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Reversing field: PSU players indeed coming to B1G media days

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Big Ten media days start today, and there’s no doubt what’s going on at Penn State is going to dominate conversation.

Likely in anticipation of the inevitable media frenzy, PSU decided yesterday it would not feature players during the two-day event.

Scratch that. Per ESPN’s Big Ten blog, Penn State will have three players present today: OL John Urschel, DL Jordan Hill and LB Michael Mauti, who replaces RB Silas Redd.

Mauti, as you’ll recall from yesterday, led a group of Penn State players reaffirming their dedication to the school in the wake of NCAA sanctions against the program.

Redd was initially scheduled to appear at media days, but reports connecting him to a possible transfer, particularly with USC, have dominated headlines for the past few days. There’s been nothing official from Redd one way or the other, so unless he was going to take the opportunity to confirm his commitment to PSU, replacing him was the right call.

Especially given that the substitute is Mauti (pictured, right). If Penn State is going to expose its players to the media — and that’s unavoidable — best do it with the most vocal and dedicated representatives.

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16 Responses to “Reversing field: PSU players indeed coming to B1G media days”
  1. thegamecocker says: Jul 26, 2012 12:03 PM

    I hope Silas Redd remains at PSU. Tell Kiffin to pound salt! He is a despicable human being. Al Davis was right about this guy. He is a very good coach/recruiter but he has little moral character. I like USC but I don’t like their coach.

  2. 1trojanlove says: Jul 26, 2012 12:04 PM

    Silas, we would love u as a Trojan! Come to the Trojan family! Fight On!

  3. thegamecocker says: Jul 26, 2012 12:13 PM

    @1trojanlove

    Do you really need Silas Redd? USC will be NC without him so why not just move on. Like I said, I love USC but you can do better than this. Fight on!

  4. psunick says: Jul 26, 2012 12:28 PM

    Ben…thank you for a straight news update, with no nuance or innuendo. Much appreciated!

    Maybe we can now focus on the road back, and recovery.

    Thanks again!

  5. roundup5 says: Jul 26, 2012 12:36 PM

    Let’s all show a little respect for the Penn. St. players of all sports. They knew nothing, so get off their backs. That scumbag vulture at So.Cal. needs to get a lesson from his Father, regarding morals.

  6. mhalt99 says: Jul 26, 2012 12:52 PM

    roundup5 says:
    Let’s all show a little respect for the Penn. St. players of all sports. They knew nothing, so get off their backs. That scumbag vulture at So.Cal. needs to get a lesson from his Father, regarding morals.

    Who isn’t showing respect for Penn State players? Relaxed transfer was part of the punishment the university received. Saying players shouldn’t transfer is the same as crying that the bowl ban is too long or the 60mm is too high.

    Also, as far as respect….you have to give it to get it. Penn State admin has done nothing to earn or deserve any respect during this whole process. From day one until today when O’brien was trying to loophole his way into a pseudo bowl game.

    If Penn State had any self respect right now, they would not only agree to the sanctions, they would add an additional year to the bowl ban and self erase all of Paterd-O’s record. The rest of the country would realize that PSU wasn’t a bunch of statue loving hitler youth freaks………and then in a couple of years public opinion would be on your side and the NCAA and the rest of the country might be like…..why don’t you guys go to Hawaii this year.

    You have to admit you were wrong at some point and then work to try and make some type of amends. Even the Humane Society is open to Vick having a dog again.

    Maybe it is time for you guys to stop worrying about football so much and who is disrespecting you because you covered up and allowed rape to go on for so many years.

  7. tommy57 says: Jul 26, 2012 1:22 PM

    @mhalt99

    Your post is, to me, a fine example of the lynch mob mentality that seems to consume some of you on this issue. Nothing in your post is relevant or contributes to a ‘thinking person’s’ discussion. There was no ‘pseudo bowl game’ – probably only a ‘trial baloon’ to get the public accostomed to the idea that PSU was moving ahead. And I fail to understand the logic underlying your conclusion that PSU is filled with ‘statue loving Hitler youth freaks.’ You must watch a lot of FOX News.

  8. stoutfiles says: Jul 26, 2012 1:24 PM

    “Even the Humane Society is open to Vick having a dog again.”

    Actually, most organizations are against him having a dog. They feel his humility after leaving jail was all an act and he’s back to his self-righteous ways.

    http://www.bet.com/news/celebrities/2012/07/19/michael-vick-says-he-wants-to-own-a-dog.html

    “Vick’s journey toward rehabilitation and redemption has not reflected any direct concern for the well being of animals, and we’ve never heard him express a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed.”

  9. mhalt99 says: Jul 26, 2012 1:42 PM

    stoutfiles says:

    So…..the Humane Society is open to him having a dog.

