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SteelCityMan786
04-06-2007, 04:07 PM
Alright now let's get the 2007 Season Started

WE ARE!
PENN STATE!

2007 Season Schedule
April 21 Blue/White Game White 30-6
Sept. 1 Florida International
Sept. 8 Notre Dame @ 6:00 PM
Sept. 15 Buffalo
Sept. 22 @ Michigan
Sept. 29 @ Illinois
Oct. 6 Iowa
Oct. 13 Wisconsin @ 3:30 PM
Oct. 20 @ Indiana
Oct. 27 Ohio State @ 8:00
Nov. 3 Purdue
Nov. 10 @ Temple
Nov. 17 @ Michigan State

SteelCityMan786
04-06-2007, 04:09 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12165

3.23.2007
Nittany Lions Intensify Preparations for 2007 Campaign With Start of Spring Practice
Blue-White Game slated for April 21 at 2 p.m.

* Photos from Friday

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 23, 2007 ? Using a successful end to the 2006 season as a springboard, the Penn State football team will begin its on-field preparations for the 2007 campaign today when spring practice commences.

Since classes resumed in mid-January, the Lasch Football Building and Holuba Hall have been hubs of activity, with the Nittany Lions hard at work with off-season weight training and conditioning. Penn State will culminate its allotted 15 spring practices with the highly-anticipated Blue-White Game in Beaver Stadium on Saturday, April 21. Kickoff is at 2:00 p.m. and admission and parking are free as in previous years.

A little more than four months after the Blue-White game, Penn State opens its 121st campaign, hosting non-conference opponents Florida International (Sept. 1), Notre Dame (Sept. 8) and Buffalo (Sept. 15) before visiting Michigan in the Sept. 22 Big Ten opener. The Nittany Lions will be playing their 15th conference season this fall.

Penn State has won 22 of its last 27 games overall, dating to the final two games of the 2004 season. The Nittany Lions are 20-5 the past two seasons and one of 13 teams with at least 20 wins in 2005 and ?06.

In his 42nd season as head coach, Joe Paterno welcomes back 33 letterwinners and 15 starters from last year?s 9-4 team that defeated No. 17 Tennessee, 20-10, in the Outback Bowl on New Year?s Day. Penn State was ranked in the final Top 25 polls for the 32nd time under Paterno (No. 24 AP; No. 25 USA Today Coaches).

Penn State returns 16 letterwinners on offense (eight starters), 16 on defense (six starters) and placekicker Kevin Kelly. The Nittany Lions have lost the services of 23 lettermen -- 8 on offense, 12 on defense and 3 specialists.

Among the returning starters are three players who earned All-America or All-Big Ten recognition in 2006: senior linebacker Dan Connor (Wallingford), a first team All-American; junior cornerback Justin King (Pittsburgh), a second team All-Big Ten selection and junior safety Anthony Scirrotto (West Deptford, N.J.), who earned first team All-Big Ten accolades and was named to ESPN.com?s All-Bowl Team.

Senior quarterback Anthony Morelli (Pittsburgh) returns to lead the offense. Last year, in his first season as the starter, the talented and strong-armed signal caller broke school season records for pass completions (208) and attempts (386), while his 2,424 yards were third-highest. He also posted the program?s sixth-lowest season interception percentage (8 int. in 386 attempts).

The Nittany Lions should have one of the nation?s premier wide receiver units, a group which returns intact. In 2006, for the first time in program history, three different receivers caught 40 or more passes in a season. Rising juniors Deon Butler (48-Woodbridge, Va.), Jordan Norwood (45-State College) and Derrick Williams (40-Greenbelt, Md) are joined by senior Terrell Golden (Norfolk, Va.). Butler made 48 receptions for 637 yards last season, tied for sixth-highest in school season receptions.

One of the focal points during spring drills will be tailback, as Tony Hunt concluded his brilliant career with 3,320 yards, second-highest in Penn State annals, earning Outback Bowl MVP honors in his final game. Seniors Austin Scott (Allentown), Matt Hahn (Dix Hills, N.Y.) and Rodney Kinlaw (Goose Creek, S.C.) are the Lions? most experienced returning running backs. Freshmen Brent Carter (Pottstown) and Evan Royster (Fairfax, Va.) redshirted last season and also should be among the candidates.

Three starters return on the offensive line, which must replace two-time All-America tackle Levi Brown. Senior tackle John Shaw (Spring Grove), junior center A.Q. Shipley (Coraopolis) and junior guard Rich Ohrnberger (East Meadow, N.Y.) return to form the nucleus for the O-Line.

Six starters return from a defensive unit that was ranked in the Top 15 nationally in rushing (87.5 ypg, 7th), scoring (14.4 ppg, 9th), total defense (284.5 ypg, 15th) and pass efficiency defense (105.9 rating, 14th) and sacks (40, T-sixth). The Nittany Lions were one of only four teams nationally ranked in the Top15 in all five categories.

Junior end Josh Gaines (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is the lone returning starter from the defensive line, with sophomores Maurice Evans (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Jared Odrick (Lebanon) and Phillip Taylor (Clinton, Md.) among the players expected to challenge for significant playing time.

Paul Posluszny, the two-time All-American and Bednarik Award winner, graduated in December, leaving as the Nittany Lions? career tackle leader with 372. Connor and junior Sean Lee (Pittsburgh) are returning starters for a linebacker unit that should again be among the nation?s best. Connor earned first team All-America accolades by The Sporting News and was one of three finalists for the Bednarik Award. He was second on the squad with 113 tackles, including five sacks and three forced fumbles, and will enter the season with 274 career stops. Lee was third on the team last year with 90 tackles and had 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Three starters return in the secondary, a unit that improved throughout last season and was very productive. Scirrotto led the Big Ten with six interceptions, was fourth on the team with 58 tackles and had eight pass break-ups. King emerged as one of the Big Ten?s top cover corners and made 30 tackles, with an interception against Ohio State. Junior cornerback Tony Davis (Warren, Ohio) made 42 tackles and was second in the Big Ten with 13 pass break-ups. Davis also returned two fumbles for touchdowns, including a game-winning 88-yard return in the Outback Bowl.

Junior placekicker Kevin Kelly (Langhorne) returns for his third season. His 22 field goals last year tied Matt Bahr?s school single season record and he was tied for the Big Ten scoring lead with 96 points.

Penn State will bring a three-game winning streak into the 2007 season.

?Penn State Blue-White Weekend Presented by PHEAA? will take place April 20-21. The Blue-White Game is one of the nation?s most popular spring football contests. More than 40,000 loyal and enthusiastic Penn State fans have attended the contest in eight of the past 11 years, with rainy conditions during the other three contests.

Numerous events will be held during Blue-White Weekend to celebrate Penn State Football, including the popular pre-game autograph session with the players at approximately 12:30 p.m. A carnival, children?s games, food vendors, game worn football apparel booth and the student entertainment stage will be open Friday evening and Saturday. During the game, the spring football award winners and recipients of the PNC Bank "Player of the Game" from the 2006 season will be announced.

Other events for Penn State fans all of ages held in conjunction with the Blue-White Game will be announced in early April.

Season tickets and Club seats are available for the 2007 season, which will feature seven home games. The Nittany Lions have a blockbuster home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006: Notre Dame, Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13- Homecoming), Ohio State (Oct. 27) and Purdue (Nov. 3).

For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, interested parties can call 1-800-648-8269 (1-800-NITTANY). For additional information on club seats, call 863-3143 in the Centre Region and ask for Bob White.

SteelCityMan786
04-16-2007, 05:48 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12173

3.24.2007
Joe Paterno Press Conference Transcript
Spring practice - March 23, 2007

You?re off the cart and it looks like you?re moving around well.
?I?m not doing as much as I?d like to do. I?m a little bit nervous to be frank with you. I?ve got to watch a couple of things, but I?ll get better as it goes along.?

Can you talk about the main concerns you?d like to address during the spring?
I know you guys have something you have to write about, I?m not really?The only thing I?m interested in is seeing if we can make some of the kids better football players, some of the younger kids a little more comfortable and we?ll go from there. We?re not playing a game against anybody (soon), so I don?t think there?s any urgency for us to make sure we can do this really well or do that really well (now), we just have to get some kids that I think are going to be pretty good football players eventually, we just have to spend some time, have a little patience, get on their backs a little bit, trying to get them to do what they?re going to have to do to be a good football team.?

What?s the key for Anthony Morelli during spring practice?
?Just come out here, have a little fun and try to get a little bit better. I thought that at the end of the year, he was pretty good.?

What is Austin Scott?s standing? Does he have his problems sorted out?
?He?s OK. He did a great job on the foreign team last year when we decided to keep him out. He?s got to do it this year for himself and I think he will. He?s worked very hard in the winter program and I think he?ll be OK. ?

It looks like you have Dan Connor working out in the middle?
?Yeah, that?s probably where he belongs, in the middle. But, don?t hold me to it. That?s today. Two days from now he may be playing quarterback...?

Is that kind of what the first few (spring) sessions are about?
?Yeah, I think that?s what all of spring practice is. Spring practice is to try and make each one of these kids better?trying to get a feel for which ones have the potential to be good enough. Somebody (once) said to me, ?what?s the difference between checkers and chess?? In checkers everybody does the same thing, but in chess everybody has a different thing to do. That?s the job you have in the spring is to make sure you have the right guys playing king, the right guys playing pawn and the whole bit. I?m in no hurry.?

Is there anyone who won?t practice this spring?
?I?m checking on a couple of grades. There may be a couple of kids where I may say, ?hey, I don?t want you out here until you get those grades straightened out.??

Is Antonio Logan-El back with the team?
No, not yet. He?s got to make up his mind whether he really wants to play football.?

Do you fell well enough that you expect to be back on the sideline in the fall?
?I expect to be back in the fall. I?m anxious to try running a little bit. I haven?t done in any running. But, I think I?m coming a long pretty well. The knee actually isn?t my problem. The other leg, the one I banged up a year ago when I broke the ribs, is really bothering me more than the knee. I think I?m going to be OK.?

So, there?s a question whether you?ll be on the sideline (in the fall)?
No, no I?m going to be on the sideline. I?d be really disappointed if I?m not. I?m sure the kids won?t be (laughter).?

Do you feel more involved when you?re not on the cart (watching practice)?
?Absolutely. I?ve always been a guy that likes to coach people, coach positions. That?s the fun of it. If I can?t get out there?I tried today to do a little bit. I get tired quicker?The leg gets a little tired. I like to coach. I like to get involved.?

Any serious injuries for any of the players?
?(Kevin) Cousins won?t be able to go this spring. He sprained a knee. (Tom) McEowen did earlier (knee injury). So, those two guys will not be out there.?

You?re losing a lot of experience on the defensive line. How important will it be for some of the young players to do well this spring to fill those spots?
?We played Tennessee, most of these guys played in the game. We didn?t have Eddie Johnson against Tennessee. We lose (Jay) Alford. (Jared) Odrick has played. (Maurice) Evans has played. I?m not as concerned about that. I think they?re good players and hopefully they can stay healthy in the spring and get a little more comfortable doing a couple things. ?

Can you talk about your blockbuster home schedule and will that help you out?
?I?ve got to find out who the football players are and then try to get them in the right spots and try to make them good enough so that we can play anybody. ?

Some of the Big Ten schools are pushing for nine league games or maybe even 10. Would you want to bump it up from eight games?
?Number one, I think we ought to have an open date. I think it?s an ordeal to ask the kids to do what we?re asking them to do now. A year ago (2005), we played 11 games with an open date. This year we play 12 games without an open date. They think it might cost more money or cut the (number of) classes (attended), but when you see how much time the kids playing basketball lose?the travel. I?m glad we can?we?ve got the softball team is in California, the volleyball team is in California, the baseball team is in Kansas, the golf team is in Florida, the whole bit. If we can?t have an open date and let the season go one week longer because of financial problems, then I think we?re not being fair to the kids. I think we need to give the kids a week off. How would you arrange nine games? That?s a little tricky? I know there?s some people that want to do it (nine game Big Ten schedule), but I have not had a chance to discuss that with anybody. ?

Do you have any thoughts on Rene Portland resigning?
?She?s doing what she wants to do. I hired Rene. I?ve always been very fond of Rene. I think she?s done a great job. If she wants to get out of it, she wants to get out of it. That?s up to her. But, she?s done a great job here.?

Are the two junior college players you recruited here?
?One of them is (Ako Poti) and the other one won?t come in until the fall.?

A young quarterback like Pat Devlin, what can he show you in the spring?
?We?re going to try and give him a chance to show us what he can do. That depends on?you can?t program your spring practice for one guy. I?ve got a whole mess of guys out there that are pretty good football players that are all waiting for enough chances to play. We?re not going to program anything to give Devlin a little better opportunity?(Paul) Cianciolo?s waited his turn, (Daryll) Clark?s waited his turn?I think we have to go out every day and give everybody a shot and go from there.?

Do you see A.J. Wallace playing an offensive snaps?
?I would doubt it, but you never know.?

Do you see Brett Brackett?s future at wide receiver or quarterback?
?I think it depends. Right now we want to look at him at wideout.?

Can you talk about moving Tony Davis to safety?
?I?m not sure he?ll stay there. It gives us a chance to look at a couple other kids at the corners. We know what Davis can do at corner. Davis is a good football player and obviously he has to stay on the field?.We spend a couple of hours every morning as a staff trying to figure out whether we have the right guys in the right place.?

Everyone was feeling pretty good after the bowl game. Is there some momentum from that game?
?That?s all fine, but we?ve got a lot of work to do. You don?t win games based on a lot of hoopla after the first couple of days of spring practice. It takes a lot of hard work and leadership.?

How do you see the running back situation playing out?
?I think we?ve got some kids that can play. (Austin) Scott?s got a chance to be a good running back and I think (Rodney) Kinlaw just needs a little more poise. And I want to see the others.?

How important is it for the offensive line to come together quickly?
?I think it?s important for them to come together quickly. I think we?re solid.?

?We?re just trying to put a football team together. Do you ever see me out there doing this (taking notes)? What do you think I?m doing? ?Who?s 52? (laughter) Who?s 15?? I?ve got to get know these guys, too. ?

SteelCityMan786
04-22-2007, 11:08 AM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12399

4.21.2007
Record Crowd Of 71,000 Turns Out For Penn State Blue-White Game
Thousands wear maroon and orange in tribute to victims of tragedy at Virginia Tech
The 800-plus student section formed a "VT" with orange and maroon shirts.

* Statistics
* Player Quotes
* Photos

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., April 21, 2007 - A record crowd of 71,000 fans turned out on a beautiful 70-degree day for Penn State?s annual Blue-White Game in Beaver Stadium. The White captured a 30-6 victory, led by 126 yards passing and two touchdowns from junior quarterback Paul Cianciolo (Charleston, S.C.) and 116 yards receiving and two touchdowns from sophomore wide receiver Chris Bell (Norfolk, Va.).

Many in the huge crowd, which surpassed the previous Blue-White Game record of 62,000 fans that attended the 1996 spring contest, wore orange and maroon in tribute to the victims of this week?s tragedy at Virginia Tech. A student section 800-strong formed a large block ?VT? with colored shirts in the stands and the Blue Band played ?Amazing Grace? following a moment of silence. Junior tackle Gerald Cadogan (Portsmouth, Ohio) represented the Penn State players and coaches in addressing the crowd with a message of support for Virginia Tech prior to kickoff.

Thousands of other fans wore maroon or orange shirts on the sun-splashed day.

The game was the highlight of Blue-White Weekend Presented by PHEAA. More than 40,000 fans have attended the game in nine of the past 12 years, with rainy conditions during the other three contests.

Three Nittany Lion players were recognized for their efforts during halftime of the game. Junior cornerback Lydell Sargeant (Lompoc, Calif) was presented the Jim O'Hora Award and senior wide receiver Terrell Golden (Norfolk, Va.) the Red Worrell Award. The Nittany Lion coaching staff singled out Sargeant and Golden as the players who have best demonstrated exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement during spring practice.

Red-shirt junior guard Ross Muir (Noblesville, Ind.) was also recognized as the recipient of the Frank Patrick Total Commitment Memorial Award.
Terrell Golden was given the Red Worrell Award at halftime.

The Worrell Award is presented to the offensive player whose spring contribution is most worthy of special tribute. The prize was first presented in 1958 and is named in the honor of the late Red Worrell, a high school All-American from Centerville HS who was tragically electrocuted in an accident after an exceptional season on the 1957 Nittany Lion freshman team. Past Worrell Award winners include former assistant coach Fran Ganter, Lydell Mitchell, Kyle Brady and Bryant Johnson.

The defensive award is named in honor of Jim O'Hora, a long-time Penn State assistant coach who was a member of the coaching staff for 31 years. Loyalty and attitude especially characterized Jim O'Hora and has typified many of the previous winners, including Walker Lee Ashley, Andre Collins, Michael Haynes and Anthony Adams. The O'Hora Award was first presented in 1977.

Presented today for the 13th time, the Frank Patrick Memorial "Total Commitment" Award goes to junior class squad members who consistently follow through with their responsibilities in all facets of the football program and do so in exemplary manner. This includes academic pursuits, off-season preparation, in-season commitment, demeanor and community service. Patrick was a member of the Lions' coaching staff from 1949-73.

The Blue took an early 6-0 lead following field goals of 35 and 28 yards from junior Kevin Kelly (Langhorne). Senior quarterback Anthony Morelli (Pittsburgh) led the Blue on its opening drives, completing 11-of-18 passes for 104 yards, with one interception. Morelli found junior receivers Derrick Williams (Greenbelt, Md.) and Jordan Norwood (State College) early. Both Williams and Norwood finished with five catches for 54 yards to lead the Blue. Norwood also ran the ball three times for 51 yards, including a 31-yard scamper on a reverse. Senior tailback Austin Scott (Allentown) led the Blue and all rushers on the day with 13 carries for 53 yards.
Austin Scott was one of many football players who signed autographs for fans.

The White stormed to victory with 30 unanswered points, many of which came behind the strong play of Cianciolo who ran for one touchdown and passed for two more to stake the White to a 20-6 lead Cianciolo got the White on the board with a six-yard run in the second quarter. He went on to complete eight-of-nine passes for 126 yards, hitting Brendan Perretta (Altoona) with a 37-yard touchdown strike before halftime and Bell with a 22-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Redshirt freshman Colin Wagner (State College) knocked home a 43-yard field goal late in the third before junior quarterback Daryll Clark finished the scoring with a 74-yard touchdown pass to Bell with 3:13 to play in the game. Clark finished four-of-six for 96 yards and a touchdown on the day.

Redshirt freshman Evan Royster (Fairfax, Va.) led the White in rushing, posting 45 yards on nine carries.

Redshirt junior linebacker Tyrell Sales (Butler) posted 11 tackles (six solo) for the White to lead all tacklers on the day. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Jerome Hayes (Bayonne, N.J.) added 10 stops and redshirt junior defensive end Chris Rogers (Wexford) had two sacks and three tackles for loss for the White. Redshirt junior safety Mark Rubin (Amherst, N.Y.) made the lone interception on the day, in the first quarter.

Redshirt freshman defensive end Aaron Maybin (Ellicott City, Md.) and redshirt freshman linebacker Navorro Bowman (District Heights, Md.) led the Blue with four stops each.

Entering his 42nd season as head coach, Joe Paterno's squad returns 33 lettermen and 15 starters from last year's 9-4 squad that defeated Tennessee in the Outback Bowl. The Nittany Lions open the season September 1, when they face Florida International in Beaver Stadium.

A limited number of season football tickets are available and season ticket holders are reminded that the deadline for renewals is May 1. For information on 2007 football tickets, call 800-833-5533 or 814-863-1000.

