAA need to oversee both.
Pretty simple thinking too. If you are a student or a student athlete at Penn State, do you want to look selfish, and just play football like nothing happened, or do you look to give back to the victims of Jerry Sandusky and take that season of no football to repair the reputation of your University?
Right now, a lot of people outside of Penn State have a very negative view of the University. To them, there is no order or proper control in Happy Valley. So why go on like nothing happened? Do the right thing Bill O'Brien, unlike your predecessor who didn't.