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Morning Cup of Joe – NBC’s Today talks Sandusky

- Penn State continues spring practices this week, and the analysis of the Penn State roster based on limited media access continues. Fight On State shares their latest take on the offense this spring behind a pay wall.

- New scoreboards coming to Beaver Stadium?

- NCAA President Mark Emmert says he is pleased with the way Penn State has responded to sanctions but Bob Flounders reports there is no indication Emmert is going to cut back on the sanctions any time soon. The comments came during an interview on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike in the Morning program on Monday.

- Crystal Ball Run has a tournament bracket set up to determine the best helmet in the country. Penn State received a low six seed and is paired up against Alabama, a number three seed, in this round. Head over and cast a vote for the white helmet with blue stripe to help Penn State advance to the next round. Penn State's uniform reached the championship match last year but fell just short against LSU. Let's not make it two straight exits at the expense of the SEC, shall we?

- NBC's Today show aired clips of an interview with convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky Monday morning, in which the former Penn State assistant claimed Joe Paterno would not have continued to let him coach on his staff if he had known about Sandusky's criminal and inappropriate actions. He also maintained his innocence. John Ziegler of FramingPaterno.com was also on for an interview with Matt Lauer. It went about the way you might have suspected. Today, Ziegler says he will reveal the name of Victim 2, proving that he is ultimately a piece of trash that is long overdue for a step back from any self-lit spotlight that may be shining on him. The Paterno family released a statement regarding the release of the Sandusky audio interview.

If you missed it and are interested in the interview, you can watch it here:

B1G News

- Minnesota fired men's basketball coach Tubby Smith, leaving many to wonder why. [The B1G Time]

- Urban Meyer talks Buckeyes this spring as a guest speaker at a booster event. [IndieOnline.com]

- Northwestern's 2-QB system could work, says Northwestern alum and ESPN.com blogger Adam Rittenberg. [ESPN.com]

- Future Big Ten rival Maryland did not retain a copy of their contract with the Big Ten. Apparently this falls under Big Ten poicy. [Washington Post]

Success with Honor

- The Penn State Lady Lions take on LSU tonight in Baton Rouge for a chance to enter the Sweet 16. With a win the Lady Lions will mark consecutive Sweet 16 trips for the first time since going to three straight from 2002 through 2004.

In scores of other games…

- Rutgers will wear special uniforms and helmets to honor victims of Super Storm Sandy this spring. [No 2-Minute Warning] On a related note, a spring football preview of the future Big Ten rivals. [Crystal Ball Run]

- Wake Forest has some new helmets for 2013 it seems. [No -Minute Warning]

- Stanford's Rose Bowl rings are nice. [Crystal Ball Run]

- Kentucky sent a quarterback recruit 115 handwritten letters. [No 2-Minute Warning]

- FCS powers Appalachian State and Georgia Southern are moving up to the FBS in 2015, joining the Sun Belt according to multiple reports. Now Michigan vs. Appalachian State can continue as the Big Ten collectively puts an end to scheduling FCS opponents. [Examiner.com]

- Kennesaw State hired their first head coach in program history the other day. [Examiner.com]

Born on this Day…

Former Penn State head coach Rip Engle was born on this day in 1906. Engle came to Penn State from Brown, where he coached Joe Paterno. Engle, of course, was the predecessor of Paterno on the sidelines in State College. Engle was 104-48-4 at Penn State and had a career record of 132-68-8. He was inducted in to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973 and passed away in March 1983.

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Kevin McGuire

About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Member of the FWAA and National Football Foundation. College Football Hall of Fame voter. Also managing Bloguin's NittanyLionsDen.com and Macho-Row.com.

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