Buzz05
04-26-2007, 09:44 AM
2007 Season Schedule
April 21 Blue/White Game 2:00
Sept. 1 Florida International WIN
Sept. 8 Notre Dame WIN
Sept. 15 Buffalo WIN
Sept. 22 @ Michigan WIN-FINALLY!
Sept. 29 @ Illinois WIN
Oct. 6 Iowa WIN
Oct. 13 Wisconsin WIN
Oct. 20 @ Indiana WIN
Oct. 27 Ohio State WIN
Nov. 3 Purdue WIN
Nov. 10 @ Temple WIN
Nov. 17 @ Michigan State WIN


Im gonna go out on a limb and say Derrick Williams is my darkhorse Heisman candidate

SteelCityMan786
04-26-2007, 09:15 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12431

4.24.2007
Joe Paterno Press Conference Quotes - Blue-White Game

4.24.2007
Joe Paterno Press Conference Quotes - Blue-White Game

Are you surprised at, or can you comment on, the support of Virginia Tech over the last week?

I am pleased, obviously (with the Penn State student response). I think that all of us who are in this business are trying to do a job for our youth. They are under an awful lot of pressure these days because of a lot of things. I think when somebody has to struggle with that whole group of students, faculty, supporters and anybody who is connected with higher education, you all look out for each other and I am glad that our student body responded the way they did. I think it is fitting.

Have you talked to Frank Beamer?

I tried to get him the day after and, obviously, everybody was trying to get some kind of contact done so I backed away from it. I figured whenever it settles down, I will try to get a hold of him. One of the families apparently was wearing a t-shirt and Frank autographed the back of it.

Did you know the family of Jeremy Herbstritt?

I did not know the family. I was talking with Jeremy?s girlfriend who was out here. She is a Virginia Tech girl and a 'Hokie' and her mom was there and her mom said, ?I just want you to know that I am a diehard ?Hokie?,? and I said, ?That is fine. I was on the Blacksburg campus before you were born. I was there when Jerry Claiborne was the head coach.? I took a couple of coaches down there to watch them practice.

What have you seen from Austin Scott this spring?

I think he has to stay healthy. He has had a tendency to let nicks and bruises bother him a little bit with an ankle here and a pulled muscle there. The thing about some of the really good backs that we have had and the ones that I see doing really well are durable. He has to be able to go out there everyday and get the job done and practice a little. He has had a good spring and did a great job in the fall being the foreign team tailback. He went at it and gave the defense a great look. I think both he and (Rodney) Kinlaw, I don?t want to overlook Kinlaw, give us good tandem. I know a lot of people are concerned about, ?Hey, Penn State looks pretty good, where is the tailback?? and all that kind of stuff. There is always somebody concerned. I think both of those kids are really going to have good years. They both had a great spring.

Are you satisfied with what you have accomplished this spring and how the team has progressed?

You are never satisfied. I think we had a good spring. Obviously, you always wish you could do a couple of things a little better. I think we were fortunate that we didn?t have a lot of injuries. We lost six kids who will not go today. A couple of them were hurt prior, (Tom) McEowen was hurt in the winter program, (Kevin) Cousins has been hurt and didn?t do anything all spring, (Anthony) Scirrotto got hurt about a week ago with a pinched nerve and doesn?t have a lot of strength so they didn?t want to let him go, and a freshman, Jon Ditto had to have an operation on his shoulder and we did not see much of him in the spring. There were six of them. Elijah Robinson got a neck injury.

What have you seen out of Anthony Morelli this spring and is his improvement as good as his teammates have been saying?

I think he is pretty good. I don?t know how good they said he is. He came out at the end of the year and showed what he can do. I think there has been some momentum carried over and he had a heck of a spring. I am anxious to see how they do today, obviously. I think Anthony is a really good quarterback. When he started out, a lot of people didn?t realize just how inept we were in some areas because of inexperience and because we hadn?t forecast some injuries and a couple of people left the football team that we had hoped would have been available to help us with the offensive line. Overall, Anthony did a really good job even earlier in the year if you take back a couple of passes.

Could you assess the other quarterbacks? Is Daryll Clark the solid No. 2?

Clark would be No. 2 right now. The other kids, (Pat) Devlin, (Paul) Cianciolo, and young (Kevin) Suhey, it is hard to give everyone enough reps to really give them an honest shake, but I think we are in pretty good shape at quarterback. Clark would be further along than the rest of them, but Cianciolo has ability and I think the young Devlin kid, we probably would have played a little bit last year, except he got mononucleosis right in the middle of pre-season practice, so he lost four or five weeks. Then it was a question of whether you redshirt him or try to get him caught up, so we redshirted him. I think we are in pretty good shape at quarterback.

How has Dan Connor looked in the middle?

I think he is where he should be. I think Dan is a natural inside linebacker and I think he will be fine. He has had a good spring.

Could you talk about the loss of Chris Auletta?

Sure, you would like to keep him, but he just felt that he wanted to get on with his life and that was fine with me. I don?t know what else I can say about that.

What have you seen from Jeremy Boone and how do you feel about him replacing Jeremy Kapinos?

I am pleased with Jeremy. Two or three of the last five or six practices we have put him under a lot of pressure to kick from the end zone and things like that. I think he has done well. I think he is going to be OK. You never know until you get into the season, but anything we have asked him to do this spring he has done.

Do you like to hear talk about a national championship this early?

There is nothing I can do about it. I sure as heck don?t want to tell them, ?don?t think about being good.? As long as they understand what it is going to take to be a contender, not necessarily in the national championship, but to be able to do some things that will give you a chance to do the things they are talking about. We have a long way to go. You guys may not like to hear me preach, but I will tell you exactly what I tell them, ?Before you start a game you have four seasons prior to that?the winter program, spring practice, summer workouts, preseason and then you go to play after you do all the hard work.? We have had two good segments. I think the winter program was one of the better ones we have had. We have had a good spring practice. We are allowed eight weeks to wear equipment in the summer and most of them will be here this summer. I would like to see how they return the request to that and then, obviously, preseason is crucial. I am glad they are thinking big as long as they understand that it takes more than talk.

How has the leadership evolved so far?

I think that (Anthony) Morelli is the guy that has stepped to the front the most, which is really something you would hope would happen. We will have to see. If I told you I thought we had enough, I don?t know, we will have to see. I would like to see a couple of other kids that I think are going to be really good athletes understand that there is a little bit more than just what they think and they have to have some kind of commitment to help everybody get a little better. I think we are OK, but I am not enthusiastic about that area yet.

Did you accomplish what you wanted at the defensive tackle position?

They haven?t stepped up because none of them have a lot of experience. None of those kids are seniors. I think we are going to be alright there, but I don?t know. There is certainly enough ability there. There are some strong kids. I don?t think it would be fair for me to mention them by name, but there are a couple of them that could be really, really good that are kind of pacing themselves. They have to learn how to go all out every play, but there is potential there. I think that we have three, maybe four kids that can play inside and are strong enough and quick enough to be really good. There again, you have to see them when they have to carry the load in the ball game. They are young. It is going to be a very young defensive football team. Outside of Connor, I don?t think there is a senior that you could project on the first two teams.

The State College police said they are going to interview members of the team regarding an off-campus incident that happened earlier this month? Has this been a distraction?

You know more about it than I do. It hasn?t been a distraction yet. I don?t know what is going to happen because I don?t know anything that is going on. I am trying to concentrate on the football squad. I never try to worry about things until I have to worry about them. I am not sure I have anything to worry about here. I am not sure. I don?t know one way or the other.

SteelCityMan786
04-26-2007, 09:16 PM
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How closely do you follow your former players in the NFL?

I don?t follow them?I will know who got drafted. When is the draft, next week or this weekend? The guys on the staff will talk about it and some of the kids will come around. To me, the draft is something that is like recruiting. I get tired of hearing people talking about who the guys are that you are supposed to recruit. Every once in awhile I turn the television on trying to find something to put me to sleep and you get ESPN this or ESPN that or FOX this or FOX that and there is always some guy saying, ?Well, this guy is going to be OK because this club needs that.? I don?t pay any attention to it. The draft to me is when they get drafted, they go and I wish them luck and hope they make it and it is going to be a tough job. Hopefully, it will work out for them. Hopefully, they will leave with a degree and if it doesn?t work out with football, they can make another life.

How much are you looking forward to being back on the sidelines next year and how much did you miss that at the end of last season?

Last year, I was just glad that I could sit upstairs. I tried to get on the field for the Outback Bowl and started walking around a little bit with that cane, I got a little nervous and didn?t think I could get out of the way if I had to because the ground was soft and a couple of other things. It will be good to be down there. In fact, I debated on whether I wanted to do this radio thing today and try to get down on the field and then I didn?t want to make a big deal about it. This is the players? game. This is a bunch of kids out there that some of the kids have never played in any kind of a crowd like that. There are a lot of redshirt freshmen kids that have never been on the field with a crowd like that. They have been on the sidelines, but have never been involved in a game. I have debated on whether I would enjoy being on the sidelines, but then I said, ?Hey, the first thing, all of you guys with cameras, and I would be a story because I would be on the sidelines.? So, I am going upstairs and second-guess everybody on radio.

How have your receivers looked and has anyone else stepped up there?

I think all of them have had some experience. We have a good group of receivers. It will be interesting watching today because they will probably throw the ball a lot today. I think we have good wideouts. I think we have good wideouts and good tight ends. A couple of the younger kids at tight end are starting to learn how to block a little bit, which is some of the things that I worried about that we didn?t do necessarily a great job last year with one or two of the younger tight ends. I think that as far as offensively catching the football, I think we are in pretty good shape. I don?t know any young guys. Did we play (Chris) Bell last year at all? He would be the only young guy. There are a couple of kids there who are walk-ons who have done a really nice job such as (Jesse) Alfreno and (Graham) Zug who are good, solid kids, but they will have a tough time beating out some of the older guys.

How has A.J. Wallace looked in practice?

He has been nursing a hamstring for a little bit so he hasn?t had a lot of spring practice. When he is healthy, he is a very, very gifted athlete. If I were to be critical of A.J. at all, every once in awhile he is a little loosy goosy out there. When you are playing corner, loosy goosy might be six points, but he certainly has ability.

How much time are you spending at the Lasch Building since your injury? Are you satisfied with how much you can give the program?

I suppose that will be up to somebody else to make that kind of a critique on what I have done. I don?t think I have done anything differently. I have never been much to stay in Lasch Building because I don?t like the office. It is a great big, fancy office. It is a great facility with the academic support, the weight room, locker room and our coaches so, it is all in there close together and it is easy for the kids to come up and visit. We have a lounge downstairs where they can go and a room with computers so it is really a very, very practical thing. I don?t stay there because if I am in that office and everybody who comes into town and has any association with me, and when you are in one place as long as I have been, obviously, there are a lot of people you have gotten to know. So I work mostly out of my house, which is only three blocks away from campus. If I have to get into the office, they call me up and I am in the office within five minutes. I have a fax machine, all of my tapes, private business telephone and university phone there so they can get to me. If I need to get the staff together and I don?t feel like running up there because of one thing or another and I just need one or two things, I can get them on a conference call. I think I am getting about as much done as I have gotten done before. That was the way it was before I got hurt. Five or six years ago I had to make up my mind because every time if I stayed in the office, the people who handled the office would have to lie and say, ?He?s not in? or if I am in, people?s noses get out of joint if they can?t get in to say ?Hello? to their son or sign a book or do something. So I have tried to be able to sit down and look at a tape for three or four hours and not get interrupted and I can do that at home. I make my own coffee and have a cup of coffee and I can work three, four, five or six hours in a row without any interruptions. I think maybe in the sense that I am not there, I am a little bit more productive. At least I feel like that. Again, I go back to what I have said many times. With the staff that I have and the fact that we have been able to keep these guys here, there is just so much that we have come together when we have to make decisions and we may sit around for four or five hours trying to argue out different points and those kinds of things. I think I spend enough time with them and just let them go and coach.

Can you talk about your new junior college players?

I don?t like junior college (recruiting). I don?t like to recruit a junior college player only because I have always felt that if you bring a kid in who works a couple of years and then all of a sudden you go out and get somebody, it is almost like you are making a trade to bring somebody in. We went and got two junior college kids this year, one who came in January and one who is coming this summer because we really felt that we needed some depth on the offensive line. They would be a little further along physically and maturely than, maybe, some of the kids we are bringing in as true freshmen, but we needed some depth. I debated it. The two kids that are coming in are both kids that are solid kids. The one (Ako Poti) has been here since January and has done a good job and a good job academically. It is not easy to learn a system when you are an offensive lineman. I think it was good that we did that, but that doesn?t mean that I am not a junior college fan. That is not to say that I am against junior colleges. I am not saying that it is not for somebody else to recruit them. That is their business. I have just felt that if you bring kids in as freshmen and sophomores and then all of a sudden you bring somebody in and put them ahead of them. That has never lit me up.

Besides Brendan Perretta, who else has changed positions?

Perretta has looked fine as a corner just to get a better feel for him because he is a good football player and let?s see if he is better than some of the others some place else. I doubt very much if he will stay on defense. In fact, he will play a little of both today. The only other guy probably will be (Larry) Federoff, who we had at fullback who is a transfer from Edinboro, a good, tough kid and I want to take a look at him as a linebacker. He played fullback and now we are taking a quick look at him at linebacker. There is a young freshman, Brent Carter, we are going to take a look at him at safety, but he will play both ways today, too. He will be the same as Perretta. It gives you a chance when you come back in the fall to maybe line them up a little bit.

Could you talk about why you moved John Shaw to guard?

We thought we had three tackles and a young freshman kid we liked who we recruited last year but because he had a knee operation, he didn?t start (school), a kid by the name of (Johnnie) Troutman. We felt we needed a little bit more bulk at guard and we had (Dennis) Landolt and (John) Shaw to go in playing tackle and we thought Landolt at guard, and the consensus was that Shaw might be easier to make the adjustment to guard because he is a fifth-year guy. That is the reason he is playing guard. Whether he stays there or not, I honestly am going to say that I don?t know. We will look at all the tapes over the summer and evaluate them through the summer program and see how far Troutman has come. With Landolt, Troutman and (Gerald) Cadogan, we have three good-sized tackles and with Shaw at guard that gives us a chance to have three or four guards. We are still a little worried about the center spot, but we will go from there.

SteelCityMan786
04-26-2007, 09:17 PM
What are your thoughts on the secondary as a whole as they seem to be very athletic?

That is about right. That is a very athletic group. It is not a question of this guy runs :4.5 or this guy runs :4.4 or this guy runs :4.6. The way the game is played today, when you talk about past defenses, it is not a question of how quick you are, it is how fast you play. You have to have a little sense. (Anthony) Scirrotto has turned out to be a really outstanding safety. He is one of our better players, but he isn?t a great guy with the clock. He is tough, smart, anticipates things, studies quarterbacks, splits and receivers, certain things they can do when they split a certain way and the whole bit. He is in the game. He plays a step or two faster than he actually is. We have a lot of guys that are faster than he is, but they are not better. Until they can get to that state of mind, they will be good, but they may not be as good as they can be. I think what you said is right, and if they are very athletic, whether they are great defensive players right now outside of maybe (Justin) King and (Tony) Davis. The other kids are all young. They are tough and can run. I think eventually they are going to be pretty darn good. Right now, they are OK.

Can you talk about your freshman running backs ? Brent Carter and Evan Royster?

I like Royster, too. I think both Carter and Royster have a chance to be pretty good backs. You have to see them in some situations where they have to improvise a little bit and make somebody miss and do some things. Right now, we have not done enough tough work with those two kids. I like both of them. They both are good athletes who work hard. They are both good students and good kids. I think, eventually, both of them will be good running backs.

What are your expectations of Kevin Kelly next season and what are some things he needs to do to be more consistent?

He has to be more consistent. That is a mental process. He can go out there and kick that ball and look like he is as good as anybody. He can kick a 55-yard field goal and put the ball in the end zone and the whole bit. Right now he still is not as consistent as he could be. We may be expecting too much of him, but I think that he just has to be a little bit more consistent.

Talk about how this game has become such a big event.

As I said, to me it?s a scrimmage. It?s a scrimmage with a lot of people. Some of us get, I get, maybe more than you people do and I gotta be careful, you get wrapped up so much in the little things and the details. I have an old saying, ?We?re only as good as the poorest guy we?ve got.? I worry. I come in there with drills for the poor guys. I don?t come in with drills for guys who are good. We gotta figure out a way to get this guy better so that we can better as a team. Then all of a sudden you come to a day like today and you see all those Penn State kids running around with Virginia Tech colors on. Wait till you see how many have on Virginia Tech t-shirts. My wife (Sue) walked in the room and she?s wearing maroon and orange. Between you and me, she looked like hell (laughter). She had to go down and dig around to find something maroon and orange. I?ve never seen her in maroon and orange. She said, ?How do I look?? I said, ?Oh you look great honey, you look wonderful.? (laughter). But to see all those kids come across campus and to see all these people, you realize there?s something about intercollegiate athletics that is special. It?s special, it really is. It?s special at Virginia Tech, it?s special here. The Oklahoma spring game was on, I watched a little of that on television. You?re almost fascinated by it and proud to be part of it. I?m proud of this campus and the way they have responded to the Virginia Tech situation. The students and everybody else. I?m a little closer to the Virginia Tech family than you might realize. The guy who wrote the biography that?s important on Stonewall Jackson; I think all of you know who Stonewall Jackson was, the great confederate general. When Stonewall got killed?.that was probably the end of the Civil War when Jackson was down. Jackson was a very religious man. Before he went to the war, he was a deeply religious man. A man by the name of (James) Robertson wrote the biography and he?s a Virginia Tech professor. He and I were on a CFA committee together and we spent a lot of time together and I got to like him very much. He liked me and I got to know Frank Beamer very well. I like Frank very much, he and his wife (Cheryl). His wife sent me a copy of Robertson?s book on the life of Stonewall Jackson. And in it, professor Robertson put in a statement about me. I always appreciated that. It?s really a great book about a great man. When all was said and done, he may have been one of the greatest generals we ever had. And when this thing happened, I went to the book because there was a poem in it that hit me. I had forgotten about it. When Jackson died, as I said he was a very religious man, there was a poem in there that eulogized him. It goes this way:

A hero came among us as we slept.
And first he lowly knelt and rose and wept.
And gathering up a thousand spears,
He swept across the field of Mars,
And fought forever and walked among the stars.
In the land where we were dreaming.

That struck me a long time ago and it struck me here. You know, we have a bunch of guys carrying spears out there going across Mars. I think about the kids going to college, going with their spears to conquer the world. All of a sudden they?re shot down. That?s kind of tragic. Not kind of, it is tragic. But anyway, I think it is a great thing (Penn State student response). It is a great day for college athletics, a great day for college institutions. When you guys go out there and see all those kids wearing Virginia Tech colors, and a bunch of kids going after each other trying to knock the crap out of each other, all because they love the game. They love this football game. And all those people [are in the stadium] because they love the game, and they love this place. Yet their love is deep enough it carries across two states, to another state. So I think it?s a great thing. It is a great thing and I?m proud to be a part of it.

SteelCityMan786
04-26-2007, 09:22 PM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=11090

An ?amazing? afternoon touches PSU, Va. Tech

By Neil Rudel, nrudel@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK ? Clusters of maroon and orange dotted Beaver Stadium, and the Blue Band, also donning Virginia Tech colors, pierced the pre-game silence with a beautiful, emotional rendition of ?Amazing Grace.?

Offensive tackle Gerald Cadogan read a tribute to the 32 victims of last week?s massacre at Virginia Tech as Penn State did its part at Saturday?s Blue-White Game to console the Hokie family.

?A lot of times people say their hearts go out, but to actually do something to say we?re with them meant a lot to me,? Cadogan, who write the passage, said. ?I?m thankful I was able to represent the team and the Penn State community.?

The color-coordinated letters ?VT? stood out in the PSU student section.

