good luck with that
Penn State mess continues to get messier. Reported that Penn State Board of Trustees will meet to discuss whether President Erickson had authority to agree to NCAA sanctions.
Doesn't help when the alumni elect this guy and 4 former football players (out of 9 alumni representatives) to your BOT:
Anthony Lubrano has been doing his own one man press tour in the last 2 days that makes the PSU BOT look like a bunch of delusional football fans:
Also, our tax dollars will be paying former PSU president Graham Spanier soon as somehow he got a job working for the federal government:
I think Bill O'Brien has been granted a tremendous opportunity at PSU. For the next 4 years PSU football will celebrate wins like the super bowl and blame the losses on Mark Emmert and the NCAA. O'Brien no longer has to worry about respecting the legacy and traditions of Penn State because they got nuked by the Freeh Report. He can now rebuild penn state in his image without the pressures of following one of college football's greatest coaches. You think following Lloyd Carr at Michigan was hard, try following JoePa at PSU regardless of the circumstances. He essentially has 4 years to prepare for the 2016 season and beyond and nobody can question his methods with "That's not how Joe did things".
With smart, targeted recruiting strategies I think a school like Penn State, even with 65 scholarships, can be competitive in the B1G. I don't think Bill O'Brien is in as bad a situation as we think, but it could be a glass half-full viewpoint.
So its a slow day and I thought I would share the bet I made with my niece this past Sunday (pre Fitz and Clark) She is going into her Sopohmore year at Alambama and was just talking up a trash storm that would make Spartan stadium proud.
After listening to her go on and on about how were are gonna get stomped and that I should bet her money on the game I finally decided to come up with a win win bet.
Terms are if she wins I give her $100 bucks and when I win she has to wear the "Beat Bama Blue" shirt from the Mden all week long, record herself walking through the main quad and post it on youtube.
Either way I win because if I lose I am helping out a poor college kid and when we win her life is gonna suck for a week!
Now keep in mind this was before our student athletes made some poor choices this week.
Also this is my first post and I have no idea how to input images. If someone could post the T-Shirt I'm talking about that would be great!
So did I just give away $100 or is she gonna get the crap kicked out of her?
There's an article today on ESPN reporting that Penn State football lost State Farm as a sponsor for the upcoming season. The same article claims GM hasn't finished their review, while Pepsi, PNC and Highmark Inc. have decided to stick with Penn State for the time being. The article also states that Penn State apparel sales are down from about $80m before the scandal, $60m since the scandal broke and an analyst is predicting a number as low as $45m for this upcoming year. Personally, I think it will be interesting to see who is advertising by the time the season rolls around.
Also, more importantly, Moody's Investor Service has put Penn State's Aa1 rating under review. This press release cites concerns over University governance, as well as "student demand and fundraising" issues. According to Bloomberg, investors have already begun penalizing Penn State by asking for additional basis points in exchange for buying PSU bonds. With over $1b in bonds, a credit rating downgrade would be very costly for Penn State.
- A group of 25 players led by Zordich and Mike Mauti reaffirmed their commitment to stay at Penn State this morning. Notably, Silas Redd was not present. It will be interesting to see if PSU brings Redd to B1G Media Days this week as originally planned.
Video of statement:
Arnd 2 dozen PennSt players make commitment to program this AM. RT @Ben_Jones88 Silas Redd was NOT one of players at the statement
-The previous report on Silas Redd is false. PSU is taking no players to Media Days. Commence Silas Redd speculation again.
No Penn State players will attend Big Ten media days. Silas Redd, John Urschel and Jordan Hill had been scheduled to attend.
- Also in other news, the Freeh Report has been updated to correct some errors. Doesn't really change anything in the report but will probably give more fuel to the more delusional segments of the PSU fanbase who continue to refuse to accept the facts contained within it.
days left until Thomas Rawls starts for Michigan in the Cowboy Classic!