NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > tOSU and Penn State should play a charity/benefit exhibition during bowl season this year
November 20, 2012, 03:35 PM
Just a thought...

Have the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions play an exhibition bowl game to end this season on a charitable note.

Maybe have Maryland or Rutgers host it at their stadium.

Give all of the profits directly to Sandusky victims. Or, maybe give some to more generalized abused childrens charities as well.

Play it no matter what the weather (provided it isn't actually a frost bite danger to players and staff). Is Maryland's campus mild enough weather for this? Probably no.

Maybe play it on the OH/PA border. Call it the border grudge match for charity.

What say all of you?
November 20, 2012  03:47 PM ET

Maybe have the Maryland booster and Under Armour guy create team uni's meant to honor the young people traumatized by Sandusky?

Although, I can't for the life of me figure out how one might go about doing that.

Just thinking that because it is extremely rare for both tOSU and PSU to be out of the bowl season, an exhibition match could be a way to make a huge negative into a decent positive by raising a large amount of money to ehlp the victims rebuild their lives.

Also a way for PSU to continue to focus on making amends (is that even possible???) rather than on how well the team has performed under difficult circumstances.

I choke a little every time Bill O'Brien and the current players are praised for how well they are playing "despite the hardships placed on them by the NCAA."

I understand that none of this was O'Brien's fault and that the players had nothing to do with the previous regime's cover up of Sandusky's vile, criminal abuse of innocents.


And, I understand that the narrative needed to be shifted lest we spend so much collective media attention on something so tragic.

I just see the interests of the children wounded and abused getting swept away.

Maybe take one more grand opportunity to make another right act on behalf of the victims. Doesn't fix it. Doesn't mean it never happened. But, I believe it more than worth doing.


But,

November 20, 2012  03:48 PM ET

A fine idea, though I do not recommend Rutgers as a host - traffic too and from their stadium far exceeds road capacity. Parking is less than ideal.

November 20, 2012  03:54 PM ET

Host city - Pittsburg. Play at Heinz Field. Good restaurants. Numerous events in December/January. Theatre. Museums. Big rivers.

November 20, 2012  04:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Host city - Pittsburg. Play at Heinz Field. Good restaurants. Numerous events in December/January. Theatre. Museums. Big rivers.

Spelunking...

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November 20, 2012  04:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

A worthy proposition, AF. Just don't know if the NCAA would permit it. Also don't know how much interest it would generate, as both teams have played each other already.

As well as both of these teams fanbases travel for bowl games (seeing as how they have nowhere to go this year)...I can almost guarantee that a game like this for a worthy cause would sell out faster than you can say, "NCAA Infraction."

And, by the way, eff the NCAA. It's for charity; not for lining any NCAA or university coffers.

The PR backlash created when the NCAA says no to this might finally knock those NCAA blowhards off their high horse for awhile.

November 20, 2012  10:42 PM ET

I think this is a fantastic idea. It's what bowl games are supposed to be about: a reward to the players for a successful season, a chance for fans to travel over the holidays, and the money raised goes to an honest to goodness charity.

The NCAA will hate it.

November 21, 2012  07:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Spelunking...

You do understand the connotations of that...

November 21, 2012  08:47 AM ET

TOSU did play a charity game a few year ago I think it was against ARKY!

November 21, 2012  08:49 AM ET

Secondly how can you lump what TOSU did with that of PSU? Signed Lefty and Len.

November 21, 2012  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I think this is a fantastic idea. It's what bowl games are supposed to be about: a reward to the players for a successful season, a chance for fans to travel over the holidays, and the money raised goes to an honest to goodness charity.The NCAA will hate it.

Come on the NCAA is a fine Institution!

November 21, 2012  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Maybe have the Maryland booster and Under Armour guy create team uni's meant to honor the young people traumatized by Sandusky?Although, I can't for the life of me figure out how one might go about doing that.Just thinking that because it is extremely rare for both tOSU and PSU to be out of the bowl season, an exhibition match could be a way to make a huge negative into a decent positive by raising a large amount of money to ehlp the victims rebuild their lives.Also a way for PSU to continue to focus on making amends (is that even possible???) rather than on how well the team has performed under difficult circumstances.I choke a little every time Bill O'Brien and the current players are praised for how well they are playing "despite the hardships placed on them by the NCAA."I understand that none of this was O'Brien's fault and that the players had nothing to do with the previous regime's cover up of Sandusky's vile, criminal abuse of innocents.And, I understand that the narrative needed to be shifted lest we spend so much collective media attention on something so tragic.I just see the interests of the children wounded and abused getting swept away. Maybe take one more grand opportunity to make another right act on behalf of the victims. Doesn't fix it. Doesn't mean it never happened. But, I believe it more than worth doing.But,

Come on the NCAA allowed any player to leave for another program...it they stayed they are happy with the situation!

November 21, 2012  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I think this is a fantastic idea. It's what bowl games are supposed to be about: a reward to the players for a successful season, a chance for fans to travel over the holidays, and the money raised goes to an honest to goodness charity.

The NCAA will hate it.

I like all the reasons you, Afreflis, and others cite, but I'd like to see literally EVERY PENNY OF PROFIT MADE from it go to a fund for the kids. That includes the net profit from the broadcast, gate, concessions, parking, EVERYTHING.

Wouldn't be easy, but it would be worth it.

November 21, 2012  12:16 PM ET

I'll bet if a portion of the proceeds would go towards breast cancer research (with the vast majority going toward survivors of childhood abuse), Spielman would do it for free...

November 21, 2012  12:18 PM ET

As for AM's and UB's comments--

Where is the "like" button on this thing?

November 21, 2012  01:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I like all the reasons you, Afreflis, and others cite, but I'd like to see literally EVERY PENNY OF PROFIT MADE from it go to a fund for the kids. That includes the net profit from the broadcast, gate, concessions, parking, EVERYTHING. Wouldn't be easy, but it would be worth it.

Even better.

Not to be overly cynical...but, this would be a PR windfall for anybody willing to help put this together and broadcast it for charity.

So, yeah, every penny of net profit from all revenue streams created by the game...excellent suggestion.

I'm in.

November 21, 2012  10:24 PM ET

I like it.

November 24, 2012  09:04 PM ET

If any money was due to Jim Tressel it should be given to charity as well as the remaining pension money due to Sandusky and Paterno.The athletes playing this year have nothing to do with the cause of the sanctions against their schools.

November 24, 2012  09:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

If any money was due to Jim Tressel it should be given to charity as well as the remaining pension money due to Sandusky and Paterno.The athletes playing this year have nothing to do with the cause of the sanctions against their schools.

Hear Hear. Especially on the Penn State side. Lesser extent the Ohio State guys. IMO their AD let them down.

 
November 24, 2012  09:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I'll bet if a portion of the proceeds would go towards breast cancer research (with the vast majority going toward survivors of childhood abuse), Spielman would do it for free...

Spielman called a great game today. I love his passion. It might be biased for the D, but it is for both sides. Even in an Ohio State- Michigan game.

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