New York wanted me to ask every MAC coach this morning about whether they'd pursue players currently under scholarship at Penn State. Most danced around it, but the few that didn't made a couple of good points:
- This really will hurt Penn State after this season. Practice starts in a week and most coaches already feel pretty good about their chemistry and don't want to mess it up. Penn State's seniors are still there and the team they have right now might be good enough to at least go .500.
- Even if another school has a glaring need at a particular position right now, they might not have a scholarship available at the last minute.
The real crusher for Penn State comes during the offseason, when sophomores and juniors who have a year in can go elsewhere (even better, other schools have seen them play and can offer them scholarships at that point). Throw in the scholarship limits imposed by the NCAA and Penn State might be lucky to beat Indiana State in 2014, much less Indiana.
By the time the scholarship limits expire, they're still fielding a team of players even the lower-tier FBS conference schools didn't want. I know, I know, football pales in comparison to the children whose lives have been permanently fucked up, but Penn State probably is a decade away from being competitive again ... maybe eight years.
My hand to God, she's gonna be at Carnegie Hall. But you - I'll let you have her now at the old price, OK? Which is, which is anything you wanna give me. Anything at all.