In its ruling to be made public this afternoon, the NCAA Committee of Infractions will levy the bowl ban and two other penalties on top of the ones the university already imposed on itself, the sources said. The NCAA will:
* Strip four more football scholarships over the next three years on top of Ohio State’s prior forfeiture of five scholarships over that span.
* Add an additional year of probation to OSU’s self-imposed two-year probation for the football program, meaning any violations through the 2013 season could draw harsher-than-normal penalties.
The NCAA also will hand a show-cause penalty to former head coach Jim Tressel for failing to report that some team members improperly sold memorabilia and for allowing ineligible players to compete throughout the 2010 season.
NEBRASKA!? WHAT? Nebraska got gangbungeld by Wisconsin and have beaten no one except Michigan State. CLemson has beaten Two Ranked teams better than what Neb beat. Logic= 0
This situation can't continue indefinitely. The Big Ten Network suffered through the same growing pains, with most cable companies only agreeing to carry it in its second year of existence, but that was amid public demand. With no one clamoring for the Longhorn Network in their home, it's still likely that by next year the network's footprint will be national: but not at the price ESPN wants to charge to carry it.
Statistically, Nebraska is still quite iffy. They are poor in terms of passing downs offense and questionable in terms of standard downs defense. That defensive tackle Jared Crick is lost for the season only complicates matters further. It isn't too late for the Huskers to pull it together and make a run to win their division, but a) their performance to date doesn't suggest that is likely, and b) if that happens, I'll have a hard time believing it was because they overcame a big deficit once the other team's starting quarterback got hurt. I've been wrong before, however.
What I find interesting in the case of the Big 12 — well, two things. First, the former Big 12 South possesses more good teams than the entire Pac-12 that a bunch of them seem to want to jump to. Second, the underlying factor of Longhorn Hatred. I'm sure at the very bottom you'll find, as always, accounting spreadsheets, but you also get the sense that Nebraska didn't like Texas. Not in the way of rival fans, but in a rare way. Like the smart, powerful, level-headed people who run Nebraska held genuine ill will toward the people who run Texas.
The source said the league presidents do not believe Beebe responded with adequate leadership to Nebraska's and Texas A&M's frustration. The Big 12 has lost three members in the last 15 months, and "the relationships were so bad (with) the commissioner," the source said.
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Inserting Wilson at quarterback is a calculated risk by Bielema and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst. One-year quarterback plans have proven to be a boom or bust proposition in recent years (see Cameron Newton and Jeremiah Masoli). Wisconsin has recently been one of the most stable programs in college football but a Wilson debacle would seriously threaten that stability. Thankfully, Wilson seems mindful of what he has to do to make this a successful year in Madison. If you're not excited about Wilson being our starting quarterback this fall after reading his interview with Mike Lucas, then I don't know what to tell you.
Mark "Bo" Pelini [Author's note: Only dogs are actually named "Bo" and every male from Youngstown not named Urban is named Mark, Jim or Robert by law since 1835] was a fairly popular Buckeye on some fairly unpopular Buckeye teams. Despite playing on some mediocre seven and eight-win squads that featured defenses that would not finish among the top ten of the Tressel era (this is math even you can do; Tressel had ten defenses) Pelini never seemed to quit on any given play. Not in the first quarter; not in the fourth. That overused term "flying around the ball?" That was him.
He wasn't extremely talented from a football standpoint; one of those "slow white guys" Coop famously quipped about when he arrived in Columbus - but Pelini had a Big Ten heart. In his four years at Ohio State he was a three-time selection to the Academic All-Big Ten team and he took home the Bo Rein award as a senior co-captain, which means his teammates voted him as one of their leaders as well as their most inspirational player.
Ohio State was all too aware what Tressel was from the start: a steady performer, a ruthless worker, and above all an orthodox cheater and horrendous gambler.**