I just had a conversation with a buddy of mine, who is a PSU fan, and we got to talking about all the shit that is happening with teams in the B1G.
We both agreed that Michigan, Ohio St, and Penn St have been the best and most consistent programs over the last 15-20 years. As of late, that is not the case, especially off the field.
Michigan had its worst three years in program history, and is now on probation. This is the first time in the history of Michigan athletics that it's program has been under scrutiny. The play on the field has not been much better. Things are definitely going in the right direction, but no matter how much you win, there will still be the jihad and practice gate. Which is totally ridiculous, but it is what it is. (this is not a knock on RR, just stating what happened and it was not all his fault)
OSU was the quote unquote poster childs for the B1G in the last decade because of their domination in the Tressel era. Now, we all know they have been cheating and lying for the past 10 or so years. This is a huge black eye for the program and the B1G as a whole. I love to see OSU get knocked down and put in their place, but I want to go back to the days where both programs were at it's best. I think in the upcoming years, we will get back to seeing quality not only on the field but off it as well.
Then there is PSU. They were supposed to be the cleanest program in the nation, and now the Sandusky story comes out. Im not even going to type any details because its disgusting and you already know what happened. I still am in shock. This was more than free tattoos and drugs and cheating and practicing too much. This is one of the most disturbing sports stories I have heard in my whole life. They need to clean house and start over and rebuild their reputation as one of the cleanest ran programs in all of the NCAA. And yes, JoePa needs to go. (just my opinion)
Then there is MSU who a team full of thugs and fellons. That is a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point. Iowa had the drug problem where a house got raided and players were kcked off. Those are just some examples of some of the major problems that have been going in the few years. Im sure there are more by other programs, but these are the major ones in the 5 years that I can remember.
I pride myself on being not only a Michigan fan, but a B1G football fan in general. I dont generally root for other B1G teams but I do hope they win their bowl games or at least play well, unless it is OSU and MSU. I think the B1G conference has a great representation of academics and athletics. I like that it is not the SEC in terms of oversigning and things of that nature. Im not a big fan of Jim Delany, Leaders and Legends? Really? There are more reasons, but the conf names piss me off.
Now, this is not all negative. There are many positives that B1G has to offer, I just wanted to share the black eyes that have been going on. This is old news, I get that, but with the news coming out of Happy Valley, I cant help but wonder what news will come out next or who is the next high profile coach/player to come to light. Just not with PSU, but any B1G team. I hope the PSU debacle is the of the bad news that come out of the B1G in a while. There has been too much negative stuff, and I hope we can get back to the B1G of old. Im not sure if this is a worthy post, so feel free to neg it, dont care. Just seeing if anyone feels like I do about the current state of the B1G, or if Im overreacting.