Joe Paterno has earned the right to coach Penn State as long as he wants, but many of his assistants have not.
If JoePa is healthy enough and wants to hang on trying to get through this rebuilding phase, he should cut loose some members of his staff. I'll get into a detailed look at every assistant later this season, but for now it's clear that offensive line coaches Dick Anderson and Bill Kenney need to go.
The O-line is a major question mark almost every year, players develop slowly or not at all and PSU seldom produces quality NFL talent. That's all on Anderson and Kenney. The line is awful this season.
Paterno's value to the university and athletic department remains immense and impossible to fully appreciate. He can still raise tons of money and gives the program an iconic face. The school benefits in many ways by having him around - even during a bad season - and it does not want the PR fiasco that would come with forcing him out.
So fine, let JoePa stay as long as he wants. But as he said earlier this year, the staff is carrying him. And since he's obviously not doing as much coaching or virtually any recruiting, he needs to surround himself with the best assistants possible instead of staying loyal to some who just aren't cutting it.