Joe Paterno was once a great coach for Penn State, and he's been an even better humanitarian for the school as well, giving a great deal of money to improving its educational system. But unfortunately, neither of those two things are going to help him much now.
It's pretty apparent that while the Penn State football program has begun to improve a bit on the field, they've gotten into a lot of trouble off of it. What I mean is that Penn State is starting to become the Florida State of the Big 10.
This summer, ESPN ran an in-depth article on all the legal problems the football team has been having of late, in which it surmised that the school is recruiting more and more players with questionable backgrounds in order to win. Some of the information in the article was stunning.
And now, it's only getting worse.
Penn State police said a small amount of marijuana was found Tuesday night in a Nittany Apartments residence whose most current residents, according to university housing records, are football players AJ Wallace, Andrew Quarless, Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma.
Evans is obviously Penn State's star defensive end, while Koroma is also a starter on the line as well. Needless to say, these two guys getting suspended, even for a game, would be a huge deal.
Although no drug charges have yet been filed against anyone yet, police say they are coming. Now, while supposedly Evans and Koroma were not present in the actual room that police executed their warrant on, incidents like these are becoming way too commonplace at Penn State.
I realize people smoking marijuana in college is hardly something to get bent out of shape about, but when collectively added to Penn State's recent legal problems, it's just a continual reminder that JoePa has basically lost all control of this team. And that's basically because no one gets disciplined.
I mean, if Penn State were killing everyone they played, I'd say all right. JoePa is going lax so he can win a national championship. But this team hasn't been anywhere close to that for a while, so you wonder why JoePa hasn't made an example of some guys yet just to try and keep people in line.
Anyhow, we'll see what happens here, but I think we're already well past the point of return for Penn State. They need to get rid of JoePa, despite all he's done for the school, and they need to do it soon. Otherwise, he might not just ruin his own reputation, but the school's one as well.
Police: Marijuana found in apartment [The Daily Collegian] via [The Big Lead]