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SteelCityMan786
05-30-2010, 03:37 PM
2010 Schedule
September 4th Youngstown State Noon (Big Ten Network)
September 11th @ Alabama 7:00 (ESPN)
September 18th Kent State Noon (ESPN/2)
September 25th Temple
October 2nd @ Iowa 8:00 (ABC)
October 9th Illinois Noon (ESPN/ESPN 2/ABC/BTN)
October 16th BYE WEEK
October 23rd @ Minnesota
October 30th Michigan 8:00 (Probable White Out Game)
November 6th Northwestern
November 13th @ Ohio State
November 20th vs. Indiana (FeDex Field)
November 27th Michigan State

8-4 or 9-3 sounds like a probable record for this year. The games I say would be the toughest are Alabama, Ohio State, and Iowa.

kmsteelerwr15
05-30-2010, 10:44 PM
The record seems about reasonable especially due to having an inexperienced QB, but I can't wait to see the Kent State game as well since I have a former teammate from high school who plays there.

SteelCityMan786
05-30-2010, 11:55 PM
I actually have a former high school teammate who plays for Temple. Should be interesting to see how Temple has developed after being Bowl Bound last year.

psusteelerspens4life
06-01-2010, 01:23 PM
I got tickets for the Indiana game down here at Fedex field. Its going to be like a home game for us. The record does seem about right for us this year

SteelMember
06-01-2010, 03:52 PM
we are...










huh. must be an all caps protector. :noidea:

psusteelerspens4life
06-02-2010, 12:53 PM
PENN STATE..

SteelCityMan786
06-05-2010, 11:59 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/530304.html?nav=5017

Paterno dealing with the Flu.

HERSHEY - Penn State coach Joe Paterno bowed out a few hours before a scheduled appearance Thursday night at a university alumni event because of a lingering flu bug.

The 83-year-old Paterno has had an intestinal ailment that kept him from attending a similar reception in Pittsburgh two weeks ago as well as Big Ten meetings in Chicago last week.

Offensive coordinator Galen Hall was one of three assistant coaches who took JoePa's place Thursday night as featured guests. Hall said Paterno is slowly getting better and has been working in State College, to the point where Paterno sometimes tries to overdo things.

Paterno held a team meeting earlier this week, and had met Thursday with receivers coach Mike McQueary. Paterno had been planning to attend the publicized event in Hershey, athletic director Tim Curley said.

''He's doing great. I was with him yesterday, he was actually feeling really well yesterday,'' Curley said. ''I was surprised that this afternoon he didn't make it ... He's just having a little problem getting over the hump and getting 100 percent.''

SteelMember
06-25-2010, 09:34 AM
Penn State, Nebraska already have a history (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10175/1067908-143.stm)
Thursday, June 24, 2010
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Penn State quarterback Kevin Newsome on Nebraska joining the Big Ten: "It makes the Big Ten look pretty good."

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Big Ten Conference's newest member is an old foe of Penn State.

Nebraska and Penn State have been involved in their share of controversy in the past -- on and off the football field.

In 1994, four years before the Bowl Championship Series system was put into place, the teams finished the regular season undefeated. But the Nittany Lions finished a distant second to the Cornhuskers in both national polls, handing former coach and current athletic director Tom Osborne his first national championship.

In '82, Penn State rallied for a stirring, 27-24 victory against Nebraska in one of the most exciting, yet disputed, regular-season games in Beaver Stadium history.

Todd Blackledge's 15-yard pass to tight end Mike McCloskey near the left sideline in the closing seconds was ruled a completion -- McCloskey later admitted he was out of bounds -- and placed the ball at the 2-yard line.

Blackledge then rifled a low throw to tight end Kirk Bowman, who cradled the ball just above the grass for his second touchdown reception of the game with four seconds left. That dramatic win helped serve as a springboard for the Lions' first national championship under coach Joe Paterno.

Penn State, the last team admitted to the Big Ten before Nebraska's acceptance earlier this month, leads the all-time series, 7-6.

The Cornhuskers, who defected from the Big 12, will begin Big Ten play in 2011. They have captured five national titles to Penn State's two and have crowned three Heisman Trophy winners while the Lions have had one.

Nebraska also is the fourth-winningest program in Division I-A history. Penn State is No. 7.

Penn State's current players, many of whom were not even in kindergarten in 1994, are excited about a potential Penn State-Nebraska matchup, if, and when, that transpires.

"Nebraska's a great program," quarterback Kevin Newsome said. "It makes the Big Ten look pretty good. I'm excited about the chance to play them."

"I think having Nebraska will make us a better conference," wide receiver Justin Brown said.

Nebraska has been Big 12 partners with Iowa State, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Kansas State since 1928, with Colorado since 1948 and with Oklahoma State since 1960.

Now, the Cornhuskers must work on building new traditions in the Big Ten. Their 13 previous meetings with Penn State represents their third-highest total among Big Ten teams, trailing only Minnesota (51) and Iowa (40).

"I always felt like Nebraska should have been a Big Ten team before because they fit the mold," tight end Mark Wedderburn said. "Their offensive linemen are huge, they love to run the football and they play like a Big Ten team. So, it's going to be a good fit."

With Nebraska on board, the Big Ten now has 12 teams, but that number could grow through future expansion. As it currently stands, the conference is expected to split up into two six-team divisions, with the winners playing in a Big Ten championship game.

Cornerback Stephon Morris is among the Penn State players who favor a championship game.

"You would get a true champion instead of three teams sharing the No. 1 spot or two teams sharing the No. 1 spot like it is now," he said. "You would have a real Big Ten champion, and that would make it better for the team and the fans as well."

SteelCityMan786
06-28-2010, 08:41 PM
Not surprised
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/530951.html?nav=5017
Penn State's Spanier: Seat increase ‘overdue’
By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Penn State President Graham Spanier understands many fans are upset about the new, more expensive football seating program going into effect in 2011, but he contends the university had no choice but to implement the plan.

"We're overdue on it," Spanier said. "We're especially overdue at Penn State because we're one of just a few universities - you could probably count the number on your fingers - that truly operates intercollegiate athletics on a self-support basis.

"This is important to us at Penn State because I don't want to be in a position where I'm taking money from academic budgets to support athletics."

Spanier's comments were made during an interview that will air today on WHVL-TV's "For the Record" program.

BlueWhite Illustrated publisher Phil Grosz conducted the nearly hourlong interview and agreed, along with WHVL, to share the transcript with the Mirror prior to the broadcast.

Spanier has been relatively quiet about the new Seat Transfer and Equity Plan (STEP) at Beaver Stadium since it was unveiled in November, but he discussed it candidly during the TV interview.

"Sometimes people criticize us for being focused on money when it comes to athletics," he said. "We have to be focused on money; it's like any other aspect of life. There has to be an income side to match the expenditure side. I assure you, we don't do anything very lavishly at Penn State. We're very working-class when it comes to what we do."

Many Nittany Lion fans are working-class, as well, and will feel the pinch in their pocketbooks with the new STEP plan.

For years, Penn State season-ticket holders have had to make an upfront minimum contribution of $100 per seat to the Nittany Lion Club to be eligible to purchase season tickets. Starting in 2011, the minimum contribution will increase to $400 for most seats from the goal lines to the 30-yard lines, and to $600 for most seats between the 30s.

A fan with four seats near midfield who has been paying $400 in Nittany Lion Club dues will see that price jump to $2,400.

"We can't afford that," said 84-year-old Jim Williamson from Bellwood, a 1946 PSU graduate and season-ticket holder since 1960. "It's just not possible. On our income, we can't do it."

This fall will be the final season, therefore, that Williamson buys his four season tickets.

"I hear a lot of people say, 'I'm not going to renew my tickets,'" Williamson said. "I know there are a lot of people waiting for tickets, but it's going to be interesting to see if they can maintain about 110,000 there for games.

"They're just taking a big bite out of everybody. I don't understand it. It's to hell with everybody. If you can't afford it, get out."

Some seats cheaper

Season-ticket holders still can purchase tickets for the $100 minimum contribution, but they will have to move to other parts of the stadium.

"I won't move," said Williamson, whose seats are in section WF near the 35-yard line. "I picked those seats out in 1960, and I'm not going up in the end zone. That's the dead zone."

Spanier addresses many fans' issues during his TV appearance.

"One of the concerns that we've heard in a number of letters is that, because people have been loyal - they've been coming to games for a lot of years and they've had the same seats for a lot of years - that we owe it to them to keep them in those seats for the lowest possible price and that they should somehow be exempt from participating in the program," Spanier said.

"That's been one of the issues. We really can't have an imbalance like that, where a person is paying one price and the person in the seat next to you is paying another price. I know that might happen in the airlines, but I don't think that would fly in a football stadium too well."

Spanier knows other changes may not fly well with fans.

"We've also had concerns about people who have been together for many years in one spot, and they've developed camaraderie," he said. "We understand that. We will try to keep people together and facilitate that, but they have to be willing to pay the new price of those seats.

"A lot of the mail we've received is from people who are worried that if they can't pay the higher price then they're out for good.

"That's not true. There's a solution for everybody. They might have to move to a different part of the stadium where the ticket price is closer to what they're accustomed to paying. Nobody gets kicked out for that reason."

Cost of athletics rise

Why is Penn State implementing this new plan? Simple.

As coach Joe Paterno frequently says, the school has to pay the bills.

And the bills are very expensive.

"The cost of administering intercollegiate athletics goes up all the time," Spanier said. "We try to give salary increases to our coaches. While we don't pay exorbitantly at Penn State, we want to be competitive.

"The cost of travel, health care, employee benefits, everything keeps going up. So to keep up on the revenue side, we have to figure out ways to bring income into the university."

As the school does that, some fans are figuring out that they don't want to be counted on to pay for everything.

"They're holding the season-ticket holders hostage yet again," said Eric Reinke of Clearfield, a season-ticket holder for nearly 20 years. "That's been happening for years, but now it's even more so."

Reinke will not be renewing his season tickets in 2011, and the price is only part of his reasoning. He believes there are too many home games overall, as well as too many unappealing games against weaker opponents.

"There's going to be a surplus of tickets for most games except the most desirable ones," said Reinke, who believes he can pick and choose individual games much cheaper.

Others charge more

Most other Big Ten schools have been operating with similar seating plans, and Spanier noted, "We're actually one of the last major universities with a significant sports program to go to a program like STEP."

Even with roughly $20 million a year coming in from TV contracts, Spanier pointed out extra funds are needed to pay for the school's 29 varsity sports and to upgrade athletic facilities on campus. Like most other major universities, football pays most of the bills at Penn State.

"I don't want to see us in a position where we have to eliminate sports," Spanier said.

Sports self-supporting

Another major concern, he added, is the possibility of the athletic department someday being unable to pay for itself.

"We want to do athletics right, but you do have to pay the bills to have a first-class athletic program," Spanier said. "It all comes together. I'm very proud of it. But we do have to keep up with the right balance.

"Income, expenditures, opportunities for athletics - if the state support of the university does not keep up, we have more and more of a burden on the tuition side. So tuition increases every year, and athletics has to pay the full tuition for a student who is on a scholarship."

Penn State waited much longer than other major programs around the country to increase season-ticket contribution limits, and school officials believe a further delay would not be fiscally responsible.

"We have to find ways to keep up," Spanier said, "and the STEP program is a part of it."

Mirror Staff Writer Cory Giger can be reached at 949-7031 and cgsports12@aol.com

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OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF SPANIER'S INTERVIEW:

On whether Joe Paterno's successor will come from in-house:

"If and when Joe ever retires, I think we have to take a look at the big picture at the time and pick the best person who would work for Penn State. It could be somebody within Penn State, somebody with ties to Penn State or it could be somebody from outside Penn State who wouldn't even be on our radar screen. It's probably something that the athletic director thinks about from time to time. In the end, he and I would work together for a happy ending."

SteelCityMan786
06-28-2010, 08:41 PM
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On escalating coaching salaries in college football:

"I don't like it all. We're not going to pay two million or four or five million. I'm sorry, I don't care who it is. That's just something we're not going to do at Penn State. We want to pay people fair salaries. We don't want our coaches standing in a bread line or whatever they call it. We want to pay people fair salaries. But this is Penn State. Whatever we pay people has to come out of that self-support fund in athletics. We do have that pressure. I don't understand what it means to pay somebody five million dollars a year. What are you expecting out of that? I assure you, there are a lot of people, a lot of very talented people who would be thrilled to be the head coach in any sport at Penn State. We will treat everyone fairly, but if someone has unreasonable expectations, then we would go with someone who has more reasonable expectations."

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On the BCS and a possible playoff in college football:

"I was one of the creators of the BCS and have been on the oversight board since its creation. I'm very happy to not have too much publicity on that, because it just increases my mail. I think the BCS has been good for college football. It does work, despite what some critics might say. I think it's the best mechanism we have out there to match up the No. 1 and No. 2 teams at the end of the season. To have this very positive thing in the eyes of a lot of people which is a game to determine a national champion.

"There's not going to be a playoff. It's just not going to happen. The presidents of our universities are not going to go for it. I'm not just talking about a few of us on the BCS board. I'm talking about Division I-A major college football school presidents, 120 or so of us are not inclined to go in that direction. Sports writers and fans can debate this all they want. There's so much attention on the BCS, as if talking about it and debating it more and more makes it more likely that something will change. Some people say, let's just go to four teams, then we'll go to eight, then eight will go to 16. Then we'll end up with an NFL-style playoff. Everybody knows where it will head if we go beyond the two teams. And we just don't want to head in that direction."

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On why he likes the BCS format:

"I think there are a lot of reasons. One is that a lot of us believe that putting more emphasis on postseason play de-emphasizes in-season play. If you go to a playoff, let's say that Penn State's share is a million dollars, a lot of money. We have several million dollars of income for each home game that we have. Keeping our stadium full and having people interested in our games during the season is far more valuable to us and the community around us than any incremental share of revenue that we'd have from a postseason. Generally, we have intense interest in every game during the season.

"The current system that we have in place is one of the best. We're very concerned about the growing emphasis on winning at the end of the season. It's a great thing to go to a bowl game with the atmosphere there. When you start getting into a playoff-type format when you have four, eight or 16 teams ... we are worried about the academic calendar and the toll on the athletes physically. The competition with academics. The basketball situation works pretty well and people like the postseason play. But if you look at attendance and other things during the season, the interest in each game, TV contracts ... we think there a lot of reasons and not just one specific reasons.

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On Big Ten expansion:

"I'm very involved in the discussions. ... We have not concluded that we will expand or that we want to expand, but we think it's prudent as things are shifting around the country and will continue to shift, we need to be out in front and looking at whether it makes sense for the Big Ten, whether or not it would work. We'll continue to look at it. The presidents meet and talk from time to time to think through this. We'll work with our commissioner, Jim Delany, on the question. There are a lot of different aspects to it, and of course it does have to work financially.