Paterno met with the girlfriend of one of the victims, Bellefonte native and PSU graduate Jeremy Herbstritt, and her mother just before kickoff.

They presented him with a Hokie cap.

?The family,? he said, clearly touched, ?wanted me to have this.?

Paterno doesn?t wear hats, but he proudly carried it with him on his way to the radio booth, where he provided color commentary.

?The mom told me she?s a diehard Hokie,? Paterno said, adding with a smirk. ?I told her I was on the Blacksburg campus before she was born.?

That occasion came in the 1960s when he took a couple of assistant coaches to see a practice led by former Hokie mentor and friend Jerry Claiborne.

Paterno tried unsuccessfully to contact current Va. Tech coach Frank Beamer last week and will try again ?when things settle down.?

Paterno?s wife, Sue, was also in Saturday?s spirit, ?digging around? for maroon and orange garb her husband didn?t know she owned.

When she asked him how she looked, Paterno cracked, ?oh, great.?

Paterno was even more overwhelmed when he emerged from a brunch at the Bryce Jordan Center and saw all the support for Virginia Tech.

?I?m pleased, obviously, with how we?re all reaching out,? he said. ?I think it?s fitting.?

Saturday?s crowd ? a record 71,000 ? converged in part because of the hall of fame weather and in part to come together for a cause greater than what Paterno called ?a scrimmage.?

?We get wrapped up so much in the details, and then all of a sudden you come to a day like today, and you see all those Penn State kids running around with Virginia Tech colors on ? T-shirts, hats,? he said, his voice trailing off.

He treasures ? and maybe lives for ? the chance to still be part of it.

?There?s something about intercollegiate athletics that?s special,? he said. ?It?s special at Virginia Tech, and it?s special here. You?re almost fascinated by it.?

Near the end of Saturday?s pre-game press conference, Paterno tried to sum up the role sports and community can have in regrouping from Virginia Tech?s awful tragedy.

He pulled out and read a poem about Stonewall Jackson. It was written by a friend of his at Virginia Tech.

It talked about heroes and warriors, and as he watched the week?s harrowing wall-to-wall news reports, he went searching for the poem.

?It struck me a long time ago and again here that we have a bunch of people carrying spears,? he said. ?I think about kids that go to college with their spears to conquer the world ... and all of a sudden they?re shot down.?

Tears welling, he brought it back to Beaver Stadium.

?It?s a great day for college athletics and both these institutions,? he said. ?All these people who are here love the game and this place and their loves carries across two states.?

Years from now, few will remember many details about the 2007 Blue-White game.

Most, however, will be able to close their eyes and listen to the Blue Band, in its maroon and orange, playing a salute to Virginia Tech.

SteelCityMan786
04-26-2007, 09:24 PM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=11118



Blue-White Game notebook

By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Connor now the focal point

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Dan Connor is looking forward to a chance to "cut loose a little more" as he moves from outside to middle linebacker.

Connor earned All-America honors last year on the outside, while teammate and NFL-bound Paul Posluszny did the same during his first season in the middle. The interior spot has more responsibilities and is involved in more plays in a 4-3 defense, things Connor enjoys.

"I like it a lot more because I'm always in the action," he said. "No matter where the ball is, it gives you a chance to play both sides of the field."

Connor, who played middle linebacker in high school, said the spot is "definitely a faster and more physical position than [outside]. It's quicker reaction and taking on linemen a lot."

Connor realizes he's replacing a Penn State legend in Posluszny, the Nittany Lions' career tackling leader and a two-time Bednarik Award winner as the nation's top defensive player.

"Real big shoes to fill, both as a player and as a leader of the defense," said Connor, a Bednarik finalist himself last season who's only 98 tackles shy of Posluszny's school record.

Connor looked into the possibility of entering the NFL draft but decided to return for his senior year. He said he'll be watching the draft to see where his former teammates land, but as for trying to figure out where he may have been selected, Connor noted, "that's not real important."

SUBHD: Bowman, Sales battle for other LB spot

Junior Sean Lee will return for his second season as starting outside linebacker, leaving one other outside spot up for grabs.

The top two candidates battling it out this spring have been fourth-year junior Tyrell Sales and redshirt freshman Navorro Bowman.

"It's pretty neck and neck right now," Lee said when asked which of the two has the upper hand so far. "They're both extremely athletic, both move really well, both tough kids."

SUBHD: Cadogan ready for key role

Fourth-year junior Gerald Cadogan has the tough task of replacing a first-round NFL draft pick who was the anchor of the offensive line last season.

Cadogan's plan is simple: study Levi Brown on film and try to emulate everything he sees.

"In order to be like the best, you have to study the best, so I'm studying what he did," said Cadogan, the frontrunner for the starting left tackle spot.

Cadogan will have to protect quarterback Anthony Morelli's weak side, and as inconsistent as the Lions' offensive line was for most of last season, they never had to worry about that with Brown on the field.

The line is expected to be more experienced and improved next season, but if Cadogan struggles, PSU could face major issues in pass protection.

"You definitely have to play with a chip on your shoulder," Cadogan said of the O-line mentality. "As my dad always tells me, it's either hit or be hit."

Cadogan started five games -- the first four and week six -- at left guard last season, but the 6-foot-5, 313-pounder says he's more suited for tackle.

A guard, he said, has to stay low and get a lot of leverage going against defensive tackles. An offensive tackle goes against quicker defensive ends and must keep them at bay.

"I'm saying I'm more natural [at tackle], meaning I have my length, I'm taller, my arm length," Cadogan said.

SUBHD: Perretta finds end zone

Altoona's Brendan Perretta scored the first touchdown of his career Saturday, catching a 37-yard pass from Paul Cianciolo on a busted play in the second quarter for the White team.

"It was cool," Perretta said. "It was kind of a cheap touchdown because we didn't have a cornerback on the field. They were a bit confused, and I just yelled to Paul."

Perretta, a fifth-year senior, was moved from receiver to cornerback this spring and split duties on both sides of the ball Saturday. His defensive highlight was breaking up a long pass to Deon Butler in the third quarter.

"It was a surprise," Perretta said of the position switch, "and now it's a learning experience."

SUBHD: Devlin makes his debut

Highly touted quarterback Pat Devlin made his Beaver Stadium debut Saturday, completing 5-of-8 passes for 41 yards while splitting time between the two teams. He also ran three times for 18 yards, including a 14-yard scamper.

"It was great, it was a lot of fun," said Devlin, a redshirt freshman who downplayed the significance of the day. "It was just practice 13. It was no different than practice 13."

Even with 71,000 people in the stands?

"As a quarterback, I think you always have to keep your cool," Devlin said. "Whether there's a million people in the stands or one, you've got to go out and you've got to play the same. If you lose your cool, you're not going to be a good quarterback."

SUBHD: Packing 'em in

A sun-splashed day in the 70s produced the big turnout of 71,000, a record for a Blue-White Game. The previous mark had been 62,000 in 1996.

SUBHD: Award winners

Senior receiver Terrell Golden received the Red Worrell award, given to an offensive player for exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement during spring practice.

Junior cornerback Lydell Sargeant received the Jim O'Hora award, given to a defensive player for the same characteristics.

Fourth-year junior center Ross Muir received the Frank Patrick award, given to a junior who consistently follows through with his responsibility in all facets of the program in an exemplary manner.

SteelCityMan786
04-26-2007, 09:29 PM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=11117



Paterno plans to keep Nittany Lions grounded

By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Joe Paterno doesn't mind that his players are talking about national championship hopes for next season, just so they realize one thing.

"I'm glad they're thinking big, as long as they understand it takes more than talk," Paterno said prior to Saturday's Blue-White Game.

Several members of the Nittany Lions, coming off a 9-4 season, mentioned winning a national title as their goal for 2007. Sure, every team in the country has that goal now, but it's just spring, and Paterno cautioned, "We have a long way to go."

"Before you start a game, you have four seasons," the coach said. "You've got winter program, you've got spring practice, you've got summer workouts, you've got preseason."

Then, as he concluded, "you go to work" during the regular season.

The Lions are halfway through Paterno's four-season preparation, and so far, everything has gone smoothly.

"We've had two good segments," Paterno said. "I think the winter program was one of the better ones we've had. We've had a good spring practice."

One key thing that takes place during the spring is the establishment of team leaders. Quarterback Anthony Morelli has stepped forward in that regard, which Paterno said, "is really something you would hope would happen" for a second-year starting quarterback.

Morelli talked about his growth in confidence leading up to the Blue-White Game, and though some fans were disappointed in his play last season, Paterno consistently gave his quarterback positive reviews.

The reviews were even better Saturday.

"I think Anthony is a really good quarterback," Paterno said before also adding, "he had a heck of a spring."

The latter part of spring brought one unwelcome distraction as several members of the football team were questioned in an alleged off-campus assault. State College police are investigating the incident, which may be overblown or may end up costing some key contributors playing time.

The incident took place at an apartment complex April 1, and Paterno waited until Saturday to make his first public statement.

"It hasn't been a distraction yet," he said. "I don't know what's going to happen because I don't know anything that's going on."

Paterno went on to add, "I never try to worry about things until I have to worry about them." And in this case he pointed out, "I'm not sure I've got anything to worry about yet."

At least Paterno won't have to worry about watching games from the press box instead of the sideline next season.

"It'll be good to be down there," he said.

The coach suffered a broken left leg during a sideline hit at Wisconsin late in the 2006 campaign. It forced him to miss a game against Temple the following week and to watch from the press box in the regular-season finale against Michigan State.

Paterno had hoped to return to the sideline for the Outback Bowl but couldn't because of wet field conditions. The coach usually watches the Blue-White Game from the press box and does commentary on the radio, and he thought about switching gears Saturday by going down to the sideline.

"I debated for a little bit there whether maybe I would enjoy being on the sideline," Paterno said. "But then I said, hey, first thing [is] all you guys with cameras are going to get a hold of me. I'll be the story. I'm on the sideline, you know. So I'm going upstairs and second guess everybody on the radio."

Paterno showed no signs of trouble walking Saturday, and his players said all week he's been back to his old self in practice.

The coach doesn't like working in his office in the football building because, since he knows so many people, there are always distractions that slow him down. So, he does most of his work from home three blocks away.

"If I have to get into the office, they call me up, I'm in the office in five minutes," Paterno said, adding he has a fax machine, game tapes and a university phone in his home office. "I think I'm getting about as much done as I've gotten done before."

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2007, 05:42 PM
http://www.centredaily.com/116/story/79434.html
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PSU athletes face arrest
By Pete Bosak - pbosak@centredaily.com

As many as six Penn State football players are expected to be charged for their alleged roles in an apartment invasion and assault in downtown State College early this month, said Centre County Assistant District Attorney Steve Sloane.

While authorities think 15 to 18 football players were at the apartment that night, police are looking to charge as many as six Nittany Lions who allegedly pushed their way into an apartment at the Meridian II building and assaulted several men, one of whom was knocked unconscious.

The remaining players may not have gotten into the apartment, Sloane said. Those players, Sloane said, probably will be subpoenaed for testimony about the alleged attacks, which occurred shortly after midnight on April 1.

"We are looking at whoever went into that apartment," Sloane said. "That's our primary focus, whoever went into that apartment. We're trying to figure out who hurt these kids. We're trying to be very careful to find those responsible and not just recklessly charge everyone who was there."

Sloane met with the lead detective on the case from State College police and Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira on Wednesday to discuss the case and decide upon charges.

After that meeting, Sloane referred further questions to Madeira.

Madeira said an announcement on charges will come Friday but declined to elaborate.

"This investigation is difficult due to the number of people involved," Madeira said. "Anything we do in this regard is going to be scrutinized. So we are making sure we are not jumping to conclusions either way."

Police said the incident at Meridian II was related to an earlier "street confrontation" at High Street and East College Avenue in which a man took offense at remarks directed at his girlfriend from a group of three men and reacted verbally and physically.

That initial incident, police said, led to the assault in the apartment. Witnesses said football players pushed their way into the apartment at 646 E. College Ave. while a larger number waited outside.

Inside the apartment, several men were beaten up by a group that included some football players, witnesses have said.

One victim was struck with a beer bottle, another was leveled and then kicked while he lay on the floor, witnesses told police. A laptop computer also was destroyed, witnesses said.

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2007, 05:44 PM
http://www.centredaily.com/126/story/80942.html

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MIDDAY REPORT: Dark day for Penn State football

IT'S A DARK DAY for Penn State football, as six players are charged with felony offenses in a developing story this morning.

We'll post what we know when we have it, but by any account this is a dark day as some rising stars are facing charges in an assault and apartment invasion in downtown State College.

Coach Joe Paterno has talks time and again about personal responsibility and about guys being role models.

This incident flies in the face of anything the coach ever says.

This now will play out in court and we'll watch for further developments. It also will play out in Penn State's judicial affairs system and Paterno's own discipline.

Coming just a week after a beautiful Blue-White weekend and a scrimmage attended by 71,000 fans, this hits hard.

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2007, 05:46 PM
http://www.centredaily.com/126/story/80952.html

Police recount fight; Justin King: 'Stuff was happening everywhere'

By CDT staff reports

STATE COLLEGE -- Penn State football player Jerome Hayes described seeing a "mob." Cornerback Justin King said that once inside the apartment at 646 E. College Avenue on April 1, "stuff was happening everywhere."

The April 1 melee that police say took place when a group of football players forced their way into the apartment, today led to felony charges being filed against six members of the Penn State football team.

Those six, authorities said in a news conference this morning, were the players were part of a larger group of players who descended on the apartment, and were the ones who actually went inside.

Once they did, several people inside the apartment were attacked, and one was knocked unconscious by being hit with a beer bottle over the head, police said.

Authorities said that in addition to the six people charged, subpoenas will be issued to as many as 20 football players.

State College police Chief Tom King said the melee had its origins in an altercation that occurred between 11 and 11:30 the night before. He said football player Anthony Scirrotto and his girlfriend encountered three men near College Avenue and High Street, and Scirrotto became involved in a confrontation. King said police have conflicting statements as to what started the fight.

But it didn't end there.

King said Scirrotto followed the three men back to their apartment, and Scirrotto and three others tried to get into the apartment, but could not.

Scirrotto then called teammate Lydell Sargeant, police said.

King said Scirrotto told police that "shortly after that call, numerous football players arrived" at the apartment.

Police said Scirrotto told at least some of his teammates that one person inside the apartment had pushed his girlfriend, and a man in a red polo shirt had punched Scirrotto.

Football player Justin King admitted to going into the apartment, and said he heard someone say they were calling police, Chief Tom King said. Justin King told police he tried to get his friends out of the apartment, and as he was grabbing people, "stuff was happening everywhere."

"It was chaos," Hayes was quoted as telling police.

One man inside the apartment, who was involved in the earlier confrontation, was singled out by the intruders, police said, and was thrown onto a couch, and punched in the head and torso. That man was later treated at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Police said another man in the apartment tried to break up the assault, and was hit over the head with a beer bottle and knocked unconscious. Witnesses told police that while the man was unconscious, he was repeatedly punched in the head. That person was taken by ambulance to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment.

Another man told police that when he tried to help a friend who was on the floor, he was knocked into a chair and punched and kicked in the face.

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2007, 05:48 PM
http://www.centredaily.com/126/story/80966.html

Police: Hayes said "We went down to protect"

From CDT staff reports

STATE COLLEGE -- When police interviewed Penn State football player Jerome Hayes regarding the April 1 melee at a State College apartment, Hayes said the football players went there seeking revenge.

Teammate Anthony Scirrotto had told his fellow players that his girlfriend had been struck during an altercation with three men that took place the night of March 31 at College Avenue and High Street.

"We went down to protect," Hayes is quoted as saying in a criminal complaint filed by police with District Judge Carmine Prestia. He said he went to the apartment to which Scirrotto had followed the three men to see if Scirrotto was okay, but when he got there, events were already in motion, according to the complaint.

He told police that he later realized the players would feel wrath for the incident the following Monday.

"We realized the whole confrontation shouldn't have been," he is quoted by police as saying.

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2007, 05:51 PM
http://www.centredaily.com/126/story/81032.html

Scirrotto's bail set at $50,000; $10,000 for other players

From CDT staff reports

Because they voluntarily surrendered, as requested by police, six football players facing felony charges were released on unsecured bail, District Judge Carmine Prestia said.

After arraignment, Prestia set bail for Anthony P. Scirrotto, 20, and Chris I. Baker, 19, who face the most serious charges, at $50,000 unsecured.

Jerome A. Hayes, 20; Justin King, 19; Tyrell A. Sales, 21; and Lydell R. Sargeant, 20, each had bail set at $10,000 unsecured.

Prestia said that even though the men face serious felony charges, he did not see a reason to incarcerate them at this point.

They will only have to post bail if they fail to show up for their court dates or violated terms of the bail.

All six men were arraigned around noon via video conference from Penn State University police offices at the Eisenhower Parking Deck.

A preliminary hearing on the charges against the players has been set for 8:30 a.m. May 4 at 8:30 a.m. in the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2007, 05:53 PM
http://www.centredaily.com/116/story/80920.html

SIX NITTANY LIONS FACE FELONY CHARGES

Felony charges have been filed against six members of the Penn State football team in connection with an April 1 incident in which several people pushed their way into an apartment at 646 E. College Ave. and an altercation ensued.

The players are awaiting arraignment this morning, and a news conference to further explain the charges is taking place at this time. According to criminal complaints filed with District Judge Carmine Prestia, the players charged are:

? Anthony P. Scirrotto, 20, a junior safety from West Deptford, N.J., who led the Nittany Lions last year with six interceptions. He is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, and criminal solicitation, all felonies, simple assault and criminal solicitation, both misdemeanors, and summary harassment.

? Chris I. Baker, 19, a junior-sophomore defensive tackle from Windsor, Conn., who was expected to earn more playing time this season with the departures of two starters from last year. He is charged with burglary and criminal trespass, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor charges of simple assault, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, and a summary charge of harassment.

? Jerome A. Hayes, 20, a junior-sophomore linebacker from Bayonne, N.J., was expected to be a challenger for a starting assignment. He is charged with criminal trespass, a felony, disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and a summary charge of harassment.

? Justin King, 19, a junior standout cornerback from Pittsburgh who was a 2006 second-team All-Big Ten pick. He is charged with criminal trespass, a felony, disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and a summary charge of harassment.

? Tyrell A. Sales, 21, a junior linebacker from Butler who earned Academic All-Big Ten honors the past two years. He is charged with criminal trespass, a felony, disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and a summary charge of harassment.

? Lydell R. Sargeant, 20, a junior cornerback from Lompoc, Calif., who went to grades three through nine at Gateway School District near Pittsburgh, where he was a classmate of King?s. He is charged with criminal trespass, a felony, disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and a summary charge of harassment.

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2007, 05:55 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/News/articles.asp?articleID=11257



UPDATE - PSU players charged

By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

STATE COLLEGE -- Six Penn State football players have been charged with multiple counts, including at least one felony apiece, in connection with an off-campus fight that took place April 1.

Safety Anthony Scirrotto and defensive lineman Chris Baker each received several charges, including the most severe charge, a first-degree felony count of burglary. Each also received a third-degree felony count of criminal trespass, and Scirrotto additionally received felony and misdemeanor counts of criminal solicitation.

State College District Attorney Michael Madeira said the maximum penalty for the burglary charge is 20 years in prison. He noted, however, the more typical punishment is 12-24 months in prison.

Other players charged Friday include: starting cornerback Justin King, linebackers Jerome Hayes and Tyrell Sales and defensive back Lydell Sargeant. All four were charged with a third-degree felony count of criminal trespass, a third-degree misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and a summary offense charge of harassment.

Madeira said all charges against the players, other than the burglary charge, typically would result in probation or a one- to three-month prison sentence. The exception is the harassment charge, which could bring a fine of up to $300.

