I've never liked Penn State and never got why people from Philly adopted them as our local team
Penn State draws students from all over the state, and their graduates get jobs all over the state. My two cousins grew up in the Allentown area, went to Penn State, and now both live in the Philadelphia area. I'm sure this is not uncommon.
Anyway, it seems an overreaction to hold "institutions" responsible for the actions of individuals. It's just intellectual lazy.
I disagree - saying that this was an institutional problem doesn't eliminate the personal guilt at the individual level, but it helps explain how people got away with it. EVERYONE (well, nearly everyone) at Penn State turned a blind eye towards everything associated with the football program. Spanier, et. al. couldn't have engaged in a cover-up so easily if people like the janitor weren't worried about the social and employment related repercussions of coming forward. That guy wasn't worried about Paterno firing him in the dead of night with no one else knowing - he was worried that Paterno would and could fire him quite publicly, and nobody would question it and everyone would support Paterno, no matter what the circumstances (and it turns out, I'd say, that the janitor was largely right - look at how people still cling to their support for Paterno even now that incontrovertible, completely damning evidence has been revealed).
Plenty of people do good works and have hidden skeletons. Sometimes they do the good things out of guilt; sometimes the bad things are uncontrollable compulsions they don't get help for even though they do mean well.
I think that was kind of my point.
The idea that it "doesn't square" is also intellectually laziness.
You're saying that you're such a complete skeptic of all people that you've never been surprised to find out someone you thought was above reproach had made a bunch of horrible decisions in his or her life? I thought I was a super skeptic, but it turns out I had a blind spot. I guess you could call it intellectual laziness, but I think most people have a blind spot like that for at least a few people (trusting folks, for a lot of people). Even if you know that someone like Paterno could do bad things (or be doing good things for a bad reason), finding out for certain about it will cause some cognitive dissonance for most people.