Now that Sen. George Mitchell has issued another positive quarterly review of Penn State's rehabilitation efforts, it's time for the NCAA to do what was unthinkable seven months ago: reduce the sanctions.
Joe Paterno achieved so much, coached so well, contributed so often. His life was a series of a thousand different, amazing accomplishments -- and a handful, if that, of fatal flaws that fogged his judgment when he needed it most.
Penn State's hire of Bill O'Brien -- a man with no ties to Penn State and no head-coaching experience -- might be exactly what the Nittany Lions need. But he'll need a fair shot in State College to be successful.
The 2011 season ended in much the same way it began: with impressive performances from a litany of Heisman candidates, a few stunning upsets and a host of off-the-field issues. The BMOC wraps up the season that was.