The breakdown of charges for Scirrotto and Baker:

Scirrotto:

- Burglary (felony 1)

- Criminal trespass (felony 3)

- Criminal solicitation (2 counts - one felony, one misdemeanor)

- Simple assault (misdemeanor 2)

- Harassment (summary offense)

Baker:

- Burglary (felony 1)

- Criminal trespass (felony 3)

- Simple assault (misdemeanor 2)

- Criminal mischief (misdemeanor 2)

- Disorderly conduct (misdemeanor 3)

- Harassment (summary offense)

The incident, State College police said, occurred after Scirrotto and his girlfriend were involved in a street altercation with three men between 11 and 11:30 p.m. on March 31. Scirrotto reportedly contacted at least one other football player, the police investigation determined, to tell him of the incident.

To retaliate for the street incident, Scirrotto and a group of football players entered an apartment -- where at least one of the men was located -- without being welcomed and assaulted several people inside.

All players were arraigned and released without having to post bail Friday morning.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno is expected to make a statement later Friday afternoon.

For more information, see Saturday's edition of the Altoona Mirror.

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2007, 05:59 PM
http://post-gazette.com/pg/07117/781554-100.stm

6 Penn State football players charged in fight
Includes Gateway High grad Justin King, Butler's Tyrell Sales

Friday, April 27, 2007
By Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The State College police department today filed criminal charges against six Penn State football players and two other students who were involved in a fight at an off-campus apartment April 1.

The football players charged are starting safety Anthony Scirrotto; starting cornerback Justin King, a Gateway High School graduate; and reserves Chris Baker; Jerome Hayes; Lydell Sargeant; and Tyrell Sales, a Butler High School graduate.

Scirrotto and Baker face the most serious charges.

Scirrotto was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and harassment. Baker was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and harassment. If convicted of the burglary charge, they could face 12 to 24 months in prison.

King, Hayes, Sargeant and Sales were charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment. If convicted, they likely face probation.

The other students charged today are Bernd Imle and Thomas Skalamera. Police said Imle shoved a female friend of Scirrotto and punched Scirrotto in the face after the female kicked him in the groin. Skalamera allegedly knocked a cell phone out of Scirrotto's hand. Police received conflicting stories on what started the altercation.

Scirrotto allegedly phoned friends on the football team who showed up to see if he was OK. Later, the players who were charged forced their way into an apartment on East College Avenue where the assaults took place, police said.

A preliminary hearing for the six football players is scheduled for next Friday.

FastWillieParker39
04-27-2007, 06:15 PM
this is really, really dumb by this players espically Scirrioto and King who had very very bright futures ahead. Them doing this I have no idea why

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2007, 07:58 PM
I haven't seen any hard core evidence that they're guilty of any crimes. But, this story however, is just unfolding.

Atlanta Dan
04-27-2007, 08:03 PM
Best lines in the story for me

Scirrotto allegedly phoned friends on the football team who showed up to see if he was OK.

Uh-huh

Police received conflicting stories on what started the altercation.

Flounder : Will that work?
Otter : Hey, it's gotta work better than the truth.

SteelCityMan786
04-28-2007, 01:18 PM
http://www.centredaily.com/116/story/81556.html

6 PSU players face felony charges; 20 more may face questioning

By Pete Bosak - pbosak@centredaily.com


Six Penn State football players, including two defensive standouts, surrendered to police Friday to face felony charges they forced their way into a State College apartment April 1, sparking a melee that sent two men to the hospital.

Charged with felony criminal trespass are: Anthony Scirrotto, 20, Christopher Baker, 19, Justin King, 19, Jerome Hayes, 20, Lydell Sargeant, 20, and Tyrell Sales, 21. The most severe charges are against Scirrotto and Baker -- both also are charged with burglary, and Scirrotto also faces two counts of criminal solicitation. If convicted, the pair could face one to two years in prison.

At least 20 other Nittany Lions who were outside of the apartment during the alleged assaults will be subpoenaed as witnesses, prosecutors said Friday. They include star linebacker Dan Connor, standout receiver Deon Butler, running back Matt Hahn, tight end Brennan Coakley and cornerback Knowledge Timmons, according to law enforcement sources.

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno issued a two-sentence statement after the arrests of his players.

"Speaking for our football staff, we are very concerned with the accusations made today and will determine the appropriate consequence for each player's status on the team when due process has transpired," Paterno said. "Until such time, we will have no further comment regarding the situation."

Hayes told police that when he arrived at the Meridian II apartment complex at 646 E. College Ave. just after midnight on April 1, the assembled football players looked like "a mob," according to court documents.

Police said the ringleader in the assaults was Scirrotto. It was he, police said, who was involved in an altercation on the streets of downtown State College almost 45 minutes earlier, and that the alleged apartment invasion was done in retaliation for that incident.

Two men were issued citations Friday for their role in that initial altercation with Scirrotto. Bernd Imle Jr., of State College, was cited for harassment, and Thomas Skalamera, also of State College, was cited for criminal mischief. Imle is accused of throwing a punch that grazed Scirrotto's face about 11:30 p.m. March 31, about 45 minutes before the Meridian II attacks.

"Little to no injury observed" on Scirrotto, the officer wrote on Imle's citation.

Scirrotto's girlfriend was with him, and there were conflicting reports regarding her involvement. Scirrotto said she was shoved. Imle told police she kicked him in the groin, leading him to shove her away and punch Scirrotto.

Scirrotto followed Imle and Skalamera to a Meridian II apartment and called his brother, Derek. They and two other people tried to get in the apartment but were turned away, police said.

Scirrotto then called teammate Sargeant, telling them he and his girlfriend had been beaten by men who were at a party inside the apartment, according to court papers.

Dozens of teammates answered Scirrotto's call for help, according to court documents.

Hayes said the contingent of football players went to the Meridian II thinking they were going to Scirrotto's aid when, police said, his scuffle with the three victims had been over for almost 45 minutes.

"You got to do what you got to do," Hayes allegedly told police when asked whether they went to the apartment to seek revenge for Scirrotto being roughed up earlier. "We went down to protect."

Police said six of them forced their way into the apartment and at least two of them attacked Imle and anyone who tried to stop them. Almost 20 other football players were outside, police said.

"Victim John Britt was in the apartment during the incident and tried breaking up an assault," said State College Police Chief Thomas King at a news conference Friday morning. "During the incident, Britt was hit over the head with a beer bottle and was knocked unconscious. Others reported that Britt was repeatedly punched in the head by an unidentified attacker while unconscious."

At least five people inside of the apartment were assaulted, police said.

"Anyone that got in their way or tried to stop the assaults were either held back or punched," State College Detective Steve Bosak wrote in his complaint against Hayes.

"This was very violent," said Centre County Assistant District Attorney Steve Sloane. "There are allegations of people being struck until they fell to the ground and then being struck while they are down. One man was struck with a bottle and knocked unconscious and someone continued to beat him again, not realizing he was unconscious."

At some point during the melee, Baker poured a beer onto a $3,000 laptop, destroying it, authorities said.

King was among the men who forced their way inside the apartment, police said.

The cornerback told police he was trying to get his teammates back outside, to no avail.

"King reported that once it started, there was not a way to reverse what was happening," the police chief quoted the player as saying. King is charged with a felony count of criminal trespass, a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and a summary harassment charge.

Apartment resident Larry Himes told police he was held back during the assaults but saw King standing near his kitchen counter watching the beatings but doing nothing to stop them, according to court documents.

Still, because he went into the apartment after being told repeatedly he was not allowed inside, he was charged with criminal trespass, said Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira.

"We had to be very careful to draw a line, a threshold if you will, a legal limit. Where are we going to draw the line?" Madeira said. "Do we just throw a net to cover the 20 people who went up into the building? We thought the logical legal line was the threshold of the door. If they went in knowing they were not to be there as the allegation claims, that's when we believe the crime had occurred and these were the people we could identify."

Pete Bosak can be reached at 235-3928. Staff writer Sara Ganim contributed to this report.

Buzz05
04-30-2007, 08:50 AM
So why is it that only the football players are getting into trouble. Why arent the punks who got in Scirrotto's face getting any trouble. After all they incited the incident. And as far as Im concerned if it was them who started it then they got what that deserved. Im not saying the football guys are innocent, but atleast press charges on the guys who started it.

If something major were to happen and Scirrotto and a few of the other players have to sit for a game or 2. These guys may wanna get outa town, because what the fans and the student body may do will be far more severe

Jeremy
04-30-2007, 09:37 AM
So why is it that only the football players are getting into trouble. Why arent the punks who got in Scirrotto's face getting any trouble. After all they incited the incident. And as far as Im concerned if it was them who started it then they got what that deserved. Im not saying the football guys are innocent, but atleast press charges on the guys who started it.

If something major were to happen and Scirrotto and a few of the other players have to sit for a game or 2. These guys may wanna get outa town, because what the fans and the student body may do will be far more severe

They did. Two normal run of the mill students got charged as well.

Buzz05
04-30-2007, 09:43 AM
They did. Two normal run of the mill students got charged as well.

Sorry didnt hear that part

Jeremy
04-30-2007, 09:47 AM
Sorry didnt hear that part

Well, they did.

This whole thing is going to be a lot less serious than it is now. Most of those charges will end up getting dropped.

83-Steelers-43
04-30-2007, 03:56 PM
IMO, Paterno will pull some strings and this will all be pushed under the carpet.

SteelCityMan786
04-30-2007, 10:31 PM
Sorry didnt hear that part

yeah 2 of the people outside of the football team were charged.

SteelCityMan786
04-30-2007, 10:33 PM
http://www.centredaily.com/116/story/83088.html

Subpoenas issued to 13 Nittany Lions, 24 others
By Sara Ganim, sganim@centredaily.com


Thirteen football players are among 37 people who have been subpoenaed to testify Friday at a preliminary hearing for six football players who were charged last week in connection with an April apartment invasion in State College.

The Penn State football players subpoenaed are:

? Jedediah Hill

? Knowledge Timmons

? Nicholas Pinchek

? Vincent Deon Butler

? Brennan Coakley

? Tom Golarz

? Michael Lucian

? Bani Gbadyu

? Austin Hinton

? Richard Ohrnberger

? Matt Hahn

? Dan Connor

? Lou Eliades

Derek Scirrotto, the brother of player Anthony Scirrotto, 20, was also subpoenaed. Anthony Scirrotto was charged Friday with burglary, criminal trespass, and criminal solicitation, all felonies, simple assault and criminal solicitation, both misdemeanors, and summary harassment, for allegedly calling fellow players to an apartment at the Meridian where an assault later occurred.

Five other players were charged with felony criminal trespass and other crimes in connection with the incident.

Larry Himes and Joseph McGarrity, who are the occupants of the Meridian apartment, also were subpoenaed, along with Bernd Imle and Thomas Skalamera, both of State College, who were cited Friday for criminal mischief for their role in an initial street altercation with Scirrotto.

Imle is accused of throwing a punch that grazed Scirrotto's face about 11:30 p.m. March 31, about 45 minutes before the Meridian II attacks.

SteelCityMan786
04-30-2007, 10:36 PM
http://www.centredaily.com/116/story/81557.html

Judicial Affairs may also eye players
By Sara Ganim - sganim@centredaily.com

Six Penn State football players face criminal charges in an April 1 apartment assault, but the university left open the possibility that its Judicial Affairs Office could look beyond those six to as many as 20 other players who police said were also present.

Judicial Affairs investigates any conduct that is in violation of the University Code of Conduct, regardless of whether criminal charges are involved, as long as a complaint has been filed, Director of Judicial Affairs Joe Puzycki said in an e-mail.

It is not known if a Judicial Affairs complaint has been filed against any of the other players involved, but university spokesman Bill Mahon said Judicial Affairs will take its own look at the entire criminal investigation.

"The university's Office of Judicial Affairs will review the information collected during the borough police investigation and determine if there were violations of the university's Code of Conduct," Mahon said in an e-mail.

Police said at a news conference that at many as 20 additional football players were involved in the investigation. Those 20 may be subpoenaed but, because they did not enter the apartment where the assaults allegedly occurred, they were not charged criminally.

According to the Judicial Affairs Web site, if students are found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct, sanctions ranging from warnings to expulsion can be levied.

The Web site says, "circumstances where the off-campus behavior of students affects a substantial university interest" or impinges the rights of others or disturbs the peace, warrants disciplinary action.

Anthony Scirrotto, 20; Chris Baker, 19; Jerome Hayes, 20; Justin King, 19; Tyrell Sales, 21; and Lydell Sargeant, 20, were all charged with a felony count of criminal trespass. Baker and Scirrotto were also charged with simple assault and burglary.

According to the Web site, crimes committed off campus that could warrant probation or expulsion typically include burglary, simple assaults, fights that result in injury and unlawful entry.

Court records show two students who are not athletes were also charged with summary citations for initiating an altercation on College Avenue that preceded the incident at the apartment.

Mahon said students involved may also be sanctioned by intercollegiate athletics.

SteelCityMan786
04-30-2007, 10:41 PM
I believe what this attorney is saying. These people are trying to pull a Nifong. This in my opinion was a case of players being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

http://www.centredaily.com/116/story/81566.html
Attorney: Police misrepresented facts
By Pete Bosak and Sara Ganim - Centre Daily Times

The attorney for the football player accused of triggering an apartment invasion and alleged assaults said police have misrepresented the facts and charged his client with crimes he didn't commit.

"Nothing shows he touched anybody, did anything to anybody, marshaled forth the troops or anything," Attorney Ed Blanarik said. His client, Anthony Scirrotto, 20, was charged Friday with three felonies for allegedly soliciting several other football players to seek revenge on two men for an altercation with Scirrotto and his girlfriend.

"Just because he may have made a phone call to somebody and several members of the team showed up doesn't mean that he solicited them to commit a crime," Blanarik said.

He said a criminal complaint only sets forth facts proving Scirrotto was involved in the street argument late on March 31, when Scirrotto was trying to protect his girlfriend.

Blanarik offered no explanation for why 20 some members of the football team arrived at Scirrotto's aid that night. "I just know that he didn't ask them to come," Blanarik said.

Blanarik said he is confident that witness testimony -- specifically that of the other 20 players expected to be subpoenaed -- will prove Scirrotto committed no criminal action while in the apartment.

"He may have been inside the apartment, but nothing shows he did anything while in there or that he gained illegal entry," Blanarik said. A criminal complaint states that Scirrotto was turned away from the apartment before he made a phone call to fellow player, Lydell Sargeant.

The attorney for Penn State defensive back Justin King and linebacker Jerome Hayes said Friday that the two players were only peacemakers who were unable to stop a melee in the State College apartment.

King and Hayes are charged with felony criminal trespass, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and summaries.

Attorney Ron McGlaughlin said King and Hayes did not hurt anyone that night, even though police argue they committed a crime by entering the apartment after being told they were not welcome.

"Do you mean to tell me you become a criminal because you go inside and say, 'Come on, it's time to go?'" McGlaughlin said.

Attorney Karen Muir, who represents Lydell Sargeant, 20, said she looks forward to the football player being exonerated.

"At this point, we are still investigating the allegations. And they are just that, allegations," Muir said. "We are looking forward to defending the case and having the preliminary hearing Friday."

Lawyer Stacy Parks Miller, the attorney for Tyrell Sales, 21, urged everyone involved to reserve judgment.

Christopher Baker, 19, who also was charged in the incident, did not have representation Friday afternoon.

"Right now these are only allegations," Parks Miller said. "People should reserve judgment until the evidence plays out."

The men face their first court date at 9 a.m. May 4 in Centre County Court.

Pete Bosak can be reached at pbosak@centredaily.com or 235-3928. Sara Ganim can be reached at sganim@centre daily.com or 231-4616.

SteelCityMan786
04-30-2007, 10:43 PM
http://www.centredaily.com/116/story/82225.html

Bracken: Athletes' actions just plain stupid
By Ron Bracken

You can't fix stupid.

Comedian Ron White has been saying that for a while now.

And Penn State athletes have been proving it, most recently in the alleged apartment invasion by six members of the football team.

We hear constantly about their GPA's, but what about their CSQ's (that's common sense quotient) which are dangling well below the Mendoza Line?

How else do you explain the events of March 31-April 1 when the above incident is said to have occurred? There is no doubt that something happened. There are photos of players inside the apartment. There are photos of one of the victims unconscious on the floor. There is a laptop destroyed by some sort of liquid, either beer or water, being poured on it.

The whole mess will be sorted out in a court of law as well as by the University's Office of Judicial Affairs and the appropriate punishment will be meted out if any of the several charges stick.

But in this opinion, the individuals involved are at minimum guilty of felony stupidity for putting themselves in a position where they could be accused of commiting the several crimes with which they are charged.

It all stemmed, reportedly, from a street incident that went from comments directed at a female companion of Anthony Scirrotto's while the couple was walking down the street. Retaliatory comments followed and then some pushing and shoving. Then it ended. Or should have.

Had it taken that path, there would have been no arrests, no charges, no media coverage, no embarrassment to the school and the football program. Those sorts of incidents happen on any given night along College Avenue. No big deal as long as nothing more than an ego gets bruised.

But what sent this incident to a different level was the 45-minute time lapse between the first incident and the alleged burglaries, trespassing, assaults and destruction of private property.

That's where the stupidity level went through the roof and the CSQ went through the floor. Cooler heads should have prevailed. Someone -- any one of the players who were present -- should have stepped up and said, "Wait a minute. What are we doing? Let's get out of here, go back to our rooms and watch "Walker, Texas Ranger" reruns instead of joining in the activities. This was no longer a heat-of-the-moment thing. This was premeditated. This was where it went from emotional to stupid. This is where it went to the type of behavior Penn State fans once ridiculed other schools for fostering. They can't do that anymore without climbing to the peak of hypocrisy.

If you're of a mind to point the finger of blame at Joe Paterno for not being able to control his players, you're pointing in the wrong direction this time.

These guys were out of control. They clearly gave no thought to repercussions. Obviously, it never occurred to them or they wouldn't have been there.

So Paterno is left to deal with them within the parameters of the team while at the same time trying to save them from the jaws of justice, either for the benefit of his team or, in a more altruistic sense, for the rest of their lives. If the felony charges stick, that's a lifelong tatoo on their forehead.

Once the news of the incident leaked out, he sentenced some of the miscreants to the fourth team in practice. That's basically a trip to purgatory where they'll wait to see how this whole thing plays out. If they're found guilty, most likely you won't see them around. If they're not, he'll have made the right move by not rushing to judgment.

You can't judge him by what they've done, only by what he does in response.

The problem is that once this incident recedes, history has shown us that another one isn't very far into the future.

You just can't fix stupid no matter how hard you try.

Ron Bracken is sports editor at the Centre Daily Times. He can be reached at 231-4641 or rbracken@centredaily.com.

Buzz05
05-01-2007, 10:08 AM
I really hope whatever the outcome of this is it doesnt effect the season. King, Sargent Scirrotto..3/4 of our starting defensive backfield. This could be bad

SteelCityMan786
05-01-2007, 06:13 PM
I really hope whatever the outcome of this is it doesnt effect the season. King, Sargent Scirrotto..3/4 of our starting defensive backfield. This could be bad

One more reason I applaud Paterno for trying people in their position in case it does mean losing them for games during the Blue White Game.

Jeremy
05-01-2007, 07:10 PM
Scriotto (sp?) and Baker are probably gone. Not from the team, from school. The others, who knows.

Buzz05
05-02-2007, 10:42 AM
Scriotto (sp?) and Baker are probably gone. Not from the team, from school. The others, who knows.

I dont know if they will be gone from the school. It probably all depends on what charges are dropped (if any). I can almost gaurentee that JoePa will suspend them for a few games though. And rightfully, even he was provoked.

