Several reports suggest that the
Which is where the future of
Though the schools have not played a football game in nearly 20 years, the Terps and Nittany Lions have been at times sort of shadow rivals because of their proximity. Granted, even off the field, it was not much of a rivalry, with Penn State typically beating out Maryland (and other schools) for top recruits. There was a brief period, early in
It will be interesting to see what the immediate fallout might be when it comes to Maryland. If the current Penn State players and the incoming freshmen are allowed to transfer and become eligible immediately, which is typically allowed by the NCAA under these circumstances, a few could wind up in College Park this season. While a team coming off a 2-10 season is not exactly enticing to players hoping for bowl games and
The irony, of course, is that
As badly as things went for Edsall and the Terps last season, it appears that things have calmed down in College Park and the Terps have signed a bunch of four and five-star players the past few months. That's not to say the Terps will be able to get in on Christian Hackenberg, the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the country who has orally committed to Penn State for 2013, but given Lockley's early success in beating out Ohio State to get Stefon Diggs at the 11th hour, you can't rule anything out.
For those who have followed the Terps for years, there’s a bit of payback here. If there’s anyone who knows about the fallout of severe sanctions, it’s former Maryland basketball coach
Though Penn State didn’t benefit from Maryland’s probation, others did. In a span of two or three years, Wake Forest signed Randolph Childress,
Penn State football is certainly at a higher level than Maryland basketball was at that point, but the taint left in the aftermath of the Sandusky scandal is worse than anything any college program has dealt with. That includes what happened at SMU (the only school to be given the death penalty) in the late 1980s and years earlier when a number of prominent college basketball programs were shut down, some for good, after the point-shaving scandal in the 1950s and 1960s.
The removal of the Paterno statue Sunday is only the first step in the dismantling of one of college football's traditional powers.
We'll know Monday what the sanctions will be on O'Brien and the Nittany Lions.