Jerry Sandusky is getting his day in court, he and his attorney shunning a plea and once again tormenting those alleged victims he abused so many times before.
Thankfully, barring the unforeseeable, Sandusky soon will spend the rest of his life behind bars. And this wretched chapter will close.
For the alleged victims (who will no longer be referred to as "alleged" after the verdict), it will provide a small measure of justice, brought about by their courage to testify. For the rest of us, it will provide a small measure of closure and renewed faith in the justice system.
But where will this leave Penn State, specifically with regard to Sandusky's grand contributions to the school? And what about with regard to acknowledging his decades-long abuse of children?
After all, Sandusky contributed significantly to the glory of PSU football for more than 30 years. For the last 15 or so - until his retirement in 1999 - he was perhaps the second-most revered figure on campus.
Can that Sandusky, the hero-coach, be deleted from Penn State annals?
No, not quite, not completely. But the school sure can take steps to minimize his past existence, and eliminate any glorification of him that surely exists in school archives.
Penn State must scrub itself of Sandusky the coach as much as is possible. Time to get out the Boraxo and get to work.
This isn't to pretend Sandusky never coached at Penn State. This certainly isn't to try to ignore and forget his horrifying reign of abuse upon children.
But there are two Sanduskys, and they must be separated and dealt with separately: Sandusky the great coach and Sandusky the pedophile monster.
Here's what must be done with the first Sandusky: In all of the videos, highlights, books, yearbooks and so forth - anything produced by PSU that features Sandusky - he needs to be, where possible, eradicated or edited.
It will be exhaustive and painstaking. If PSU has to hire a small editorial army to get the job done, so be it. I'm available, and I'm sure many others are as well. It's a gargantuan editing process, but it must be done.
He can't be expunged from everything. When Sandusky is in a room with five other coaches, well, that photo, or footage, will remain. A list of members of the coaching staff from, say, 1977, shouldn't suddenly erroneously omit Sandusky.
Do not pretend he was never here. Do not write or produce anything false or untrue. No lies, no fact manipulations. Do not burn photos with Sandusky in them (unless he's the only one in it).
But he cannot be glorified in any way. With regard to Sandusky's contributions, the bare facts should remain and that's it. Eliminate him from all of the rest, wherever possible, whenever it doesn't interfere with others' contributions or cause a falsification.
If Sandusky is speaking in a how-to video, destroy it. If there is a long quote raving about Sandusky's work with the defense, cut it from the text. If there is feature item written about Sandusky, toss it into the incinerator.
Now about the second Sandusky, the pedophile monster. How can PSU appropriately acknowledge what occurred and what Sandusky did, and how it impacted the school?
Through the creation of some sort of plaque and/or monument.
It could be called the Monument for Children (or something like that, but better). The text would specifically say Sandusky's name and concisely mention the horrors he perpetrated, the design should reflect the darkness he created and the hope for a better future, and the location should be relatively conspicuous and appropriate.
What a tragic irony: Through THON, perhaps no school does more for children. Through Sandusky, perhaps no school has endured such a scandal for crimes against children.
A special committee could be appointed to determine exactly how to create this Monument for Children. And perhaps an annual event of some sort, maybe a candlelight walk for abuse victims everywhere, could begin and/or end at the monument. And surely other events will be created to remember the (alleged) victims.
While Sandusky's conviction seems like a sure thing in the next couple of weeks, many big occasions still remain in matters related to this scandal. Most notable is the impending release of the massive internal investigation led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, and the aftershocks that will come from it.
For now, Penn State needs to address the two Sanduskys.
The former great coach must be minimized in all school materials and archives.
The monster pedophile needs to be acknowledged permanently and appropriately.