this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
penn state mess
SI is publishing an investigative report into the medical care for athletics in a story titled "Do Athletics Still Have Too Much Power at Penn State." Still unclear what is in the report, but based on the spin coming from PSU already, it doesn't look good.
EDIT: SI has released a summary of their report and it is pretty damning of the AD David Joyner and head coach Bill O'Brien.
New PSU documentary called "The Framing of Joe Paterno" in which they (including a member of the PSU Board of Trustees, a PSU professor, and of course the crazy rantings of Franco Harris) blame the media for Joe Paterno's downfall and firing. The ironic thing is they build part of their argument railing against ESPN and Mark Schwarz for "protecting" Bernie Fine whose case was dropped by the Feds today.
Video includes a confrontation between the director and ESPN's Mark Schwarz at Beaver Stadium on the sideline.
Kind of a strange story, but Pittsburgh NFL sports agent Ralph Cindrich has accused Nick Saban cheating and paying players. Claims he has proof but offered no evidence in the interview. The weird part is how he brought this up in a discussion about Penn State. The agent is Pennsylvania native but a Pitt grad so no real strong ties to Penn State either.
The kicker is Alabama fans have been attacking him on his twitter, and Josh Luchs joined into the fray:
@RalphCindrich Good advice Ralph. Mine extend beyond Bama.
@RalphCindrich Yep. Saban was HC at MSU when Doc & I were bankrolling T. Banks and others.
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:
- 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.
Those of you who had Lane Kiffin as the first scumbag coach to pick at PSU's carcass, you're a winner. Wonder if he told Ty Isaac.
I'm all for giving the PSU players the freedom to transfer unrestricted because God knows they didn't deserve this but allowing players to transfer to other schools under NCAA sanctions seems a little distasteful. I guess at least their bowl ban is over.
USC has notified PSU it is recruiting Redd, per source
PSU RB Silas Redd (1,241 yards) considering transfer to USC, per sources