ESPN's College Game Day devoted most of today's show to the scandal at Penn State. It often cut to a reporter standing in front of Joe Paterno's home, where Paterno will watch the game for the first time since he began coaching at Penn State in 1965. At one point, Game Day showed two men, en route to the game, kneeling and saying a prayer in front of Paterno's house.
Penn State fans, who usually wear all white on game day, instead are wearing dark blue in tribute to the victims of the scandal.
Game Day usually ends the show with charismatic anchor Lee Corso donning the head gear of one of the mascots of the top game of the day. Instead, he did that earlier, and the show cut to the Penn State stadium, where the Penn State players walked the center of the field to say a prayer for the victims. What followed was one of the most touching moments ever in college football: Their opponents, the Nebraska Conrhuskers, walked to the center of the field and joined them.
Paterno, one of the all-time great coaches, must now watch his legend tarnish. After he learned that his assistant coach at least appeared to be a pedophile, he told his superiors. However, he never told the police. As the scandal unfolded, he said, "I wish I had done more."
Most people are familiar with Barry Goldwater's famous line, "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice." But at least as important may be his next line, "Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."