They were told that their sanctions would take at least a decade to overcome, but Penn State arrived at Big Ten media days as the reigning champ.
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Big Ten belongs to Buckeyes?
Vegas gives Ohio State the best odds to win the Big Ten in 2017. Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan are next in the running, according to Westgate.
Penn State kicker Joey Julius, two months after saying he was struggling with an eating disorder that he had sought treatment for, is no longer on the Nittany Lions' roster.
Ohio State and Penn State both bring back loaded rosters. But Wisconsin and Michigan have high hopes, too. Who'll ultimately rule the Big Ten?
Ohio State is the big favorite to win the Big Ten (pause for Penn State fans to smack their heads) and that's just one of many topics to be covered.
Barkley is arguably the nation's best running back, but how does he stack up against other Heisman contenders?
No one expected Penn State to win the Big Ten title last season, but the Nittany Lions certainly looked more confident after their upset over Ohio State. Phil Steele has Penn State favored in 11 games, making it a potential national title contender.
Are the Nittany Lions ready to take the next step?
James Franklin's offense has improved its points per game in each season since he became Penn State's head coach in 2014. The Nittany Lions return QB Trace McSorley and RB Saquon Barkley after averaging close to 40 PPG last season.
Former Penn State officials Gary Schultz and Tim Curley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment in the Jerry Sandusky case.
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49 days until college football starts: Penn State holds the FBS record with 49 consecutive seasons without a losing record (1939-87).
Two Nittany Lions make Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list
Penn State DB Marcus Allen and LB Jason Cabinda were named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list on Thursday. The award goes to the nation's top defensive standout. Last season, Allen recorded 110 total tackles, including six for a loss. Cabinda finished with 80 total tackles.
Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer
The ESPN 300 has been updated with a new No. 1 ranked prospect, a few new five-stars and new entries to the top list.
The updated ESPN 300 rankings have a new No. 1 in QB Justin Fields. It wasn't that long ago that Fields was unranked and seeking his first scholarship offer.
The Nittany Lions need a consistent pass-rusher to step up this year, and Torrence Brown could be that guy. The problem is that he's played in every game over the last two seasons and has yet to make a significant impact.
Gesicki heads Mackey watch list
Penn State senior TE Mike Gesicki was named to the Mackey Award watch list on Tuesday. The award goes to the nation's top tight end. Last season, Gesicki caught 48 passes for 679 yards and five touchdowns.
Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer
Penn State is hosting its annual recruiting event, Lasch Bash, on Saturday. The Nittany Lions are expecting some big name targets for the event, including ESPN 300 receiver Shaquon Anderson-Butts, ESPN 300 defensive linemen Tyreke Smith and P.J. Mustipher and ESPN 300 defensive back Kwantel Raines among others. The targets will also be joined by many of the committed prospects to try to help recruit them to Penn State. The event has produced a few commitments in year's past, so there is a chance this year yields the same results.
You know all about Saquon Barkley, but the Nittany Lions' backfield talent doesn't end there. Don't sleep on sophomores Miles Sanders and Andre Robinson.
Barkley, McSorely on Maxwell watch list
A pair of Nittany Lions in RB Saquon Barkley and QB Trace McSorley were named to the Maxwell Award watch list on Monday. Barkley rushed for 1,496 yards and 18 TDs last season. McSorley threw for 3,614 yards and 29 TDs. The Maxwell Award goes to the nation's top player.
Allen, Cabinda on Bednarik Award watch list
The Big Ten is well-represented on the Bednarik Award watch list with 15 players, including Penn State S Marcus Allen and LB Jason Cabinda. The honor is given to the nation's top defensive player.
Penn State may have lost its top wide receiver, but it returns nine of its top 10 pass catchers for this season. With seven highly-touted recruits also on the depth chart, quarterback Trace McSorley won't be lacking in targets this year.
After a (sort of) down year, the SEC is loaded again in 2017. But the ACC and Big Ten are right there. So which league enters 2017 as the deepest in the country?
In a counterclaim to Penn State's lawsuit seeking nearly $900,000, former defensive coordinator Bob Shoop says he was forced out by the school. He's seeking more than $75,000 for being fired without cause.
Trace McSorley got better as the 2016 season progressed, and the Nittany Lions also enjoy the luxury of a solid backup.