Penn Staters Defend Joe Paterno With A Garbled Billboard

“You can’t COVER UP 61 years of success with honor.” Eh?

1. This billboard was recently erected in State College, Pennsylvania, a few blocks off the Penn State campus.

Via http://@onwardstate

Joe Paterno started as an assistant at Penn State in 1950, and died in 2011, after 61 years at the school. According to Onward State, the billboard is at the corner of Pugh Street and Beaver Avenue. The billboard was paid for by “Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship,” which describes itself as a group of “alumni, students, friends and supporters working together to achieve positive change at The Pennsylvania State University as a result of recent events.”

Does a pro-Joe billboard three games into the Bill O’Brien era really show a commitment to “achieve positive change”? Meanwhile, the message itself — “You can’t cover up 61 years of success with honor” — could’ve been worded better. It sounds like the honor is the thing covering up the success. And why is “cover up” in yellow? The Sandusky case involved a lot of abhorrent behavior, but it wasn’t really a cover-up — if anything, Paterno and others were faulted for not even trying to find out whether there was anything that needed to be covered up in the first place.

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