"People will say it's going to be about money. Well, yes and no. Of course, it has to be about money because we do depend very heavily on Big Ten revenue we don't want to see those decline. At the same time, it's about the fit of various institutions, it's about what would be good for the conference. It's about whether you could really even pull it off. It's a very complicated business with media contracts, the academic reputations of universities. If someone were to move from one conference to another, that's a very tricky business. There would be a transition period of anywhere from a year or two to several years, depending on the conference. There's a lot of different things to look at. There's certainly been no decision, I can tell you that."

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On the Big Ten Network's success:

"I envisioned that it would be successful, and I knew it would be good for the university because of the income stream from it was guaranteed. I didn't realize it would be this successful this quickly. I thought it would take a little longer. It's a real credit to our Big Ten staff, especially the Big Ten Network staff."

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On the basketball programs:

"I think we've had great success across the board at Penn State. There's no reason why we can't enjoy that type of success in men's and women's basketball. We've seen some flashes of success in men's basketball. I have great hopes as we move ahead. We have a great coach right now in Ed DeChellis. He does everything right at Penn State. We were disappointed, I was, along with everyone else, in the type of season. It was disappointing. No one cares more than Ed does. He's going to work on it. We're going to give him all the support we can to improve basketball and have the kind of long-term success we've enjoyed in some of the other sports."

SteelCityMan786
07-03-2010, 04:34 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10183/1069967-100.stm

Penn State lands DE recruit
Friday, July 02, 2010
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State finally has another verbal commitment for its 2011 recruiting class.

Shawn Oakman, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound defensive end from Penn Wood High School in Landsdowne, Pa., has chosen the Nittany Lions over Pitt and Temple.

Oakman, rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, had 17 sacks in 11 games as a junior. He also is a standout basketball player.

Close to 30 players have received scholarship offers from the Lions for next season, but Oakman is just second player to commit to Penn State.

And he is the first since tight end Kyle Carter from New Castle, Del., committed in late May.

SteelCityMan786
07-13-2010, 01:24 PM
Eighth Annual Penn State Uplifting Athletes "Lift For Life" Raises Record Total Of More Than $98,000
Three Thousand attendees see team of Brackett, Crawford, Hodges and Zordich claim title

July 10, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA., July, 10 2010 - Despite sweltering conditions in Holuba Hall, the Eighth Annual Penn State Uplifting Athletes "Lift For Life" was a huge success drawing more than three thousand fans and raising a record total of $98,461.35 to benefit the Kidney Cancer Association.

The record total was nearly $16,000 more than was raised last year and a far cry from the $13,000 raised in the events first year in 2003. Thanks to generous sponsors, fans and the participating Nittany Lion football players, "Lift For Life" has now raised an eight-year total of nearly $500,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association.

In heat and humidity that made this year's competition one of the most taxing in the events history, the team of OH Jersey claimed first place behind the efforts of wide receiver Brett Brackett, defensive end Jack Crawford, linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Zordich. The team of We Pay To Play comprised of running back Derek Day, cornerback Evan Lewis, defensive end Brian Irvin and safety Kyle Johnson was second while team Shutter Island: Ward C made up of tackle Mike Farrell, cornerback Andrew Goodman, defensive end Pete Massaro and linebacker Mike Yancich was third.

The 2010 Uplifting Athletes officers include Brackett (Lawrenceville, N.J.) as President and newcomers Farrell (Pittsburgh), Ty Howle (Wake Forest, N.C) and Yancich (Washington) taking over as Vice President, Head of Operations and Secretary, respectively. A chapter record 22 additional Nittany Lions devoted their time and effort into making the 2010 Lift for Life the best to date. More than 80 Nittany Lion football student-athletes tested their strength and endurance in the 11-event strength and conditioning challenge and then greeted fans and signed autographs for those in attendance. Founded by Penn State Football teammates in 2003, Lift For Life has continued to build awareness and raise funds for the Kidney Cancer Association. The event is organized by Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes SM, whose members are on the Penn State football team, led by Brackett, president of the chapter.

"Uplifting Athletes SM is a group of Penn State football players working together in an attempt to raise awareness and funds for rare diseases," said Brackett, who will be a senior wide receiver this fall. "These rare diseases affect fewer than 200,000 Americans and consequently little attention is paid to them. As college football student-athletes, we believe we are in a position to make a difference. Lift for Life is one way a small group of people can make a big impact on the lives of others."

For more information about Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes SM or the Penn State Football Lift for Life, or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit http://www.upliftingathletes.org or contact Deloris Brobeck at 814-865-1946 during business hours. Uplifting Athletes, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that operates as a national charter and serves as a uniting force to help change the perception of rare diseases.

http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/071010aaa.html

SteelCityMan786
07-13-2010, 01:39 PM
Penn State to play Syracuse at Meadowlands in 2013
June 30, 2010 - From Penn State Sports Information

UNIVERSITY PARK -- A traditional college football rivalry will resume in 2013 when Penn State and Syracuse will clash at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

Penn State Director of Athletics Tim Curley, Syracuse Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross and CEO of New Meadowlands Stadium Company Mark Lamping announced today that the New Meadowlands Stadium will host the Nittany Lions and Orange on August 31, 2013 in the first of a three-game series.

The longtime rivals also are working to finalize an agreement to play in 2020 and 2021. Syracuse will play at Beaver Stadium on September 19, 2020 and the Nittany Lions will visit the Orange on September 18, 2021. ?

"We are thrilled about the opportunity to play Syracuse at the New Meadowlands Stadium to open the 2013 season," Curley said. "I was very impressed when I visited the complex earlier this year and it will quickly be recognized as one of the nation's premier sports facilities. We have had a long relationship with Syracuse and the Meadowlands and are excited about playing the Orange and returning to the site of many memorable Penn State games. This game will provide a great opportunity for some of our players to play close to home and for our fans and the 40,000 Penn State alumni in metropolitan New York City to see the Nittany Lions play in person."

Penn State and Syracuse have met 70 times previously, the second-highest total for a Nittany Lion opponent. Penn State owns a 42-23-5 series advantage, winning contests during the 2008 and '09 seasons in the first meetings since 1990. The teams met every season from 1944-90.

Penn State has an 8-3 record in games played at the Meadowlands, with the last contest coming against Southern California in the 2000 Kickoff Classic. Starting with a 1979 game vs. the Orange, the Nittany Lions also have played Nebraska, Texas, Rutgers, Georgia Tech and Temple at the Meadowlands.? "We look forward to continuing our long term series with Penn State," Gross said. "Playing a neutral site game in the New Meadowlands versus Penn State was the impetus for a longer series."

Penn State will clash with Alabama this season and in 2011. The Nittany Lions will play Virginia in 2012 and '13 and Rutgers in 2014 and '15. During the past decade, Penn State has had non-conference series with Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Virginia, Boston College and Notre Dame, in addition to Syracuse.

"The Meadowlands has long sustained a rich history with college football, and we look forward to welcoming Syracuse and Penn State - two powerhouse programs -and their respective fans to the new Stadium in 2013," Lamping said. "This longstanding match-up comes highly anticipated, and we expect a memorable game that will only add to our growing tradition."

The New Meadowlands Stadium sets the standard for venue excellence, with state-of-the-art technology, comfort and amenities. With a full seating capacity of 82,500 the New Meadowlands Stadium is the third-largest stadium in the National Football League. Highlights include four massive 30' X 118' HD video display boards in each of the stadium corners; a 48" X 1810' ribbon board that circles the interior bowl; 2100 + HD Monitors throughout the stadium; and 20 HD video pylons ranging in size from 20' X 40' to 20' X 60'.

Outside the stadium, a 350,000-square-foot outdoor plaza will boast fan-centric activities and pregame entertainment zones. The new stadium will have numerous restaurants, wider concourses and more HD square footage than any other stadium in North America. A signature amenity of the stadium is the brand new rail line that drops off passengers directly in front of the stadium.

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SteelCityMan786
07-13-2010, 01:43 PM
Nittany Lions land 'big' verbal
July 3, 2010 - By Philip Cmor,sports@altoonamirror.com

With all the concern Penn State fans had about their school's stagnant football recruiting efforts through June, the Nittany Lions began July with a big verbal commitment.

Big, as in 6-foot-9, 245-pound Shawn Oakman.

Oakman, who totaled 17 sacks last year from his defensive end spot for Penn Wood High School in Delaware County, made a surprise oral pledge to the Lions Thursday. He chose Penn State over Temple and Pitt.

The Lions had been considered the early favorite to land Oakman, but, recently, speculation had the Panthers moving into the lead after a recent Oakman visit to Pitt.

"I couldn't be happier," Oakman told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It came down to what I thought what college should be and also what college coach was going to push from being good to being great. I think Coach [Larry] Johnson and Coach [Ron] Vanderlinden can do that. That's why I choose Penn State.''

The Lions only had one verbal commitment before Oakman announced his decision. New Jersey defensive tackle Marquise Wright - once considered to be leaning heavily to Penn State - recently became the latest in a string of high-profile recruiting targets to pick other schools.

Penn State is believed to have 15-18 scholarships available for this recruiting class.

UConn, North Carolina State, South Carolina and Rice also had scholarship offers on the table for Oakman, who, as a junior, made the Inquirer's all-southeastern Pennsylvania second team as a defensive lineman after making more than 130 tackles. Penn Wood was 8-4 and held half of its opponents to single digits.

Although close to 250 pounds, Oakman still looks very thin and has plenty of room to fill out. While it appears he'll be looked at on defense first, there are some who feel his future might be as an offensive tackle.

"With the strides he's made in the last 12 months, I can't wait to see the strides he'll make in the next 12 months," Penn Wood coach Sam Mormando said to the York Daily Record in April.

Oakman's agility adds to his upside. He was also a key player on the Patriots' PIAA Class AAAA basketball finalist teams the last two seasons. Penn State and Rice reportedly were recruiting him in both sports.

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SteelCityMan786
07-13-2010, 01:45 PM
Penn State gets verbal from DE
July 8, 2010 - By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com

It's common for college football programs to invite potential recruits to be guests at home games, but the only time Jordan Kerner attended a Penn State game, he did it as a guest of his father, watching the Nittany Lions beat Syracuse early last season from the Beaver Stadium bleachers.

"If someone would have told me two years ago I'd have a chance to play at Penn State,'' Kerner said, "I wouldn't have believed them.''

Someone can pinch Kerner now.

The fast-rising defensive end prospect from Fairview High School in Erie County will be getting up close and personal with Beaver Stadium a lot in the future. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Kerner on Wednesday morning called Nittany Lion recruiting coordinator Mike McQueary to tell him he was committing to Penn State over Iowa, making him the third member of the Lions' 2011 recruiting class.

"Being close to home helps my friends and family come down and watch me play. I want them to be able to watch me,'' Kerner said. "Distance from home was a big factor.''

Kerner joins Penn Wood defensive end Shawn Oakman and Delaware tight end Kyle Carter in this class. Kerner also had scholarship offers from Maryland, Boston College, Rutgers, West Virginia and Minnesota before he visited University Park for a camp last week to audition before the Nittany Lion coaches.

That's when Penn State offered him, and, essentially, ended the recruiting process for him.

"I've always been more for Penn State, so, when they offered me, I wanted to commit right there,'' Kerner said. "I wanted to commit right there, but I thought I should take a week [just to be sure].''

Kerner was first-team all-District 10 and second-team all-state last year after making 90 tackles and nine sacks for the 6-5 Tigers. He is the first big-time Division I recruit to come out of his high school since offensive lineman Jeff Lewis signed with West Virginia a dozen years ago.

While Kerner was being recruited as a defensive end by all the colleges involved with him, he plays fullback and linebacker at Fairview. He can do that because he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.67 seconds.

"He has size and speed,'' said Jerry Lightner, who just retired as football coach at Fairview after 11 years but remains the athletic director there and also has a decade's experience as a college coach at Gannon. "He got called up to varsity as a ninth grader to play special teams. He ended up starting at fullback. You could tell he had a chance to be something special.''

Lightner said Kerner, who he remembers as a "gangly kid who took to weightlifting and weightlifting took to him'' in junior high, also carries a GPA in the 3.9 range while taking advanced courses in preparation for an engineering major in college.

"He's pretty gifted. The season before last he was the regional champion in the 200-meter dash. He runs the 100 and 200 and plays the saxophone in the jazz band,'' Lightner said. "He's a well-rounded kid.''

Maryland was the first college to offer Kerner.

"I was really surprised,'' Kerner said.

Kerner also likes to play recreational basketball - he used to be on the team at Fairview - and video games in his spare time. He's been playing football since fifth grade.

"I was trying a bunch of different things to see what I liked: soccer, baseball,'' Kerner said. "I even did swimming.''

An Oakland Raiders fan whose favorite pro players are Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher, Kerner said the Penn State coaches would like to eventually see him play at 260 pounds. He was contacted by Carter when he got his scholarship offer and now is looking to help Carter bring in more recruits for the Lions.

"Now I feel like I am part of the team,'' Kerner said, "so I want to help get the best players we can.''

SteelCityMan786
07-13-2010, 01:46 PM
What a catch: PSU's Brackett gives his all for charity group
July 9, 2010 - By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Brett Brackett will leave Penn State with one of the most impressive statistics of any receiver in school history.

The savvy, polite, well-spoken senior from New Jersey hasn't had the kind of breakout moments he had hoped for on the field, but his charity work off the field has made him as valuable as any member of the Nittany Lions.

Brackett is in his third year as president of PSU's chapter of Uplifting Athletes, which today will host the annual Lift for Life fundraising event. During Brackett's presidency, and with the help of dozens of other players volunteering, Penn State has raised $155,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association.

Today's event is expected to generate at least $70,000, bringing the total under Brackett's tenure to more than $200,000.

"I'm astonished at how big it's grown and how much it's really been ingrained in what we do here at Penn State," Brackett said. "More and more people see me during the season and say, 'When is Lift for Life?'"

Brackett has a lot of help -- 24 other PSU players are currently involved with Uplifting Athletes -- but his leadership has been the driving force that's helped the chapter reach new heights in recent years.

"What he's been able to do is get the other guys on the team to buy into it," said former PSU player Scott Shirley, who founded Uplifting Athletes eight years ago.

"He's very well organized and very motivated. And he does a great job of taking care of business and then having fun and not letting the two interfere with each other. The guys who are involved with it enjoy being involved with it, and he doesn't waste anybody's time either."

Brackett got involved in Uplifting Athletes as a freshman, when the PSU chapter was run by Jason Ganter and Kevin Suhey.

"They told me why they were doing it and what causes it helped and how much it could help you," Brackett said.

"I like getting involved with community service and giving back to people, and using this position you can give back to people that are less fortunate than yourself. I think I maybe I learned that from my father, who was a volunteer fireman for many years."

Brackett also had an eye toward the future. He did what every college student should do, which is get involved in projects that can benefit them after graduation.

