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Comment 19 Jul 2016

"The Nittany Lions still haven't named a starter at quarterback, though redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens looks to be the guy"

Trace McSorley will be the guy.  Didn't really play at all as a redshirt freshman last year until Hackenberg got hurt in the Gator Bowl.  He performed quite well and he's much more suited to play QB in a James Franklin offense.  Note PSU is going with an Oregon-tempo offense this year, too.

Comment 15 Jul 2016

If you weighed 271, would you consider yourself "nearly 300lbs"?  I doubt it :)

Interesting factoid - Before coming to Penn State, he was going elsewhere on a D-1 soccer scholarship.

Comment 04 Jul 2016

It's false that Hackenberg ever publicly blamed Franklin (this was NFL draft smokescreen magic, likely by the Jets), but it's obvious those two just weren't made for each other.  The offense will be much improved this year as they have QBs who both can and want to run Franklin's offense  The defense should be solid, but will need the back 7 to step up until the front 4 settle in.  They return their best LB from 2015 who tore his ACL in the 2015 season opener.  The biggest issue for PSU last year wasn't the poor QB play, but special teams.  Terrible kickoff and punt nets.  Two scholarship kickers will help that in 2016.


Thanks for the fair 2016 assessment.

Comment 18 May 2016

The majority of their charges have been dropped and their minor charges will eventually be dropped, too.

Comment 18 May 2016

"But we would rather debate what a dead football coach knew in the 1970s, and how his program should be punished, or what should be the fate of a goddamn statue. We're still stuck looking backwards. We haven't learned a thing. "

You're right.  The state agencies that allowed Sandusky to continue to work with/adopt/foster children never did their job to stop him.  The charity that Sandusky founded (and where he found all his victims) never did their job to stop him, even though they knew about the McQueary incident (and told him to "just wear shorts in the shower next time").  The attorney general originally tasked with investigating Sandusky sat on the case and did nothing with it for three years in order to run for Governor.  Oh and that governor took hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from The Second Mile board members while he sat on the Sandusky case.   Or how about the prominent PA businessman who was heavily invested in The Second Mile and quickly left The Second Mile board of directors when Sandusky was again investigated in 2009.  That same businessman who has a prominent role in the Penn State board of trustees.   Or how about a prominent pharmaceuticals CEO who paid a comparatively tiny settlement to the state of PA for his company's role in the Vioxx scandal because of his relationship with, you guessed it, the aforementioned PA governor.  Oh and that same CEO held a prominent role on the Penn State board of trustees and pushed to get the Freeh report going.

So many dots, yet no one wants to connect them.  But hey, let's blame the friggin football coach.

Comment 27 Mar 2016

It's obvious Hackenberg and Franklin never saw eye to eye.

But this smells more of some GMs trying to smokescreen for Hackenberg.  He's got plenty of people looking out for him during pre-draft prep, and I'm sure "don't blame your former coach" was one of the many things covered in that prep.  Note this only came out after he had a successful pro day.

Comment 26 Apr 2015

It won't be banned because they'd need to change a current rule, a rule that the majority of schools  support, even D-1AA schools (since it was the Ivy League that first proposed the rule, albeit for slightly different reasons).

What I can see them doing is banning guest coaches' institutions from publicizing the coaches' appearances at these camps.  Only the host school can publicize who the instructors will be.

Comment 26 Apr 2015

It's not a loophole, as the rule says coaches can work at other camps in any capacity and at any location.  The rule was implemented  in 2010 and no SEC school  opposed the passing of the rule.  Note that in the below text, "noninstitutional" means "not the institution you work for"

13.12.2.3.3 Noninstitutional, Privately Owned Camps/Clinics—Bowl Subdivision Football. [FBS] In bowl subdivision football, an institution’s coach or noncoaching staff member with responsibilities specific to football may be employed (either on a salaried or volunteer basis) in any capacity (e.g., counselor, guest lecturer, consultant) in a noninstitutional, privately owned camp or clinic at any location, provided the camp or clinic is operated in accordance with restrictions applicable to an institutional camp or clinic (e.g., open to any and all entrants, no free or reduced admission to or employment of athletics award winners). However, employment in such a camp or clinic is limited to two periods of 15 consecutive days in the months of June and July or any calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) that includes days of those months (e.g., May 28-June 3). The dates of the two 15-day periods must be on file in the office of the athletics director.

Comment 13 Apr 2015

That tattoo will look just great once he's done with football and no longer has those biceps.  Reminds me of that old SNL skit and tramp stamp tattoos.

Comment 04 Mar 2015

People have to remember that the stipend amount isn't established by or for athletics.  In determining a school's total cost of attendance (for general student population financial planning/aid purposes), there are four factors: Tuition/fees, Room/board, books, and transportation/personal expenses.  NCAA scholarships traditionally only paid for the first three.  The stipend is simply the fourth transportation/personal expenses line.  This varies across schools for various reasons.  It could be transportation costs to and from campus (which is likely why PSU's is a lot higher).  It could be anticipated health care costs not covered by a student medical plan.  Plenty of other things, too.  

I've seen some articles suggest some schools could try to influence this value.  I just don't see it.  Schools don't want their total cost of attendance to increase as it could steer away the students that actually pay tuition.

Comment 16 Nov 2014

"When Penn State agreed to a four-year postseason ban and massive scholarship reductions in 2012, no one could have imagined that it would be in a bowl two years later. "

Actually, many imagined it.  Keep an eye on the news, as the emails that the NCAA had to hand over to the judge on Friday are likely to show that the sanction reductions were planned from the start.

Comment 09 Nov 2014

What happened to PSU?  They started the season with 1 guy on the offensive line who ever played a meaningful snap, including 2 guys who were defensive tackles only a few months before.  That translates to no running game and a beaten up, shellshocked QB, which doesn't bode well for putting points on the board.

Comment 05 Nov 2014

The "bluff" didn't work.  They expected PSU to either resist or cave.  They did neither.  PSU actually said, "sanctions?  Don't mind if I do!"  This is just the tip of the iceberg of a much bigger political scandal.