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Severely Pennalized After the Freeh report came out on July 12th, it was only a matter of time before the NCAA came down with a harsh punishment for the Penn State football program. And wow, they did come down with a hammer.
All wins since 1998 have been taken away, not to mention a four year postseason ban and more than 60 million dollars worth of fines. Damn, that’s basically going to kill this program. Gotta feel for the kids there, even if they are allowed to transfer with no penalty. Actually, new Coach Bill O Brien definitely has it the worst, he left the Patriots Offensive Coordinator Job to come here, bet he’d want to take that decision back now.
When I look at these penalties, I don’t know what to make of them. On one hand, the people at Penn State made horrible, immoral decisions, that let a monster like Jerry Sandusky continue to abuse kids for ten more years before he got caught. My only concern is that this is a legal matter, not a competitive advantage one, and I’m wondering if these penalties are more to please the media than anything else. Anyway, I’m glad the Paterno statue was removed, and as someone who has never really liked Penn St, I can’t say I am upset that they just got the worst possible punishment besides the Death Penalty.
Moving Up ESPN and RIVALS Top 100 defensive back, Jalen Ramsey has verbally committed to the University of Southern California today to add on to what is starting to become a loaded 2013 class for Trojans. Rivals.com now officially has moved USC up to the #1 spot in 2013 recruiting, knocking out the University of Michigan.
According to Rivals.com National Analyst Mike Farrell, the class is on pace to be one of the highest ranked classes in the history of Rivals.com. ”USC is recruiting this year on a level that rivals the Pete Carroll dominance of the mid 2000’s,” he said. “The quality of each prospect is amazing and they will make a run at the average star ranking record held by USC in 2007 (4.22). What Lane Kiffin and his staff have done, especially with NCAA sanctions in place, is nothing short of remarkable.”
LeGrand Moment One of the great moments last night at the 2012 ESPY’s had to be Eric LeGrand receiving the Jimmy V Award. His speech really changed the whole dynamic of the night and his story is one that is well known through the sports community. From the injury to his rehab to being a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this is one of the great stories in sports and his speech was just the icing on the cake.
No Freeh Pass for PSU In November once the Penn St child abuse story broke, officials at the University commissioned Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI to investigate the scandal. Well this morning, Freeh finally broadcasted the information contained in his report, and lets just say it ain’t looking so good for Joe Paterno after this new evidence came to light. I don’t think Joe Pa was a bad guy, just a geriatric fool who tried to cover his own ass when the going got tough, and even though he didn’t personally pay the price for his immoral behavior, his legacy is taking a major hit.
(For more, go to espn.com)
Fantastic Football Four The landscape of college football has made a drastic change yesterday afternoon as they have finally decided to do away with the computer ranking BCS system and let the players decide who’s best on the field as college football will feature a four team playoff to decide who is the best in the country starting in 2014.
(Go to espn.com for full coverage)
Time to worry in SC? Star Receiver Robert Woods of USC has still not been medically cleared to play. The Trojans are expected to be the preseason number one team and they have high hopes for a national championship this year after two straight bowlless seasons. Without Woods, this task gets infinitely harder.