Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Big Tentacles: Penn St., an Iowa player (alledegly) shoplifting, and more.

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten, its sway over the college football landscape and that school in South Bend it not-so-secretly covets.) 

The elephant in the room.
Insane Penn State fan reactions on Facebook to the school renaming the tent city that pops up outside the stadium during football stadium from "Paternoville" to "Nittanyville." it includes a pretty vulgar jab at Tim Tebow that I'm not going to post here. (Deadspin)

The elephant outside the stadium.
A look at the controversy around Joe Paterno's statue, from the statue's point of view. (The Bleacher Report)

I am still living with your ghost.
Ramzy Nasrallah uses the shadow of Al Capone that hangs over Chicago as an example of why the Sandusky scandal, and Joe Paterno's part in it, will continue to hang over Penn St. for years to come. (Eleven Warriors)

Meanwhile, back in reality...

Cleptomania runs wild.
Iowa walk-on running back Marcus Binns was arrested over the weekend for alleged shoplifting. Mark Richt has obviously lost control of Iowa. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

EDIT: Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz says Binns has been off the team "since spring." (@ESPN_BigTen)

Nepotism? What nepotism?
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa center James Ferentz, who just happens to be Hawkeye head football coach Kirk Ferentz's son. He does happen to good enough to make the Remmington watch list for America's top college football center. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Toy boat or Troy boat?
Rodger Sherman profiles Northwestern cornerback Troy Shepard. (Sippin' on Purple)

Pizza! Pizza!
Little Caesars will continue to sponsor the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit through 2013. (The Detroit Free Press)