The Penn State and Illinois camps seem to agree on one thing ahead of their Big Ten opener Saturday: Last summer's visit by Illinois coaches to talk to players interested in leaving Penn State doesn't matter much now.
Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase said he doesn't think the players will be talking about ''what went on in July'' after that first series. And there's no shortage of on-field drama to focus on instead.
Start with Penn State (2-2).
The NCAA sanctions that followed the child sex-abuse scandal mean Penn State can't go to a bowl game. But the Nittany Lions can still win the Big Ten Leaders Division, a carrot that gives many of them something tangible to chase. They've won two straight games and appear to be getting better after the shocks, and departures, of the offseason.
''As soon as I had seen it on Twitter, I reposted it so the whole team could see it,'' tight end Kyle Carter said of the division title el...