Maybe it wasn’t the same as going to a bowl game, but for Penn State fans Tuesday was as big as any bowl game this year could’ve been.
It was the day the Big 10 announced that Bill O’Brien won Coach of the Year over Ohio State’s Urban Meyer – and it was the day that O’Brien indicated that he would be staying at Penn State.
The Big Ten Network did a great job of rolling out its season-ending awards Monday and Tuesday night and, at least in my opinion, Penn Staters took greater interest in making sure members of this 2012 team got their due than in any previous year.
Linebacker Michael Mauti, wide receiver Allen Robinson, defensive end Jordan Hill, offensive guard John Urschel, center Matt Stankiewitch and tight end Kyle Carter were all named first-team all-conference by the media or the coaches on Monday. Mauti, in fact, was named the Big Ten’s Linebacker of the Year and Robinson was the Receiver of the Year.
In addition, Gerald Hodges was a second-team ...