"It helped me because I knew I was going to be a business major, and the hands-on, real-life business experience you can gain from this is really unbelievable," Brackett said. "It's really helpful in looking for a job because we have a tough time finding internships."

Brackett's responsibilities include everything from recruiting volunteers and running meetings to handling all the advertising and promotions for Uplifting Athlete events.

"It's really a great learning experience," he said. "It's invaluable.

"The older I get and more I talk to people out in the business world, the more it really does relate very well. And I think the skills that I've learned translate very well into the business world."

Lift for Life draws hundreds of fans and is by far the largest fundraising event each year for Uplifting Athletes. The Penn State players break into four-man teams and compete in grueling weightlifting drills.

The event is one of the best opportunities each year for fans to get up close and personal with the players as they can get autographs and even chat with members of the team.

"The amount of people at the event and the way that's evolved and the money that's raised has continually increased, and the awareness has just gotten bigger and bigger," Brackett said. "Just being able to see it grow in the four years I've been here has been unbelievable. I never would have imagined how big it's gotten."

Shirley did.

"It's kind of funny because, when we started this, we were 20 years old," Shirley said. "At that age, you're just so wide-eyed anyway. But we always had very high expectations for it."

Shirley's father died of kidney cancer, so the cause has always been near and dear to him. He knew Uplifting Athletes could become a successful fundraising group as long as one thing happened.

"Whenever we started this eight years ago, one of our concerns was transitioning the leadership," Shirley said. "We've done it successfully now four times in the eight years, and it just continues to get better with each new group.

"We realized that football players are in a position to make a difference. The potential impact of that has always been really the motivation behind this."

Uplifting Athletes now has chapters at Ohio State, Maryland, Boston College, Northwestern and Colgate, and Shirley's goal is to keep expanding to other schools.

"Three years ago is when we felt like the model at Penn State that we had been working on was to a point where we could start to replicate it, and that's when I took it on full time," Shirley said.

"We're in a great position now where each one of those schools adopts a rare disease that's relevant to them, just as kidney cancer is relative to the Penn State family."

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SteelCityMan786
07-13-2010, 01:51 PM
The old college try: Shirley, PSU football team change lives of cancer patients
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July 10, 2010 - By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK - College is often said to be the greatest time in a person's life. When Scott Shirley was in college at Penn State, he began working to help save people's lives and ensure that they could live to enjoy great times for many more years.

Shirley's story has been well documented over the years. He was a receiver on the Penn State football team whose father had been diagnosed with kidney cancer, so he founded a nonprofit, student-run organization to raise money to fight the disease.

Seven years later, Shirley watched with great pride as his brainchild took center stage Friday during Penn State's popular Lift for Life fundraising event. The PSU chapter of his Uplifting Athletes organization has now raised nearly half a million dollars, and Nittany Lion football players have become heroes to kidney cancer patients.

Shirley admits he always had high hopes for the organization, but it took one fascinating turn of events in Chicago in 2004 for him to truly understand how much of an impact Uplifting Athletes could make.

"We were about to send a check for $40,000 to the Kidney Cancer Association, and none of us had ever met anybody there," Shirley said.

Shirley, Uplifting Athletes co-founder and PSU teammate David Costlow and their friend, Carolyn Konosky, decided to take a trip to Chicago for a kidney cancer convention. They rented a car, left State College at 2 a.m. and drove 10 hours through the night.

"We were about an hour away from Chicago and got a call from our contact there to ask if we were still coming," Shirley said. "We said, 'Yeah, why?' And she said, 'Well, it's our biggest patient conference of the year, and our keynote speaker just canceled. So we were wondering if you guys could say something.' I said, 'Of course.'"

Shirley turned on his laptop computer in the back seat, quickly prepared a PowerPoint presentation and finished just before getting to the hotel. The three college students pulled right up, got valet parking and were rushed inside to the convention.

"They ushered us right up on the stage," Shirley said. "We hadn't even met anybody yet, and there we were on stage standing in front of all these kidney cancer patients, all these doctors."

They gave a 10-minute presentation, discussing the money the Penn State football team had raised for kidney cancer and the vision for the future of Uplifting Athletes.

"We were interrupted three times by a standing ovation," Shirley said. "After the fact, the doctors were moved to tears, and we had people telling us that they had never been so inspired with hope because they live in a world where they're usually told that nothing could be done.

"Then walk in three kids off the Penn State campus that have plenty of other things on their minds saying, 'We haven't met any of you, but this is what we're doing.'"

Shirley had always been committed to the cause, in large part to help his own father battle the disease. But that weekend in Chicago changed everything for him and Costlow.

"That's when we realized it was almost our responsibility to take advantage of this position we were in," Shirley said. "It's something we'd always talked about, but I don't think we realized how real that was and how much of a difference we were making.

"After that conference, we were getting thank you letters and e-mails from children of people who were at that conference saying, 'I haven't seen my mother or my father this happy in a long time.'"

Shirley's father, Don, died of kidney cancer in 2005. When he originally was diagnosed, Scott said, there was only one FDA-approved treatment for the disease that provided a 10 percent chance to survive for five years.

"Since we started this program, there have been six new treatments brought to market, with another one right around the corner," Shirley said. "So the outlook for kidney cancer patients has changed dramatically."

Uplifting Athletes now has chapters at five other schools - Ohio State, Maryland, Boston College, Northwestern and Colgate - and Shirley is devoted to it on a full-time basis trying to help it grow even more.

At the heart of the success is the Penn State football team. Players buy into Shirley's vision and give their time and energy to work hard to increase awareness for kidney cancer, which affects about 200,000 Americans.

Lift for Life is always the most grueling workout of the year for the players, but they all say it's worth it.

"It's awesome to be able to be out there and work for the cause," linebacker Chris Colasanti said.

"Participating in this is just amazing," linebacker Nate Stupar said. "I get so many letters during the year that say, 'We saw the wristbands you were wearing during the games [to generate awareness],' and everywhere we go that means so much to them."

Most kids go to college to better themselves and to help prepare them for the so-called real world.

That world is now a lot more bearable for people afflicted with kidney cancer, thanks to the efforts of Shirley and the Penn State football program.

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SteelCityMan786
07-13-2010, 01:54 PM
PSU notebook: Paterno on beach vacation, health now improved
July 10, 2010 - By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Joe Paterno is vacationing at the beach, as he does most years at this time, and there's no concern inside the Penn State program that the iconic coach's recent health problems will keep him out of action this fall.

"We're not worried," Nittany Lion guard Stefen Wisniewski said. "We know he's a tough old guy, and he's not going to slow down."

Paterno has been slowed this summer by intestinal issues that forced him to cancel three speaking engagements. But he's doing just fine now, son Jay Paterno said.

"I've got a friend of mine that's got a place two blocks from his and texted me and said he's everywhere," said JayPa, PSU's quarterbacks coach. "He's out on the beach, he's running for ice cream with the grandkids and the whole nine yards.

"As long as he's still got that ornery streak and he's calling me and telling me what we need to do, I know he's OK."

The 83-year-old coach attended a team meeting last week, and Wisniewski said, "He looked good."

"We heard that we was out sick for a little while," he added. "But we see him, and he's just as fiery as ever, telling guys to go to class and do all the things they should be doing."

SUBHD: QB time frame

Jay Paterno said the four-man quarterback competition between sophomores Kevin Newsome and Matt McGloin and freshmen Paul Jones and Robert Bolden will whittle itself down pretty quickly when preseason camp starts early next month.

"We'll have a scrimmage probably within a week or so [of starting camp] and try and see if three of them separate themselves from the other one," he said. "Then after the second scrimmage we'll try and focus on two guys."

That's the plan for now, and Jay Paterno said the coaching staff will be flexible and "adjust as we go."

"We're eight weeks from the game [today], and when we get into preseason camp, we've only got a couple of weeks," JayPa said. "So we can't afford to work four guys all the way up to game time because you won't get anybody ready. There would be a bunch of guys that had some reps, but none of them would be ready to go."

The coaches will have a good feel about where the top two guys stand around 10 days to go before the Sept. 4 opener against Youngstown State. But no matter who starts, that doesn't mean he's necessarily won the job for the long haul.

"Once we get to game week, we should have a pretty good idea who's going to take the first snap," Paterno said. "Maybe we play two guys. I mean, who knows. There's a lot of things that can play out in this."

SUBHD: No Newsome at LFL

Newsome skipped Friday's Lift for Life event so he could attend a family function. McGloin took part in the workout, as did Jones.

McGloin, who has shown no lack of confidence in a few interviews this year, said he considers the competition between him and Newsome to be even at this point. He also said he expects to split first-team reps in camp and believes he will have every opportunity to win the job.

SUBHD: Reality sets in

Junior receiver Derek Moye, who enjoyed a breakout season in 2009 with a team-high 48 catches, was candid when asked what it's like for high school stars to come in and sit the bench early on in college.

"It's definitely humbling, and frustrating at the same time," Moye said. "I kind of thought, like every high school athlete coming in here, just that you'll come in and be that starter, that guy who tears it up and is going to be a star, leave after you're allowed in three years and go to the NFL.

"But you realize real quick it doesn't work like that. You have to wait your turn just like everybody does."

SUBHD: News and notes

* Running back Evan Royster has added about 12 pounds this offseason to help him stay durable and said he's up to 224-225 pounds. He plans to be at 218 for the season.

* Backup running back Stephfon Green held nothing back when he called his 2009 season "below average" and said he must work on becoming more consistent. (Note: Sunday's Mirror will focus on what to expect from Royster and Green this season.)

* Wisniewski is expected to play right guard, although he said he has still been working out some at center.

* The first-team offensive line at this point is Quinn Barham at left tackle, Doug Klopacz at center, Wisniewski at right guard and Lou Eliades at right tackle. Johnnie Troutman and De'Ontae Pannell are in a good battle to start at left guard.

* Place-kicker Collin Wagner said he has worked a lot on building up his leg strength during the offseason to help him become more consistent from longer distances. He worked primarily on the leg press, curls and squats and said he's been kicking well from beyond 50 yards.

SteelCityMan786
07-13-2010, 01:55 PM
PSU's Green ready to improve on 'below average' 2009 season
July 11, 2010 - By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Stephfon Green has always wanted to hit a home run every time he touched the ball, but he now realizes he can't make the kind of impact he wants to make with that mindset.

Green didn't sugarcoat anything when he called his 2009 season "below average" during Friday's Lift for Life. The redshirt junior talked about needing to work on consistency and how frustrating that process has been for him at Penn State.

The speedster always knew he could break off a 20- or 30-yard run in high school, but college is a much different story.

"Now you come here, everybody's just as fast," Green said. "So I guess that's been my struggle is just slowing the game down and letting the game come to me.

"But I'm working at it. I'm still a student of the game, and I continue to make some progress with that."

Great things have always been expected of Green, and he got off to a good start as a redshirt freshman in 2008 with 578 yards and four TDs. Then he broke his ankle in the Rose Bowl.

"It took me more than I expected," he said of the recovery process.

Green played in 11 games last season -- missing two late contests with an ankle injury -- and gained only 319 yards.

He will be counted on for a lot more production this season as the Nittany Lions try to find some offensive consistency with a young quarterback. He'll back up Evan Royster but should see his carries increase as long as he's healthy and productive.

"Royster is a better athlete right now," Green said. "I'm working to try and either be on his level or above his level, and I just have to wait my turn. Patience is a virtue, and it's something I'm going to have to learn to accept and just wait my turn."

Green explodes to the line of scrimmage, and if he breaks through is capable of taking it the distance from anywhere on the field.

That's only going to happen a few times at most, however, and Green realizes he must make adjustments to be productive in every-down situations.

"Just slowing everything down and not thinking everything is a home run," he said of his focus. "Just me slowing down and understanding the blocking schemes and things like that and becoming more of a student of the game.

"That's what I have been doing, that's what I'm going to continue to do. And hopefully one day I'll just go down in the record books setting some records here at Penn State."

Green played last year at 195 pounds and is at 200 now, with hopes of getting to 205 for the season.

He'll have to play second fiddle to Royster once again this season, and he's fine with that as he said he just wants to contribute in "any way, shape or form."

"There's no 'I' in team, and I'm a team player," Green said. "So I'm just going to play my role to my best ability and just help this team accomplish what we set out to accomplish."

SteelCityMan786
07-13-2010, 01:56 PM
The great debate: Where does Royster rank in PSU lore?
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July 11, 2010 - By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Evan Royster should obliterate Penn State's career rushing record this season and may finish with more than 4,000 yards.

He has been, to use Joe Paterno's stock line, a good football player.

But has he been great?

Even with the impressive numbers -- and breaking a record that's stood for 28 years -- it's difficult to think of Royster as one of the elite running backs in Nittany Lion history.

Not yet anyway.

Consider for yourself: Using the eye test, has Royster been better than any of these backs?: Curt Warner, Ki-Jana Carter, Curtis Enis, Blair Thomas, D.J. Dozier, Larry Johnson, John Cappelletti, Lydell Mitchell, Lenny Moore, Tony Hunt or Matt Suhey?

If not, that means Royster isn't even in the top 10 at PSU. Depending on personal preferences and/or memories, fans may pull two or three former stars out of that list, but that still only leaves the school's soon-to-be rushing leader at the back end of the top 10.

Royster has gained 2,918 yards and needs only 481 to surpass Warner's mark of 3,398 atop the Lions' career list. Still, Royster, who has always been a solid back and has averaged 6.1 yards per carry, has never been a guy who elicited a "Wow!" reaction like many other former PSU standouts did.

He has a chance, with a superb senior season, to change that and make his case for greatness.

Every defense will key on Royster with PSU's inexperience at quarterback, so if he can go off for 1,600 yards and lead the team to 10 or 11 wins, he may be worthy of the top five.

That's pretty much what Mark Ingram did for Alabama last season. The Crimson Tide didn't have much of a passing game, but Ingram carried the load with 1,658 yards and 17 TDs to win the Heisman Trophy.

Paterno recalled a story in the spring about the rushing record and someone asking him to compare Royster and Warner, a 2009 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame.

"These kids are playing a lot more football games," JoePa said. "We're playing 12, 13 games now. So I don't think the stats really are significant in comparing one against the other. I think Royster is a good tailback, and I think he, if he stays healthy, he'll have a big year."

Royster has spent the offseason bulking up to prepare himself to carry more of a load this fall. He put on about 12 pounds -- he's up to 225 -- and figures to be around 218 when the season starts.

"I think it was good for me to add it for now, just to try and build up a little bit and get a little stronger," Royster said Friday at Lift for Life. "I'd like to trim down and get a little more tone [to get] ready for the season."

Royster has started since his sophomore year -- which is why he's been able to move up PSU's career list -- and decided to return for his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft. He said it wasn't a tough decision and noted he never received a potential round for where he may have been drafted from the advisory committee.

He did get some career advice, though.

