Maryland’s Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Updated Nov. 3, 2014)

by Travis Normand

Today, Maryland defeated Penn State, 20-19.  However, before the game, Maryland’s team captains refused to shake hands with Penn State’s team captains.  I have watched a lot of college football in my life and I have never seen such a blatant act of unsportsmanlike conduct.  It is my understanding that Maryland was flagged for this stunt, and I truly hope that was the case.

I won’t rehash the specifics of the incident, as you can read about it on ESPN.com, ESPN.com (Big 10 Blog), SI.com, and BleacherReport.com (video).

Photo from ESPN.com

**Update:  Nov. 3, 2014 – The Big 10 Conference has fined Maryland $10K for its pre-game behavior.  You can read more about this fine / punishment at Yahoo Sports and / or SI.com.  You can also read the Big 10’s official press release about this punishment at Big10.org (and I have also posted it below).

According to the press release, the conference did not specifically punish Maryland for the failure to shake hands prior to the game.  However, it did call the behavior “exceptionally regrettable.”

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Nebraska fans are overrated

Nebraska - 12Kby Travis Normand

For years I have been told how great and loyal Nebraska fans are. I have been told that all of their home games are sell-outs and that they travel better than any one.  However, its time for Nebraska fans to lose their fictional title as “College Football’s Greatest Fan Base.”

On Saturday December 1, 2012 Nebraska faced Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten

by Travis Normand

According to the reports below, both Rutgers (Big East) and Maryland (ACC) are moving to the Big 10 conference.  Further, it is rumored that Louisville or UConn will be moving from the Big East conference to the ACC.  The moves by Rutgers, Louisville, and UConn come as no real surprise considering the fact that the Big East will be losing its automatic bid to the BCS in 2014.

Sources: Terps accept Big Ten invite
By Brett McMurphy and Dana O’Neil – ESPN.com
Updated: November 19, 2012, 12:42 PM ET

The University of Maryland’s Board of Regents voted Monday to accept an invitation to join the Big Ten and begin competition in the conference in the 2014-15 academic year, sources told ESPN. An afternoon announcement will be made in College Park.

Meanwhile, Big East Conference sources told ESPN that Rutgers will be announced as the 14th member of the Big Ten on Tuesday.

Once Maryland’s board voted and faxed a letter of application to the Big Ten on Monday, the conference’s council of presidents unanimously approved the Terrapins’ admission, a source said. Maryland, along with seven others, was a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953.

To read the entire article on ESPN.com, click HERE

Troy Smith Working at Ohio State

by Travis Normand

According to TheOzone.net columnist Tony Gerdeman [@GerdOzone], 2006 Heisman Trophy winner and former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith will be working for The Ohio State University Athletics Department.  Smith is also currently preparing to take the GMAT, presumably as part of his application for graduate school.

Follow Tony Gerdeman on Twitter at @GerdOzone and check out TheOzone.net for more news concerning The Ohio State University.

Purdue’s Neil Armstrong, 1955 Boilermaker Graduate

by Travis Normand

Neil Armstrong PurdueThe Purdue football program has had a hard time grabbing the national spotlight over the past few years.  In fact, the last time the national media took a real interest in the Boilermakers, Drew Brees was the quarterback.

However, don’t let the lack of coverage fool you into thinking Purdue doesn’t have anything to offer.  Some pundits have said that Purdue is set to have a fairly decent season in 2012, and considering the fact that they dispatched Eastern Kentucky by a score of 48-6, they might be right.  While a beat-down of EKU might not sound like much of an accomplishment, a quick look at how some other teams fared in their opening games against a “cup cake” opponent and suddenly a 42-point victory sounds pretty good.

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School without a cause

by Travis Normand

Penn State’s cheer is “We Are Penn State;” but what exactly does that mean now?

Going forward, what exaclty is the identity of Penn State going to be?

I know that Penn State’s mascot is the Nittany Lion.  I know that Penn State has very traditional, plain, blue and white football uniforms.  I also know that it is a large land-grant university.  Oh, and I know that Joe Paterno was the football coach.

Penn State and Joe Paterno had arguably become one and the same.  I am not sure where one stopped and the other started.  In fact, now that Joe Paterno is gone, it is almost as if Penn State is the most plain and unoriginal university of them all.  Without Paterno, Penn State has no identity — at least none outside of the current “scandal.”

I am sure that over time Penn State will once again find itself and its identity.  At least, I hope so.