Thursday, July 31, 2008
Big Ten Morning Briefing: More reaction from Penn State
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
The practice countdown has reached four days. Penn State probably wishes it could start already.
Let's link around the Big Ten:
- The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News' David Jones viewed Wednesday's dismissals of two Penn State players like most of us, as a reactionary response to the Outside the Lines piece. Jones writes: "Defensive tackles Chris Baker and Phil Taylor were sacrificed to make Paterno look like a hands-on disciplinarian again instead of the defensive, rationalizing stonewaller he appeared to be in the interview with 'OTL' reporter Steve Delsohn."
- Meanwhile, the investigation continues of a pool-party incident that could have involved football players. Centre County DA Mike Madeira hopes it doesn't, Jeff McLane writes in the Philadelphia Enquirer.
- Philadelphia police Sgt. William Britt, whose son was injured in an off-campus fight involving Nittany Lions players, doesn't think much of Wednesday's dismissals, Bernard Fernandez writes in the Philadelphia Daily News. Britt said: Getting rid of those two guys is like putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound. It's too little, too late, in my opinion. This is nothing more than damage control. This is their way of saying, 'We'd better show that we're trying to do something here.'"
- After a relatively quiet period at Ohio State, two players have been arrested this month. The Columbus Dispatch's Bob Hunter wonders if it's cause for concern.
- It came in the first quarter, but the non-call of a fumble by Illinois running back Daniel Dufrene loomed large in last year's 28-21 win against Ohio State. The Big Ten acknowledged the errors by both the on-field refs and the replay officials, Ken Gordon writes in the Columbus Dispatch.
- Purdue's Kyle Adams spent part of May in Haiti, an eye-opening experience for the junior tight end, Tom Kubat writes in The (Lafayette, Ind.) Journal and Courier.
- The Big Ten Network's team of analysts is on their way to a Big Ten campus near you. Check out the schedule in the Detroit Free Press.
- A Big Ten title has eluded Wisconsin's otherwise accomplished group of seniors, Jim Polzin writes in The Capital Times.