"Speaking to some people, they were saying that they want to see me get 20-25 carries a game and be able to carry a team like you see a lot of big-time running backs do," Royster said. "Hopefully I'll get a chance to do that this year."

That seems unlikely, and we'll get to why in just a bit.

First off is whether Royster would even be able to handle carrying the ball that many times and remain effective.

He averaged 15.8 carries per game in 2009 and 14.7 in 2008.

"It's a big difference," Royster said of those figures compared to 25. "It's almost doubling the amount of carries you're getting. Even in the past getting between 15 and 20 carries a game, the next day I wake up and I'm beat up.

"Extra weight should help me deal with that. It takes a toll on you, getting that much contact."

And if he's playing heavier?

"It helps you deliver the blow more than taking it," Royster said. "It's just that extra weight to push around. ... There's been times in games where I feel like, with a little bit more weight, I could break that tackle."

Regardless of whether Royster could hold up carrying 25 times a game, that would be a terrible idea for the Penn State offense.

The Lions very well may run a ton to take pressure off Kevin Newsome or Matt McGloin, but the better alternative would be to give Stephfon Green 10-plus carries and up Royster's average to 18 or so.

Green is too talented to carry only six or eight times a game, as he did much of last season. Both he and Royster are good enough catching the ball that it would be exciting to see one in the backfield and the other lined up in the slot about 10 times per game.

"We both can catch the ball out of the backfield, or they can split us out," Royster said. "We've had some experience running routes, and we've done it the past couple years. It's just a matter of doing it in a game a little bit more. We practice it a lot."

Royster should break Warner's career record early in the season thanks to a schedule that includes Youngstown State, Kent State and Temple in the first month.

"It would be awesome," Royster said. "It's something that I'll carry with me my whole life, something I can tell my kids, my grandkids about down the road. Just to be named in the same category as some of those guys, it's a great honor."

Things generally get better with time, and we may not know Royster's true place in Penn State history until years from now.

He probably will hold the rushing record for a long time, and if so, he someday may be given more credit in the great running back discussion.

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SteelCityMan786
07-13-2010, 01:57 PM
This is from the same article from my previous post



PSU's best backs

Neil Rudel has covered Penn State football since 1977. Here are the top 10 running backs he's witnessed, and therefore does not include the likes of Lenny Moore, Lydell Mitchell and John Cappelletti -- three who most assuredly would be in PSU's all-time top 10.

1. Curt Warner (1979-82): 3,398 yards -- Once through line, best PSU has had. Cutback artist set single-game mark (256) at Syracuse, but he also had 238 in '81 at Nebraska.

2. Curtis Enis (1995-97): 3,256 yards -- Unlike Warner, played just three seasons. Bull of a tailback, evidenced by 36TDs. He did not have arsenal of Warner (above) or Carter (below).

3. Ki-Jana Carter (1992-94): 2,829 yards -- Also played three only years. Used blazing speed to average 7.2 per career rush, a school record. No. 1 overall pick in 1995.

4. Blair Thomas (1985-87, 89): 3,301 yards -- Came back from ACL surgery to get 1,300-plus in '89 after 1,414 as junior. Workhorse who turned corner better than anyone.

5. Larry Johnson (1999-02): 2,953 yards -- Got 2,087 of them (7.7 per crack) as a senior, his only season as a full-time starter. Rare combination of speed and power but mediocre offense allowed better defenses to stop him.

6. D.J. Dozier (1983-86): 3,227 yards -- Burst on scene as true freshman to have 1,000 yards, but that was his only four-digit season. Shifty but also injury prone.

7. Matt Suhey (1976-79): 2,818 yards -- Tailback in a fullback's body went onto great NFL career. And he was in on third down at the goal line vs. Alabama. Go to the videotape.

8. Tony Hunt (2003-06): 3,320 yards -- Not flashy, but took what the defenses gave, finished runs as well as anyone and wound up No. 2 in yards. Caught between a tailback and a fullback and didn't last in the NFL.

9. Evan Royster (2007-present): 2,918 yards -- Excellent vision and feet and a good receiver, too. Will likely break all-time rushing record, but that's deceiving because he'll have played more games.

10. Jonathan Williams (1980-83): 2,042 yards -- May be the most underrated back in PSU history, having shared the same backfield as both Warner and Dozier.

SteelCityMan786
07-13-2010, 01:59 PM
Oakman will play football, hoops
July 11, 2010 - By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com

Penn State football recruit Jordan Kerner is a legitimate 6 feet, 5 inches tall, so it takes a lot to impress him.

Shawn Oakman has what it takes.

"He's really tall,'' Kerner, who met Oakman while in University Park for a football camp a little less than two weeks ago, said with a tinge of awe in his voice.

The 6-8, 250-pound Oakman verbally committed to the Nittany Lions on July 1. However, it looks like what is good for Joe Paterno is good for Ed DeChellis, too, as Oakman, also a Division I basketball prospect who has helped Penn Wood High School to two consecutive PIAA championship games, plans to play both sports for Penn State.

"They [the Penn State football coaches] encouraged it. They fully support it,'' Oakman said in a phone interview from a team camp at Albright College in Reading. "So, that will be good.''

Oakman had basketball scholarship offers from LaSalle, St. Joseph's and Rice in addition to Penn State. However, Oakman had even more offers for football - the 17 sacks he registered from his defensive end position last fall had caught the attention of the likes of former NFL head coaches Dave Wannstedt of Pitt and Steve Spurrier of South Carolina, who probably see Oakman as the second coming of Ed "Two Tall'' Jones, potentially.

Temple, UConn, Rice and North Carolina State were also part of a group Oakman said was "eight or nine'' football programs that extended him a scholarship offer. He eventually picked the Nittany Lions over Pitt and Temple.

"Basically, I had a strong feeling for [Nittany Lion defensive line coach] Larry Johnson,'' Oakman, who was offered by the Lions in January, said of his reason for choosing Penn State. "I thought he could push me to be the best in the best kind of way.''

At the time Oakman committed, with Penn State's recruiting stuck in a lull, some thought Pitt has pulled in the lead to land him. Oakman, though, said he wasn't pressured by Penn State to commit when he did.

"Committing early was totally my decision,'' said Oakman, Rivals.com's 244th-ranked prospect in the class of 2011. "I didn't want to worry about making a decision once school started.''

Oakman has good speed for his size - he's been timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.81 seconds - but acknowledges his has to refine his technique. That's not surprising, considering he's still something of a novice where football's concerned.

"I started playing football in ninth grade. I always liked watching football, but I didn't play,'' Oakman, a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles who enjoyed following Jevon Kearse growing up, said. "My first love was playing basketball.''

Oakman has been to University Park twice for football - once for a camp and once on an unofficial visit. He's made just as many trips for basketball, getting to perform at the Bryce Jordan Center in the PIAA Class AAAA finals the last two years.

His Patriots won during his sophomore season but fell to Plymouth-Whitemarsh this year. Oakman is already scheduling a return trip.

"Most definitely. We're going to try to win another state title,'' Oakman said.

Carter in charge

The Nittany Lions coaches think they got their tight end of the future in Delaware's Kyle Carter, but what they may not have realized is they also got a recruiter for the present.

Since committing to Penn State in late May, Carter has turned the tables on the recruiting process. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound New Castle William Penn rising senior has been working the social networking lines to try to convince some of the top prospects in the Northeast to join him in Penn State's 2011 recruiting class.

"I really do [think it's my responsibility],'' Carter said. "I know with Penn State that I want to have a lot of good players around me. After I committed, it took about a month until we got our second commitment. People were starting to get worried. I wanted to do anything I could to help.

"So, I read [Internet] articles. I started hitting up kids on Facebook.''

Kerner and Oakman are two new friends Carter has helped to draw in. He's been in touch with highly-rated New Jersey running back Savon Huggins, New Jersey receiver Miles Shuler and East Stroudsburg South defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett and just made contact with Angelo Mangiro, a blue-chip offensive lineman from New Jersey who is expected to announce his college choice later this month.

He's also been trying to reach New Jersey receiver Dameire Byrd.

"With Savon, I just talked to him,'' Carter said. "He still likes Penn State, but they haven't been showing him much love. I said, 'Well, then, I'll be your recruiter.' I show him Evan Royster and tell him how he could fit into that offense.''

Carter wasn't just making cold calls to these players. He got acquainted with many of them on the camp circuit over the last couple of years.

"They became familiar faces,'' Carter said.

Carter didn't want to take full credit for the idea of recruiting future teammates. He said he was following the lead of his cousin, New Jersey linebacker Quinton Alston, who has committed to Pitt.

"His mother and my mother are very close,'' Carter said. "His mother told me, 'You have to start recruiting like Quinton. You just can't recruit anyone who's looking at Pitt.'''

Carter himself hasn't gotten quite the hype as players like Huggins, Byrd, Shuler or Mangiro yet. Penn State was the first BCS-level college to offer him a scholarship; before the Lions, his only scholarship offers were from Bucknell and Delaware.

He jumped at the Lions' offer.

"Penn State was my childhood favorite. It was between Rutgers and Penn State,'' Carter, who camped at Penn State as a freshman, said. "I called all the other schools that were recruiting me to let them know I was solid to Penn State. UConn, Boston College, Rutgers, North Carolina State, Temple and Virginia were in contact with me. I was about to start to set up camp visits with them when Penn State offered.''

Carter was the most valuable player among the receivers and tight ends at the Ultimate 100 East combine this spring. He said the Penn State coaches have told him they visualize his upside as something similar to former Lion tight end Andrew Quarless because of his blocking ability and potential to develop into a receiving threat.

If that turns out to be the case, Penn State will have gotten a real steal. Carter said his high school receiving numbers have been deceiving because Penn hasn't thrown much.

"Everytime they threw the ball, I had to catch it,'' Carter said. "This year, we might be doing more passing. We've been looking pretty good in seven-on-sevens.''

Jarrett narrows list

Jarrett made news last week by trimming his list to nine schools. He expects to whittle that down again in another month.

Jarrett was once considered to be a heavy Penn State lean, but he didn't receive a scholarship offer until recently, which might have allowed other schools to play catch up.

"Kyshoen really likes Penn State, but I think he wants to take his official visits,'' Carter said.

Secondary appeared to be a point of emphasis for the Lions in 2011. Most recruiting analysts expected Penn State to try to bring in four defensive backs in a class expected to number around 16.

In addition to Jarrett, the Lions seem to be in the best shape with North Carolina cornerback Dominique Noble, Virginia corner Demetrious Nicholson and Virginia safety Michael Cole. Cole might make a decision in the near future.

Ohio's Doran Grant and Pottsgrove's Terrell Chestnut are still in the picture, as well. Meanwhile, Massachusetts cornerback Albert Louis-Jean was on campus recently, although he told reporters he was just visiting Penn State with friends and was still committed to Miami.

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/540319/Oakman-will-play-football--hoops.html?nav=5017

I wonder how Eddie will use him this year with the basketball team

SteelCityMan786
07-16-2010, 08:14 PM
The Lion’s princess:
Infant daughter changes Still’s perspective
July 16, 2010 - By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Devon Still is a mountain of a man at 6-foot-5, 294 pounds, and there aren't too many things that affect him.

"I'm not an emotional dude," the Penn State defensive tackle said.

Even a gigantic guy like that, however, can't help but get all mushy when he sees the birth of his child.

Still experienced that life-altering event nine weeks ago.

"It was beautiful," he said when describing the moment during last week's Lift for Life.

"To see my girlfriend actually like pushing another human out, it blows your mind. When you hear that first cry, it's real crazy."

Still named his little girl Lehsari, and she came in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measuring 23 inches.

"She's way bigger than that now," he said.

Still has been working with his Nittany Lion teammates all summer to prepare for the upcoming season. While most of them go home to various things that are going on in their lives, Still can't wait to get home and see his pride and joy.

"When you're out all day, I feel like I haven't seen my daughter all day," he said. "So to see that face and she gives me that smile, it just feels real good to see her."

Other things, of course, aren't so good. Like the diaper duty.

"It's cute when she's a little baby," Still said. "But now she's getting big, and like, it's starting to like get bigger. It's crazy. I don't like doing it now, so I let my girlfriend do most of the changing of diapers because it's just too much for me to look at."

Like with any new parents, finding time to rest can be an issue. Still and his girlfriend have been able to work out a system so far.

"My girlfriend works all day," he said, "so when I get home from classes I like to watch my daughter so my girlfriend can get her rest."

It would seem to be much more difficult taking care of a child during the football season, but Still believes it will be even easier then.

He's currently taking an intensive Spanish class that runs from 12:25 to 5 p.m., plus he has tutoring from 10 a.m. to noon and conditioning later in the evening.

When the football season rolls around, Still said he actually will have more time to spend with his daughter.

"Right now my schedule's harder than it is in the fall," he noted.

There have been several other fathers on the Penn State football team in recent years - such as Navorro Bowman and Jerome Hayes - but Still said the players don't really discuss daddy issues too much.

His teammates have always been helpful, however, whenever he needs anything.

"They've really been taking a role, everybody being a godparent," Still said.

Running back Stephfon Green has been especially helpful.

"The person that's really stepped up the most has probably been Stephfon because me and him have been close since freshman year," Still said. "Whenever I need a babysitter, he's right there for me. He just loves watching her, so he's a real big help. ... He loves kids, so I know he'll do a good job taking care of her."

Green even takes his turn changing diapers, with Still noting, "He does everything."

"Most of the help I get is from my parents," Still said. "They give me advice on what I should do and what I shouldn't do."

Still has a chance to enjoy a breakout season this fall. The redshirt junior has battled injuries throughout his career - tearing an ACL as a freshman and breaking an ankle during preseason camp the following year - but when healthy he's considered a big impact player.

Former Penn State All-American Jared Odrick is one of many people predicting big things for Still.

"You should expect a great year from things that I'm hearing about his workouts here," Odrick said at Lift for Life. "He's always been a hard worker. ... He has a lot of potential, and I think given the opportunity, he'll prove himself."

Still said he suspected his injuries might slow him down, but he's been able to bounce back each time and return to form.

"After the second one, I probably had a little bit of doubt," he said about being able to come back. "I was frustrated for a while being injured so much, but I never really had that thought of giving up football."

He's not only back to 100 percent physically, he also has a different mindset about the game as he understands better than most how quickly football can be taken away.

"Going through something that hard, when you finally get back, you don't take nothing for granted," Still said. "You're out on that field, you want to take advantage of every second you're out there because any play it can be over like it was before."

SteelCityMan786
07-19-2010, 12:08 AM
Lions' pride: High praise sent out to Wisniewski by NFL star uncle
July 18, 2010 - By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Stefen Wisniewski is better right now than his All-American uncle Steve was while at Penn State in the late 1980s.

That's one person's opinion, and it comes straight from the person who would know best.

"I'll be the first to say Stefen's a better football player than I was at this point in his career," Steve Wisniewski said.

