No, I did not go to Penn State and have no affiliation with that school. I am a proud alum of The Ohio State University and its marching band (by far the finest in the land). And, yes, I do think that Jim Tressel and Ohio State have been royally screwed by the NCAA, an arrogant, hypocritical, two-faced organization that is beyond despicable.
Much of my family comes from Pittsburgh, and some of them are Penn State graduates. So we have always paid attention to Penn State. Even though our schools are rivals, we have always had the highest respect for Penn State and Joe Paterno. When we went to Happy Valley in 2001 to see Ohio State play (and blow a 17-point lead to lose the game), we had a great time. Great ice cream. Fans were friendly and knowledgeable. They love football and know the game as well as anyone. Their respect for Joe Paterno was palpable, and his respect and love for them was obvious as well. The Penn State Blue Band was a first-rate marching band, and the Silks were an excellent dance team.
They had something really special in Happy Valley.
Now that is all gone.