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Penn State ready to tackle questions at Big Ten Media Days

Players and coaches expected to discuss name, image and likeness compensation and playoff expansion

INDIANAPOLIS — It's another sign the college football season could be close to normal.  FOX43 Sports is at the Big Ten Conference Media Days to discuss college football topics with the players and coaches such as name, image and likeness compensation and the possible expansion of the college football playoffs.

Quarterback Sean Cifford scoring a touchdown for Penn State is worth six points and now could lead to some extra dollars in his pocket.  Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is the site of the two day question and answer fest. The big change everyone is talking about is player compensation and the new ways they can earn some income.

For a high-profile QB like Clifford, it means an opportunity to earn some serious coin.  Not sure his earnings will reach the level of Alabama's Bryce Young.  Crimson Tide Head Coach Nick Saban said this week that Young’s close to seven figures with his side hustles already and he hasn’t even been named the starter.

Another story line up for debate, expanding the college football playoffs.

“I don’t think there are 12 teams good enough," said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney. "We’d be playing games just to play extra games.”

Clemson’s top dog knows a thing or two about the playoffs. They have no trouble making it into the top four.  12 is the number being thrown around the most and if there is future expansion, that opens it up for teams like the Nittany Lions who’ve been knocking on the door.

Seniors PJ Mustipher, Jahan Dotson and Tariq Castro-Fields will represent Penn State on Thursday along with Head Coach James Franklin.  

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