Penn State has had everything taken away from it.
Legendary head coach Joe Paterno has passed away. His statue has been removed, and his all-time record for most wins has been taken away from him. The program has to deal with a four-year bowl ban, five years of probation, loss of scholarships and the players have to make a difficult decision of whether to stay with Penn State or leave for a team that can actually play in the postseason.
Penn State does not feel like it has been treated fairly throughout the entire process, particularly the players, who really weren't involved in the whole Sandusky scandal.
We are Penn State? No, they are pissed off. (Via Garry Gilliam, Penn State tight end)
Pretty much how we feel right now! 9/1 twitter.com/GarryGilliam89…— Garry Gilliam™ (@GarryGilliam89) July 26, 2012
And with good reason. The players had absolutely nothing to do with what was going on with the Sandusky scandal, but seem to be the ones suffering the most from the sanctions handed down by the NCAA. Sure, the players are able to transfer to any school of their choice, but they obviously chose Penn State for a reason. (Via Adrian Amos, Penn State cornerback)
We have chosen to stay at Penn State and opposing coaches are outside our apartment, was that the intention of the NCAA? #comeonman— Adrian Amos (@PSU_Amos_4) July 25, 2012
Due to the sanctions, every Penn State football player can transfer to any school, which allows coaches from across the country to try to reel in some of the Nittany Lion talent. (Via Adrian Amos, Penn State cornerback)
Just adding to the fire— Adrian Amos (@PSU_Amos_4) July 26, 2012
It is extremely clear that this team, program and Penn State community is beyond furious with what has happened over the course of a week. Many would say that this team has nothing to play for the next four years, but I think the players have found exactly what to play for in 2012. And if their words spill out onto the football field, the Big Ten may be in for a rude awakening this season.