July 29, 2014

Penn State Receives NCAA Sanctions

Last night was a night of rumor and speculation around what would be handed down to Penn State today from the NCAA. No reason to wonder anymore.

Penn State has a 4-year bowl ban, a $60 million fine, and lost scholarships to deal with. To top it all off, all PSU wins since 1998 have been vacated giving Joe Paterno 298 career wins.

It is certainly a hefty punishment as the world discusses whether or not the NCAA had the the right to step in in this case.

The fact remains that with vacated wins, Ohio State is undefeated against Penn State since 1998. Vacating wins seems so silly, doesn’t it? Congratulations to Jim Tressel, I guess.

While We’re Waiting… Rookie Honeymoons, Twitter Rankings and Brady/Belichick vs History

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com

Is the Tristan Thompson honeymoon over already? “What really concerns me, though, is his offense. While he’s still great at doing what he’s always done (facing the basket and throwing it down with authority) he hasn’t really shown much improvement in the post, which is critically important, particularly for a guy his size who won’t be able to use pure power against the Dwight Howards and Andrew Bynums of the NBA. At the rim, TT is shooting a good 57% (especially for a guy who spends most of his time in the paint), but at just 3-9 feet away, his numbers drop to 38.2%, meaning our guy has a lot of learning to do even just a few feet away from the hoop.” [Factor/Cavs the Blog] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…Kiper Says Browns Draft RGIII, And Previewing Today’s Title Games

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With the 4th Pick, Mel Kiper says Browns take Robert Griffin III: “If a team moves ahead of the Browns for Griffin, they also could be in play for Blackmon, or even the guy I have at No. 5, Trent Richardson. However, the questions on Colt McCoy’s ceiling as a starting NFL quarterback are getting louder, and if the Browns don’t go after a solution such asMatt Flynn, a quarterback certainly could be in play here. Griffin made big strides this past season, particularly with his deep accuracy. He is a big-time athlete at the quarterback position but has developed a very good pocket presence and the ability to read the game, and his big arm comes with a nice touch on intermediate throws. He is a leader and has intangibles that should really impress evaluators during the draft process.” [Mel Kiper / ESPN] [Read more...]

Buckeyes 38, Nittany Lions 14: OSU Rallies to Say Alive in Big Ten Race

It looked like it could have been the end of Ohio State’s Rose Bowl aspirations, but a 35-point rally helped propel the Buckeyes to yet another Big Ten victory. Penn State controlled the tempo and the game throughout the entire first half in holding on to a steady 14-3 lead.

In the end, thanks to some impressive performances led by running back Dan Herron, the Bucks scored 35 points in a span of less than 18 minutes in the second half, easily cruising to a comfortable victory. It certainly was not a pretty game, but it was just what OSU needed to stay in line with Michigan State and Wisconsin at the top of the conference standings.

Stay tuned below the jump for the stars of the game and a standings update: [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Jets Arrive, Browns Book, Manny Ramirez Rumors

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Previewing yet another monster game: “In three weeks, the Cleveland Browns went from being among the dregs of the NFL (again), to an up-and-coming team that is getting noticed on a national level. Convincing wins over the defending Super Bowl champions, New Orleans, and the team with the best record, New England, will do that.

As a result, Browns have a big game Sunday. When was the last time that sentence could be used? Try, Dec. 23, 2007, as the Browns traveled to Cincinnati. That day, a win would have sealed a Browns’ playoff berth. Instead, four Derek Anderson interceptions later, the Browns lost 19-14.” [Don Delco/The OBR] [Read more...]

Open Thread: #9 Ohio State vs. Penn State

#9 Ohio State Buckeyes (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) vs.
Penn State Nittany Lions (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten)
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
ESPN/ABC Regional, WKNR 850 AM, 3:30 p.m. EST

The Buckeyes are back in action this afternoon in Columbus in hosting Joe Paterno and his Penn State Nittany Lions. Two weeks ago, OSU cruised to a 52-10 victory over lowly Minnesota and have enjoyed the bye week to jump back into the top 10 of the BCS rankings.

With only three games remaining, the Big Ten title is well within the grasps of the Buckeyes for yet another season. Key today will be to see how Terrelle Pryor and the offense performs today against this Penn State team that has won three straight conference games.

A standings update is below the jump along with previews from around the web.

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Ohio State vs. Penn State Preview/Open Thread

#16 Ohio State at #11 Penn State | Beaver Stadium, State College, PA
3:30 PM EST | TV: ABC | Line: Penn St. (-5.5)

Sacking ClarkWhat a wild and strange journey this has been. The 7-2 Ohio State Buckeyes travel to State College this afternoon for a game at Beaver Stadium as they control their destiny in the race for the Big 10 title. Despite depressing losses against USC and Purdue, the Buckeyes still have a chance of making it all the way to the Rose Bowl by winning out the rest of the season. That all starts today when Terrelle Pryor plays his first game back in his hometown state against the 8-1 Penn State Nittany Lions.

#4 Iowa is in a struggle yet again with Northwestern today, but either way this contest is huge in the battle for conference supremacy. Penn State already lost to the Hawkeyes and a loss today would pretty much eliminate them from contention for the conference title. Ohio State on the other hand, begins their epic conclusion to this season with this road contest, hosting Iowa and then traveling to Michigan. Win all three games, and the Buckeyes are yet again the undisputed champions of the Big 10 Conference.

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Paterno: Add a 12th team to the Big Ten

Big Ten NetworkFresh off of a successful 2008 campaign with the Nittany Lions, Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is back in the news with his recent thoughts on the Big Ten. 

While the other conferences are playing long after Thanksgiving, Ohio State and their intraconference rivals are all on break, awaiting the BCS season – possibly to their detriment as seen in a few National Championship games. 

This has often been a criticism of the league, and Paterno thinks he has the answer: Add another team. [Read more...]