That is remarkably high praise given that Steve was a two-time All-American, eight-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1990s as a guard.

"He's a phenomenal football player," Steve Wisniewski said of his nephew, who will be a senior this season. "I've told everybody who will listen that Stefen is a better football player - regardless of the All-America thing - and he's further developed than I was."

Stefen Wisniewski has seen his name appear on numerous preseason All-America lists this summer. He's moving back from center, where he played last year, to his more natural position of right guard, where he started in 2008.

"I've always been trying to be the best player in the country," Wisniewski said. "So seeing myself named [All-American], I think it's a cool honor. But I realize that preseason honors don't mean too much, and it just means that I have to work that hard to try to keep myself up there."

If he can, he'll be able to match some of the family bragging rights that his uncle enjoyed in 1987 and '88.

"It's definitely been my goal since I've been here to be a first-team All-American," Wisniewski said. "I walk by my uncle every day. He's on the All-American wall here and in our complex, and I've always wanted to join him.

"I haven't made it yet, but I'm in position where I can do that if I play at my best all year and have a great year."

The mutual respect between uncle and nephew is clearly evident.

"I'm extremely proud of Stefen because anybody who knows him just knows what a special young man he is," Steve Wisniewski said. "He's one of the nicest kids you're ever going to meet."

Stefen, in turn, knows how great of a football player his uncle was and has a goal of trying to match him on the field.

"He knows he's better than me anyway," Stefen said when asked if his uncle gives him a hard time about the All-America issue. "He's a two-time All-American, and I can't match that.

"But I always joke with him that one area I'm passing him is Academic All-American. I got that twice and am trying to do it a third time. So that's one area I can beat him. But I certainly can't beat him in All-Americans."

Stefen is one of many legacy players to play for Penn State during the Joe Paterno era. His father, Leo, was a nose tackle from 1978-81, and a few years later Steve came along.

Uncle Steve, a member of PSU's 1986 national championship team, said his nephew reminds him of one of the great guards to ever play the game.

"He reminds me very much of Hall of Fame guard Mike Munchak, who I believe was the best guard ever to play at Penn State," Steve Wisniewski said.

"He reminds me of Mike because Mike always made it look easy. He was always in good position. He almost looked bored sometimes playing the game because things just looked so easy for him."

Comparing his nephew to himself during college, Steve said Stefen is "a better technician. He doesn't get out of position, he doesn't flail around like I did."

The youngest Wisniewski is looking forward to returning to guard this season. He more than held his own at center last year and earned all-conference recognition, but he clearly has a position preference.

"I'm a little bit more comfortable at guard," he said. "I like the ability to use both hands. That's pretty cool when you're blocking, not having to start with your hand between your legs."

He also likes "having a little bit more space and area to maneuver" at guard, as opposed to a defender being right in his face immediately after he snapped the ball at center.

Wisniewski did what the team needed him to do by switching spots last year, and showing that kind of versatility is something that could pay off for him in the pros.

"An NFL team that's looking at me would be able to look at film of me playing center and playing guard," he said. "I think that will definitely help me."

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/540501/Lions--pride--High-praise-sent-out-to-Wisniewski-by-NFL-star-uncle.html?nav=5017

SteelCityMan786
07-21-2010, 06:03 PM
Welcome to the Schedule Navy.

Penn State adds Navy to 2012 schedule
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
By Michael Sanserino, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State will add an old rival to its football schedule when the Nittany Lions play host to Navy in 2012, the school announced Wednesday.

Penn State and Navy first played one another in 1894 and have gone head-to-head 37 times, but they have not met since 1974.

The teams will play Sept. 15, 2012 in Beaver Stadium, but there is no return trip scheduled.

Temple, an opponent originally scheduled to play Penn State at home that date, will visit Beaver Stadium Sept. 22. That same season, Penn State will hit the road to play Virginia Sept. 8.

Penn State owns a 18-17-2 edge over the Midshipmen and a 7-3 advantage on home turf.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10202/1074346-100.stm

SteelCityMan786
07-22-2010, 07:44 PM
Anyone looking to buy single game PSU tickets can do so starting Monday at 10.

SteelCityMan786
07-25-2010, 03:12 PM
I remember watching this game. I tell you that was probably one of the most horrific moments I ever watched. To see him lead the team out onto the field against Miami on Opening Day the next year to open up the newly expanded Beaver Stadium was VERY heartwarming. He sure gave Penn State Football a great comeback story.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/college/s_691250.html

Story on Adam Taliaferro

SteelCityMan786
07-30-2010, 11:02 PM
At first glance: Nittany Lion QB, LB starters still up in air
July 29, 2010 - By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Penn State's preseason depth chart, which is included in the just-released media guide, clarifies some lingering questions and has few surprises as the team prepares to start camp next week.

Kevin Newsome and Matt McGloin are listed as co-first teamers at quarterback, as expected, and no decision on the starter is likely to come until a week or so before the Sept. 4 opener against Youngstown State.

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/540816/At-first-glance--Nittany-Lion-QB--LB-starters-still-up-in-air.html?nav=5017

SteelCityMan786
08-01-2010, 01:20 PM
Rochester receiver Moye key if Nittany Lions' passing attack is to take wing
Sunday, August 01, 2010
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Tailback Evan Royster likely will be the centerpiece of Penn State's offense this season, but do not count out wide receiver Derek Moye.

He does not possess the same lofty credentials as Royster, but Moye is expected to star in the passing game as the Nittany Lions break in a new, untested quarterback.

"Derek has a chance to be something special," said quarterback Kevin Newsome, who is competing with Matt McGloin for the starting job. "He's very talented."

Moye, a redshirt junior from Rochester High School, enjoyed a breakout season last year, his first as a starter.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10213/1076878-143.stm#ixzz0vNMVX2aL

kmsteelerwr15
08-01-2010, 03:22 PM
I am really excited to see what Moye can do this year. I think he will help Newsome or McGloin grow as QB's

SteelCityMan786
08-01-2010, 04:50 PM
I am really excited to see what Moye can do this year. I think he will help Newsome or McGloin grow as QB's

Him along with Chaz Powell. This team is pretty much set everywhere. If the QB play can be solid and everyone else can do their jobs, this could be a special year for Penn State. The Big 3 Games that will probably make or break their chances at playing in a BCS Game (Let alone BCS Title Game), will be Alabama, Iowa, and Ohio State(not necessarily in that order).

SteelMember
08-04-2010, 08:19 AM
Penn State's quarterback spot still undecided (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10216/1077424-143.stm)


Two inexperienced players in search of their first college starts, sophomore Kevin Newsome and redshirt sophomore Matt McGloin, are vying to replace Daryll Clark, a two-year starter and the Big Ten Conference's co-MVP last season.

"Both guys are really pretty similar, but Newsome is a little bit more of a running threat." - Stefen Wisniewski

Newsome (6 feet 2, 221 pounds) holds a slight edge over McGloin (6-1, 206) in the quarterback competition despite limited playing time. As Clark's backup last season, Newsome completed 8 of 11 passes for 66 yards and also ran 20 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns. McGloin, a former walk-on, appeared in three games as the No. 3 quarterback and threw two incompletions.

Paterno was asked if Jones or Bolden had any shot at competing for the starting job or had any chance of seeing playing time this season.

"That's tough for me to answer," he said. "We're going to play the best guys. I don't know who the best ones are yet."



Classic line by JoPa to wrap up the article.

SteelCityMan786
08-05-2010, 06:42 PM
I'd rather they take their time to evaluate who is going to start. No reason to rush their decision.

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2010, 12:23 PM
Paterno says he's fit for season
Monday, August 02, 2010
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CHICAGO -- Penn State coach Joe Paterno said today that the intestinal problems that slowed him for more than two months were "nothing very serious."

"I feel really good," the 83-year-old Paterno told reporters at the Big Ten Conference's annual media days. "As long as I enjoy it, I'll continue to coach unless I don't think I can do a good job or unless somebody else doesn't think I can do a good job.

"Right now, I have no plans whatsoever about going another one year, two years, five years, whatever."

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10214/1077114-100.stm#ixzz0w23uEBZi

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2010, 12:24 PM
Big Ten Notebook: Championship game expected next season
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CHICAGO -- Big Ten Conference commissioner Jim Delany said Monday he expects the league to hold a championship game next season when Nebraska comes aboard.

He said divisional realignment would be determined in the next 30-45 days, with two six-team divisions.

Delany added that the Big Ten would not change its name despite having 12 teams.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10215/1077196-143.stm#ixzz0w244gPMT

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2010, 12:25 PM
Big Ten Notebook: Players thrilled to have title game
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CHICAGO -- Penn State cornerback D'Anton Lynn is excited about the prospects of the Big Ten implementing a championship game in December 2011.

"It's really cool," Lynn said Tuesday before the Big Ten kickoff luncheon. "Next year will be my senior year, and it will be the first year of the Big Ten championship game. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to play Nebraska, too.

"I'm real pumped up about a championship game. None of us like that long gap after our last [regular-season] game until the bowl game. We've been at home watching two weeks of football the last couple of years, and no one really likes that."

Senior guard Stefen Wisniewski from Central Catholic High School likely will be playing in the NFL next season, but he said a title game is long overdue.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10216/1077425-143.stm#ixzz0w24Pio59

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2010, 12:27 PM
Penn State's quarterback spot still undecided
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CHICAGO -- Penn State guard Stefen Wisniewski is not much different than the average Nittany Lions fan.

His biggest worry entering the start of preseason practice Thursday is the unsettled quarterback position.

Two inexperienced players in search of their first college starts, sophomore Kevin Newsome and redshirt sophomore Matt McGloin, are vying to replace Daryll Clark, a two-year starter and the Big Ten Conference's co-MVP last season.

"Definitely, quarterback is my biggest concern," Wisniewski said Tuesday before the Big Ten kickoff luncheon. "I guess it's not so much a concern as it is an unknown as to who it's going to be.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10216/1077424-143.stm#ixzz0w24hoNVO

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2010, 12:27 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10217/1077981-100.stm

Big Ten Title Game to Indy

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2010, 12:28 PM
Pitt, Penn State, WVU ranked in coaches poll
Friday, August 06, 2010
By Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The USA Today coaches preseason poll was unveiled this morning and all three local Division I teams are ranked.

Penn State is No. 14, Pitt No. 15 and West Virginia is tied for 24th.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10218/1078184-100.stm#ixzz0w25AUNaj

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2010, 12:29 PM
Penn State's Still hoping to replace All-American Odrick
Friday, August 06, 2010
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Devon Still is hard to miss as he cruises across Penn State's campus on his 49cc scooter.

Still, 6 feet 5 and 304 pounds, said the bike reaches speeds of 50 mph, yet he doesn't wear a helmet.

"Me being so big, I know it's a sight to behold seeing me on the scooter," Still said, laughing. "I like to ride it to practice. And I have left a few of my teammates ride it. It's a good conversation piece."

When the Nittany Lions opened practice Thursday, plenty of eyes were focused on Still.

He is the guy attempting to replace All-American defensive tackle Jared Odrick, who was the Big Ten Conference's defensive player of the year last season and a first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10218/1078092-143.stm#ixzz0w25TdAcg

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2010, 12:30 PM
Penn State: Lions speedy backup RB becomes keen student of game
Sunday, August 08, 2010
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Stephfon Green is one of the fastest players on Penn State's roster, but there is not very much wiggle room in the Nittany Lions' backfield.

He is the backup tailback behind Evan Royster, who is bidding for his third consecutive 1,000-yard season and is 481 yards shy of breaking Curt Warner's career rushing record.

Green also is coming off what he called a "below average" season last year, in which he gained just 319 yards.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound redshirt junior believes he needs to become more consistent in order to get more carries.

"That's been the frustration since I got up here," Green said. "It's about me being consistent. I'm just trying to contribute to this team in any way, shape or form.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10220/1078341-143.stm#ixzz0w25oZHL3

SteelCityMan786
08-09-2010, 03:12 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/541151/Lining-up-with-the-Lions---Special-teams.html?nav=5017

Lining up the Lions-Special Teams

SteelCityMan786
08-09-2010, 03:13 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/541188/Lining-up-with-the-Lions---Linebackers.html?nav=5017

Lining up the Linebackers

SteelCityMan786
08-09-2010, 06:25 PM
Joe Paterno Nominated for Presidential Medal of Freedom
Rep. Glenn Thompson Nominates Hall of Fame Coach for nation's highest civilian award

Aug. 9, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; - Penn State's Joe Paterno has been nominated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. The nomination was made by U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson (R-PA, 5th), who sent President Barack Obama a letter with 17 additional signatures asking that Paterno be rewarded for his efforts serving his team, school and community.

The award recognizes individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

"The Medal of Freedom has always stood for those who make a contribution to making our nation a better place to live," said Thompson, in a news release. "I believe Joe Paterno represents an ideal of what student and college athletics should be."

In his letter to Obama, Thompson stated, "Rarely has the award been made to someone who has personified sportsmanship on the field of play and academic achievement in the classroom. It is our hope, that this year the Medal of Freedom does just that by honoring Joe Paterno for his contribution to the coaching of football, his commitment to the academic integrity of the young men under his charge, and his deep dedication to education in general."

Additionally in the letter, Thompson listed off many of Paterno's accomplishments including his 394 wins, more than any coach in the history of Division I football. He also stated that Paterno's program has never been on probation and that his players stay in school and graduate. The letter also mentioned that Paterno supports the Pennsylvania Special Olympics, his fundraising and donations to libraries and need-based scholarships for Pennsylvanians.

http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/080910aaa.html

psusteelerspens4life
08-09-2010, 09:08 PM
Good reads the season can't start soon enough!!

SteelCityMan786
08-10-2010, 01:13 PM
http://post-gazette.com/pg/10222/1078989-100.stm

Drake suffers broken leg.

Last Month was also reported to have been in a fight at a McDonald's on East College Ave. State College Police blew it out of proportions to some degree. Some have said what was going on was just some friendly back and forth joking between him and PSU Freshman Taran Buie.

psusteelerspens4life
08-10-2010, 02:44 PM
It seems we have been having bad luck with some key players getting hurt the past few years, Sean Lee with his knee out for the season, Mike Mauti Knee, now Drake atleast it is a broken leg and he can still play this year.

SteelCityMan786
08-10-2010, 03:02 PM
It seems we have been having bad luck with some key players getting hurt the past few years, Sean Lee with his knee out for the season, Mike Mauti Knee, now Drake atleast it is a broken leg and he can still play this year.

It will be interesting to see how he recovers from that injury. I don't want them to rush him. If he has to take a medical redshirt, then fine. I'd rather he do that then risk his carrier and have a life changing injury.

SteelMember
08-11-2010, 09:32 AM
Penn State: Former walk-on McGloin believes he can win starting quarterback job

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/images/201008/mcgloin0811_330.jpg


Matt McGloin believes he is a legitimate contender for Penn State's starting quarterback job.

