Before you go download the demo for NCAA Football 14, be sure to get caught up on some Penn State news and some info from around the Big Ten and beyond. Or go download now, read this, and then go play the demo (let us know what you think about the demo as well).
Safe to say Bill O'Brien has earned his pay in his first year on the job at Penn State. Now, as StateCollege.com makes note, O'Brien is due for a much-deserved raise. According to the terms of his contract, as relayed by Mike Poorman's story, O'Brien is set to see his contracted pay increase by five percent starting July 1. This is nothing new, as we had already known about O'Brien's contract terms since the day he was hired, but Poorman does bring up a good point. These contract terms could very well change at any time, if the coach and university happen to agree to new contract terms. It might be worth considering as O'Brien will remain a hot commodity in the coaching rumor mills in the next offseason if he continues to produce in the face of NCAA sanctions.
O'Brien has said he looks forward to coaching at Penn State and has done a marvelous job in moving the program forward in many respects, still whether or not he remains at Penn State through the end of his extended contract (as a result of NCAA sanctions) remains in doubt to many (myself included).
In other news, and perhaps without much of a shock factor, a number of former Penn State football players and coaches — 325 to be slightly more precise — are in support of the lawsuit filed by the Paterno family recently, which attempts to overturn the sanctions levied by the NCAA. The NCAA has already won a victory in the courts, with a lawsuit seeking similar overtures being thrown out by a federal judge.
Around the Big Ten
Big Ten week got underway over on Crystal Ball Run. It started off with a look back at the 2012 season. I wrote it, and yes I was brief on the Penn State commentary. Don't worry, we'll be supplementing Crystal Ball Run's Big Ten preview content with more Penn State content right here as the week progresses.
Illinois scored a nice addition to their roster with the successful recruitment of Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt. Lunt had his hands tied by the Cowboys with how many schools he would be allowed to transfer to, a controversial method allowed by the NCAA of course, but ultimately Lunt opted to join Tim Beckman's squad. He will be eligible to begin play with the Illini in 2014, which gives the program some time to get caught up to speed. [The B1G Time]
Evil Bill O'Brien had to chime in on the Lunt to Illinois news…
Beckman camping outside of Lunt's house playing "In Your Eyes" on repeat paid off MT @ZachKerker BREAKING:Wes Lunt will transfer to Illinois
— Evil Bill O'Brien (@evilbillobrien) June 17, 2013
— Evil Bill O'Brien (@evilbillobrien) June 17, 2013
Wisconsin student tickets sold out in two hours. Penn State student tickets go on sale June 24 through June 28. [Madtown Badgers]
On a related note, the border war between Wisconsin and Minnesota continues to stir in recruiting. [The B1G Time]
The Big Ten is getting closer to revealing their full bow line-up for the 2014 season and beyond. Much has been made about Jim Delany hoping to have the conference have more say in the selection process with their bowl partners. Overall it seems like a good idea, but after thinking about it some more I think I have some potential cause for alarm with it. Am I off-base on this? [Examiner]
Athlon Sports has released their All-Big Ten teams (which if you have picked up a copy of their preview magazine by now you were already aware of). Wide receiver Allen Robinson and tight end Kyle Carter represent Penn State on the First Team offense and defensive end Deion Barnes is the lone Nittany Lion on the first team defense. Three schools (Ohio State, 7; Michigan State, Northwestern, 4 each) have more first team players according to Athlon Sports.
For sake of comparison, Robinson is the only first team All-Big Ten player according to Phil Steele.
Just to remind you that the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is as annoying as anything…
And yes, they are still chanting "Beat Ohio" as they break huddles at camp.
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) June 17, 2013
Who leads Ohio State in rushing in 2013, Braxton Miller or Carlos Hyde? [Eleven Warriors]
A new era at Rutgers is underway. [AP]
Time for a new section to the Cup of Joe, that will be thrown in to the mix when relevant links may be available. The goal will be to keep some tabs on upcoming Penn State opponents. To get started, Syracuse linebacker Dyshawn Davis, a rising defensive star for the Orange, is healthy and will be ready to go for the start of summer camp according to Syracuse Post-Standard. Davis previously had shoulder surgery this offseason
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