Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Might Not Have a Team in 2012

Penn State Might Not Have a Team to Field in 2012

7/23/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Thanks to Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno and many of the former university officials, the Penn State football program will not be competitive for years to come.Blog Photo - Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Might Not Have a Team in 2012

But it might be worse than we think.

Along with 20 scholarship reductions, a $60 million fine, and a four-year postseason ban, NCAA President Mark Emmert said today that every current and incoming player on the roster will be granted transfer with immediate eligibility.

Back when SMU was hit with the "death penalty" in 1987, it had to miss the following season because it could not field a team. This is a similar situation to that of Penn State's.

The NCAA has stated that it will consider allowing schools to take Penn State transfers on top of their own current scholarship counts without any penalty. This means other teams could basically get players for free: Alabama, Ohio State, USC could grab Penn State players.

If that happens, the Nittany Lions' roster would be decimated and probably not even worth fielding. A team full of walk-ons versus one of the highest competition levels in the nation of the Big Ten? I'd rather just take the year off to focus on the future.

It's likely that some of the newer players will bolt for better opportunities: incoming freshman are already making their move. Most of the senior class will probably stay, but it wouldn't surprise me to see a handful leave to improve their draft stock and play for a bowl game.

That said, it'll be interesting to see whether coach Bill O'Brien and Co. have a team to field this fall.


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7/24/12   |   Burrellfan1   |   25659 respect

King_Cardinal wrote:
Put an automatic W on every BIG team that faces Penn St.

Does Indiana play Penn State?

7/23/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

VaGeekChick wrote:
ewwwww

and I'm upping it's value at 2 cents!!!

7/23/12   |   VaGeekChick   |   10 respect

PurrsAlot wrote:
he already put his 2 cents in.

ewwwww

7/23/12   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

Tyler_Waddell wrote:
USC received the ban in 2010. Will be bowl eligible this year.

I know.  I am talking the original suspension was for 3 years according to espn.  Either way 4 years is not enough.  it should have been 4 years per child involved.  

7/23/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

derms33 wrote:
I hope they aren't relevant for 30 years...ESPN reported 3 years for USC

USC received the ban in 2010. Will be bowl eligible this year.

7/23/12   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

Tyler_Waddell wrote:
USC got two years and a scholarship reduction that was nowhere as severe. It was not fined $60 million, and only the seniors and juniors were allowed to transfer. Penn State will be not be relevant for at least 10 years.

I hope they aren't relevant for 30 years...ESPN reported 3 years for USC

7/23/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

horacenick wrote:
That's really a lot of money, but i don't think Sandusky is going to pay a pennyt of that amount.

he already put his 2 cents in.

7/23/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

derms33 wrote:
4 years Bowl ban is BS.  USC got 3 for Reggie Bush taking money.  Those in charge at PSU allowed Child Rape for decades and they get 4?  Really NCAA?  Big Ten better give them an additional 5 year ban.  Heck, I'd expel these enablers from my conference.  I don't want that association ever.

USC got two years and a scholarship reduction that was nowhere as severe. It was not fined $60 million, and only the seniors and juniors were allowed to transfer. Penn State will be not be relevant for at least 10 years.

7/23/12   |   horacenick   |   5 respect

That's really a lot of money, but i don't think Sandusky is going to pay a pennyt of that amount.

7/23/12   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

When will anyone EVER think of PSU and NOT think of Child Abuse?  When?  NEVER.  

7/23/12   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

4 years Bowl ban is BS.  USC got 3 for Reggie Bush taking money.  Those in charge at PSU allowed Child Rape for decades and they get 4?  Really NCAA?  Big Ten better give them an additional 5 year ban.  Heck, I'd expel these enablers from my conference.  I don't want that association ever.

7/23/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

oh boo f##kin hoo!  no teamy weamy for the school.  Whatever shall we do???  I know, how about go to class and get a degree?

7/23/12   |   King_Cardinal   |   2672 respect

Put an automatic W on every BIG team that faces Penn St.