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Penn State Still A Gator Bowl Possibility For SEC Teams

Monday morning, we mentioned the fact that SEC fans should be praying their teams don’t get paired up with scandal-plagued Penn State in a bowl game this holiday season.  We also noted that it was doubtful any bowl game would want to invite controversy into its community and for that reason, the SEC — which has three higher-placed bowl tie-ins with the Big Ten — might get lucky on the PSU front.

But…

There’s still a possibility the Nittany Lions might be forced upon the Gator Bowl which is one of the SEC’s bowl partners.  According to Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com, if Penn State wins the Leaders Division of the Big Ten — man, that’s a stupid name — they’ll go to the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game and will as a result be guaranteed of dropping no further than the Gator Bowl.

Penn State lost to Nebraska on Saturday and it’s quite possible that the two-loss team will struggle from here on out, buried under the weight of scandal and a mid-season coaching change.

The Nittany Lions are currently leading their division by one game over Wisconsin with the Badgers and Ohio State still remaining on their schedule.  So SEC fans might want to root for OSU and ‘Sconi when they host Penn State the next two Saturdays… or else some league school could get stuck in this year’s Controversy Bowl.

 


7 comments
Willie!T
Willie!T

OK, I haven't been digging up dirt on the internet so I don't know many of the alleged "facts" surrounding Sandusky (is that his name?). If I am not mistaken however, the man was barred from campus sometime in 2002 or 2003. He retired from PSU some time before that which means that the players on the current squad were maybe 9 years old to 15 years old at the time? None of them have made any allegations have they? To my knowledge no.

So, you want to penalize these kids because some former, retired before they arrived on campus, pedophile, used to coach there.

You people disgust me almost as much as Sandusky.

Dan
Dan

Penn State should do the right thing and declare themselves bowl ineligible for this year. This would send a message that some things are more important than football.

gatorfan6651
gatorfan6651

No....no......no no I wouldn't touch that team with a ten foot stick if I was a bowl rep.

joebaustin
joebaustin

I agree Old Sarge - it really sucks for the PSU players who worked their asses off to get them to a bowl and have this happen. I hate it for them, but at the same time, I think they probably realize exactly how toxic their program is right now...

Old Sarge
Old Sarge

Not going to duck around this one. The head coach and AD covered up child rape in the PSU athletic facilities. They should not be playing any sports this year.

Dan
Dan

It's a line between penalizing a few players on a football team and rewarding thousands of fans.

skillet
skillet

You may want to read up a bit more on this case. This guy was allowed to 'retire' after admitting to 'touching young boys' in 1998.
A football staff member witnessed him raping a young boy. Sandusky was working out on campus as recently as AS LAST WEEK before this whole mess blew up. He was still given access to the entire facility and supported by the university despite being a known pedophile at best. At worst, the football staff/administration worked to cover up his behavior.

Why should a school that turned a blind eye to that behavior be rewarded by a lavish bowl trip and fat check?

Yeah it sucks for the kids on the team. They didn't contribute to the mess up there. They were failed by the coaching staff and administration that let this happen.

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