With the release of the Freeh Report and all of its damning revelations yesterday, reaction was swift and blunt.You know how I feel about the whole story. If you missed it, you can read it here. Each weekday I usually post a collection of links and tweets about stories worth a read – you can find my daily posts here. Today’s edition of my daily links focuses on Penn State. Here’s a look at how the Big Ten’s and nation’s leading pundits reacted. And, as you would suspect, it wasn’t pretty. Michael Arace, Columbus Dispatch: Paterno’s legacy is nearly destroyed.
Members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) have begun unveiling their preseason watch lists, a process that will go through Friday, July 20. In all, 15 of the nation’s top 21 awards will release a watch list. See the official lists in this post. Mon., July 9 Maxwell Award | @MaxwellFootball – Presented to the college player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club Big Ten candidates: James Vandenberg, Iowa; Denard Robinson, Michigan; Fitzgerald Toussaint, Michigan; Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State; Rex Burkhead, Nebraska; Braxton Miller, Ohio State; Silas Redd, Penn State; Montee Ball, Wisconsin. Bednarik Award |
BTN will air a Penn State Special Report at 9 p.m. ET Friday following Thursday’s release of the Freeh Report as to Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case. Hosted by Dave Revsine, the show will include BTN Analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith in-studio and Glen Mason from Minneapolis, as well as Malcolm Moran, Penn State professor and the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism, from State College, and others. [BTN.com: B1G reaction to Freeh Report | National response to Freeh Report] BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart wrote a column about the Freeh Report findings Thursday.
Joe Paterno died back in January. Today, his legacy perished. That makes me sad. And it should make you sad, too. Less than a year ago, Paterno was an American icon. He was one brick away from finishing a castle of coaching greatness as he zeroed in on the all-time win record for Division I coaching. Oh, the beloved JoePa got career win No. 409 vs. Illinois in October. But it cost him his good name. Soon after, it all came crashing down for the bespectacled Paterno, an elfish father figure who had become a larger-than-life figure. News of the
(AP) Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials buried child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago to avoid bad publicity, according to a scathing report Thursday that exposed a powerful “culture of reverence” for the football program and portrayed the Hall of Fame coach as more deeply involved in the scandal than previously thought. The alleged cover-up by Paterno, then-university President Graham Spanier and two other Penn State administrators allowed Sandusky to prey on other boys for years, said the report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was hired by the university’s trustees
Another day, another step closer to the finale of my countdown of the top 2012 Big Ten football games. Today, I’m looking at games 21-39. And tomorrow, of course, it will 1-20. Which game will be No. 1? You’ll have to wait. Earlier this week, I did games 40-59, 60-79 and 80-96. Like rankings like this? You need to check out my Rankings archive, where I rank all things Big Ten, including my top 2012 Big Ten units. 21. Wisconsin at Penn State, Nov. 24. The Nittany Lions may be fighting for bowl eligibility under first-year coach Bill O’Brien, while
On Wednesday afternoon, the Big Ten Conference released the list of student-athletes who will attend the 2012 Big Ten Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Three players from every team will be in attendance, as well as all 12 head coaches. See the complete list of players in this post. LEGENDS DIVISION IOWA James Ferentz, Sr., C* Micah Hyde, Sr., DB* James Vandenberg, Sr., QB MICHIGAN Jordan Kovacs, Sr., S* Taylor Lewan, Jr., OT* Denard Robinson, Sr., QB* MICHIGAN STATE Max Bullough, Jr., LB* Andrew
Every season, there are fresh faces that make impacts–true freshmen, redshirt freshmen, transfers from four-year schools, junior-college transfers. And often times, the newcomers seemingly come out of nowhere to make big impacts. Perfect example: Lavonte David two seasons ago. Following is a look at one newcomer from each Big Ten team who has a good chance to make a significant impact this season. Consider this your chance to learn about these guys now. ILLINOIS Josh Ferguson, RB – The diminutive redshirt freshman (5-10, 180) has a burst and extra giddy-up that make him a threat to score each time he
The video view counter on YouTube suggests that many of you have seen the variety of video spoofs of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” video. There was the Harvard baseball team, the SMU rowing team, and the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders. Even Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster got in on the act with his own distinct cookie-related twist. You can now count a handful of Big Ten mascots as inspired fans of the song, too. A sharp-eyed reader spotted this video posted on the YouTube channel for The Real Sparty, which is run by the Michigan State Student Alumni Foundation. If
The countdown of my top 2012 Big Ten football games continues with games 40-59. That’s right, I’m ranking all the Big Ten games for this upcoming season. Yesterday, I did games 60-79, and the day before it was 80-96. I’ll continue to work my way to the top games each of the next two days. Like rankings like this? You need to check out my Rankings archive, where I rank all things Big Ten, including my top 2012 Big Ten units. Also, get all my latest Big Ten football posts right here. 40. Purdue at Notre Dame, Sept. 8: Notre