Big Ten Web Links: More Penn State reaction

News about the NCAA sanctions against Penn State dominated the headlines Monday. Seemingly everyone around the nation had a take, and for the most part agreed with the severe sanctions levied by NCAA prez Mark Emmert. But here are a few aspects of the story that didn’t get as much play. For starters, amid the penalties it was announced that any players already on the Penn State roster could transfer to any school immediately and be eligible. This is devastating news for the Nittany Lions.

REDD ON THE MOVE? There already has been this report that running back Silas Redd is being courted by USC.

That Lane Kiffin never misses an opportunity, huh? Will Redd go? Will any other current players go? It has to be an untenable situation for the coaches, who will begin training camp soon.

[ Dienhart: What’s next for Nittany Lions?]

IMPACT ON SIGNED PLAYERS: And what will come of the players first-year coach Bill O’Brien signed in February?

FUTURE IMPACT? And how will Penn State’s future recruiting be impacted?

Most experts in that field think the NCAA punishments will cripple the Nittany Lions’ efforts to woo talent. One expert for went so far as to say that what Penn State received from the NCAA was the death penalty. And, I think I agree.

BADGERS LOOKING GOOD: In the ripple of the NCAA announcement yesterday, the Big Ten laid out its sanctions on Penn State. With the Nittany Lions and Ohio State ineligible for the Big Ten title in 2012, Wisconsin has to be considered an overwhelming favorite to win the Leaders Division for a second season in a row as it looks for a third straight Rose Bowl trip.

[ Penn State football family reacts on Twitter]

STAYING PUT: The Penn State announcement won’t cause the Big Ten to do anything from a structural standpoint to account for the fact just four teams will be eligible for the Leaders Division title in 2012. Commissioner Jim Delany’s feelings on the subject: Deal with it.

MICHIGAN ALTERNATES: Yes, Michigan unveiled a new alternate uniform it will wear in that Titanic season-opening clash vs. Alabama in Arlington, Texas.

But it wasn’t a good day for the Wolverines. Star running back Fitz Toussaint and reserve defensive lineman Frank Clark were suspended from the team after run-ins with the law and may not get a chance to wear those fancy new duds vs. the Crimson Tide if their suspensions leak into the season.

Yes, the Wolverines have depth at running back with the likes of Vincent Smith and Thomas Rawls, but Toussaint was primed to be one of the Big Ten’s top backs. Clark was slated to be a reserve but is looked to be a key play for a defensive line that’s in transition.

TALKING WITH FERENTZ: The great Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette has had a fine Q&A series with Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. Here is the third and final installment.


My take: I, too, was rebuffed in attempts to talk to several Big Ten coaches about the subject yesterday. But, like Sipple said, all coaches will be hit with myriad Penn State questions at Big Ten media days beginning on Thursday. Oh, boy.

My take: Just not fair, but it’s par for the course in this Penn State saga.

My take: That didn’t take long. But, honestly, are you surprised? senior writer Tom Dienhart is on Twitter and Facebook, all of his work is at, and you can subscribe to it all via his RSS feed. Also, send questions to his weekly mailbag using the form below.

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MICHAEL on 7/24/2012 @ 11:36am EDT Said:

Personally, I like to see Penn State drop out of the Big Ten. The conference showed no support. Actually, inflicted more damage. Go Independent, As, we should have stayed. PSU versus the world now. WE ARE and shall remain PENN STATE.

Ed on 7/24/2012 @ 12:53pm EDT Said:

The buzzards are already circling. These are the kind of schools the NCAA wants, the ones that focus on academics and not football. They want to “save” these kids from a tragic life and if they happen to kill a possible rival at the same time, that’s collateral damage, right? The NCAA just wanted to show they had some guts for a change and it didn’t matter whose life they wrecked in the process. The kids had nothing to do with all of this and yet, they and the whole area are the ones who will suffer. The abuse of those boys is a tragedy but to “fix” that with another tragedy shows very little thought went into the process.

jeff bourland on 7/24/2012 @ 1:11pm EDT Said:

it will change the leaders division,one less competative school

JDB on 7/24/2012 @ 1:20pm EDT Said:

I also question the motives and the lack of support from the BigTen. After reviewing the sanctions again, most of them do nothing to punish the offenders but only create more victims. If they take away the games from 1998-2011, which by the way it was the kids on the field that played them not the coaches, it means they never happened. So lets take that a step further. I would like to see the NCAA and the BigTen return the profits they made from the games back to the innocent attendees of those games, the students and the players. The sanctions do nothing but create more injustice. I think PSU would do well to consider their options outside of the Big10 especially if the Big10 piles on more sanctions and does nothing to help “rebuild” which was stated by the NCAA. Remember, this is not over. There were a lot of other people invovled outside of PSU in the initial investigation that could have made a difference. This is cruel and unusual punishment that was done out of constant caving to tabloid media pressure without all the facts.

Josh K. on 7/24/2012 @ 1:51pm EDT Said:

Penn State should immediately secure a 13th game @ Hawaii for the next 4 years! Do it NOW! Dec. 1, 2012 @ 3:30pm.

a big ten fan on 7/24/2012 @ 8:52pm EDT Said:

What a breath of fresh air the tour guide interviewed in the above video clip, Penn Stat needs to make her their official spokesperson, its great people like her that keep this country great…she has her priorties right!