Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Every now and then, the good guy wins
It is not about something in South Carolina, but people in South Carolina love college football. There is no college football icon more known than Penn State's Joe Paterno. Paterno is the grandaddy of them all when it comes to coaches. He has has won more games than anyone who ever coached the game at the big time college level. This year's Penn State team is 11-1 and Rose Bowl bound.
Yet, due to his hip injury, caused by showing players how to act on a kickoff, rumors have had old "Joe Pa" ready for retirement. Penn State waited a long time to determine what to do with the living legend. Paterno's current contract expires at the end of the year.
Penn State recently stood up and gave the old legend a resounding vote of confidence. The 81 year old Paterno has a contract to coach through the 2011 season. The old guy with the thick glasses and high water pants will stay on for at least three more years at Penn State.
Paterno staying on at Penn State is not only good for that institution, but for America. It is good to see an old guy who has always played by the rules get a chance to keep on winning by the rules. Paterno's teams have always been free of NCAA rules violations and he and his wife have given tremendous amounts of money to Penn State. Paterno did that while winning. Let that sink in. Ole Joe Pa played by the rules his entire life, gave back to his community and still won. It is good to see one of the good guys in life win one. The entire staff of VUI will be rooting for Jo Pa and Penn State in the Rose Bowl. Hooray for the administration of Penn State for giving the living legend a three year contract.