Jeremy
05-02-2007, 11:53 AM
I dont know if they will be gone from the school. It probably all depends on what charges are dropped (if any). I can almost gaurentee that JoePa will suspend them for a few games though. And rightfully, even he was provoked.

OJA is now fully involved. Someone is getting kicked out of school. You can write that down.

RoethlisBURGHer
05-03-2007, 10:19 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/news;_ylt=At4aAMwJdxFcHoCXKXkZfhQcvrYF?slug=ap-pennst-football-charges&prov=ap&type=lgns

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Six Penn State football players, including stars Anthony Scirrotto and Justin King, turned themselves in Friday to face charges that they barged into a party and started a violent fight at an off-campus apartment earlier this month.

Each player faces at least one felony count of criminal trespass. Scirrotto, a safety, faces the most serious charges, including two other felonies -- burglary and criminal solicitation.

All six defendants were arraigned Friday and released on unsecured bail.

Police said Scirrotto and his girlfriend got into an altercation with three men on a street in State College and followed them to an apartment building. He called his brother and some friends to join him, but they weren't immediately let into the party, police said.

Scirrotto then called a teammate and met up with a group of players who also arrived at the party, authorities said.

A group of men, including all six players, then rushed into the apartment and a melee ensued, police said.

Some of the victims were punched, one was hit in the head with a beer bottle and knocked unconscious, and another was punched and kicked in the face, authorities said. At least five students were struck during the fight and at least two needed treatment at a hospital, authorities said.

Linebacker Jerome Hayes, who was among the six players charged, told police there was "chaos for five straight minutes" after the players rushed into the apartment early on April 1 to get revenge on Scirrotto's behalf.

"You got to do what you got to do," he told police, according to the arrest affidavit. "We went down to protect."

Penn State's judicial affairs office will review the allegations to determine whether the students violated the school's code of conduct, university spokesman Bill Mahon said. He could not say how long it would take to complete the review.

In a statement issued by the athletic department, coach Joe Paterno said the football staff was concerned about the accusations "and will determine the appropriate consequence for each player's status on the team when due process has transpired."

Spring practice has ended, and no further official team activities are scheduled until preseason practice begins in early August, an athletic department spokesman said.

Scirrotto was the Big Ten's leader last year in interceptions and King was one of Paterno's top recruits in 2005.

Christopher Baker, a defensive tackle, was charged with two felony counts -- burglary and criminal trespass -- plus four related charges. Baker faces more serious charges because he was the only one who police were certain had thrown punches, the State College police chief said.

Lydell Sargeant, a cornerback; Tyrell Sales, a linebacker; King; and Hayes each was charged with one felony -- criminal trespass -- plus two related counts.

Ron McGlaughlin, who represents King and Hayes, called his clients "peacemakers," saying they didn't assault anyone and tried to defuse the situation. McGlaughlin said he would try to get the charges dropped.

"You go in to get people out and say 'Stop, stop this, we've got to go,' and all of a sudden you are facing criminal charges," he said. "Just because you're inside and there is a bunch of pushing and shoving doesn't mean you're a part of any of that."

Stacy Parks Miller, an attorney for Sales, said: "Right now, everything is just an accusation." Sargeant's attorney, Karen Muir, said only that she and her client planned to discuss the details of the case.

Scirrotto's attorney did not immediately return a call.

Two other men, neither of whom is an athlete, were charged with less serious offenses stemming from Scirrotto's initial argument on the street, which happened late on March 31, police said.

Most of the people involved in the apartment fight had been drinking, said the police chief, Thomas R. King. Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira said there were dozens of people in a hallway outside the apartment, but that authorities decided not to charge anyone who didn't go inside.

What a bunch of idiots.The dude and his girl should have just let the situation with the three guys slide,or if it was a bad enough thign that happened,you go to the police.

They probally thought they were untouchable because they play football for Penn State.

I hope they get the max for all the charges.Make an example out of them so other athletes see that they are not above the law.

Jeremy
05-03-2007, 10:23 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/news;_ylt=At4aAMwJdxFcHoCXKXkZfhQcvrYF?slug=ap-pennst-football-charges&prov=ap&type=lgns



What a bunch of idiots.The dude and his girl should have just let the situation with the three guys slide,or if it was a bad enough thign that happened,you go to the police.

They probally thought they were untouchable because they play football for Penn State.

I hope they get the max for all the charges.Make an example out of them so other athletes see that they are not above the law.


Did you jump to conclusions after the Duke lax players were charged as well?

RoethlisBURGHer
05-03-2007, 10:37 AM
Did you jump to conclusions after the Duke lax players were charged as well?

No,but the Duke LAX thing was totally different.

The Duke LAX players were accused of a crime the obviously didn't commit,with no proof of what the accuser said happened.

There were witnesses to what happened at the party,and the players were stupid to do what they did.There is proof of assault,and if they were told they were not allowed into the party and forced thier way in...then that is proof of criminal tresspassing.

It's no surprise that many athletes nowadays feel they are untouchable by the law,and these six must have felt the same way to go do something so incredibally dumb.

Jeremy
05-03-2007, 10:42 AM
No,but the Duke LAX thing was totally different.

The Duke LAX players were accused of a crime the obviously didn't commit,with no proof of what the accuser said happened.

There were witnesses to what happened at the party,and the players were stupid to do what they did.There is proof of assault,and if they were told they were not allowed into the party and forced thier way in...then that is proof of criminal tresspassing.

It's no surprise that many athletes nowadays feel they are untouchable by the law,and these six must have felt the same way to go do something so incredibally dumb.

There's also a pretty long history of the DA going after Penn State players with no luck. Anwat Phillips was found not guilty of sexual assault. John Paxson was found not guilty and he sued the DA for wrongfull prosecution. This case is a witch hunt because the DA's office had shown their ass time and time again when they go after football players.

It's actually kind of a sad situation.

SteelCityMan786
05-03-2007, 06:19 PM
Thread Merged.

RoethlisBURGHer
05-03-2007, 08:31 PM
There's also a pretty long history of the DA going after Penn State players with no luck. Anwat Phillips was found not guilty of sexual assault. John Paxson was found not guilty and he sued the DA for wrongfull prosecution. This case is a witch hunt because the DA's office had shown their ass time and time again when they go after football players.

It's actually kind of a sad situation.

It is sad that they let the star athletes get away with so much stuff.

But I wouldn't call it a witch hunt.The crimes they are being accused of were committed.

Duke LAX was a witch hunt,people wanted those kids to get maximum jail time even if they were not guilty.

SteelCityMan786
05-03-2007, 08:44 PM
It is sad that they let the star athletes get away with so much stuff.

But I wouldn't call it a witch hunt.The crimes they are being accused of were committed.

Duke LAX was a witch hunt,people wanted those kids to get maximum jail time even if they were not guilty.

This is basically what I think this case will be. A Duke Lacrosse Case Copycat.

Stlrs4Life
05-03-2007, 08:56 PM
Awesome reports, thanks!

We Are Penn State!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeremy
05-03-2007, 10:00 PM
It is sad that they let the star athletes get away with so much stuff.

But I wouldn't call it a witch hunt.The crimes they are being accused of were committed.

Duke LAX was a witch hunt,people wanted those kids to get maximum jail time even if they were not guilty.

So basically you don't believe in the theory of innocent until proven guilty.

Buzz05
05-04-2007, 08:30 AM
Ok, I dont kow know how much truth there is to this. But I was talking with my friends dad the other day and he said back in the 70's and 80's whenever a PSU football player got into trouble they would get off scott free and JoePa would take care of it. I think The university and the town of State College had an 'agreement' to where if something happened, the college took care of it. Maybe there is a little bit of bitterness there and thats where the witch hunt comes in. Now that the media is everywhere things have changed as far as charging players and so forth. Like I said I dont know how much of it is true but I have heard a few of the older PSU Alumni and fans talking about how it was 15-20 years ago.

Buzz05
05-04-2007, 01:06 PM
Charges Dropped against Justin King


BELLEFONTE, Pa.(AP) -- Prosecutors have dropped charges against one of the six Penn State football players involved in an off-campus fracas last month.

Standout starting cornerback Justin King of Pittsburgh had been charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment, but prosecutors this morning said they were dropping him from the case. They didn't indicate why.

All six players are in court today for a preliminary hearing over their roles in the April first fight at an apartment.

Police have said starting safety Anthony Scirrotto and his teammates arrived at the apartment just after midnight, less than an hour after Scirrotto had a confrontation with three men on a street corner.

Police say that led to a fight and a handful of students being struck, punched or kicked.

Two people were treated at a hospital.

Jeremy
05-04-2007, 11:48 PM
Here's a good link ot read about what's going on with my beloved Nittany Lions.

http://www.blackshoediaries.com/

SteelCityMan786
05-04-2007, 11:49 PM
http://www.centredaily.com/116/story/87584.html

Scirrotto, Baker face possible trial; charges against 3 players thrown out, charges withdrawn against King

By Pete Bosak

Charges against three of five Penn State football players accused in an April 1 apartment invasion were thrown out following a marathon public hearing today.

However, District Judge Carmine Prestia bound all charges against Anthony Scirrotto and most charges against Chris Baker over for possible trial in county court.

He dismissed all charges against Nittany Lions Jerome Hayes, Tyrell Sales and Lydell Sargeant. The three had been charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment.

?They were there (at the apartment), but the evidence against them was weak at best,? Prestia said.

He also dismissed charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct against Baker. The criminal mischief charge alleged that Baker poured beer into a laptop computer when football players pushed their way into the apartment and, according to police, several assaults followed. However, no witness was able to identify Baker as the person who did that.

Charges that remain against Baker are burglary and criminal trespass, both felonies, as well as simple assault, a misdemeanor, and harassment, a summary offense.

Junior safety Scirrotto still faces charges of burglary, criminal trespass, and criminal solicitation, all felonies, simple assault and criminal solicitation, both misdemeanors, and summary harassment.

Charges against Justin King were withdrawn by the Commonwealth before the preliminary hearing began.

For more details, see tomorrow's Centre Daily Times.

Buzz05
05-07-2007, 08:54 AM
Well I hate to say it but Scirrotto may be screwed...but I guess he has no one to blame but himself...

SteelCityMan786
05-11-2007, 05:42 PM
:banging: :banging: :banging: What Centre County's District Attorney is doing. I'm tired of him just trying to get players arrested for no reason.

http://www.centredaily.com/153/story/92046.html

More arrests may be in cards
By Pete Bosak - pbosak@centredaily.com

BELLEFONTE -- The assistant district attorney prosecuting two Penn State football players for their alleged roles in an apartment invasion and assault last month said Wednesday more arrests -- including that of additional players -- could be coming as the investigation continues.

"That is where I think this may go," said Centre County Assistant District Attorney Steve Sloane.

District Judge Carmine Prestia bound over all charges after a daylong preliminary hearing Friday against Penn State safety Anthony Scirrotto and most charges against defensive tackle Chris Baker for possible trial in county court.

Since that hearing, both defendants changed attorneys. Scirrotto dismissed Roy Lisko and hired Ron McGlaughlin; Baker dismissed Joseph Amendola and retained attorney Karen Muir.

Authorities say more than two dozen football players gathered at the Meridian II at 646 E. College Ave. in the belief that Scirrotto and his girlfriend had been assaulted by several men attending a party there. Police say the players forced their way inside, found the man accused of punching Scirrotto during a street altercation 45 minutes earlier, and assaulted him and several others.

Scirrotto is charged with burglary, criminal trespass and criminal solicitation, all felonies; simple assault and criminal solicitation, both misdemeanors; and summary harassment. Remaining charges against Baker are burglary and criminal trespass, both felonies; simple assault, a misdemeanor; and harassment, a summary offense.

"It's my position, after sitting through the preliminary hearing, it is a case of mistaken identity," Muir said. "We, too, want those responsible for the assault in that apartment brought to justice, but it was not Chris Baker. We are conducting an extensive investigation on our own. And if we can shed light on who is involved in this, we absolutely will."

Charges were dismissed Friday against football players Jerome Hayes, Tyrell Sales and Lydell Sargeant. The three had been charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment. Muir represented Hayes and Sargeant.

Sloane said he does not expect to refile charges against Hayes, Sales and Sargeant, even though "there was clear evidence" they were inside the Meridian II apartment without permission to be there.

"I'm not real comfortable refiling charges a judge didn't feel comfortable bounding over on a prima-facie level just to get another crack at the case," Sloane said.

But the three players may be called as witnesses, Sloane said.

"It goes without saying they were in the best position to help us understand what happened," Sloane said.

Witnesses also put star cornerback Justin King inside the apartment, but charges against King were withdrawn before the hearing when Sloane said the evidence indicated he tried to pull his teammates out of the apartment and stayed after the melee to apologize to the tenants.

But the investigation is far from over, Sloane said.

During Friday's preliminary hearing, witnesses inside the Meridian II apartment testified that a group of football players forced their way inside and assaulted several men during a party.

Witnesses testified that a still-unidentified man beat a partygoer with a barstool as he lay on the ground and another unidentified man knocked another victim unconscious with a beer bottle.

"These were savage assaults where, so far, the perpetrators remain unidentified and uncharged," Sloane said.

Sloane subpoenaed 13 football players, including linebacker Dan Connor and receiver Deon Butler, to testify last week, but sent them back to campus without putting them on the stand. They could be called again to testify at trial for Scirrotto and Baker, Sloane said.

A message left for McGlaughlin was not returned Wednesday.

Pete Bosak can be reached at 235-3928.

Polamalu777
05-11-2007, 08:26 PM
I think that the Lions will do fairly well this year. I mean we'll loose a couple early games because JoePa (Best coach ever) is going to bench the players that were charged even if they were dropped. I think we'll go to a bowl game.

SteelCityMan786
05-11-2007, 10:17 PM
I think that the Lions will do fairly well this year. I mean we'll loose a couple early games because JoePa (Best coach ever) is going to bench the players that were charged even if they were dropped. I think we'll go to a bowl game.

Not if they're not guilty. These guys were there to keep the peace that had charges dropped. I think that they will be warned though at least.

FastWillieParker39
05-12-2007, 12:36 AM
From a PSU fan, I say PSU goes 10-2 with losses to UM (again:dang: ) and Wisky. We have the talent, expierence and schedule to go 10 wins.

Scenario Breakdown:

12-0 - Things go VERY WELL
11-1 - whoa a surprise
10-2 - go as predicted
9-3 - dissapointment
8-4 - a lot of bad circumstances that are unexplainable occur.

SteelCityMan786
05-12-2007, 10:03 AM
From a PSU fan, I say PSU goes 10-2 with losses to UM (again:dang: ) and Wisky. We have the talent, expierence and schedule to go 10 wins.

Scenario Breakdown:

12-0 - Things go VERY WELL
11-1 - whoa a surprise
10-2 - go as predicted
9-3 - dissapointment
8-4 - a lot of bad circumstances that are unexplainable occur.

I say we beat Wisconsin. The Badgers need a new QB which will come back to bite them. Also I believe most of their starters are gone. Not to mention, the game is at Beaver Stadium. So right now I'd call this game a toss up with a last second kick potentially.

FastWillieParker39
05-12-2007, 07:04 PM
I say we beat Wisconsin. The Badgers need a new QB which will come back to bite them. Also I believe most of their starters are gone. Not to mention, the game is at Beaver Stadium. So right now I'd call this game a toss up with a last second kick potentially.

Yea when I pick Wisky to beat PSU, I'm not too confident in that.

I think the Wisky and OSU games are toss up/pick em games.

Buzz05
05-14-2007, 03:30 PM
From a PSU fan, I say PSU goes 10-2 with losses to UM (again:dang: ) and Wisky. We have the talent, expierence and schedule to go 10 wins.

Scenario Breakdown:

12-0 - Things go VERY WELL
11-1 - whoa a surprise
10-2 - go as predicted
9-3 - dissapointment
8-4 - a lot of bad circumstances that are unexplainable occur.

I got too much faith in this team for it not to have a wonderful year. Morelli is going to be better. We have the best WR core in the country. Austin Scott with FINALLY healthy. And the defense will be just as good. Replace the defensive line with some letter winners and we should be fine. When its all said and done I say we go 12-0 or 11-1 worst case scenario with another nail biter regaurdless with Michigan.

FastWillieParker39
05-14-2007, 05:53 PM
I got too much faith in this team for it not to have a wonderful year. Morelli is going to be better. We have the best WR core in the country. Austin Scott with FINALLY healthy. And the defense will be just as good. Replace the defensive line with some letter winners and we should be fine. When its all said and done I say we go 12-0 or 11-1 worst case scenario with another nail biter regaurdless with Michigan.

Reading that post put a smile on face because now as PSU fans we don't have to worry about whether or we can get 7 wins or not. Now we can worry/talk about whether or not we can win the Big Ten title. Oh my have times changed the past 2 years.

Buzz05
05-15-2007, 08:35 AM
Reading that post put a smile on face because now as PSU fans we don't have to worry about whether or we can get 7 wins or not. Now we can worry/talk about whether or not we can win the Big Ten title. Oh my have times changed the past 2 years.

Exactly. It has changed. Its back to where is should be. Not hoping to win, but expecting to win. Its nice to see the Nittany Lions back where they should be. Contending for Big 10 Titles every year.

Stlrs4Life
05-21-2007, 11:04 PM
I heear ya. Definately excited about this season.

SteelCityMan786
05-22-2007, 05:26 PM
Good Idea Coach Paterno

Midday Sports: Paterno Hands out Punishment

By Joe Juliano

The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA -- Angered by the arrest of six of his players in connection with a fight at an off-campus apartment, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will be disciplining his entire team -- for the entire season.

Speaking Monday before a university alumni function in Valley Forge, Paterno said he is going to require all of his players to perform community service.

Paterno said his players "were going to clean out the stadium every Sunday after every home game." He also said the Nittany Lions would work with the Special Olympics and build a home in Centre County through Habitat for Humanity.

He added that the players would turn their pay for cleaning up Beaver Stadium over to the university's club sports, whose participants usually perform the work to raise money for their teams.

"We had kids involved in something that was embarrassing and I think we ought to prove to people that we're not a bunch of hoodlums," the 80-year-old coach said at a news conference.

"Obviously, I'm probably going to have to keep one or two of them out of a game and drop one or two on the depth chart. And then whatever (university officials) think they have to do, they do. I want to do something where the whole team kind of says, 'Hey, we're all wrong, let's go.' "

State College police arrested six of Paterno's players, including defensive backfield starters Anthony Scirrotto and Justin King, on April 27, almost four weeks after a brawl at an off-campus apartment. A judge since has dropped charges against four of the six players, including King, but Scirrotto, an all-Big Ten safety from West Deptford, and defensive tackle Chris Baker will stand trial.

Police said Scirrotto and a woman got into an argument on the street with passers-by who insulted the woman and punched Scirrotto. The player first summoned friends and then his teammates, who met him at the apartment where they knew the passers-by were, and a brawl ensued.

Paterno said he has spoken with Scirrotto and has heard his side of the story, but the veteran coach expressed disappointment that none of the players took a leadership role to avoid trouble.

"I was more upset with the kids that could have said, 'Hey, come on, knock this off. We don't need this,' " Paterno said. "I think that bothers me some. I'd be dishonest if I told you otherwise. But a major problem? I don't know.

"Maybe we'll learn from it. Sometimes I think kids don't quite understand what you mean by leadership. These are the kind of circumstances where a couple of strong kids could have said, 'This is ridiculous,' because it was. A couple of kids went in there and a couple of punches were thrown. I don't condone it. Our guys were wrong."

Paterno added, however, that he hoped the players involved would get a fair shake in the university's justice system.

"I just hope people don't overreact to it, because if it was another bunch of kids and these weren't football players, nobody would know what happened," he said. "I just hope everybody has some responsibility and says, hey, let's look at this without making it a media event.