But the former walk-on knows there are plenty of skeptics who don't think he will overtake Kevin Newsome, who held a slight edge in the competition entering the start of preseason practice six days ago.

"Because I am a former walk-on, people assume I can't get the job done," McGloin said. "It just makes me work harder and use that as motivation. That's where I am right now. ... I wouldn't consider [Newsome] having the lead over me.

"Each day, you're fighting to gain that respect. I think so far I've gotten it from my teammates and the coaches. Right now, I'm just trying to work on getting it from the fans."


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10223/1079087-143.stm

SteelCityMan786
08-11-2010, 12:45 PM
I like that attitude out of McGloin. Although I believe that Newsome will get the starting job over him seeing that he is the QB of the future right now unless Jones and Bolden basically show that they should be played earlier then some would expect. McGloin will likely need to pull a Devlin if he's going to get a starting job.

SteelMember
08-11-2010, 01:10 PM
I like that attitude out of McGloin. Although I believe that Newsome will get the starting job over him seeing that he is the QB of the future right now unless Jones and Bolden basically show that they should be played earlier then some would expect. McGloin will likely need to pull a Devlin if he's going to get a starting job.

I don't doubt that, but you gotta like the kids fire.

And who don't like an "underdog" story. :chuckle:

SteelCityMan786
08-11-2010, 01:30 PM
I don't doubt that, but you gotta like the kids fire.

And who don't like an "underdog" story. :chuckle:

I hear the 1986 Penn State Football team knows a lot about that. Right Miami Hurricanes Fans :heh:

SteelCityMan786
08-11-2010, 02:07 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/541238/Lining-up-with-the-Lions---Receivers.html?nav=5017

Receivers

SteelCityMan786
08-13-2010, 04:24 PM
Penn State continues to search for starter at QB
By Jerry DiPaola, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, August 13, 2010

Penn State entered training camp with four inexperienced quarterbacks, and coach Joe Paterno said Thursday he will take advantage of an NCAA regulation that allows extended time for practices.

College teams are permitted no more than 29 practice days, but they now have four additional calendar days to schedule them.

"I told the coaches when we started practice, we have to use the extra days," Paterno said. "We never practiced the 29 days (in previous seasons). It was always 26 or 27. This year, we are going to take the 29. We are using the extra time to evaluate people."

Redshirt junior Matt McGloin, a West Scranton High School graduate, and sophomore Kevin Newsome of Portsmouth, Va., are equals at the top of the coaches' depth chart. The others are freshman Paul Jones of Sto-Rox and redshirt junior Shane McGregor.

Total collegiate pass attempts among the group: 13.

Paterno said his coaches will try to put the players in situations "where they have to make something happen."

http://pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_694728.html

SteelCityMan786
08-13-2010, 04:26 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/541274/Lining-up-with-the-Lions---Secondary.html?nav=5017

Secondary

SteelCityMan786
08-13-2010, 04:26 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/541309/Lining-up-with-the-Lions---Defensive-line.html?nav=5017

D-Line

SteelCityMan786
08-13-2010, 04:27 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/541305/Ready-for-some-football--Paterno-talking-shop--not-health.html?nav=5017

Ready for some football: Paterno talking shop, not health
August 13, 2010 - By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK - It was classic JoePa, a statement showing his wit remains despite lingering health concerns.

"I have one request," Joe Paterno said Thursday at Penn State's media day. "Please don't ask me if I'm going to die tomorrow."

More than 100 statewide media members - most of whom haven't seen Paterno all summer because of his intestinal problems - erupted with laughter.

"Believe me," JoePa said, "I've got a few more days left."

Then he made it clear he didn't want a repeat of what took place in Chicago during Big Ten media days, when at least 80 percent of the questions centered around his health. The first one he faced there had to do with whether or not he would coach until the day he died.

Thursday's media session was much different.

SteelCityMan786
08-13-2010, 04:28 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/541306/Freshman-QB-101--Zack-Mills-describes-difficult-transition-process-from-high-school-to-college.html?nav=5017

Commentary on QB Zach Mills

SteelCityMan786
08-13-2010, 04:32 PM
http://www.centredaily.com/2010/08/13/2149431/paterno-squelches-health-questions.html

Paterno on his health

psusteelerspens4life
09-01-2010, 10:57 PM
I just read that Robert Bolden was named the starting QB for saturday.

SteelCityMan786
09-01-2010, 11:37 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/541875.html

Bolden is starting and word about the 2011-2012 Big Ten Situation.

SteelMember
09-02-2010, 11:48 AM
I just read that Robert Bolden was named the starting QB for saturday.

Yep. SCM posted an article, but here's what it said today in the Trib...

PSU freshman wins QB job

Robert Bolden will start Penn State's season-opener Saturday against Youngstown State, becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start a game for the Nittany Lions since Wally Richardson vs. Temple on Sept. 12, 1992.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_697526.html


So what do you guys think of the new divisions?

SteelCityMan786
09-02-2010, 12:46 PM
Yep. SCM posted an article, but here's what it said today in the Trib...

PSU freshman wins QB job

Robert Bolden will start Penn State's season-opener Saturday against Youngstown State, becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start a game for the Nittany Lions since Wally Richardson vs. Temple on Sept. 12, 1992.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_697526.html


So what do you guys think of the new divisions?

Posted to verify that he was indeed correct.

Personally I like it. Just shocked about OSU and Michigan

psusteelerspens4life
09-02-2010, 08:24 PM
I like the divisions as well, and we get to play Nebraska every year that will be a great rivalry I can see already. Next year at the end of the year is going to be a tough one with playing Neb, OSU, and Wisky def gonna show what we are made of.

psusteelerspens4life
09-02-2010, 08:26 PM
I'm sure we will see all three QB's on saturday. Bolden will really see some action at Bama and see what he is really made of.

Polamalu Princess
09-04-2010, 12:06 PM
Let's go Penn State!!!

Carolina Steelers
09-04-2010, 12:31 PM
I know its early but 7-3 Youngstown St. 80 yd catch and run.

Polamalu Princess
09-04-2010, 12:33 PM
I know its early but 7-3 Youngstown St. 80 yd catch and run.
That play put my gut into a tail spin.

Carolina Steelers
09-04-2010, 12:40 PM
That would have been good from 50 nice kick. But 2 FG's UHH need TD's

Wallace108
09-04-2010, 12:46 PM
WOW ... My Penguins are doing a lot better than I expected. I figured they MIGHT get a FG or two.

Polamalu Princess
09-04-2010, 12:52 PM
Wow - PSU did not need to give that ball up.

Polamalu Princess
09-04-2010, 01:05 PM
PSU takes the lead!!!!

Carolina Steelers
09-04-2010, 01:10 PM
Is it just me but everytime you turn around the Youngstown St. coaches are in some players face yelling?

Polamalu Princess
09-04-2010, 01:14 PM
Is it just me but everytime you turn around the Youngstown St. coaches are in some players face yelling?

No, I noticed that too.

Wallace108
09-04-2010, 01:24 PM
Is it just me but everytime you turn around the Youngstown St. coaches are in some players face yelling?

Wolford is definitely intense. He's a good, young coach. It's his first year and he brought in his kind of coaches.

Polamalu Princess
09-04-2010, 01:43 PM
What a great run.

Carolina Steelers
09-04-2010, 01:44 PM
Yea that was exciting!!

Carolina Steelers
09-04-2010, 01:45 PM
Penn State is going to need some of that when they play Alabama next week.

Polamalu Princess
09-04-2010, 01:47 PM
Penn State is going to need some of that when they play Alabama next week.

You are not kidding. Just think though, if they beat Alabama, what a BIG upset that would be.

Carolina Steelers
09-04-2010, 01:53 PM
Its going to be tough a true freshman in that enviroment, but if the defense comes to play and Royster can run down hill and a speacial team play, I know thats alot of if's but thats why they play the game. You never know

Polamalu Princess
09-04-2010, 02:23 PM
And PSU scores again!!!!

Polamalu Princess
09-04-2010, 02:46 PM
Great game to watch if you are a PSU fan!

kmsteelerwr15
09-04-2010, 02:51 PM
Great game to watch if you are a PSU fan!


Wish I could have.

Polamalu Princess
09-04-2010, 02:57 PM
44 - 14 final Penn Sate - Great game!

SteelCityMan786
09-04-2010, 04:43 PM
They certainly took their bumps and bruises today, but as far as I am concerned it was probably just first game jitters. Good Job by the Nittany Lions. However, play like they did in the first half, and it could get REALLL ugly next week.

psusteelerspens4life
09-04-2010, 05:41 PM
I hope we get our running game going, I know it was the season opener and all but it will be a long day for Bolden if we cant get anything going on the ground next week. Other than that I loved how sound our tackling was today. I think Bolden if he keeps it up will have a nice college career. He has that calm look back in the pocket.

SteelCityMan786
09-04-2010, 09:12 PM
That will be criticial. Silas Redd and Royster can make an excellent 1-2 Punch, but this O-Line MUST be able to block for them because that Bryant-Denny Stadium Crowd is BRUTAL and one thing Saban coached teams feed off of is Crowd Energy.

SteelMember
09-08-2010, 08:39 AM
However, play like they did in the first half, and it could get REALLL ugly next week.

Yes, it could, but I think it's gonna be one hell of a game either way. It's gonna be a task to take out the champs in their own backyard. I hear it's gonna be steamy humid too... at least it's an evening game.

Living in the SE, I would get no greater satisfaction than kicking some crimson hide. Their fans finally got to dig out their gump hats last year, and they haven't closed their yappers for 8 months.

If we can sneak a win here, it could give us tons of confidence right out of the gate. If we don't... at least it's early in the season.

SteelCityMan786
09-08-2010, 04:28 PM
Yes, it could, but I think it's gonna be one hell of a game either way. It's gonna be a task to take out the champs in their own backyard. I hear it's gonna be steamy humid too... at least it's an evening game.

Living in the SE, I would get no greater satisfaction than kicking some crimson hide. Their fans finally got to dig out their gump hats last year, and they haven't closed their yappers for 8 months.

If we can sneak a win here, it could give us tons of confidence right out of the gate. If we don't... at least it's early in the season.

One more reason why I have a good feeling that the trainers are stressing that the players keep hydrated this week. IT COULD BE CRUCIAL. This team is going to be bringing it's A Game.

Btw: Ingram is NOT likely to play which should help, but Trent Richardson isn't an easy SOB either.

Polamalu Princess
09-08-2010, 05:08 PM
I think that the game will be great. It will be a tough one, but I would love to see a big upset and see PSU really pull it out.

Godfather
09-11-2010, 08:37 AM
Come on Penn State...today's 9/11. Let's give $aban a REAL tragedy.

Godfather
09-11-2010, 08:37 AM
Rammer Jammer, Yellow Hammer, Get off your sister Alabammer!

Polamalu Princess
09-11-2010, 11:23 AM
I cannot wait for this game to start. Go PSU!!!

Godfather
09-11-2010, 04:05 PM
Some fine art for today's game:

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj258/godfatherLSU/smacktalk/PICT0305.jpg?t=1284035598

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 07:24 PM
Come on guys, COVER!

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 07:27 PM
Stupid Fundamental Relapse.

steeldevil
09-11-2010, 07:28 PM
I hope this is a good game... but I see a Bama blowout.

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 07:31 PM
Alright, I wonder how the O responds.

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 07:33 PM
Bolden needs to watch the clock

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 07:37 PM
Nice call with the Short Pass. You might as well find places where you can expose Bama.

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 07:40 PM
Powell was SHOVED! Where is the flag for Pass Interference?

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 07:44 PM
This D is playing like Pop Warners.

steeldevil
09-11-2010, 07:48 PM
Richardson is better than Ingram... Amazing... good luck tackling that mofo....

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 07:54 PM
Badyu is in my doghouse for poor coverage.

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 07:58 PM
GREAT JOB SHAWNEY KERSEY!!!!

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 08:03 PM
CHAZ POWELL YOU ARE AN ****ING IDIOT!!!

steeldevil
09-11-2010, 08:06 PM
They just got that call wrong.

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 08:07 PM
I thought it was Bama's ball? Oh well, I'll take it. After all, it could have been MUCH WORSE

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 09:10 PM
Rob Bolden, DON'T FORCE IT!

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 09:20 PM
CATCH THAT ZUG!!!!

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 09:44 PM
Come on guys. Even if there is no win, lets in the least get a score on the board.

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 09:48 PM
Bolden is forcing one too many passes.

SteelCityMan786
09-11-2010, 09:58 PM
At least Colin Wagner assures that we are not going to be shutout

Polamalu Princess
09-12-2010, 12:04 PM
What a painful game to watch! Let's hope next week is a lot better.

SteelMember
09-13-2010, 01:04 PM
What a painful game to watch! Let's hope next week is a lot better.

Yes, Let's.

Playing the champs is one thing, but shooting yourself in the foot 3x with turnovers in the redzone is a KILLER!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!

I can't even cry after that mess.

psusteelerspens4life
09-13-2010, 05:56 PM
We need to get the run game going now!! If we can't run its gonna be a long season in the Big Ten for us, I don't understand with Royster he can't keep his feet very well. He is tripping a lot and over his own feet, But it was a great learning experience for our team. And you know we held our own pretty well, but like Steel said when you shoot yourself thats all it takes against the # 1 team in the land. We just have to get back at it this week and get it goin!! WE ARE!!!

Polamalu Princess
09-18-2010, 12:25 PM
Let's go PSU!!! They are looking good the first quarter!

Polamalu Princess
09-18-2010, 03:06 PM
24 - 0 PSU!!!!

SteelCityMan786
09-18-2010, 04:42 PM
This team may have successfully beaten Kent State, but at the end of the day this team didn't exactly look all that smooth today during the second and third. The good news is, I don't mind the fact that they didn't blow them out. In fact, I think this will keep them grounded and desiring to get better.

SteelCityMan786
09-23-2010, 02:58 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/542583/A-true-inspiration--Taliaferro-s-comeback-from-injury-nothing-short-of-miraculous.html?nav=5017

Story on Adam Taliafero.

SteelMember
09-23-2010, 03:33 PM
This team may have successfully beaten Kent State, but at the end of the day this team didn't exactly look all that smooth today during the second and third. The good news is, I don't mind the fact that they didn't blow them out. In fact, I think this will keep them grounded and desiring to get better.

Great point. Even going to Temple this week should be a "W", but I hope they continue to work the bugs out and get better. They just need to use these games as stepping stones. The Big Ten schedule is right around the corner... starting on the road at Iowa.

SteelCityMan786
09-23-2010, 11:25 PM
Great point. Even going to Temple this week should be a "W", but I hope they continue to work the bugs out and get better. They just need to use these games as stepping stones. The Big Ten schedule is right around the corner... starting on the road at Iowa.

People may want to say this is an easy W, but Al Golden is quickly rebuilding this program. Although I still Penn State wins, people should not be overlooking Temple at all.

