Tuesday, July 16, 2013
3-point stance: Penn State's 'bowl'
By Ivan Maisel
1. Penn State did what the smart programs do. If the NCAA bans you from the postseason, create your own “bowl.” Alabama and USC both played at Hawaii during their probations last decade. The Nittany Lions one-upped them by agreeing to play Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland, to open the 2014 season. It’s the only “bowl” that Penn State will play during its four-year probation, though the Nittany Lions still list the Big Ten Championship Game on their schedule for the next three seasons. That’s optimism.
2. Kentucky tailback Josh Clemons hasn’t played since the middle of 2011, his freshman year, because of a knee injury. He came back this spring and looked good. But now an Achilles tendon injury will force Clemons to miss a second consecutive season. Clemons brings to mind former Alabama receiver Tyrone Prothro, who made a legendary touchdown catch against Southern Mississippi in 2005 shortly before suffering a career-ending injury. Here’s hoping Clemons’ 87-yard touchdown run against Central Michigan isn’t his last big play.
3. Just wanted to let everyone know that, despite what you may have read about SEC Media Days, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Alabama head coach Nick Saban are not the only two people scheduled to appear over the next three days. The hoopla over both is a great example of how SEC Media Days has become more like Super Bowl Media Day and less like a working event. I’m all for embracing the hype, as long as no one confuses the next three days with actual news gathering.