Somewhere in a parallel universe the winningest college football coach/philantropist/community leader/all around nice guy (along and his assistant, athletic director, vice president, & president) dial 911 before 13 years elapse.
Even though he left the world in a modicum of controversy, as any graduate from a football mill would expect, the Penn State students "got JoePa's back". Please withhold judgement, they're simply continuing the worship that's been in practice for generations. After 46 years of "Success with Honor", their faith is too fanatical to be wavered. And, while the exalted one donated $4 million over the years...
The Lawsuits, they are a 'comin. Every 5 star Martindale Hubbell litigation expert on the east coast is feverishly polishing their resume for the inevitable. $100,000,000.00 or more will vanish from the ledgers. Even the gutless enablers want part of the action.
JoePa, the master strategist, planned ahead. Even the taxpayers fork over $13,400,000.00 to JoePa's wife. But who funds the lawsuits? While the monthly tuition bills won't include a 'Sandusky tax', Nittany Lions can expect tuition increases, fee hikes, new fees, understaffings, and pricier health insurance, dorms, and meal plans.
Guess what Penn State Students? This is your fate. You're paying for the ills of your hero.
Joe Paterno once uttered, "The minute you think you've got it made, disaster is just around the corner."
I cannot not improve upon that comment.