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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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Here are more for your viewing pleasure:

Finally, my favorite:

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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Noel Purcell

Noel Purcell is Onward State's Features Editor. He's a senior Supply Chain major, but is going to law school at some point in the future and masquerades as a writer for now. He continues to disappoint his ancestors by being a complete Irish stereotype. His email is [email protected] because there were no other Noels before him. His ex-wife got the good half of his bio in the divorce settlement.

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