Shredded: USA Today writer takes shot at SEC, sadly helps Jerry Sandusky to trend on social media
USA Today writer Christine Brennan stirred up the college football world on Wednesday when she wrote a column that described the Big Ten’s announcement of a rescheduled season next month as the “darkest day” in Big Ten history.
The opinion brought an onslaught of reaction, which included more than 650 retweets and 2,600 quote tweets in the first six hours after Brennan tweeted it.
Many replies and quote tweets centered on the scandals at Penn State involving Jerry Sandusky, and Michigan State involving Larry Nassar. But other fans also brought up scandals at Maryland and Ohio State in recent years.
State-of-the-art testing and enhanced medical and safety protocols were also raised among the points against Brennan’s opinion piece.
Here’s a collection of some of the reaction:
Note the date: 9/16/20, the day the vaunted Big Ten became the SEC. It choked. It got scared. It sold its soul for football. My @usatodaysports column on the darkest day in Big Ten history: https://t.co/uaWfgpgSqO
— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) September 16, 2020
When you are so horribly horribly wrong that Jerry Sandusky and Larry Nassar start trending again >>>
— grit (@GRITknox) September 16, 2020
Simply out of curiosity, and out of respect for the victims, where do the Larry Nassar & Jerry Sandusky crimes rank on your list of darkest days in Big Ten history? I’ll take your answer off air… ✌🏽
— Victor Rojas (@VictorRojas) September 16, 2020
Not Sandusky..Not Michigan State…Letting the kids play ball is the darkest day.
— Jack (@Huncho_Jack_) September 16, 2020
Compared to Jerry Sandusky and Larry Nassar, yeah, this is the darkest day ever.
— 93% Peaceful (@cathandler) September 16, 2020
Dude she always looking for the click content “EVER!” angle. Not a real journalist. A real journalist would have done a history from Sandusky and Nasser to this moment all in one article. @cbrennansports and @usatodaysports want nothing to do with that angle.
— Rick Harrison (@swimcoachrick3) September 16, 2020
Notice how there’s double the amount of people quoting your tweet bashing you rather than liking it
— Chuggs 🎙 (@ChuggsVi) September 16, 2020
Jerry Sandusky. Larry Nassar. DJ Durkin. Urban enabling a coach to beat his wife and scar his kids. But, no, THIS is the darkest day in Big Ten history.
I’ve seen some bad takes here, but this one? WHEEEEEEEW.
— Trey Louthan (@Tampa_Trey) September 16, 2020
This article is 🗑 & not accurate. Not to point horrific things out, but the darkest days of the B1G involved Sandusky, Nassar and Strauss. So who is worse? @cbrennansports or @DanWolken ? It’s a trick question, they both are equally petty, biased, wrong & just plain terrible.
— B (@bri4ohio) September 16, 2020
Darkest Day? You’re willing to say opening up Fall Athletics with state of the art testing and the safest protocols are darker than what Jerry Sandusky did to those kids. Let that sink in while you slip off your holly than though soap box.
— Greg Tacon (@gtacon) September 16, 2020