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Big Ten Football Morning Coffee: Should the Big Ten Kick out Penn State?

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 11:  The Penn State Nittany Lions huddle during warmups before facing the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Adam JacobiBig Ten Football Lead WriterJuly 9, 2012

Rise and shine, friends. Here's what's going down in the Big Ten today.

— columnist Lee Barfknecht wonders if the Big Ten should kick Penn State out. The immediate response is somewhere between "nope" and "noooooope," but Barfknecht at least recognizes that this is a decision that the fellow presidents need to make, since Penn State's real failures came at the highest administrative levels. It's actually something worth considering, at the very least.

Per the Sporting News, Nike's "The Opening" camp came and went over the weekend, and while most of the top performers aren't Big Ten targets (or, more accurately, aren't considering the Big Ten), notes that 6'4", 220-pound linebacker Mike Mitchell shocked the attendees by running a 4.39 40 and breaking the record for highest SPARQ score. Oh, and Ohio State is one of the teams vying for Mitchell. Good luck, Big Ten.

— Speaking of The Opening, notes that Michigan QB commit Shane Morris was among several attendees pressed to do impressions of coaches, and while Morris' impression of Michigan State head man Mark Dantonio was accurate (which is to say boring), the real comedy comes in with the Ed Orgeron impressions...

This hodge-podge of notes from Steven M. Sipple at is moderately interesting (for one, he actually admits that Nebraska's sellout streak is a capital-F Fraud), but it effectively buries this news: Taylor Martinez has been going to private QB camps, including the "Manning Passing Academy." Yep, with those Mannings.

Now, the camp is only four days long, and if it only took four days to fix bad quarterbacks there would never be any bad quarterbacks. So Taylor Martinez isn't going to be a great passer this year; he's not magic. Wait, but he is "T-Magic." So... hello Heisman?

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