Rumors of Penn State’s Demise Were Greatly Exaggerated on Twitter
Just more than two years ago, Penn State was dealt unprecedented, illogical sanctions by the NCAA. And three days ago, the NCAA reversed course, with the bowl ban ending effective immediately and the scholarship sanctions removed by the end of the 2015-16 school year (don’t mistake this for something we should be thanking the NCAA for, because they are still the fucking worst.) Everyone remembers what it was like in the wake of the sanctions. Plenty of people wholly uninvolved in or uninformed about the scenario shouting about how Penn State was dead, your friends telling you to transfer, and of course hot take-peddling dipshit sports media personalities on Twitter disparaging your school. Luckily, with the benefit of hindsight, we can go back and make fun of those people for being wrong. In fact, we should do that right now. Collected here for you to sarcastically retweet are the worst tweets about Penn State post-sanctions. Big shoutout to friend of the site and twitter deity Evil James Franklin for compiling these. Let’s start with Stephen A. Smith, who is paid by ESPN to vomit hot takes all over your TV and radio. How a guy who is so wrong so often keeps a job speaks to how much ESPN sucks at everything that isn’t soccer broadcasts.
there’s no football at Penn State for the foreseeable future. Minimum next five years. — Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 13, 2012
Branding “guru” Darren Rovell weighed in with this excellent take shortly after the hammer was dropped. Now, because he’s a robot, Rovell won’t be able to feel stupid for being wrong, but he was and is.
For Penn State fans, Saturday might become just another day of the week after today. — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) July 23, 2012
Rob Parker was fired by ESPN after referring to RGIII as a “cornball brother” and has been a hack for as long as he’s been relevant.
Wow! NCAA finally put the hammer down. U might not call it the death penalty, but Penn State was crushed. NCAA did what it had to do. #yes — Rob Parker (@RobParkerLocal4) July 23, 2012
Unlike the previous three, Charles Robinson is good at his job. However, this tweet was wrong not too long after it was sent, as both Christian Hackenberg and Adam Breneman stayed the course, and of course, our recruiting classes since then haven’t been too shabby.
The 4 year bowl ban and 4 year scholarship cap basically guarantees Penn State will get zero top echelon recruits for the next four years. — Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) July 23, 2012
Robinson then doubled down on this thought in February, which was hilarious considering James Franklin’s known recruiting prowess, and is even funnier now with the 2015 class ranked No. 7 on 247 Sports.
@NittanyTalk Other than Christian Hackenberg, name one top 150 recruit that Penn State has landed since sanctions.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) February 16, 2014
That wasn’t the “death penalty”.. but that was definitely life without parole… #NCAA #PennState — Lizzuendo (@Lizzs_Lockeroom) July 23, 2012
Here are more for your viewing pleasure:
With Penn State down to 65 scholarships & no bowl hopes, NCAA has turned PSU into an FCS program playing in BigTen. — Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) July 23, 2012
I think they just became Shippensburg Football RT @CharlesRobinson: In Big 10 terms, Penn State football just became Indiana Football. — Ken Laird (@Ken_Laird) July 23, 2012
Penn State is a rotting corpse- other coaches are vultures picking at the dead meat — Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) July 24, 2012
Who is gonna verbal to #PennState after 0-2 start and Sandusky nightmare? U though #SMU was a dead program. — Mike Sinibaldi (@Scarletjersey) September 8, 2012
Will one current recruit stay at Penn State? — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) July 23, 2012
Fact: Penn State community will only rally around its football team over time if the team is good. — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) July 23, 2012
On when #PSU will recover @CoryGiger on with MIke and Todd says it could be 15 years before they can recover if not longer. — 97.3 ESPN FM (@973espn) July 23, 2012
RT @cbrennansports #PSU would have been better off giving itself a 1-year death penalty. #NCAA penalties will decimate program for years. — Evil James Franklin (@JamesFrankwin) July 24, 2013
Finally, my favorite:
Not that it matters anymore, but my prediction on Penn State’s record the next 4 years: 7-41 — Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) July 23, 2012
Remember, hindsight is 20/20, and at the time nobody knew what the hell was going to happen. But these people were all dead wrong, and we can make fun of them for it.
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