"I think there are some things that should be done to a couple of kids -- but what, I think I'll leave that to other people. But I know what I'm going to do. The ones I know about are going to have to do some things."

Paterno did not elaborate.

The veteran coach said he was feeling fine after a sideline accident last November left him with a broken left leg. He recently walked about 55 minutes and felt sore, but Paterno said he wants to work his way up to longer walks.

He admitted he might be "a little bit apprehensive" about standing on the sideline this season. Paterno said during spring practice, he was speaking to a player and another player grabbed him and got him out of the way of a punt drill just in time.

Paterno also said he would not have a problem if Penn State revealed his salary, something the university is fighting in court in response to a suit that is asking that Penn State be required to disclose salaries as a state-related university.

"I don't care whether they release it or don't release it -- I really don't," Paterno said. "I don't care if you find out I make 5-6 million bucks a year, that's fine. Putting up with you (reporters), I deserve it."

Paterno also said he felt sad for junior offensive lineman Elijah Robinson, a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High in Camden who suffered a neck injury during spring practice. Robinson was advised by doctors to stop playing because of a defect that might result in paralysis if he takes a hit to the head.

"It's tough because he was a really good prospect, great kid, solid student," the coach said.

http://www.centredaily.com/sports/colleges/penn_state/story/103622.html

lilyoder6
05-22-2007, 06:42 PM
i think it's a good ide to make the team clean up the stadium after evry game... it will teach them never to break the law again

SteelCityMan786
05-22-2007, 08:01 PM
i think it's a good ide to make the team clean up the stadium after evry game... it will teach them never to break the law again

At least the players that have, and for those that haven't to not to do it all.

Stlrs4Life
05-22-2007, 09:41 PM
Smart move Joe Pa!

SteelCityMan786
05-22-2007, 09:50 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12501

5.2.2007
A.Q. Shipley Named To Rimington Trophy Watch List
Junior center among eight returning starters on offense for Nittany Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA., May 2, 2007 ? Penn State junior center A.Q. Shipley (Coraopolis, Pa.) has been named to the Spring Watch List for the 2007 Rimington Trophy. Shipley was one of 18 juniors and five Big Ten players among the 46 players nation wide named to the watch list for the trophy which is in its eighth year recognizing the most outstanding center in college football.

Shipley, entering his second season as a starter in 2007, is among eight returning starters on offense for Penn State and is expected to be a strong leader for the Nittany Lion offensive line. An honorable-mention All-Big Ten choice in 2006, Shipley was the only offensive lineman to start every game and led the offense and was fourth on the team playing 897 snaps. Shipley?s play helped pave the way for Tony Hunt to post eight 100-yard games and 1,386 yards rushing, the sixth highest season total in Penn State history. Hunt became just the sixth Nittany Lion to compile a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

The Rimington Trophy is presented by Canon, Cornhusker Marriott, and Logitech and is hosted by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. West Virginia's Dan Mozes, the 2006 winner, joined Minnesota's Greg Eslinger, Michigan's David Baas (2004 co-winner), LSU's Ben Wilkerson (2004 co-winner), Virginia Tech's Jake Grove, Miami's Brett Romberg, Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley, and Nebraska's Dominic Raiola among past recipients. Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first team All- America center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982 during which he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's premiere college interior lineman.

The winner is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from four existing All America Teams including: the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America. The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner and will be honored at an awards banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Nebraska in January of 2008.

Penn State will open the 2007 campaign on Sept. 1 against Florida International in Beaver Stadium. Coach Joe Paterno enters his 42nd season as head coach with 15 returning starters (8 offense, 6 defense, 1 specialist) from last year?s 9-4 squad. The Nittany Lions boast a blockbuster 2007 home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006: Notre Dame (Sept. 8), Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13- Homecoming), Ohio State and Purdue (Nov. 3).

SteelCityMan786
05-22-2007, 09:51 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12541

5.9.2007
Paterno Among Two Coaches in 2007 College Football Hall of Fame Class
Induction Ceremony Set for December 4

NEW YORK, N.Y.; May 9, 2007 ? Penn State?s Joe Paterno will be joined by 12 former standout players and another coach as members of the National Football Foundation?s College Hall of Fame Class of 2007.

The announcement of the 2007 Class was made here today at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which will host the 50th Annual Awards Dinner on December 4. The class of 14 will be officially enshrined at the Hall in South Bend, Ind., during ceremonies in the summer of 2008.

Entering his 42nd season as head coach of the Nittany Lions, Paterno was selected for induction into the Hall in 2006, but his induction was delayed for one year after the legendary coach was injured in a sideline collision during the Nov. 4, 2006 game at Wisconsin. He would have joined Florida State?s Bobby Bowden and St. John?s (Minn.) mentor John Gagliardi as the first active coaches to be inducted into the Hall.

Paterno received the Gold Medal, the Foundation?s highest honor, along with Bowden, in a video presentation at the 2006 Hall of Fame Awards Dinner.

Former Central Michigan coach Herb Deromedi will join Paterno as the two coaches to gain induction this year. The 2007 Class was selected from a national ballot of 75 candidates and a pool of hundreds of eligible nominees.

A five-time National Coach of the Year honoree, Paterno ranks second, only to Bowden (366), with 363 career victories among major college coaches. Paterno?s teams have recorded five undefeated seasons, 21 finishes in the AP Top 10 and two National Championships. With a record of 22-10-1, he is the all-time leader among coaches in bowl appearances and victories.

Paterno has coached 73 first ream All-Americans, 15 NFF National Scholar-Athletes, including Paul Posluszny in 2006, more than 300 future NFL players and seven members of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Since 1966, there have been 798 head coaching changes among major college football programs, an average of more than six changes per institution.

Paterno will become the 21st member of the Penn State Football family to gain induction into the Hall, joining four former coaches and 16 players, seven of whom he coached.

2007 College Football Hall of Fame ? Bowl Subdivision Class

COACHES

JOE PATERNO - Penn State, 1966-present (363-121-3)

HERB DEROMEDI - Central Michigan, 1978-93 (110-55-10)

PLAYERS

TOM BRAHANEY, C ? Oklahoma, 1970-72

DAVE BROWN*, DB ? Michigan, 1972-74

JEFF DAVIS, LB ? Clemson, 1978-81

DOUG FLUTIE, QB - Boston College, 1981-84

JOHNNIE JOHNSON, DB ? Texas, 1976-79

REX KERN, QB - Ohio State, 1968-70

AHMAD RASHAD, RB /WR ? Oregon, 1969-71

ANTHONY THOMPSON, RB ? Indiana, 1986-89

WILSON WHITLEY*, DT ? Houston, 1973-76

REGGIE WILLIAMS, LB ? Dartmouth, 1973-75

RICHARD WOOD, LB - Southern California, 1972-74

CHRIS ZORICH, DT - Notre Dame, 1988-90

*Deceased

SteelCityMan786
05-22-2007, 09:52 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12569

5.16.2007
Paterno To Headline Nittany Lion Staff Attending Celebration of Penn State Athletics Event
Kanaskie and Walseth To Attend June 9 Event in Camp Hill

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; May 16, 2007 - Joe Paterno will be among the Nittany Lion coaches and staff slated to attend a "Celebrating Penn State Athletics" event in the Harrisburg area on Saturday, June 9.

Veteran Nittany Lion basketball assistant coach Kurt Kanaskie and new women?s basketball assistant coach Maren Walseth also will attend the event. Walseth is returning to her alma mater, having earning first team All-Big Ten honors twice during her stellar Lady Lion career.

Joe Battista, Executive Director of the Nittany Lion Club, and Roger Williams, Executive Director of the Penn State Alumni Association, also will attend, along with the possibility of other coaches.

The event will be held in the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel in Camp Hill. The reception is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 p.m.

The event is co-sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association, the Nittany Lion Club and Intercollegiate Athletics.

Admission is $35 for Penn State Alumni Association and Nittany Lion Club members and $45 for non-members. Hors d?oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided. There will be a silent auction and raffle to support Penn State scholarships.

Advanced registration for the event is required. Space is limited and walk-ins cannot be accommodated. To register, go to: http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?e=215c5575-bb06-42bc-a4a8-270337c430cd

SteelCityMan786
05-22-2007, 09:53 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12542

5.10.2007
Neck Injury Brings End To Robinson?s Career

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., May 10, 2007 -- Penn State guard Elijah Robinson?s football career has ended as a result of a neck injury sustained in spring practice.

A senior with junior eligibility, Robinson was injured in practice earlier this spring and diagnosed by team physicians at the time as having been born with a tight spinal canal. As a result, impact to his head could pinch the spinal cord, resulting in temporary or permanent paralysis, according to Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State Director of Athletic Medicine.

A product of Camden. N.J., the 6-2, 290-pound Robinson was competing for a starting berth on the offensive line at the time of his injury.

?This is a big loss for the team,? stated Coach Joe Paterno. ?Elijah did very well in our winter conditioning and had been working hard to improve. He had an opportunity to be a big contributor this season. I?m disappointed for him in regards to his football career, but you can?t take any chances with his future.?

Robinson enrolled at Penn State in January 2004 after earning all-state and All-South Jersey honors at Woodrow Wilson High School. He helped Woodrow Wilson to a 15-0 record and the state championship as a junior. He spent most of his Penn State career at defensive tackle, but last season was shifted to guard. He took a redshirt season in 2005 after playing in three games, recording one tackle, as a true freshman in 2004.

Robinson is a crime, law and justice major and is on schedule to graduate in August.

SteelCityMan786
05-22-2007, 09:54 PM
5.18.2007
Nittany Lion Football Team Recognized By AFCA in Academic Achievement Survey
Graduation rate of 83 percent best in Big Ten

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; May 18, 2007 - The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) has again recognized the Penn State Football program for the Nittany Lions? graduation rate in the AFCA?s annual Academic Achievement Award tabulation.

The honorable mention citation marks the 17th time the Nittany Lions have been recognized by the AFCA in the 21 years they have been eligible.

According to the "2006 NCAA Division I Graduation Rates Report," Penn State?s 83 percent football graduation rate was third-highest in the nation among all Division I-A public institutions and 2006-07 bowl teams. The Nittany Lions had the seventh-highest graduation rate overall among all of the nation?s 119 Division I-A programs, including the best among Big Ten Conference institutions.

Penn State?s graduation rate of 83 percent for students entering in 1999-2000 was 28 points higher than the national average of 55 percent over the six-year period.

Penn State was one of 34 Division I-A institutions to be recognized by the AFCA for having a graduation rate of 70 percent or better for student-athletes who were freshmen during the 2001-02 academic year. The survey analyzes academic progress of the class over a five-year period.

Coach Joe Paterno's program previously received honorable mention notice from the AFCA in 1998-99, 2001-02-03-05-06. The Nittany Lions also were cited in 1985-87-88-89-91-92-93-94-95, when Penn State was a member of the College Football Association, who conducted the graduation survey at the time. In 1996 and '97, Penn State was not a CFA member, but had a graduation rate of better than 70 percent. The AFCA is in its 10th year of presenting the award.

Among the 107 Division I-A institutions that participated to the survey, the graduation rate for the Class of 2006 was 60 percent.

The noted graduation performance is the latest success in a long line of academic achievement for members of the Nittany Lion football program, who consistently are near the top nationally in graduation success:

- During the 2006 fall semester, 43 football squad members earned at least a 3.0 grade point average. Among the 43 Nittany Lions, 14 earned Dean?s List recognition by posting a 3.50 GPA or higher.

- All-America linebacker Paul Posluszny (Aliquippa) was selected the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American? of the Year, becoming a two-time first team Academic All-American?. Defensive end Tim Shaw (Livonia, Mich.) also earned first team Academic All-America? honors in 2006 and safety Nolan McCready (Wyomissing) was a second team Academic All-American?.

During Paterno?s legednary tenure, Penn State has had 35 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans? (26 first team), 15 National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes (including Posluszny in 2006) and 18 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners. Penn State ranks fourth among all Division I-A institutions in Academic All-America? football honorees.

- Penn State?s four-year football graduation rate (for students entering 1996-99) of 76 percent was tied for 10th-highest among I-A institutions and tied for second-best among public institutions. Penn State trailed only Northwestern (79 percent) for the best four-year football rate among Big Ten institutions. The national four-year average also was 55 percent.

- Among African-American football student-athletes entering in 1999-2000, the Nittany Lions posted a graduation figure of 71 percent to significantly exceed the 49 percent national average. Penn State?s four-year graduation rate for African-American players was 72 percent, 23 points higher than the national average.

- The Nittany Lions had 18 Academic All-Big Ten football honorees last fall, improving their conference-leading total to 190 from 1993-2006.

- Eighteen members of the 2006 football team had earned their degrees by December ?06. Among the graduates were co-captains Levi Brown (Norfolk, Va.), who graduated in 3 1/2 years and earned a second degree in December, and Posluszny, who also graduated in 3 1/2 years.

Five members of the football program will graduate this weekend, including tailback Rodney Kinlaw (Goose Creek, S.C.) and center Patrick Weber (Arnold), who will be seniors on the 2007 squad.

http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12579

SteelCityMan786
05-22-2007, 09:54 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12582

5.18.2007
Six Nittany Lion Head Coaches Attending Celebration of Penn State Athletics Event in Pittsburgh
Event is June 19 at Omni William Penn Hotel

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; May 18, 2007 - The head coaches of six Penn State programs are among the special guests slated to attend the "Celebrating Penn State Athletics" event in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, June 19.

Football coach Joe Paterno, Nittany Lion basketball coach Ed DeChellis and new women?s basketball coach Coquese Washington are scheduled to attend, as are men?s gymnastics coach Randy Jepson, wrestling coach Troy Sunderland and new women?s soccer coach Erica Walsh.

Jepson, who guided Penn State to its third NCAA Championship since 2000 and 12th overall last month, will be joined by senior Matt Cohen, who won the prestigious Nissen-Emery Award this year.

Director of Athletics Tim Curley, Joe Battista, Executive Director of the Nittany Lion Club, and Roger Williams, Executive Director of the Penn State Alumni Association, also are expected to attend.

The event will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. The reception is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 p.m.

The event is co-sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association, the Nittany Lion Club and Intercollegiate Athletics.

Admission is $35 for Penn State Alumni Association and Nittany Lion Club members and $45 for non-members. Hors d?oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided. There will be a silent auction and raffle to support Penn State scholarships.

Advanced registration for the event is required. Space is limited and walk-ins cannot be accommodated. To register, go to: http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?e=e9bbee47-b523-4976-8262-72f605be87bf

Buzz05
05-23-2007, 08:35 AM
Taking out the trash

By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
May 22, 2007

This spring, six Penn State football players were arrested and charged for crimes stemming from an off-campus fight April 1 in which at least 15 Nittany Lions were present. The charged included a couple of star players, although what apparently bothered coach Joe Paterno the most was how many of his kids were willing to be involved.

And so Paterno, 80 now but no less tough, no less disciplined, hatched a plan to set things right within his program. He'll let the local legal and student judicial process play out, but regardless he decided that to keep people from thinking his team was trash, it'll spend the fall cleaning it up.

According to Paterno, the Penn State football team will clean Beaver Stadium after each home football game this fall. It'll gather garbage, sweep stairs and maybe even hose parts down.

It'll be Notre Dame on Saturday, nacho spills on Sunday.

It's a job that usually goes to members of club sports on campus ? say, rugby or crew ? which do it to raise money so they can compete. Paterno said the clubs still will get the $5,000 for the job, but his guys, fresh off playing 60 minutes of major college football the day before, will do all the work starting Sunday morning.

"We're all going to do it, everybody," Paterno told the Harrisburg Patriot-News after a banquet in suburban Philadelphia. "Not just the kids that were involved. 'Cause we're all in it together. This is a team embarrassment. I wouldn't call it anything much other than that."

This is easily the greatest punishment in recent collegiate history, an absolutely diabolical, telling, high-impact bit of discipline that should remind one and all that what Paterno has been doing out in State College, Pa., all these years is more than just win 363 football games, including 20 the past two seasons.

In a coaching business so full of phonies who talk character only to bend the rules, who consider the definition of discipline a player's weight-room attendance, who wouldn't dare pull something like this because it might hurt recruiting, here's Joe Pa, four decades on the job and not giving a damn.

Except about what's right.

The incident was as simple as it was ugly. One player, Anthony Scirrotto, and his girlfriend were insulted and Scirrotto punched by passers-by on the street, according to the police. Ultimately, Scirrotto called some teammates, they rushed an off-campus party where the passers-by were and a brawl ensued. More players showed up later.

"He got a little irate, called up a couple of his buddies and said, 'Hey, come on down,' " Paterno said. "They went over there and they got in a fight."

Who was right and who was wrong still is being sorted out by the judicial system. Not by Paterno, of course. The details don't seem to matter to him. Rather than figure out which individuals did what, who arrived when, he decided to hammer the entire team, if for nothing less than lacking the leadership to stop the incident from getting out of hand.

On college campuses where football stars often are treated to a lower standard, Paterno is going, once again, for a higher one.

"I just thought that, hey, we had 14, 15 kids ? I don't even know how many ? that were involved in something embarrassing, and I think that we need to prove to people that we're not a bunch of hoodlums," he said.

The entire team also will have to build a house for Habitat for Humanity and volunteer for the Special Olympics this summer. But the worst punishment no doubt will be cleaning up Penn State's mammoth 107,282-seat stadium.

A job usually left for others now will be done by Penn State's multimillion-dollar football team. Paterno can't see how this is any different. All the kids on campus are the same, so if the rugby team can find the energy to clean the stadium, so can his guys.

"I don't condone (the fight)," Paterno said. "Our kids were wrong."

And across the nation college football coaches faint.

Most coaches have spent their offseason complaining about not being able to text butt-kissing messages to recruits. They no sooner would wear out their players on an off day with garbage picking than give up their country club memberships.

At too many places in college football, the kids never are wrong. Punishments often are things that actually help the team: more running, early-morning weightlifting. It is rarely public, rarely embarrassing and never, at least to my knowledge, a blanket shot across the entire team, a true call for leadership and shared values.

But this is why Joe Paterno is Joe Paterno

He isn't worried about hurt feelings. He isn't worried about potential recruits. He isn't worried about guys sacking garbage on Sunday morning.

He's worried about the reputation of his players, his program and his school. He's worried about cleaning things up immediately, starting with the stadium.


Dan Wetzel is Yahoo! Sports' national columnist. Send Dan a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.


Great article showing just how great JoePa is. IMO I think he is easily the greatest coach in college football history not only for his wins and losses but him as a person and what he does for his players. He turns boys into men.

SteelCityMan786
05-23-2007, 04:19 PM
Amen to that Buzz.

Stlrs4Life
06-01-2007, 08:10 PM
Some great reports on PSU football. Thanks. congrats to Joe Pa.

SteelCityMan786
06-07-2007, 06:52 PM
http://centredaily.com/news/local/story/118670.html

Student football tickets sell out in record time
By Adam Smeltz, asmeltz@centredaily.com

Season football tickets for Penn State students sold out in a record 59 minutes this morning, the university reported.

Penn State had made available about 21,500 season tickets to students for the 2007 season ? up from roughly 21,000 seats for the 2006 Nittany Lions season.

Those seats sold out last June in just 13 days, which set a record at the time. Penn State, faced with some criticism from fans, has since reworked its sales system and added Ticketmaster as its online distributor of student season tickets.

Starting at 9 a.m. today, students could log on to the Ticketmaster Web site and buy tickets. Penn State said the seats were gone before the hour was through.

Some students have already reported that, although they logged in at the designated time, they were unable to buy tickets today. The 2007 season is scheduled to start Sept. 1 at Beaver Stadium, where the Nittany Lions will take on Florida International.

For a complete report, return to CentreDaily.com or read the Centre Daily Times on Friday.

Adam Smeltz can be reached at 231-4631.

