Denard one of 3 B1G QBs on Manning Award watch list

Denard one of 3 B1G QBs on Manning Award watch list

Submitted by markinmsp on July 26th, 2012 at 6:36 AM

 CBSsports reports:  3 Big Ten QBs named to Manning Award watch list

 Denard Robinson is one of three B1G players added to the watch list for the Manning Award. The other B1G QBs announced are Iowa's James Vandenberg and Nebraska's Taylor Martinez.

 I found it a bit interesting that, unlike the O'Brien Award, Braxton Miller was not included. This award includes bowl performance but doubt their bowl ban figures in, as Matt Barkley was a finalist last year.

OT: Bill O'Brien Interview

OT: Bill O'Brien Interview

Submitted by Chi-Blue on July 25th, 2012 at 10:18 PM

I know there is a new story everyday about PSU and all that is going on, but the interview that O'Brien did with ESPN is worth the 15 min. I know part of the job description for big time coaches is being a salesman, but I was pretty impressed with him. This was really the first time I've heard the guy for any length of time and he looks to be the real deal.


Wisconsin and Purdue Move 2013 Game Earlier in Season

Wisconsin and Purdue Move 2013 Game Earlier in Season

Submitted by Needs on July 25th, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Wisconsin and Purdue have agreed to move their 2013 game up to the 4th week of the season (the traditional, "every Big 10 team plays a snacky cake" week), opening the Big 10 season a week earlier than the rest of the conference. A good move in what is typically an atrocious week of Big 10 football (though we play ND in the 4th week this year). It also allows Wisconsin to add a November game against BYU.

On another note, man, does the potential decline of Penn State make Wisconsin's 2013 schedule easy.

Aug. 31 Massachusetts
Sept. 7 Tennessee Tech
Sept. 14 at Arizona State
Sept. 21 Purdue
Sept. 28 at Ohio State
Oct. 5 Open
Oct. 12 Northwestern
Oct. 19 at Illinois
Oct. 26 Open
Nov. 2 at Iowa
Nov. 9 BYU
Nov. 16 Indiana
Nov. 23 at Minnesota
Nov. 30 Penn State


Obviously, they'll be underdogs at OSU and maybe Iowa, but they'll likely be at least touchdown favorites in every other game, missing Nebraska, MSU, and UM. This schedule here makes the need for a 9 game conference schedule plainly evident.



PSU trustees to meet on NCAA penalty

PSU trustees to meet on NCAA penalty

Submitted by Leaders And Best on July 25th, 2012 at 4:23 PM

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:

Bill O'Brien's situation, what do you think? (edited)

Bill O'Brien's situation, what do you think? (edited)

Submitted by Tuebor on July 25th, 2012 at 4:23 PM

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.

Bama Bet with my niece

Bama Bet with my niece

Submitted by MaizeRage89 on July 25th, 2012 at 3:20 PM

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?

Penn State Financial Fallout Continues

Penn State Financial Fallout Continues

Submitted by justingoblue on July 25th, 2012 at 1:32 PM

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.

Group of players reaffirm commitment to PSU

Group of players reaffirm commitment to PSU

Submitted by Leaders And Best on July 25th, 2012 at 9:54 AM

- 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:


Bruce Feldman @BFeldmanCBS

Arnd 2 dozen PennSt players make commitment to program this AM. RT @Ben_Jones88 Silas Redd was NOT one of players at the statement

EDIT #2:

-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.