In the aftermath of the scandal at Penn State, many are going to look immediately at the impact that the scandal has on Penn State. Some will look at whether the actions were justified, while others will argue whether Penn State should even be punished.
The penalties have been broken down, with some calling them justified, but others are saying that Penn State is no closer to closure than they were before the announcements were made. Unfortunately for Penn State, open season has been declared on their players and recruits as they are now free to leave. While people are analyzing the problems for Penn State, what about the ramifications on the B1G 10?
While Penn State has done irreparable harm to themselves, they have also cast quite a shadow upon the league. Commissioner Jim Delany wasted no time in adding on penalties, though he was not as harsh as the NCAA. The B1G 10 decided the NCAA was harsh enough but continued penalties with loss of eligibility for the B1G 10 championship game and loss of bowl revenue over the next four years.
While recruits and current players have continued to state their allegiance to the blue and white, it would be stupid of them not to consider other options. When Urban Meyer and Ohio State or Brady Hoke and Michigan come calling, especially with offers to play immediately without retribution, these young men are going to listen.
When Penn State begins football play this season, especially during road games, they could face some hostile crowds. People could be less than friendly with the Nittany Lions, though no one on the current roster had anything to do with it.
Before the scandal rocked Penn State and Nebraska had just officially joined the conference, the B1G 10 was hoping to have multiple power teams each year vying for not only a conference title but also a national title. With one less team competing, the conference could have a better chance for a national title, but it will be at the expense of of one of their most prestigious programs.
From the outside looking in, it is hard for outsiders to appreciate the B1G 10. All they have seen for the past few months is recruiting violations, arrests, child molestations, and academic scandals.
When football season rolls around, for the sake of the conference, let’s hope people are focusing on the football and not on the ramifications of the off-season.