I can't possibly ignore what might be the biggest off-the-field story in the history of the Big Ten. As everyone with a pulse knows already, NCAA president Mark Emmert elected to circumvent the usual infractions process, and based upon the notion that he was relying upon the findings of Penn State's own investigation (the Freeh Report) imposed what were promised to be, and what turned out to be, "unprecedented" penalties. For the next four years, Penn State will be down 20 scholarships overall, a maximum of 65 compared to 85 for everyone else. The Nittany Lions will be banned from bowl games for the next four seasons, and the Big Ten added to that penalty by making Penn State ineligible for the Big Ten title game for the next four seasons (that's probably purely academic). Penn State was fined $60 million, and will not receive the estimated $13 million annually in shared bowl revenue. In short, the Nittany Lions program will be very ugly for the foreseeable future. Finally, all of Penn State's wins from 1998-2011 have been vacated. This means that Joe Paterno is no longer the winning-est coach in college football history.
A few months ago, shortly before Paterno was fired, I said this: