Remember Beaver Stadium is primarily old school bleachers. Many of the seats lost will just be metal bleachers replaced with "modern" chairback seats.
"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.
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.
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.
The majority of their charges have been dropped and their minor charges will eventually be dropped, too.
"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.
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.
Slow news day on the internet, apparently.
Yet Dantonio is trying to flip other committed recruits.
Probably could have spent a little more time on that fondant helmet and football though. Unless Dr. Seuss was the baker.
If you read the article, it was very clear that he made the statement in a joking manner.
"That's not intended as an insult to Franklin; he has rubbed people the wrong way and cared little,"
Um, and Urban Meyer and Nick Saban and plenty of other coaches aren't the same way?
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.
Oversigning has been banned for a couple years now.
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"
18.104.22.168.3 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.
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.
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.
This is why you don't respond to Michigan fans, unless they're delivering your pizza.
On paper, Penn State's OOC schedule was a good one to get some wins but not kill the RPI. It's done that as they are ranked in the 30s.
However, some of the solid on-paper OOC opponents have bat the shed so far.
How could you omit the snowpocalyse-induced Buffalo/Kent State make-up game Friday at 1pm?
"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.
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.
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.
You mean the timeout that the refs called for Meyer when OSU had 12 guys on the field?
Consider it a compliment. The white out game is typically the high profile home game on the schedule, which also typically is a night game. Last year it was Michigan.