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SBD/November 26, 2012/Colleges
Penn State Football Attendance Dips; School Still Draws Fifth-Most Fans In Country
Published November 26, 2012
HAPPIER VALLEY: In DC, John Feinstein wrote the "best story" in college football this season is Penn State. Many people "believed this past summer" that NCAA President Mark Emmert "made a mistake when he didn't shut the football program down for a year." Emmert "kept huffing and puffing and threatening to blow Penn State's house down but backed off in the end." Feinstein wrote, "Mostly by accident, he did the right thing." Not because he was "brilliant in any way but because [coach] Bill O'Brien and his coaching staff and his players produced one of the most memorable seasons in college football history." Penn State "lost its soul to the culture of football and paid a well-deserved heavy price for doing so." But those who "stayed to play at Penn State this fall began what will be a lengthy rescue project with their grit and their devotion to one another and to their school" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/25).