The 2011 season will always be remembered by Penn State fans. It was a season that started in optimism. Even after losing to one of the top ranked teams in the country in Alabama, the Nittany Lions raced out to an 8-1 record and controlled their own destiny in the Big Ten Leaders division. It was then that the Sandusky scandal rocked the Penn State Nation. Off the field, the school was turned upside down and on the field the year was all but over. Prior to the Nebraska game, Joe Paterno was ousted after 46 years and Tom Bradley was tabbed to finish the season as Head Coach. Penn State would finish the season just 1-3 but the real story wasn't what happened on the field. The season will be remembered by fans because of the unspeakable actions of one man, the inability of a University to deal with those actions and by the death of their legendary coach Joe Paterno. In order to take a look at the Penn State 2011 season we reached out to Kevin McGuire. Kevin has the pulse of Penn State and writes (and podcasts) for such sites as Examiner.com, The Nittany Lions Den, Crystal Ball Run and No Two Minute Warning.
We spoke to Kevin prior to the death of Joe Paterno. Kevin has posted a couple of really good articles on Joe Paterno since we talked. Those links are located after the Q&A we conducted with Kevin from last week.
CFBZ: So many places to start with Penn State....the Penn State coaching search was long and exhaustive. They ended up hiring Bill O'Brien. What are your thoughts on O'Brien and what strengths does he bring to Happy Valley?
click on the link to read our full Q&A with Kevin McGuire