SteelMember
09-24-2010, 08:55 AM
I get the "any givin'... er, Saturday sentiment, and I'm sure Temple appreciates the "props", but this IS a game we should win. Even if they are one of the better teams in the MAC... this is not a basketball game.

If we can't beat these guys, our season's in trouble.

SteelCityMan786
09-24-2010, 09:03 AM
I will second you on this one. Yeah this is a game they should win, but again, I am not getting ahead of myself.

SteelMember
09-24-2010, 10:18 AM
You've always been very even tempered, SCM. That I do appreciate. :drink:

and yes, Temple has a solid football team. They are not the same team we have beaten 27 times in a row. There's even a nice representation of PSU guys over there. They have definitely come into their own as a program, but they are still Temple to us.

My point was that this, as we are all well aware of, is going to be a tough year. We're going to have some growing pains. We have a lot of talented, younger players... like Bolden for one, but we need to see improvement from every facet of our team. Our running game isn't anywhere near what it should be. Even though Royster is starting to come around, our O-line is struggling. Our TE's need some more development. Our defense hasn't played as stout as it has in the past, etc.

They need to build confidence every week. Games like this need to help the team because it's not going to get any easier down the road, and confidence can be a very fragile thing.

SteelCityMan786
09-24-2010, 12:03 PM
You've always been very even tempered, SCM. That I do appreciate. :drink:

and yes, Temple has a solid football team. They are not the same team we have beaten 27 times in a row. There's even a nice representation of PSU guys over there. They have definitely come into their own as a program, but they are still Temple to us.

My point was that this, as we are all well aware of, is going to be a tough year. We're going to have some growing pains. We have a lot of talented, younger players... like Bolden for one, but we need to see improvement from every facet of our team. Our running game isn't anywhere near what it should be. Even though Royster is starting to come around, our O-line is struggling. Our TE's need some more development. Our defense hasn't played as stout as it has in the past, etc.

They need to build confidence every week. Games like this need to help the team because it's not going to get any easier down the road, and confidence can be a very fragile thing.

Thanks, I don't know if it has to do with my inner ex-athlete learning how to respect my opponents, or what, but hey, I guess there is nothing wrong with that.

But yeah you are right, this is a game that can build a lot of confidence for this team for the remainder of the year. I didn't expect this team go unbeaten and win the National Championship, but I said something along the lines of 8-4 or 9-3 which still for a reloading team is very respectable. Bolden has been great so far and has a huge upside. I look forward to seeing how this team grows.

Polamalu Princess
09-25-2010, 02:21 PM
Ready for the game - go PSU!!!!

Polamalu Princess
09-25-2010, 06:43 PM
22-13 PSU! What a game.

SteelCityMan786
09-25-2010, 11:05 PM
They're going to have to figure out how to get into the endzone, a lot more then they did today if they're going to win against Iowa. You can NOT afford to give Kirk Ferentz any sort of confidence.

SteelMember
09-27-2010, 08:21 AM
All those field goals were eerily similar to another team... before Sunday. They certainly made it interesting, but as the game wore on, you could really see that our guys had more left in the tank and they finished it off on a high note. That TD meant more to the team than the 7 points it was credited with. Hopefully, that will carry over.

Royster was very good, but unfortunately we lost Lou Eliades,#77 for the remainder of the season.

http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/092610aab.html

SteelMember
09-28-2010, 12:46 PM
PSU duo make most of healthy season
By Matt Fortuna, FOR THE PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, September 28, 2010


There was defensive end Pete Massaro, the ball in his right hand, roaring next to linebacker Michael Mauti, defiantly crossing his arms and, in effect, crossing off Temple on the Nittany Lions' road to the Big Ten season.

It was a moment the two can appreciate more this year, each having missed the entire 2009 campaign with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee.

"We kind of give each other that look, like, you know what I mean?" Mauti said. "We went through hell coming back from that rehab, so it makes me really happy seeing him out there making plays. So we're always next to each other, pumping each other up."

That effect has been contagious, evidenced by the mob of teammates storming the pair following Saturday's final play, when Massaro rocked Temple quarterback Chester Stewart and dived on the loose football near the Penn State sideline, with Mauti right there behind him.


Read More (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_701553.html)

SteelCityMan786
09-28-2010, 02:50 PM
All those field goals were eerily similar to another team... before Sunday. They certainly made it interesting, but as the game wore on, you could really see that our guys had more left in the tank and they finished it off on a high note. That TD meant more to the team than the 7 points it was credited with. Hopefully, that will carry over.

Royster was very good, but unfortunately we lost Lou Eliades,#77 for the remainder of the season.

http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/092610aab.html

I am hoping they can get him a medical redshirt. He could valuable next year if they can get him one.

psusteelerspens4life
09-28-2010, 10:41 PM
I feel bad for Lou to have his season ended like that, it would be nice to get a medical redshirt for him.

SteelMember
09-29-2010, 08:10 AM
Well, last week the numbers were in our favor. This week... no so much.


Penn State has had a difficult time with Iowa in the past decade. The Nittany Lions are just 1-7 against the Hawkeyes since the 2000 season, and 0-3 on the road.


Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is 7-2 all-time against Penn State.

Read More (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10272/1091028-143.stm)

Hopefully we can buck the trend and come out with a BIG win on the road. I know I'm not gonna miss it!

Texasteel
09-29-2010, 08:35 PM
Well I ain't missin it. This will be a huge Iowa win.

SteelMember
09-30-2010, 08:06 AM
Well I ain't missin it. This will be a huge Iowa win.

Hey. Hey. Hey. :buttkick: :chuckle:

Your boys are pretty good, and you've had the upper hand lately, but don't think the Lions are just gonna lay down and belly up.

I think it'll be a hard fought game like last year... and the year before.

It's Priiiiime Tiiiiiiiime, baby! Anything goes.

HometownGal
10-01-2010, 07:41 AM
Well I ain't missin it. This will be a huge Iowa win.

Hey now! PSU is my alma mater and though Iowa is a very good team, Joe Pa will have our boys ready to rumble! :thumbsup:

Texasteel
10-01-2010, 08:08 AM
I alway look forward to this game. Penn. St. is a great team and unusually one of the first Big Ten teams we meet. I use this game to tell me just how good we are, win or loose This is going to be a great game no matter how it turns out.

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 01:04 PM
Hey now! PSU is my alma mater and though Iowa is a very good team, Joe Pa will have our boys ready to rumble! :thumbsup:

I shall echo that, just in my case it's as a Penn State Student.

This game will not be easy though. Iowa does present a tough challenge, one I do think Penn State will be up for. Out of the big 3 games, I think this is probably the one the Lions have their best shot at winning.

Polamalu Princess
10-02-2010, 08:01 PM
Let's go PSU!!!!

BPS3akaWirels3
10-02-2010, 08:07 PM
I am a huge PS fan but everytime we play Iowa I always want to jump up and yell "Go Black and Gold". I have no clue why...

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 08:15 PM
Better down 3 then 7 to start against Iowa.

kmsteelerwr15
10-02-2010, 08:16 PM
That was huge to hold them only to 3

43Hitman
10-02-2010, 08:19 PM
That was huge to hold them only to 3
It won't last haha. Go HAWKS!

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 08:22 PM
WHY RUN IT UP THE MIDDLE? That was just dumb.

43Hitman
10-02-2010, 08:22 PM
The Hawks will finish what they started last drive.

43Hitman
10-02-2010, 08:27 PM
That's always been his problem and is exactly why Stanzi won't be a starter in the NFL.

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 08:28 PM
Make up your mind Bolden!

43Hitman
10-02-2010, 08:29 PM
Stout defense though and a very good running game. Stanzi just can't throw that ball into coverage like that.

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 08:29 PM
I am fuming on the inside if I'm Sukay.

43Hitman
10-02-2010, 08:30 PM
Always good TE's coming out of Iowa.

43Hitman
10-02-2010, 08:35 PM
Wide open. How about some defense PS.

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 08:35 PM
Tom Bradley, PLEASE PULL D'ANTON LYNN he can not defend anyone worth a damn.

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 08:40 PM
This O-Line makes me want to puke.

BPS3akaWirels3
10-02-2010, 08:46 PM
Iowa has our number every year..

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 08:48 PM
Iowa has our number every year..

I was at the only game that was an exception. (2006)

kmsteelerwr15
10-02-2010, 08:49 PM
hey a first down...

BPS3akaWirels3
10-02-2010, 08:51 PM
I was at the only game that was an exception. (2006)

PM me your address.. I will buy and send next yrs tickets to you.. ;)

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 08:53 PM
PM me your address.. I will buy and send next yrs tickets to you.. ;)

haha I am student there now, but thanks for offering.

BPS3akaWirels3
10-02-2010, 08:56 PM
haha I am student there now, but thanks for offering.

That's right.. I forgot.. Why are you sitting in front of a computer on a Saturday night?? Go out and get stupid because this game will make you feel stupid later..

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 08:58 PM
That's right.. I forgot.. Why are you sitting in front of a computer on a Saturday night?? Go out and get stupid because this game will make you feel stupid later..

hahah, well what do you mean by stupid? I am just gonna enjoy my lions for now. Although I will not be in front of this computer on Oct. 30th. You know where I am going to be that day. haha.

BPS3akaWirels3
10-02-2010, 09:04 PM
hahah, well what do you mean by stupid? I am just gonna enjoy my lions for now. Although I will not be in front of this computer on Oct. 30th. You know where I am going to be that day. haha.

You got me on that one.. Where?

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 09:06 PM
You got me on that one.. Where?

A place I refer to as College Football heaven aka Beaver Stadium.

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 09:12 PM
This D drives me nuts sometimes.

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 09:23 PM
and Bolden makes me furious.

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 09:29 PM
This team is driving me crazy. At least they got on the board.

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 10:01 PM
DAMNIT! Come on guys, we can't piss these opportunities down our legs.

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 10:31 PM
Why is Stephon Morris on that field?

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 10:41 PM
This offense looks inept to the nth degree.

43Hitman
10-02-2010, 11:02 PM
Good game guys. Maybe next year will be your year.

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 11:04 PM
Good game guys. Maybe next year will be your year.

I can't say I'm surprised that they played this sloppy. The only good news that this wasn't a game they were supposed to win and they have an Illinois team who is probably even more emotionally drained after losing a toughie to OSU.

43Hitman
10-02-2010, 11:17 PM
I can't say I'm surprised that they played this sloppy. The only good news that this wasn't a game they were supposed to win and they have an Illinois team who is probably even more emotionally drained after losing a toughie to OSU.

The biggest thing I saw when I was able to watch was a lot of missed tackles and coverages by the safeties.

SteelCityMan786
10-02-2010, 11:33 PM
The biggest thing I saw when I was able to watch was a lot of missed tackles and coverages by the safeties.

That's how Ferentz kills teams. There is no way getting around it. That's what killed them against Bama to and Almost killed them against Temple.

Texasteel
10-03-2010, 08:00 AM
Actually I was impressed by Penn St. They had every chance to lay down and didn't. They have a nice YOUNG QB that could develop into very good leader. Both the Penn St. lines were just plainly over match and I think that caused most of the problems they were having. No one needs to be embarrassed by this Penn St team.

SteelMember
10-07-2010, 01:17 PM
Well, I guess enough time has passed... :cry02: I never "expected" a win, but a "game" would have been nice.


Actually I was impressed by Penn St. They had every chance to lay down and didn't. They have a nice YOUNG QB that could develop into very good leader. Both the Penn St. lines were just plainly over match and I think that caused most of the problems they were having. No one needs to be embarrassed by this Penn St team.

Thanks for the kind words Tex. We still have some growing to do. The redzone issues are eerily reminiscent of our Steelers last year in some ways (running the football). We will just look for you again next year...

...Until then it's the Illini.

Whataya think, Matt.
Are we gonna come outta the gate in this one? Seems like we have started flat in the last couple, and have to fight from behind.

Zook's calling it a "must win" for his team.

Texasteel
10-07-2010, 02:50 PM
We'll be here.

I'm looking forward to a Penn. St win. Illinois D is not Iowas D, and you do still have one of the best RBs in the nation, who I think may be a little embarrassed right now. You defense going to have to start playing early though, and not wait till it simply has to. I think you are plainly the better team.

Texasteel
10-10-2010, 08:05 AM
I'm very disappointed in this loss. I still think that Penn. St. is the better team, but the defense has just isn't playing well at times. Several times. I hope coach Joe can get them turned around by the end of the year.

SteelCityMan786
10-10-2010, 09:59 PM
The injuries aren't helping either. The Bye Week couldn't have come at a Better time.

SteelMember
10-12-2010, 08:14 AM
The injuries aren't helping either. The Bye Week couldn't have come at a Better time.

Exactly right. Our D is plagued with injuries. We're basically down to 2nd and 3rd stringers in most spots. We are just getting run over now. It's pretty embarrassing sometimes. That 4 and 1 at their own 30 defined how much respect our team deserves as of late. Arrgh.

All of that, and our offense still isn't clicking for an entire 60 minutes. A few good plays here and there, but no consistency. We need this bye... badly.

SteelCityMan786
10-12-2010, 12:46 PM
Exactly right. Our D is plagued with injuries. We're basically down to 2nd and 3rd stringers in most spots. We are just getting run over now. It's pretty embarrassing sometimes. That 4 and 1 at their own 30 defined how much respect our team deserves as of late. Arrgh.

All of that, and our offense still isn't clicking for an entire 60 minutes. A few good plays here and there, but no consistency. We need this bye... badly.


This team can NOT afford to take ANY team for granted. Minnesota, Indiana, and Northwestern probably look like there best 3 candidates to win against. Michigan and Michigan State right now look like Tossups. Ohio State will need to be a game they pull out of their butts. But again, crazy stuff has happened before in College Football. (Just ask WVU).

I still like this team to go 8-4(Which was the worst I predicted) although if they can't click after this week, it could be worse.

Polamalu Princess
10-23-2010, 12:19 PM
Let's go PSU - let's have a good game!!!

Texasteel
10-23-2010, 01:58 PM
Let's go PSU - let's have a good game!!!

Boys are looking pretty good right now.

SteelCityMan786
10-23-2010, 03:35 PM
All it takes is 1 to start a turnaround. Good work today for this team. Now just gotta find a way to build on it.

You hear that? It's Michigan Week.

Texasteel
10-23-2010, 08:24 PM
Don't talk to me right now. Iowa lost.

Texasteel
10-24-2010, 08:31 AM
OK, I'm better now.

Didn't see the Penn. St. game, but it sounds like the defense finally kept their heads in the game. Wish y'all the best for the rest of the year.

SteelCityMan786
10-24-2010, 12:29 PM
OK, I'm better now.

Didn't see the Penn. St. game, but it sounds like the defense finally kept their heads in the game. Wish y'all the best for the rest of the year.