SteelCityMan786
06-08-2007, 09:47 PM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_511735.html

Good News for 2008 Recruiting

Jeannette star narrows list, eliminates Pitt

By Kevin Gorman
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, June 8, 2007

Jeannette two-sport star Terrelle Pryor, considered the nation's top football prospect by one recruiting service, has narrowed his college choices to 11 schools and eliminated Pitt in the process.

After discussing it with Jeannette coach Ray Reitz, Pryor trimmed his list of 70-plus scholarship offers to, in alphabetical order, Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

"It was hard," said Pryor, who plans to play both football and basketball in college. "I just narrowed it down. That's who I like and the coaches I was more comfortable with."

A 6-foot-6, 220-pound dual-threat quarterback, Pryor accounted for 3,400 yards total offense and 44 touchdowns last season for the WPIAL Class AA champion and PIAA finalist Jayhawks.

Rivals.com rates Pryor as the nation's No. 1 prospect. Pryor also stars in basketball, where the small forward led Jeannette to the WPIAL Class AA finals and is rated a top-50 talent by scouting services.

Pryor made a verbal commitment to play basketball for Pitt in the spring of 2006, but later reneged. He didn't elaborate on why the Panthers were eliminated from consideration.

"They're just not in it," Pryor said. "That's my picks."

Pryor said he plans to take five official visits before announcing his college choice in February.

SteelCityMan786
06-08-2007, 10:08 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12651

6.7.2007
Penn State Football Student Season Tickets Sell Out In Record Time
21,000 Tickets Sell Out in 59 Minutes For Passionate Students

# A Message from Penn State Athletics


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; June 7, 2007 ? The student section recognized by ESPN?s College Gameday as the best in college football has turned heads again with a sellout of more than 21,000 season tickets today in a remarkable 59 minutes.

The unprecedented sale took place in record time, according to Bud Meredith, Director of Ticket Operations. The previous record was 13 days last year, using a combination of online sales and applications that were mailed to the ticket office.

The 21,000-plus student-season tickets are the second-largest number of student season tickets in college sports. Penn State made an additional 520 student season tickets available this year compared to 2006.

Penn State has approximately 90,000 season ticket holders overall, also among the largest in the nation.

The passionate, loyal and enthusiastic Penn State student section is a primary reason why Beaver Stadium is one of the nation?s toughest venues for opposing teams. The Nittany Lions averaged 107,567 fans at home last season, second-highest in the nation, topped by an electric throng of 110,007 for the prime time clash with Michigan.

A recent attempt to move to a lottery format for student season tickets was met with student opposition that many believed was the most swift and comprehensive response to school policy in decades. A student rally ensued on the steps of Old Main to celebrate the reversal of the lottery to the previous first-come, first-served procedure.

The sale was moved from Penn State servers to Ticketmaster, which handles large demand, high profile on-line tickets sales on a daily basis.

All purchased student football tickets will be mailed to students' addresses on file with the University the week of mid-July.

Last month, Coach Joe Paterno sent a personal message to the students with their instructions. "You have a shot at being the best student section in the country again this year. Make sure that you and your friends who believe in Penn State Football are ready for the on-line sale. We need our best fans behind us.""

"It's nearly impossible to overestimate our students? passion for the game experience and their role with what happens on the field," said Greg Myford, Penn State Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Communications.

Paterno?s 42nd Penn State team returns 33 letterwinners and 15 starters for the 2007 season, which begins September 1 against Florida International in Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions have a blockbuster home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006: Notre Dame, (Sept. 8, 6:00 p.m., ESPN), Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13- Homecoming, 3:30 p.m., ABC), Ohio State (Oct. 27, 8:00 p.m., ABC/ESPN/ESPN2) and Purdue (Nov. 3).

SteelCityMan786
06-13-2007, 05:32 PM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/college/s_512289.html

PSU continues assault inquiry

By Sam Ross Jr.
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Joe Paterno's disciplinary plans for some of his Penn State football players will not impact the university's judicial affairs process or outcome, a spokesman for the school's Office of Judicial Affairs said.

As discipline for some players' roles in an alleged assault in downtown State College, Paterno plans to have team members clean Beaver Stadium the day after home games this season and participate in charity activities such as Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity. Some had viewed the Paterno announcement, made last month before a banquet in eastern Pennsylvania, as a preemptive move that could favorably influence the university's investigation into the incident that occurred late March 31 and early April 1.

"We have a separate Judicial Affairs process at Penn State that applies to all Penn State students, just as the court has a separate process," Judicial Affairs spokesman Bill Mahon said.

The incidents allegedly began with a street confrontation that involved starting safety Anthony Scirrotto his girlfriend, and three other Penn State students. It is alleged that the encounter escalated with a follow-up incident at a party in a nearby apartment.

Six Penn State players initially faced a variety of charges, including felonies, but charges against four were dropped at a May 4 hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.

However, Scirrotto was bound over for trial on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, criminal solicitation, simple assault and harassment. Backup defensive tackle Chris Baker will face trial on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, harassment and simple assault. Charges of disorderly conduct and criminal mischief against Baker were dropped.

A spokesman at the Centre County court administrator's office indicated the two could face another hearing in late July, and a trial could begin Aug. 6.

Centre County assistant district attorney Steve Sloane had held out the possibility of further investigation and charges against other players, although none has yet been filed.

Meanwhile, the Judicial Affairs investigation continues quietly in the form of interviews with players and other students, including many who were not charged but were nearby during the apartment incident.

Citing privacy laws, Mahon said, "We are conducting an investigation, but I cannot discuss details. I cannot tell you at this point whether it will run longer than the court process, or shorter."

As punishment, Paterno has made vague references to sitting a few players for a few games, but Judicial Affairs judgments can be harsher. Linebacker Dan Connor participated in a series of prank telephone calls in 2005, a summary offense for which he paid a fine. Judicial Affairs hit him with a temporary expulsion that originally was expected to keep him out of five games. He appealed and ended up missing three games to start the 2005 season.

With Scirrotto and Baker facing more serious charges, and with other players being considered for punishment by Judicial Affairs, the impact to the 2007 season could be considerable.

"Scirrotto, I think, has come on and been an outstanding safety back there," said Jack Ham, the former Penn State and Steelers linebacker and current Penn State radio analyst. "If there are issues where he was wrong and needs to be (dealt with) legally, they'll address that, I guess, in August. No question about it, they will miss him the most if the situation goes to a point where he cannot play this year."

Buzz05
06-14-2007, 06:22 AM
WAY TO PISS YOUR FUTURE AWAY SCIRROTTO!! :dang:

SteelCityMan786
06-17-2007, 12:41 PM
I wonder if any of them were actually enrolled in Summer Classes.

http://centredaily.com/sports/colleges/penn_state/story/126155.html

Athletes eligible to play
By Pete Bosak - pbosak@centredaily.com

UNIVERSITY PARK -- At least a dozen football players began receiving their punishments from Penn State's Office of Judicial Affairs on Thursday for their roles in a downtown melee in April, but none will face permanent expulsion or miss classes in the fall during football season, sources close to the situation said.

Three players -- defensive tackle Christopher Baker, defensive back Lydell Sargeant and linebacker Jerome Hayes -- were told Thursday that they would be expelled for the second summer semester but would be back in time for August workouts and the football season.

More than 10 other Nittany Lions were given probation but will not miss any classes, sources said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Sources also said the Nittany Lions would be eligible to play once they serve out their temporary expulsions and begin required counseling and community service.

Players have three business days to decide whether they will accept the punishment or fight the charges in Judicial Affairs hearings, sources said.

There was no word Thursday on what would become of standout safety Anthony Scirrotto, who police said was the ringleader of nearly two dozen Nittany Lions who entered the Meridian II apartment building at 646 E. College Ave. just after midnight April 1.

Penn State Judicial Affairs Director Joe Puzycki declined comment until the process is completed, perhaps next week.

University spokesman Bill Mahon said he, too, could not comment until the process is completed.

"When that's done, we will report on the outcomes," Mahon said. "We won't report on individual students, as has been standard procedure. What we look at is, is there a violation of the student code of conduct, not whether a crime was committed, but a violation of the student code of conduct?"

Authorities say more than two dozen football players gathered at the Meridian II in the belief that Scirrotto and his girlfriend had been assaulted by several men attending a party there.

Police say the players forced their way inside an apartment, found the man accused of punching Scirrotto during a street altercation 45 minutes earlier, and assaulted him and several others. Baker was identified by witnesses as one of the primary aggressors inside the apartment.

Scirrotto faces charges of burglary, criminal trespass and criminal solicitation, all felonies; simple assault and criminal solicitation, both misdemeanors; and summary harassment.

Baker is slated to stand trial on burglary and criminal trespass, both felonies; simple assault, a misdemeanor; and harassment, a summary offense.

Two men were issued citations in connection the street altercation that preceded the incident at Meridian II. Bernd Imle Jr., of State College, was cited on charges of harassment -- accused, police say, of throwing a punch at Scirrotto -- and Thomas Skalamera, also of State College, was cited on a criminal mischief charge.

When police filed criminal charges nearly four weeks after the incident, they also charged Sargeant, Hayes, linebacker Tyrell Sales and star cornerback Justin King with felony criminal trespass and related charges.

However, charges against King were withdrawn by the Centre County District Attorney's Office. And charges against Sargeant, Hayes and Sales were dismissed by a district judge for lack of evidence.

SteelCityMan786
06-17-2007, 12:44 PM
More Details.

http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=12720



Report: Three players expelled for the summer

From Mirror reports

Three Penn State football players have been expelled for the summer session of school for their involvement in an off-campus fight April 1, multiple media sources reported late Thursday night.

Defensive lineman Chris Baker, linebacker Jerome Hayes and defensive back Lydell Sargeant reportedly were expelled for the summer session by Penn State?s Office of Judicial Affairs, WTAJ-TV 10 reported Thursday. The station also said as many as 12-15 football players may face penalties from the OJA.

All three expelled football players would be expected to be eligible to play during the upcoming season.

Six Nittany Lion football players were charged with felonies and other counts for their roles in the fight April 1. Charges were dropped against Hayes, Sargeant, cornerback Justin King and linebacker Tyrell Sales during a preliminary hearing May 3, while Baker and safety Anthony Scirrotto were bound over for trial.

There have been no announcements concerning possible sanctions for Scirrotto, a starter who is expected to be a key member of the Lions this season.

Penn State?s Office of Judicial Affairs operates independently of the legal system and may levy penalties against any of the players involved in the off-campus incident.

??We have a separate Judicial Affairs process at Penn State that applies to all Penn State students, just as the court has a separate process,?? Judicial Affairs spokesman Bill Mahon told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review earlier this week.

Mahon offered few specifics into the investigation.

??We are conducting an investigation, but I cannot discuss details,?? he said. ??I cannot tell you at this point whether it will run longer than the court process, or shorter.??

As many as 15 players allegedly were near or involved in a fight that took place in an apartment, an apparent act of retaliation for a street altercation Scirrotto and his girlfriend had with three other men late on May 31.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno recently issued a blanket punishment for his entire team, calling for all players to clean Beaver Stadium on Sundays after home games this fall and to do community service.

It?s unclear if the expelled players will be able to practice during the summer, as there were conflicting reports about that Thursday night.

SteelCityMan786
06-21-2007, 04:05 PM
http://centredaily.com/sports/colleges/penn_state/story/130352.html

Players accept sanctions
Sargeant only athlete accused in fight who will challenge expulsion
By Pete Bosak - pbosak@centredaily.com

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State defensive back Anthony Scirrotto was kicked out of school until August by the university's Office of Judicial Affairs, while teammate Lydell Sargeant's attorney announced he will fight the same punishment.

Scirrotto, the accused ringleader in an April 1 incident in a State College apartment, has three business days to accept the sanctions handed down Tuesday or ask for a hearing to contest the accusations. Sources close to the case said Scirrotto will serve out the temporary expulsion. About 15 other Penn State football players Tuesday made the same choice, accepting the punishments handed out to them last week for their roles in the incident.

But Sargeant's attorney said he is innocent of accusations he struck people with a bar stool during the incident at a Meridian II apartment and will fight his temporary expulsion.

The four players who were expelled for the second summer semester -- Scirrotto, Sargeant, defensive tackle Christopher Baker and linebacker Jerome Hayes -- were told they would be allowed to return to campus Aug. 6 for preseason workouts, sources said. Normally, expelled students would not be allowed on campus until the expulsion ends, in this case on Aug. 17.

The other players were put on probation, and all were ordered to undergo anger management counseling.

While Sargeant was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing at a preliminary hearing last month, Judicial Affairs found the junior cornerback wielded a bar stool and struck people when an unknown number of football players pushed their way into the Meridian II apartment at 646 E. College Ave.

The players were looking for someone they thought assaulted Scirrotto about 45 minutes earlier on the street, police have said. Once inside, police said, mayhem ensued.

Sargeant, 20, vehemently denies striking anyone, let alone with a bar stool, said his attorney, Karen Muir. Sargeant is so vehement in his denial, that he and his family have decided to request formal Judicial Affairs hearings, Muir said.

He knows that, if he loses, he could face more severe punishment that could cost him playing time, Muir said.

"Absolutely," Muir said. "But Mr. Sargeant wants to fight these accusations."

Muir said witnesses told Judicial Affairs stories that greatly differed from what they told police and from their testimony at preliminary hearings for six players in Centre County Court last month.

One witness told police in a written statement he saw Sargeant swing the bar stool that was "broken over the back of the guy identified as Scirrotto," court documents indicate.

The same person told Judicial Affairs he saw Sargeant hit somebody -- he didn't know who -- with a bar stool, court documents indicate.

Charges against Sargeant, Hayes and linebacker Tyrell Sales were dismissed after the preliminary hearing. No one testified at the preliminary hearings that they saw Sargeant strike anyone with a stool, Muir said.

"That's nowhere even in the police reports," Muir said.

Charges against Justin King were withdrawn before the preliminary hearing for lack of evidence. While King admitted to being inside the apartment, there was no testimony that he was involved in the fight. King has not been sanctioned by Judicial Affairs and it was not clear Tuesday whether he will face any punishment.

Penn State Judicial Affairs Director Joe Puzycki was out of the office Tuesday and unavailable for comment.

Scirrotto and Baker still are facing criminal charges for their alleged roles in the incident.

Scirrotto faces charges of burglary, criminal trespass and criminal solicitation, all felonies; simple assault and criminal solicitation, both misdemeanors; and summary harassment.

Baker is slated to stand trial on burglary and criminal trespass, both felonies; simple assault, a misdemeanor; and harassment, a summary offense.

Two men were issued citations in connection with the street altercation that preceded the incident at Meridian II. Bernd Imle Jr., of State College, was cited on charges of harassment -- accused, police say, of punching Scirrotto -- and Thomas Skalamera, also of State College, accused of slapping a cell phone from Scirrotto's hand, was cited on a criminal mischief charge.

Imle and Skalamera could not be reached for comment Tuesday. E-mails sent to their Penn State accounts were not immediately answered.

While all players will be eligible to play as far as the university is concerned, coach Joe Paterno has said students will miss games as punishment for the downtown fight.

Paterno, who has expressed his disappointment in the players at speaking engagements, has said the entire team will be made to clean Beaver Stadium on Sunday mornings after games. The coach also has his team helping build homes for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County.

SteelCityMan786
06-21-2007, 08:07 PM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/college/s_513601.html

PSU's Scirrotto, Baker accept temporary explusions
By Sam Ross Jr.
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, June 21, 2007

Penn State starting safety Anthony Scirrotto and backup defensive tackle Chris Baker have agreed to temporary expulsions that will keep them out of school during the second summer semester, which begins July 3.

Lawyers for both players say Scirrotto and Baker will be eligible to participate in preseason practice, which begins in early August, about two weeks before the end of the second summer session.

"He has signed off on it," Anthony Scirrotto's father Tony said Wednesday of the school's punishment. "He said he went in, looked at the accusations, and nothing was in there that hadn't already been said."

The expulsions stem from an investigation by Penn State's Office of Judicial Affairs into an April 1 incident in which several Nittany Lions players allegedly invaded an off-campus apartment in search of three men who allegedly had assaulted Scirrotto and his girlfriend earlier on the street.

In addition to being expelled, Scirrotto and Baker face trial in early August on charges that include burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault and harassment in connection with the fight.

Linebacker Jerome Hayes and cornerback Lydell Sargeant had criminal charges dismissed by a judge at a preliminary hearing May 4. Both players received the same university sanctions as Baker, with Hayes accepting the punishment and Sargeant appealing, said attorney Karen Muir, who represents Hayes, Sargeant and Baker.

The (State College) Centre Daily Times reported that Sargeant disagreed with the assertion by Judicial Affairs that he had struck people with a bar stool.

Individuals who testified at the preliminary hearing were unable to identify who swung the bar stool. Baker was the only player positively identified as striking blows in the apartment.

The judge at the preliminary hearing also dropped charges against linebacker Tyrell Sales. It was unknown if he received university discipline, and telephone messages left yesterday with his family by The Associated Press weren't immediately returned.

A prosecutor dropped charges against star cornerback and Gateway graduate Justin King just before the preliminary hearing began. Scirrotto's attorney, Ron McGlaughlin, who also represents King, said he was unaware of university sanctions against King.

Authorities have said there may have been dozens of people, including other players, in a hallway outside the apartment, but that police didn't file charges against those who didn't go inside.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno said Tuesday in Pittsburgh that he wasn't going to worry about possible criminal trials conflicting with preseason camp until the potential problem becomes reality.

Paterno has meted out his own punishment separate from the university, having ordered the entire team to perform community service this summer and clean out Beaver Stadium after each home game this fall.

Bill Mahon, spokesman for Judicial Affairs, reiterated yesterday that the school would have no comment until its process concludes.

SteelCityMan786
06-22-2007, 12:07 AM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12692

6.19.2007
Nittany Lions? Games With Florida International And Buffalo Set for Telecast on Big Ten Network
Both Contests to Kick at 12:00 p.m. in Beaver Stadium

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., June 19, 2007 -- The kick times for Penn State?s first three contests during its blockbuster 2007 home football schedule are set, with the Nittany Lions making two appearances on the Big Ten Network, which will launch in August.

Penn State will be featured on the Big Ten Network on September 1, when the Nittany Lions host Florida International for their 121st season opener. The first meeting between the schools will kick at 12:00 p.m. ET in Beaver Stadium as part of the Network?s opening day of Big Ten Football telecasts.

The Nittany Lions also will appear on the Big Ten Network on Sept. 15, hosting Buffalo at 12:00 p.m. The schools will be meeting for the first time since 1900 and just the second time overall.

Penn State also will make at least one appearance on the Big Ten Network during the eight-game conference schedule. Every Big Ten football team will make at least two appearances on the Network each season. The Big Ten Network will air more than 35 football games each year, with 18 contests already announced for the 2007 season.

All games produced by the Big Ten Network will be available to cable and satellite operators nationwide as part of their agreements to carry the network. Whenever the Big Ten Network is producing more than one game airing at the same time, the network will split the feeds regionally among cable operators to allow Big Ten fans to watch the game with the most regional interest. In addition, cable and satellite providers that have agreed to carry the network will be offered the chance to carry the additional games via ?overflow? channels. The majority of the games airing on the Big Ten Network will be shown in high definition (HD).

The announcement of the FIU and Buffalo kick times brings the total of announced kick times and TV to five games, all at home, for the upcoming season.

* Penn State will host Notre Dame on Sept. 8, with ESPN airing the clash at 6:00 p.m. in Beaver Stadium.
* The Nittany Lions? 88th Homecoming game, against Wisconsin on Oct. 13, will kick at 3:30 p.m. ET and air on ABC.
* The Oct. 27 border battle with Ohio State will kick at 8:00 p.m. and air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. A determination on which network will air the game may not be made until 12 days before the game.

