Once upon a time, Joe Paterno was a hallowed icon.
The Jerry Sandusky sex scandal at Penn State smothered JoePa’s legacy.
The NCAA, with thunderbolts of emotion and pious soliloquies resonating throughout the land at the time, piled on with the ultimate cheap shot by stripping Paterno of 111 wins.
What happened on the football field had absolutely nothing to do with what happened off the field.
Recruiting violations can alter the course of a football game. The Sandusky garbage did not.
Today the NCAA restored those 111 wins, restoring Paterno as the winningest coach in major college football history.
Redemption now is floating in the air above Happy Valley like a sweet smog.