I don't know about you guys, but I miss football already...and the bowls aren't even over. But who cares, right? Let's talk some Nittany Lions!
Leo Wisniewski, letterman and father of Stefan, articulates what many have been saying since the Penn State program turned out a pretty okay year this year--it may not be worth it to transfer.
This irony was portrayed most poignantly in the departures of two PSU players prior to the 2012 season. They were junior running back Silas Redd (Southern Cal) and senior wide receiver Justin Brown (Oklahoma). Redd would have been the featured back and Brown our number one receiver had they stayed. Both believed they would find better opportunities to showcase their offensive talents and win more games, maybe even a national championship.
Wiz senior goes on to break down the stats, and why the duos' departure may not have been the, ahem, best idea.
On the flip side, former football player Kyle Lucas writes on Onward State that the vitriol for a certain former running back has got to stop.
He made a decision that potentially has millions of dollars riding on it. Nobody could predict how well of a season Penn State was going to have, especially with a first year head coach. The previous season, Redd was Penn State’s offense, especially in October.
Last October Redd rushed for 703 yards on 133 carries in five games. That’s an average of 26.6 carries a game. It’s a workload that took its toll on Redd. He finished October with ONLY a collarbone injury, but it could have been worse.
It's certainly an interesting alternative sentiment, one we don't hear much about as we don't hear many teammates of the departed players speak on the topic. If you venture over there, however, I urge you to not read the comments...in which someone tells Kyle he doesn't know what he's talking about because it's not like he played football. Yes, really.
Other football news...One of the positions that Penn State won't need to restock (provided no one transfers, natch) is wide receivers...it'll be open season on the PSU players once again very soon...and could Steven Bench be the McGloin replacement we all want and hope him to be?
#FireAdamJacobi Or, you know, read an article that he wrote (warning: it's for the bleacher report) breaking down where the Nittany Lions would have gone bowling were it not for the sanctions. My pick? Jacobi dismisses it out right (sending the Huskers), but especially after Saturday night, I don't see how Penn State wouldn't have been Rose Bowl bound this year. California love, baby.
The latest on the IT/Sanctions front. I feel as if I should mark this week on my calendar, because I actually agree with something that Cory Giger wrote.
One cannot help but feel compassion for the Penn State underclassmen, who just came off a memorable season in which many of them starred on a team that defied the odds - and oddsmakers - by finishing with an 8-4 record.
Their reward? Their cell phones will be blowing up with calls and texts as they hear from countless schools trying to pry them away from Penn State. Family members will be hounded, as well, by recruiters making one false promise after another to players' parents.
Giger goes on to eviscerate the NCAA and Emmert for their hypocrisy in saying that this particular feature--that current players can be continually recruited after the 2012 season and until the 2013 season starts--is for the student athletes, when in actuality it's anything but in their best interest. I, like many others (including Coach O'Brien) would love to see some clarification on this particular aspect of the sanctions.
Additionally, unsurprisingly former Penn State president Graham Spanier is seeking dismissal of all charges against him, and PA governor Tom Corbett wants to "help" with the AG review of the Penn State case. Yes, really.
Lastly, tangentially, the CDT thinks that the BOT at PSU needs a complete overhaul--and this blogger wonders why that's a topic that hasn't gotten more press, at least locally. Clearly, there are issues (ongoing) within the governance structure of the state's largest institution, and yet there is absolutely no grassroots movement (I'd expect there to be no internal motivation) towards reform. The focus on so much as been reacting, Joe, and the sanctions--but we can't truly make sure something like this never happens again (not just in the football program or athletic department, but in any area of the huge institution) until we discuss meaningful reform that includes holding accountable those who are ultimately responsible for all university decisions, and who, almost all, still hold their positions within the power structure that has wreaked havoc on our school and community this past year.
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