The NCAA just denied Cincinnati quarterback Ben Mauk a sixth year of eligibility. Typical of the times, though, Mauk is not done pursuing his eligibility for a final year with the Bears.
He intimated that he might be pursuing this from a legal angle. Why not? There's a little thing called a temporary restraining order.
Mauk was the trigger man for the first 10-win at Cincinnati in 50 years. Strangely, Cincinnati based its case on Mauk's 2003 redshirt season at Wake Forest. Mauk missed most of the 2006 season at Wake after injuring his shoulder. He took advantage of a short-lived NCAA rule to transer to Cincinnati without sitting out.
Wake supported Cincinnati's pursuit of a sixth year. This from the Cincinnati press release: "NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 ... states that a redshirt year is considered within the control of the student-athlete and/or institution and does not constitute a missed participation opportunity."
Cincy will be OK. It has Notre Dame transfer Demetrius Jones and a couple of good recruits on the roster.
Why am I writing about Cincinnati? As long as coach Brian Kelly is there, the Bearcats have a chance to go to a BCS bowl in any given year. Forget about Greg Schiano and Tom Bradley, Kelly might be the next coach at Penn State. Which leads me to the next item ...• You've got to read the latest from Happy Valley from one of my favorites, Harrisburg Patriot-News columnist David Jones:
It seems like the winds of change are finally blowing through. It looks like a significant portion of the Penn State trustees would support president if he decided to make a move on Joe Paterno. It seems clear, after reading this, that JoePa is entering his last season. The question is, does Joe go quietly or does he fight it?
It also raises another issue: What is Paterno telling recruits, specifically Terrelle Pryor? The nation's No. 1 player delayed his signing last week, in part, so he could take an official trip to State College. The word is that Paterno told Pryor that his replacement will come from within the staff. That might be news to Spanier and AD Tim Curley who might prefer to go outside for a replacement.
If it's a promotion, expect Tom Bradley to replace Joe (no surprise). Bradley is recruiting his --- off trying ot land Pryor.