I couldn't get to watch it because it was on ESPNU. I don't get why BTN didn't pick it up because if I am not mistaken, everyone has to play a game on the BTN at least once.

Texasteel
10-24-2010, 05:41 PM
I couldn't get to watch it because it was on ESPNU. I don't get why BTN didn't pick it up because if I am not mistaken, everyone has to play a game on the BTN at least once.

I don't know unless someone else bought the rights to it but didn't show it. Maybe they will show a replay of it. BTW, I love my BTN. Every Big 10 fan needs it.

SteelMember
10-27-2010, 11:36 AM
I couldn't get to watch it because it was on ESPNU. I don't get why BTN didn't pick it up because if I am not mistaken, everyone has to play a game on the BTN at least once.

Our game vs. Temple was on BTN here in Atlanta. I don't know if it's regional or nation wide though. :noidea:

SteelCityMan786
10-27-2010, 10:46 PM
I don't know unless someone else bought the rights to it but didn't show it. Maybe they will show a replay of it. BTW, I love my BTN. Every Big 10 fan needs it.


Our game vs. Temple was on BTN here in Atlanta. I don't know if it's regional or nation wide though. :noidea:

I think BTN is more nationwide. ESPNU is a digital tear station for my cable company.

SteelMember
11-04-2010, 08:21 AM
JoPa going for 400 wins this weekend vs. Northwestern.

That's quite a milestone. Only 2 others have accomplished it.

I hope they can get it done for coach this week... and keep it going after.

Polamalu Princess
11-06-2010, 01:59 PM
Let's go Penn State!!!!

SMR
11-06-2010, 02:50 PM
JoPa going for 400 wins this weekend vs. Northwestern.

That's quite a milestone. Only 2 others have accomplished it.

I hope they can get it done for coach this week... and keep it going after.

Who were the other two??

Godfather
11-06-2010, 09:58 PM
Who were the other two??

One of them was Grambling's Eddie Robinson.

SteelCityMan786
11-06-2010, 10:23 PM
Who were the other two??

Eddie Robinson and John Gagliardi (St. John's MN)

Devilsdancefloor
11-07-2010, 12:54 AM
congrats to jopa on this huge milestone!

SMR
11-07-2010, 08:41 AM
Eddie Robinson and John Gagliardi (St. John's MN)

Thank you and Godfather too. Much appreciated. Would you know how many wins for each (Robinson and Gagliardi)?

SMR
11-07-2010, 08:42 AM
You Go Joe!

SMR
11-07-2010, 09:28 AM
Thank you and Godfather too. Much appreciated. Would you know how many wins for each (Robinson and Gagliardi)?

Never mind, I found out.

Polamalu Princess
11-07-2010, 01:23 PM
What a great game yesterday. Way to go Joe!!!

SteelMember
11-08-2010, 07:40 AM
That was something. I don't know what happened in the 1st half (and I'm not gonna put it all on Bolden), but I'm glad the Penn State football team decided to show in the 2nd. What a great comeback! McGloin had a good day showing some poise and making plays to move the offense. The running game started teeing off like I'd hoped all year. We really wore them down on that right side going behind Wisniewski. I think Mauti was plaing out of his mind on D too. He seemed like he was everywhere.

Congratulations for getting it done guys.

JoPa now has 400... and I'm sure all he cared about was the win for the team.

SteelMember
11-08-2010, 07:52 AM
Never mind, I found out.

Sorry I couldn't get back to you sooner, SMR. I know you already have it, but I'd thought I'd post it for posterity.


JoePa is the first major college coach to hit 400 victories. Only two other coaches have more wins. Eddie Robinson had 408 with FCS school Grambling State, while John Gagliardi had 476 entering the weekend with Division III St. John's, Minn.

SteelCityMan786
11-09-2010, 12:34 PM
McGloin will start Saturday against Ohio State. Confirmed by Joe Pa at the Press Conference today.

Polamalu Princess
11-13-2010, 03:05 PM
Let's go Penn State. This is going to be a tough game for PSU.

Carolina Steelers
11-13-2010, 04:04 PM
Let's go Penn State. This is going to be a tough game for PSU.

I agree, but off to a good start

Carolina Steelers
11-13-2010, 04:24 PM
WOW 14-3 That qb looks poised

Polamalu Princess
11-13-2010, 04:31 PM
I agree, but off to a good start

They are off to a great start. I would love to see PSU beat them BIG time.

BPS3akaWirels3
11-13-2010, 05:29 PM
Wow... Look at the under dogs... We are JoePA

Carolina Steelers
11-13-2010, 06:15 PM
Well defended play by State and still a TD by OSU. They got to score here at least 3 if not a TD

Polamalu Princess
11-13-2010, 06:44 PM
Well, it ended being the game that everyone said it was going to be with Ohio killing PSU. Ugh!

SteelCityMan786
11-13-2010, 06:49 PM
And I was reminded why I don't like having McGloin start. He better have his head ready to play Indiana, or else I am calling for Bolden only until the end of this season. I don't think I have seen one quarterback play that awful in one half. 1/2 half of good play NEVER EVER gets it done against Ohio State. You can ask Darryl Clark, Michael Robinson or even our old buddy Pat Devlin. IT DOESN'T GET IT DONE.

Look, I am not angry that they lost, I am angry about HOW they lost.

SteelMember
11-16-2010, 10:16 AM
One good half of football doesn't a game make. We absolutely fell apart.

If we could put together the 2nd half of the NW game, and the 1st half of this one... we'd be dangerous.

And was it just me, or did Royster fall 1 yard short of the first down marker about a half dozen times? :doh:

SteelMember
11-16-2010, 10:18 AM
Look, I am not angry that they lost, I am angry about HOW they lost.

Ya. Me neither. I was just hoping for a close game, and then they went and got my hopes all up, then proceeded to implode. I blame myself. :chuckle:

psusteelerspens4life
11-16-2010, 06:09 PM
Anyone coming down to DC for the game on sat? I live here about 25 min from Fedex field and have tickets if anyone wants to hook up and tailgate together.

SteelMember
11-22-2010, 10:10 AM
Nice win by the home team.

Big game this week vs. Michigan State. I'd like to get this one. We haven't faired well against the better teams this year, but getting to 8-4 with a win here would make me feel pretty good.

SteelCityMan786
11-22-2010, 03:22 PM
Nice win by the home team.

Big game this week vs. Michigan State. I'd like to get this one. We haven't faired well against the better teams this year, but getting to 8-4 with a win here would make me feel pretty good.

This is one team that they have faired well against. This is a good team to get a win against. Last time we're meeting with them for a couple of years. LETS KEEP THE LAND GRANT TROPHY WHERE IT BELONGS PSU!!!

SteelMember
11-29-2010, 10:44 AM
:pout:

SteelCityMan786
11-29-2010, 10:56 PM
RUMOR:According to ESPN Radio, Joe Paterno may be announcing at 2 tomorrow that he is retiring following the Bowl Game. Please note the stress on RUMOR

BPS3akaWirels3
12-05-2010, 05:47 PM
Penn State going to the Outback bowl to play Florida..

Polamalu Princess
12-05-2010, 05:54 PM
I am glad they are getting to play in a bowl game.

psusteelerspens4life
12-06-2010, 01:04 AM
Man O man thats a turnaround i can see the tizzy in the offseason now on who is next in line...our D needs to step it up in the bowl or its gonna be a long new years day. Gonna be a good day to with the Pens in the winter classic as well.

SteelMember
12-08-2010, 08:40 AM
Penn State going to the Outback bowl to play Florida..

This should be a good game. Florida's down this year, but they always play tough... sound familiar?

Going to a place like Tampa in the winter is always nice too.

Polamalu Princess
01-01-2011, 12:15 PM
Looking for a good game from PSU today! Go Penn State!

Carolina Steelers
01-01-2011, 01:23 PM
Good drive for PSU after turnover. They kinda look like Florida on that drive alot of formations and quick passes.

Carolina Steelers
01-01-2011, 05:11 PM
Penn State had there chances even a chance there at the end for a go ahead TD but a pick 6 the other way sealed the game. Not sure of his name #19 WR had 3 big drops and 5 intereceptions didnt help either.

SteelCityMan786
03-26-2011, 12:10 AM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/020811aaa.html

Blue White Weekend set for April 16.

SteelCityMan786
03-26-2011, 12:11 AM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/030711aaa.html

Wiz is gonna be on Path to the Pros.

SteelCityMan786
03-26-2011, 12:14 AM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/031811aaa.html

Spring Practices have begun.

SteelCityMan786
03-26-2011, 12:15 AM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/032211aab.html

Looking at the Defense.

SteelCityMan786
03-26-2011, 12:40 AM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/548536/Injury-sidelines-Drake.html?nav=5017

Drake is gonna sit for the spring. Also Massaro is down to.

SteelCityMan786
03-26-2011, 12:42 AM
http://pennstate.scout.com/a.z?s=157&p=9&c=8&yr=2011

2011 Recruiting.

http://pennstate.scout.com/a.z?s=157&p=9&c=8&yr=2012
2012 Recruiting.

SteelCityMan786
05-30-2011, 11:17 PM
2011 Schedule
September 3 Indiana State Noon
September 10 Alabama 3:30
September 17 @ Temple Noon
September 24 Eastern Michigan
October 1 @ Indiana
October 8 Iowa
October 15 Purdue (Homecoming) Noon
October 22 @ Northwestern 7:00 PM
October 29 Illinois
November 5 BYE WEEK
November 12 Nebraska
November 19 @ Ohio State
November 26 @ Wisconsin
December 3 Big Ten Championship (Pending their standing in the leaders division for 2011) @ Lucas Oil Stadium

10-2 to 11-1 is possible for this team if they play their cards right and they get the right guys to gel. Otherwise last year could happen all over again.

Biggest games this year will be The Final 3, plus Bama.

Alabama -- will be interesting to see considering how good Bama's D will be plus how much of a veteran team the Lions have right now.
Nebraska -- First game these two teams will place against each other in the Big Ten. Always a fun rivalry
Ohio State -- Never an easy place to play, but now all bets are off on how this team can compete with the Buckeyes now.
Wisconsin -- Camp Randall is a challenge, but they have made Wisconsin look bad there before, it's possible to do it again.

This is probably the BEST CHANCE they have to snap out of the Iowa funk. Iowa is starting a new Quarterback, and loses their best tackler.

SteelCityMan786
06-14-2011, 03:16 PM
See you in 2016 and 17 Pitt. WE ARE!!! PENN STATE!!!

http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/061411aaa.html

SteelCityMan786
07-07-2011, 02:12 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/062111aaa.html

Uplifting Athletes 9th annual Lift for Life will take at Holuba Hall (team practice facility). Event is open to the public.

86WARD
07-07-2011, 08:13 PM
Interesting Article...


Is it possible these days to win a national championship at the highest level in major college football without cheating? In the 75-year history of the wire service era, CBSSports.com research showed that it is nearly impossible. Among the schools that have won titles since 1936, when human polls became the accepted form of determining the sport's champion, only Penn State and BYU have never had a major violation in football. Those schools aren't necessarily crowing over that fact, more like crossing their fingers. "That's kind of amazing to me that's the case," said BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe, "because it doesn't bode well."

Source: CBSSports.com (http://www.cbssports.com/#%21/collegefootball/story/15298370/championships-without-cheating-maybe-doable-but-history-against-it)

Dino 6 Rings
11-08-2011, 05:57 PM
I think Pitt would like to Remove you from our Schedule if you don't get a Lifetime Ban from Football for the Cover Up involved with this...

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57320837-504083/report-possible-9th-victim-in-penn-state-sandusky-child-sex-abuse-case/

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/bigten/story/2011-11-08/coach-Paterno-scandal-Penn-State-abuse/51126102/1?csp=34news

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/11/08/142146941/congressman-calls-for-federal-investigation-into-penn-state-scandal

http://blogs.ajc.com/mark-bradley-blog/2011/11/08/the-legendary-paterno-cant-be-allowed-to-coach-another-game/?cxntfid=blogs_mark_bradley_blog

Thanks but it was fun having a Rivalry with Penn Sandusky University but...not that much fun...we'll be removing you from the schedule shortly...thanks.

Animal Mother
11-09-2011, 11:31 AM
I wish nothing for Sandusky but to burn in the fiery pits of hell as soon as possible..

Dino 6 Rings
11-09-2011, 12:00 PM
WE ARE PENN SANDUSKY!

venom
11-09-2011, 02:27 PM
Amazing how you dont hear a damn thing from the NCAA . But if you get cash or a gift , boooooooyaa , the school is punished !

86WARD
11-09-2011, 02:30 PM
The whole school should be punished...

steel9guy
11-09-2011, 08:57 PM
I'm a Penn State student. This makes me sick. I have no words to say. Absolutely sick and terrible.

Dino 6 Rings
11-09-2011, 10:51 PM
Joe Paterno fired effective immediately.

I-Want-Troy's-Hair
11-09-2011, 11:14 PM
This absolutely turns my stomach.

Dino 6 Rings
11-09-2011, 11:21 PM
Covering up sex crimes against children because the allegations might hurt the football program...makes me sick too.

steelerdiva
11-09-2011, 11:53 PM
Just a sad, sad, situation.

BigNastyDefense
11-10-2011, 12:20 AM
I don't see how anyone can defend Joe Paterno here. He aided & abetted a child rapist. He knew about it and should have called the authorities. Instead he told his boss & never followed up to make sure they were called.

He was told not to hold football camps at PSU anymore and had his keys taken away, but he was still allowed to use the football facilities such as the weight room? That would tell me that the authorities were never contacted. And as it turned out, they never were by Paterno or those above him.

The reason he didn't report what he knew to the police was the same reason Jim Tressel didn't report the entire Tattoogate scandal at Ohio State, his own legacy as a football coach. JoePa didn't want his name involved in any of it, so he told his boss & then turned a blind eye to it afterwards. That sure came back to bite him in the ass.

The Patriot
11-10-2011, 12:23 PM
The school board not only made the right decision here, they made the only decision they could afford to make. I know a lot of people liked Paterno, and we don't know all the facts yet, but either Paterno and all the actors involved in this scandal go down, or Penn State goes down.

tube517
11-10-2011, 12:53 PM
Not only should JoePa be fired but everyone else who knew. Just a sad situation

86WARD
11-10-2011, 07:12 PM
BREAKING NEWS: The NCAA announced on ESPN that PSU will be awarded a bowl game amidst this mess. They'll be playing bring 'em young.

zulater
11-10-2011, 07:19 PM
BREAKING NEWS: The NCAA announced on ESPN that PSU will be awarded a bowl game amidst this mess. They'll be playing bring 'em young.

Too soon! :doh:

steeldevil
11-10-2011, 08:16 PM
I go to trivia usually every Wednesday and they give a prize for best name.

I thought my group had it last night, we were named "Pedophile State University"

Unfortunately, the winning group had something better, they were "We got accepted into Penn State when we were 10"