Two last comments. At most major sports universities, there is somewhat of a tension between the academics and the sports programs, with a minority of the academics just waiting for the sports programs to screw up so they can pounce on them (see the Duke lacrosse case). I wonder if the selling out of the football program and JoePa had some of this background tension behind it.
Second thought - don't have the Penn State lawyers be your defense attorneys. They rolled over on this like real wusses.