Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer, July 24, 2012
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.
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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 Scout.com 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.
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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.
TWEETS THAT MATTER
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?
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