Pete THamel of the New York Times just tweeted that Joe Pa will not coach next season.
Bloomberg is reporting that Penn State cancelled the weekly news conference with Joe Paterno. PSU told reporters that no questions on the case would be allowed, but they then cancelled it an hour before it was to start.
Michigan Monday is up at the Ozone. Not going to quote much, as the Iowa loss is too depressing, and so is reading about it.
One observation made was the prediction of a victory at Illinois:
Winning out certainly seems daunting. For some reason, however, I'm pretty confident in a Michigan win over Illinois right now. I can't imagine a bye week for Ron Zook is actually a good thing for the Illini.
I am very interested to see how Michigan responds to their loss, and tend to agree that Hoke, Mattison, and Borges will have their team up, ready to go, and destroy Illinois. I still believe that Nebraska and Ohio are winnable games, and don't think winning out is unthinkable. I would be ecstatic to beat Illinois and Ohio. One comment made elsewhere is that Michigan needs a signature win, and I agree. It is critical to win at least one of our last two games, preferably both, and most preferably against Ohio.
...in Happy Valley. #4 Michigan destroys #3 Penn State by a final score of 34-8.
The current PSU scandal and all those involved were a part of this game. Jerry Sandusky was still on the sideline watching his defense get shredded. Once Michigan went up 31-0 in the 3rd quarter, the camera showed Sandusky staring off into space and Bob Griese made a point of saying, "Jerry Sandusky cannot believe this."
A quote from Penn State quarterback Mike McQueary before the game:
"We've played tougher games in the 4th quarter than Michigan and that will probably be the difference. We're Penn State and we're not the kind of team that shies away from a particular player like Charles Woodson. We'll go right at him. We'll be careful with the ball and know what he can do. He's a great athlete and a great corner, but certainly, we're going to be a big challenge for him."
The Ugly Game of the Week has deja vu all over again. So after last weeks' MAC-tion, featuring such games as Northern Illinois 63, Toledo 60 and Miami 35, Akron 3, we get another 4 midweek MAC games. I just can't do it again. You know how after you look at your monitor all day, it starts looking funny? Well, I swear I've looked at Western Michigan versus Toledo already. So instead, since the season is starting to wind down, this week starts Bad Bowl Watch 2011. Who's looking to be bowl eligible, and what does that mean for our faith in humanity? (Note to self: do not google "deja vu" at work. Or at home.) So instead I will haunt your dreams.
First off, Temple is 5-4 and 3-3 in the MAC. This week they play Miami(the hockey one). Temple has been to three bowls in their history: 1935, 1979 and 2009. They need to win at least one of their remaining games against Miami, Army or Kent State and they're in. Remember this is the same Temple that was forced out of the Big East in 2004 for a "lack of commitment to the football program from university officials." The MAC has three bowl bids, and there's a huge pileup at 5-4 vying for the 4th slot, so this is really up in the air. In MAC-land, bowl eligible != bowl bound. But the MAC gets to choose from such exotic locales as the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Little Caesars Bowl Bowl, and GoDaddy.com Bowl featuring MAC versus someone from the Sun Belt. This is an amazing image, by the way. Look closer.
Syracuse is 5-4, 1-3 in the Big East. This week they play USF to try for their 6th win. Their bowl eligibility may come down to the season finale agsinst Pitt, who is currently 4-5. I think there is still a scenario where Syracuse can win the Big East and get a BCS bid. I'm all for this. The Big East gets five bowl bids, so Syracuse has to climb over the likes of UConn and Pitt or Rutgers to win their way into the Beef O'Brady Bowl or the Champs Sports Bowl. Whoo? Whoo. Note that "orange optical illusion" doesn't come up with much, so this is all I've got:
Committed. Reported by Sam Webb, and on Scout.
Guess that answers the "why not Drake Johnson" thread....