I think it is sad that Paterno could not end his carrer on top. I am not sure why they are not an elite football program anymore. I dont think Joe Pa is to blame.......he is a statue. He does not call the plays.
I do think play calling is far to conservative, but the last 4 bad seasons can all be blamed on Zack Mills. He is the worst QB I have ever seen play. He was on some teams with great defenses.
I am not sure that todays athlete or recruit identifies with Paterno, and they dont seem to respond.
He always lets upper-classmen play and is more concerned with graduation rate than win loss record and tha NCAA needs more people like that.
I will miss him when he's gone, but I look forward to him stepping down and I think that should be whenever he is ready.