Posted January 29, 2013 on AP on Fox
The Big Ten might put more emphasis on geography when shuffling divisions after eastern schools Maryland and Rutgers join the Midwest-centric league by 2014. Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said officials within the league have had several discussions over the phone about potential divisional alignments. ''I have a feeling it will be more geography-based,'' Joyner said. ''There seems to be a lot of sentiment for that.'' It would be especially helpful, Joyner said, to ease travel issues and funding for travel, especially for Olympic sports. Joyner made the comments in a videotaped interview with an athletics assistant communications director posted Tuesday on the department's website. Athletic directors have already met a couple times to discuss topics related to the additions of Maryland and Rutgers, and will probably meet four or five more times before finalizing recommendations to the Council of Presidents/Chancellors for review in June, Big Ten spokesman Scott Chipman said. The current 12-team Big Ten split into two divisions for football after Nebraska joined the league in 2011. The Legends Division is comprised of Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern. The Leaders Division is made up of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin. Commissioner Jim Delany had said in announcing the divisions in 2010 that the conference sought to keep competitive balance and promote new rivalries while keeping traditions and existing rivalries in mind. Penn State last week removed ''acting'' from Joyner's athletic director and reaffirmed that Joyner would serve in that capacity until Rodney Erickson's term as president expires next year. The school has started searching for Erickson's successor, and the athletic director job would be open to a national search under the new president. Joyner would be able to re-apply. He took the job about a couple weeks after his predecessor, Tim Curley, was placed on leave in November 2011 in the fallout from former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's arrest on child sex abuse charges. Joyner on Tuesday likened his initial months on the job to being in a ''war zone'' after managing crisis after crisis. ''Now we're still very busy. We have a lot of things we need to do as we move forward with programs and plans,'' Joyner said. ''We're more now on maintenance and moving forward and rebuilding on where things were before.'' Penn State had a successful fall season, especially considering how the school was hit with landmark sanctions by the NCAA for the Sandusky scandal. Most notably, the football team under first-year coach Bill O'Brien had a better-than-expected 8-4 record, and the school has also had success in women's soccer, women's volleyball, women's basketball and wrestling, among other sports. NCAA data has also shown that the school continues to have high rates in graduating athletes. ''The results speak for themselves,'' Joyner said. ''These students and these coaches have done remarkably well'' considering the turmoil of the past 15 months. The sanctions included a $60 million fine. The first of five $12 million installments was paid last month. But Joyner reiterated that Penn State had no plans to cut sports. Athletics may have to rely more on donations to help pay for facilities and upgrades, he said. ''We're going to be all right,'' Joyner said. ''It's going to be tough.'' Curley and two other former administrators are awaiting trial on charges related to the Sandusky scandal including endangering the welfare of children and obstruction. All three men have maintained their innocence.

Virginia drops Penn State from 2013 schedule

Penn State got the boot from Virginia's 2013 schedule. Virginia was supposed to visit Beaver Stadium on Sept. 14, the return trip after the Nittany Lions lost 17-16 in Charlottesville last September. But Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said Monday in a statement that Virginia informed the Nittany Lions it wouldn't be visiting Happy Valley in order to play a home...

Greene, Nittany Lions scripting storybook season

One of the tallest players on No. 7 Penn State's roster is one of the most soft-spoken members of the team. Six-foot-4 center Nikki Greene has taken her aggression out in the paint, scrambling for rebounds and maneuvering down low in the post. She's been the perfect complement for prolific shooting guard Maggie Lucas and playmaker Alex Bentley during the Lady Lions'...

Penn State dumped by Virginia for home game with Oregon

Man, life is rough for Penn State these days. I mean, seriously rough. Not only are there scholarship limits and post-season bans on the football program, but now... now teams don't even want to come to Beaver Stadium. It's being reported that Virginia informed Penn State it will be backing out of it's contract for the back end of the home-and-home series in favor of...

Julie Robenhymer: Penn State's Blue Print

This morning, I retweeted a link to this story about Penn State and what they're doing in their first season as a DI program to build the hockey brand and ensure financial success for the future. I think what PSU has done and continues to do is a tremendous blueprint for other schools looking to make the jump to DI with their hockey programs as well. Did they get lucky with...

Penn State Offers West

6-foot, 183 pound junior Darius West is having a busy Monday. The Lima Central (OH) safety picked up an offer from Penn State and has another Big Ten school coming in to see him.

Special Offer for Penn State Fans

Get a one-month subscription to, receive a second month AND the 2013 Football Recruiting Yearbook free. Treat yourself or the Nittany Lion fans in your life to the best PSU site and community.

AOL Sporting News article exploits Jerry Sandusky for page views

AOL's Sporting News syndicated an article today that was originally posted over at the Sports Business Journal covering Penn State's Division I hockey team and how they're drawing a ton of interest around the state of Pennsylvania. On the surface the story is a nice read, but when you examine the URL for the article at Sporting News things become a bit fuzzy.  ...

Penn State at Iowa Preview

Penn State Nittany Lions (8-12, 0-8 in the Big Ten) at Iowa Hawkeyes (13-7, 2-5 in the Big Ten) When: Thursday, January 31st, at 8:00 PM Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa TV: ESPNU Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers is 0-12 in Big Ten road games so far in two seasons with Penn State, and will…

Good Counsel O-Lineman Hoping for Terps offer

Maryland, Pitt, and Penn State are in Madaras' Top 3.

Pancoast to Play it Safe at PSU

Two-way Pennsylvania high school standout is running on for the Nittany Lions, where he'll be a defensive back.

Gesicki Receiving Big-Time Interest

Penn State among the schools that have stopped in to learn more about the record-setting Class of 2014 pass-catcher from New Jersey.

Lions Catch Another Garrity

The son of the wide receiver who made "The Catch" is running on to the Penn State football team. See what went into the younger Garrity's decision.

GALLERY: Wrestlers Whip Nebraska

Check out photographer Harvey Levine's work from Penn State's easy win at Rec Hall.
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.