Big Ten lunchtime links: Badgers band could be silenced again
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Today's links begin with the Wisconsin marching band, which remains suspended and could miss another nationally televised prime-time home game Saturday against No. 6 Penn State (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET). University officials have sent a letter to the parents of band members detailing the improper behavior that took place during a recent road trip to Michigan. Allegations include band members being forced to drink and sexually harassed. Here's the letter, as obtained by WKOW-TV in Madison.
A missing band definitely takes away from the game-day atmosphere, but these allegations are very serious and should be investigated accordingly.
On to more positive topics:
- Using Ohio State and BCS title game in the same sentence equals college football blasphemy. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises takes a look at whether or not the Buckeyes still have a shot at playing in Miami.
- Penn State's finish to the season could go a long way in determining whether Joe Paterno remains coach in 2009 or how his successor is named, David Jones writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
"The tipping point, I believe, is an 11-2 finish.
"That or better and Paterno can offer his resignation, either in January or after one more year, in exchange for a say in getting someone on his current staff hired as his successor.
"If it's 10-3 or anything less, he either relinquishes some clout or loses it altogether. Then PSU President Graham Spanier effectively will retain carte blanche to do whatever he chooses. And dismissing Paterno and making an outside hire that could purge the entire current staff is then in play."
- Northwestern has already faced a traditional offense (Iowa) and won, but Michigan State brings a level of physical play the Wildcats have yet to see this season, Lindsey Willhite writes in the Daily Herald.
- Minnesota's Lee Campbell is back at his natural position of middle linebacker, but he has applied the lessons learned from playing defensive end, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
- Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter could be playing for his starting job Saturday in Columbus, Pete DiPrimio writes in The (Fort Wayne) News-Sentinel.