    As for self-righteous, I believe the Humane Society is open to the idea has to do with the fact that countless dogs and cats die in shelters each year as they go unadopted. Preventing Mr. Vick from owning a dog, if you believe he would treat it with love and compassion, is a self righteous act, that assuming he was going to adopt, condemns a pet that would have been adopted to death.

    little more complicated than you would like it to be huh? if the logic seems a bit familiar it is similar to the logic used for Penn State to not receive the death penalty as it would considerably hurt the businesses surrounding the stadium.

  10. mhalt99 says: Jul 26, 2012 1:54 PM

    stoutfiles says:

    Again, every time you Patermites defend Joe Paterd-O and your universities actions you make yourselves and your university look that much worse.

    Also, a “fine example of the lynch mob mentality” surrounding Penn State would be university students overturning a news truck and rioting in the street because a coach who enabled and covered up sexual abuse was fired.

    As to my original point, if Penn State had class and accepted responsibility and some of the deranged supporters such as yourself would stop saying such dumb things……you would find that the VAST MAJORITY of football fans would be on your side. You would serve your suspension and the country would see you as a victim of some very horrible men. Instead you keep claiming that Paterd-O was a good man and sound as crazy as the whole Paterd-O family. PSU supporters, such as yourself, turn a blind eye just like Paterd-O and you wonder why everyone hates you.

    As for the hitler loving youth freaks……I think it is one thing that Fox News and the Daily Show agree on. In fact it is so bad that the comparison has been made multiple time by multiple outlets and the anti-defamation league has not, to my knowledge, come out and ask for the comparison not to be made.

    Yet Again, it was not the monster of Sandusky or the Paterd-O that makes everyone “hate you” it is the blind, clueless, persecution complex that SOME Penn State supporters and alumni have displayed that has really made you look bad. Maybe some day you will see that – for your sake I hope it is sooner than later.

  11. tommy57 says: Jul 26, 2012 1:54 PM

    In a civilized society, wrongdoing is punsihed in proportion to the enormity of the offense – that is, the punishment should fit the crime. The PSU issue is difficult, in that the crimes were of enormous proportion, yet delivering the suitable punsihment is proving difficult to target at those who committed (or otherwise covered-up) the offense. Yes, a 4-year death penalty would definately impact local business who were not listed in the report as being responsible for the criminal acts. Neither were any members of the student body responsible, yet they are referred to in very derogatory terms on this board (…Hitler youth freaks). I’m amazed at the aparent lack of rational thought of some opinions. I admire Urschel, Hill and Mauti for presenting themselves to receive what will likely be unfair abuse at the hands of unthinking accusators. I only wish I could stand beside them.

  12. mhalt99 says: Jul 26, 2012 1:56 PM

    last one was for Tommy…sorry

  13. brenenostler says: Jul 26, 2012 2:49 PM

    Poor Penn State players. They never asked for any of this. You’d have to be very loyal to your school to stick through all this.

  14. 1trojanlove says: Jul 26, 2012 6:35 PM

    @thegamecocker- wow! I see your not a Kiffen fan, I love the fact that you and others are acting like we are kidnapping/ stealing players… Umm? Last time I checked the Players could stay and tell any and every coach ” no thanks, I am good at PSU” but he must have interest in leaving… Also there are players on the USC team that has played with Silas Redd in Pop Warner.

    USC had its fair share of its players snatched up by other programs, I don’t remember the outcry from posters on CFT to keep them at USC !

    If Pat Haden, who maybe the most respected AD in the country! Loves Kiffen and his staff. Than that’s all I need! Fight On!

  15. Deb says: Jul 26, 2012 6:45 PM

    Penn State’s athletes have to think about their own futures, especially if they have NFL prospects. And if they want to transfer, then it’s a blessing for them to have an opportunity with a program of USC’s caliber. As 1trojanlove says, no one shed tears when SC lost valuable recruits during that university’s probationary period. This is just the cost of doing business in the NCAA. If Penn State weren’t going to suffer the loss of some athletes, it wouldn’t be much of a punishment, would it?

    I just hope the kids who appear on behalf of the PSU program at media day are treated respectfully and aren’t subjected to the typical media frenzy that usually accompanies these kinds of stories.

  16. gfj7000 says: Jul 29, 2012 9:03 PM

    I thought the focus of the article was to be on BIG TEN MEDIA DAYS? Why are we focusing on USC ‘proposed’ acquisitions? I live out there in USC land; they don’t need to convert Redd to be another ‘yuppie’. As several have said – Kiffen needs an overhaul on his morals. His team is positioned to end up in the Top 5 without Redd!
    As for the media day for the few PSU players resoundingly supporting their beloved PSU. In the face of adversity, demolition, image, and school pride, it is wonderful to see these students ‘rally around their school and new coach’! This is an admirable event. As thegamecocker says above – ‘I Hope Silas Redd remains at PSU!’ I echo this and add – ‘This would say a lot for loyalty to the school for which he started’. GO PSU!! We’re behind you all the way.

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