The Nittany Lions have long been one of college football's premier programs for television networks. Every Nittany Lion game has been televised the past three seasons and 151 of the last 153 Penn State games overall have been on TV. Since 1995, Penn State has had 137 regular season telecasts, tops in the Big Ten.

Future Penn State contests may be selected by the networks under the six and 12-day provisions of their contracts with the Big Ten Conference.

Coach Joe Paterno enters his 42nd season as head coach with 15 returning starters (8 offense, 6 defense, 1 specialist) from last year?s 9-4 squad. The Nittany Lions have a blockbuster 2007 home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006: Notre Dame, Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin, Ohio State and Purdue (Nov. 3).

The Big Ten Network is a national television network, available to all cable and satellite providers nationwide, that will allow fans to see their home teams regardless of where they live. The network currently has national agreements in place with DirecTV and AT&T and also a local agreement with Buckeye CableSystem in Toledo, Ohio, for more than 150,000 subscribers in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan. Additionally, the network has agreements pending with more than 40 other cable operators within the eight states of the Big Ten. In total, the network currently is available to viewers in 16 million homes.

Launching in August, the Big Ten Network is dedicated to covering the Big Ten Conference and its 11 member institutions. The Big Ten Network will provide unprecedented access to an extensive schedule of conference sports events and shows; original programs in academics, the arts and sciences; campus activities and associated personalities. Sports programming will include live coverage of more major men's and women's events than ever before, along with news, highlights and analysis, all complemented by hours of university-produced campus programming. The network is available to all cable and satellite carriers and television distributors nationwide, with most programs offered in stunning high-definition television (HDTV). The Big Ten Network is a 20-year partnership between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks.

To get the Big Ten Network, Penn State alumni and fans should call their cable provider and request the network.

For more information regarding the Big Ten Network, visit www.BigTenNetwork.com.

SteelCityMan786
06-22-2007, 12:08 AM
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6.14.2007
Fifth Annual "Penn State Lift for Life" Set for Friday, July 13; Proceeds to Benefit the Kidney Cancer Association
More Than $148,000 Raised in Initial Four Years

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; June 14, 2007 - Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes announced today that Lift For Life? will be held on Friday, July 13.

More than 90 Penn State Football student-athletes are expected to compete in this year?s event with proceeds again benefiting the Kidney Cancer Association. In its fifth year, the organization has help raise awareness for this rare disease and generated more than $148,000 to support this worthwhile cause. More than $60,000 was raised by the organization during 2005-06.

The Lift For Life event is a strength and conditioning challenge that tests the mental and physical endurance of the student-athlete. Athletes are put through a challenging gauntlet of 11 exercises ranging from the traditional bench and leg presses to the less conventional giant tire flip and iron cross. The event offers fans a rare chance to experience Penn State Football up-close and personal. They will have a chance to meet and get autographs from current and former football players and also see elements of the workout every player must endure as part of his preparation for the team.

Lift For Life is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 per person or $5 for students or children. The competition will be held in Holuba Hall on the Penn State University campus and is scheduled from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 1:30.

Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes is a student organization run by current football student-athletes, including Kevin Suhey (president), Jason Ganter (vice president), Jesse Alfreno, Brett Brackett, Joe Hughes, Kevin Kelly, Pat Mauti, Chris Rogers and Patrick Weber. The organization?s mission is to raise awareness and funds for rare diseases such as kidney cancer as well as to provide a professional enrichment program for the college football student-athlete.

For more information about Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit www.upliftingathletes.org or contact Deloris Brobeck at 814-865-1946 during business hours.

SteelCityMan786
06-22-2007, 12:10 AM
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6.16.2007
Nearly 40 Members of Nittany Lion Football Team Earn 3.0 GPA During Spring Semester
Twelve Earn Dean?s List Recognition for 3.5 GPA or Higher


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., June 16, 2007 ? The Penn State football team produced another outstanding academic performance during the Spring 2007 semester, with 38 squad members earning at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Among the 38 Nittany Lions, 12 earned Dean's List recognition by posting a 3.5 GPA or higher this past semester. Junior quarterback Paul Cianciolo (Charleston, S.C.) earned a perfect 4.0 GPA for the second consecutive spring semester, while six other full-time football student-athletes had a 3.7 or higher.

The superlative academic performance brings the number of Nittany Lion football student-athletes to 29 who have a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Among the highest achievers are: junior tackle Gerald Cadogan (Portsmouth, Ohio), who was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team last year, sophomore quarterback Pat Devlin (Downingtown), junior cornerback Justin King (Pittsburgh), junior linebacker Sean Lee (Pittsburgh) and junior wide receiver Jordan Norwood (State College).

Among the other Nittany Lions who earned Dean's List recognition were junior tight end Francis Claude (Laval, Quebec), senior kicker Joe Hughes (Downingtown), sophomore linebacker Josh Hull (Millheim), junior safety Mark Rubin (Amherst, N.Y.), sophomore quarterback Kevin Suhey (State College) and senior center Patrick Weber (Arnold), in addition to Cadogan, Cianciolo and Devlin.

The outstanding classroom performance is the latest success in a long line of academic achievement for members of Paterno?s program, who consistently are near the top nationally in graduation success:

* All-America linebacker Paul Posluszny (Aliquippa) was selected the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American? of the Year, becoming a two-time first team Academic All-American?. Defensive end Tim Shaw (Livonia, Mich.) also earned first team Academic All-America? honors in 2006 and safety Nolan McCready (Wyomissing) was a second team Academic All-American?.

During Paterno?s tenure, Penn State has had 35 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans? (26 first team), 15 National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes (including Posluszny in 2006) and 18 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners. Penn State ranks fourth among all Division I-A institutions in Academic All-America? football honorees.

* Two members of the 2007 squad have already graduated and three others are on schedule to graduate in August. Weber and senior tailback Rodney Kinlaw (Goose Creek, S.C.) earned their degrees in May.

* The Nittany Lions had 18 Academic All-Big Ten football honorees last fall, improving their conference-leading total to 190 from 1993-2006.

* According to the ?2006 NCAA Division I Graduation Rates Report,? Penn State?s 83 percent football graduation rate was third highest in the nation among all Division I-A public institutions and 2006-07 bowl teams. The Nittany Lions had the seventh-highest graduation rate overall among all of the nation?s 119 Division I-A programs, including the best among Big Ten Conference institutions.

The Penn State football team?s graduation rate of 83 percent for students entering in 1999 was 28 points higher than the national average of 55 percent.

* Penn State?s four-year football graduation rate (for students entering 1996-99) of 76 percent was tied for 10th-highest among I-A institutions and tied for second-best among public institutions. Penn State trailed only Northwestern (79 percent) for the best four-year football rate among Big Ten institutions. The national four-year average also was 55 percent.

* Among African-American football student-athletes entering in 1999-2000, the Nittany Lions posted a graduation figure of 71 percent to significantly exceed the 49 percent national average. Penn State?s four-year graduation rate for African-American players was 72 percent, 23 points higher than the national average.

In his 42nd season as head coach, Paterno?s squad returns 15 starters and 33 letterwinners for the the 2007 season. The Nittany Lions, who have won 22 of their last 27 games, have a blockbuster 2007 home schedule that includes five bowl teams from last season: Notre Dame (Sept. 8, 6:00 p.m. - ESPN), Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13- Homecoming, 3:30 p.m.-ABC), Ohio State (Oct. 27, 8:00 p.m.) and Purdue (Nov. 3).

SteelCityMan786
06-22-2007, 12:11 AM
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6.19.2007
Joe Paterno Remembers Terry Hoeppner

"I admired him as a person and a football coach. I wasn't around him a whole lot since we haven't played Indiana (the past two years), but during the time I spent with him at Big Ten meetings, you could see that he was a very honest and courageous person. My condolences go out to his family and everyone at Indiana."

SteelCityMan786
06-22-2007, 12:12 AM
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6.21.2007
Connor Among Candidates For Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Presented To Nation?s Top Defensive Player

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; June 21, 2007 -- Penn State All-America linebacker Dan Connor has been named to the Watch List for the 2007 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented to the nation?s top defensive player.

The Football Writers Association of America has presented the Nagurski Trophy annually since 1993 in honor of the former University of Minnesota standout. The Charlotte (N.C.) Touchdown Club hosts the awards dinner each December.

Connor is one of three players from Big Ten institutions on the Nagurski Watch List.

A senior from Wallingford, Pa., the 6-3, 233-pound Connor previously was named a pre-season first team All-American by Athlon Sports? College Football 2007. Last season, he earned first team All-America honors from The Sporting News and was a second team Associated Press All-American. The former Strath Haven High School standout became the 13th linebacker to earn first team All-America honors at ?Linebacker U? under Coach Joe Paterno.

Connor was fifth in the Big Ten with 113 tackles last season and has 274 career stops, 98 away from Paul Posluszny?s school record. He was a finalist for the 2006 Bednarik Award and should be among the top candidates for the Butkus, Bednarik, Rotary Lombardi, Lott and Nagurski awards this season.

Former Nittany Lion All-Americans LaVar Arrington and Courtney Brown were among the finalists for the 1999 Nagurski Trophy and All-America defensive end Tamba Hali was a finalist for the 2005 honor.

Coach Joe Paterno?s 42nd Penn State team returns 33 letterwinners and 15 starters for the 2007 season, which begins September 1 against Florida International (12:00 p.m., Big Ten Network) in Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions have a blockbuster 2007 home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006: Notre Dame (6:00 p.m., ESPN), Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13- Homecoming, 3:30 p.m., ABC), Ohio State (Oct. 27, 8:00 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2) and Purdue (Nov. 3). The Nittany Lions will host Buffalo on Sept. 15 for a 12:00 p.m. kick that will be televised by the Big Ten Network, which launches in August.

SteelCityMan786
06-22-2007, 01:09 PM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=12873

Paterno keeps mood light at media session

By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Joe Paterno took the time to talk with the media before a Penn State alumni function Tuesday.
PITTSBURGH ? Joe Paterno probably could be a pretty good stand-up comedian.

The legendary coach showed off his quick wit and sense of humor Tuesday during a media session prior to a Penn State alumni function. Paterno fielded questions ranging from his contract to LaVar Arrington?s motorcycle crash, and in typical form, he often found ways to inject humor into seemingly serious topics.

It?s believed his contract expires following the 2008 season, but Paterno joked about one possible reason he might seek an extension.

??Maybe two years from now [athletic director Tim] Curley gets to be a pain in the neck, I may say, ?Hey, I want two more years so I can fire you, Curley,??? Paterno said, drawing laughter from everyone in the room, including Curley.

The coach hadn?t spoken yet with Arrington about Monday?s accident, though he did share some funny stories about his former star linebacker.

??He and I had our differences at times,?? Paterno said. ??I didn?t want him to leave [for the NFL] when he left. He said, ?Jeez, coach, there?s $20 million involved.? I said, ?Go.???

He also offered Arrington some advice:

??I said, ?You start jumping over people like you do in college, you won?t have any kids,??? Paterno joked.

The 80-year-old coach appeared to be in great spirits as he talked about his health and the upcoming season. If he?s disappointed or overly concerned about the fallout from the April 1 fight allegedly involving some of his players, Paterno didn?t show it.

He frequently has stopped short of outright blasting the players for their actions, a pattern that continued Tuesday.

??I?m more disappointed in the fact that we didn?t have a couple guys step in there and say, ?Hey, look, knock it off,??? Paterno said. ??But you?ve got to look at this squad. This is the youngest squad I?ve ever had, by far the youngest squad.

??This may end up being a good thing for them. They may all of a sudden realize they have a responsibility to each other.??

Penn State?s Office of Judicial Affairs reportedly has expelled three players for the summer session ? defensive lineman Chris Baker, linebacker Jerome Hayes and defensive back Lydell Sargeant ? and up to a dozen more also may face sanctions for their roles in the fight.

Paterno said he won?t worry about the fallout until all punishments have been handed down.

??I don?t think it?s really going to affect the [players?] eligibility,?? he said, ??but I don?t know. ... I?ve been very appreciative of how the university has really gone about it in a way that they?re trying to make sure there?s going to be justice.??

Tuesday?s stop in Pittsburgh was the third major alumni function Paterno has attended this summer. The first one, in Philadelphia, produced the big news that he plans to punish his entire team by making the players clean Beaver Stadium on Sundays after home games this season.

The past two stops have revealed no major announcements, but they have given Paterno a chance to see how beloved he and his football program are around the state. Both have come a long way during Paterno?s time in Happy Valley.

??We?ve made a lot of progress,?? Paterno said. ??When I first got the job as head coach, we were really isolated [in State College]. We didn?t have an AP writer, we didn?t have a [network TV station].??

He told a story of how he once hitchhiked from State College to Altoona when he was a PSU assistant in 1950, took a train to Pittsburgh and rode around the city with former Steeler and Nittany Lion Bill ??Red?? Moore.

??I traveled the streets of Pittsburgh for 15 years as an assistant coach,?? Paterno said. ??I spent more time ... chasing more girls in Pittsburgh than anybody [in the media contingent Tuesday] combined.??

Back then, the coach added, ??We had to go around and peddle the product we had. And then, thank God, we had some success, and then television came. ... Television has really made it a lot easier to become somebody than it used to be in the old days.??

Paterno noted he has ??a lot of nostalgia?? when he gets out around the state now. He also knows when he comes back to Pittsburgh that the inevitable question of resuming the PSU-Pitt rivalry is bound to come up.

??I personally would like to have a home-and-home series with Pitt, but I don?t think it?s realistic at this stage,?? Paterno said before later adding, ??We?ve got economic things we have to consider.??

For now, Paterno is considering if he?ll be able to run out of the tunnel for the Lions? season opener Sept. 1 against Florida International.

??Right now I wouldn?t bet on it ... but I?ve got an outside shot of making it,?? he said.

He?s still getting back into shape after breaking his left leg on the sideline at Wisconsin in November, and he doesn?t know how much he?ll be able to push things.

The FIU game will mark Paterno?s return to the sideline. He stayed home for the Temple game last season and watched both the regular-season finale against Michigan State and Outback Bowl against Tennessee from the press box.

Never one to miss a punch line opportunity, Paterno couldn?t help but throw in a joke about his return to the field.

??I?d be less than honest if I didn?t tell you when I?m on that sideline, I want to know where everybody is,?? he said. ??I may get better glasses.??

SteelCityMan786
06-25-2007, 02:28 PM
http://post-gazette.com/pg/07171/795565-143.stm

Paterno still recovering from injury
"Right now, I wouldn't bet on it"

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

By Ray Fittipaldo
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Last year around this time, Joe Paterno, the oldest coach in college football, scaled Mount Nittany in State College after being challenged by members of his family. Now the goal for the 80-year old coaching legend is simply to run out of the tunnel with his team in the Sept. 1 season opener at Beaver Stadium.

And he is not betting that he will be able to accomplish the feat.

Paterno's life has changed drastically in the past 12 months. In early November, Paterno tore ligaments in his left knee and fractured a bone in his left leg after a sideline collision at the University of Wisconsin. He had surgery, a long rehabilitation and coached the rest of the season from the press box, including Penn State's victory against Tennessee in the Outback Bowl Jan. 1. Paterno, who will begin his 42nd season as Penn State's head coach in a few months, was in Pittsburgh last night for a Penn State alumni fund-raiser at the Omni William Penn. And while he does not foresee his injured leg stopping him from performing his coaching duties this season, he admits it has prevented him from living his life the way he had become accustomed.

Paterno used to walk 25 or 30 miles a week, many of them uphill in and around the Penn State campus. Now that 50-yard sprint from the tunnel to the sideline seems insurmountable.

"Right now, I wouldn't bet on it," Paterno said of leading his team onto the field for the season opener against Florida International. "It's been tough on me to get enough exercise as I'd like. I'm going down to the shore on Monday and I'll start trying to run down there, and we'll see what happens. I have an outside shot of making it."

There are a lot of things Paterno doesn't do anymore, football activities included. He used to run conditioning drills with his players and jump in drills at practice. He would walk to work from his nearby home. Now he works from his home some of the day, watching videotape and communicating with staff via telephone.

"Yeah, there are some things I don't do that I would have done," Paterno said. "Even at practice, I would horse around with the players once in a while. When they did conditioning after practice I would do it with them just to tease them. I really feel great. I can't gripe except I get tired. My leg gets tired. Until I do extensive running and walking, I think it will be like that."

Paterno insists, however, that the injury will not curtail his coaching duties.

"I'd be less than honest if I didn't tell you that when I'm on that sidelines I'm going to know where everyone is," he said. "I may get better glasses. I'm going to be careful. I have to be careful not to get too aggressive and be too macho out there. Every once in a while, when a kid got knocked out of bounds I'd pick them up. I'm not even going to be close to them. Other than that, I really don't have any [worries]."

Paterno's health was one of the subjects he touched on during a 25-minute news conference before his appearance at the fund-raiser. He also spoke about the fate of several of his players involved in an off-campus fracas in April and addressed the obligatory question of renewing the rivalry with Pitt.

Paterno answered that question the way he always has, bringing up his attempt at forming an all-sports eastern conference which was nullified when Pitt joined the Big East for basketball in 1982. That forced Penn State to join the Big Ten a few years later, and eventually, in 2000, the series ended. There have been no serious talks on renewing the series, and Paterno reiterated that Pitt would have to play the series on Penn State's terms.

"Financially, we have to have seven home games," Paterno said. "Now, if Pitt would say tomorrow that we'll play twice up at your place and once down here ... The last time we came to Pitt, they charged more money for our game than any other game.

"I'd love to play, but we have to think about some things in our place. We're going to play Virginia, Nebraska, Notre Dame. We have fans all over the country now, and they all want to see us in intersectional games. Saying that, I was with Dave Wannstedt, Marty Schottenheimer and Foge Fazio in Hershey last week. That was the topic sentence ... I love Pittsburgh, but we have economic things we have to consider. We're going to try to raise a billion dollars. We have to go to California to see people. We have to make a presence in a lot of different ways. I personally would like to have a home-and-home series with Pitt, but I don't think it's realistic right now."

On the topic of his players facing disciplinary action from the university for their role in the fight that sent one person to the hospital April 1, Paterno said he patiently is awaiting the school's decision about punishment.

Two players -- starting safety Anthony Scirrotto and backup defensive lineman Chris Baker -- face criminal charges in the case. Scirrotto, Baker and several others are expected to be expelled for the summer semester, but will be allowed to return to school in August and participate in preseason camp. Penn State's office of judicial affairs is expected to make the decision public soon.

"I hope they come out with [the decision] as soon as they feel comfortable that they can come out of it with a fair decision, and I think they will," he said. "I've been very appreciative of the way the university has gone about it. I don't think it's going to affect their eligibility, but I don't know. "

NOTES -- Penn State's games against Florida International and Buffalo, Sept. 1 and 15, will be played at noon at Beaver Stadium and be broadcast by the Big Ten network.

SteelCityMan786
06-25-2007, 02:29 PM
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6.25.2007
Connor Among Candidates for Bednarik Award & Lott Trophy
Was a Finalist for 2006 Bednarik Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; June 25, 2007 - Penn State All-America linebacker Dan Connor has been named to the watch lists for a pair of college football?s top individual awards.

Connor is among the candidates for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the nation?s top defensive player by the Maxwell Football Club. He was among the three finalists for the 2006 Bednarik, which was captured by teammate Paul Posluszny for the second consecutive year. The award was first presented in 1995 in honor of former Philadelphia Eagles standout Chuck Bednarik.

Last year, Penn State became the first school to have a pair of Bednarik Award finalists in the 12 years the honor had been presented. Former Nittany Lion All-America linebacker LaVar Arrington won the Bednarik Award in 1999.

Connor also is among the candidates for The Lott Trophy, awarded to college football?s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Named aftert Hall of Fame player Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy equally recognizes athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the award is in its fourth year. Posluszny was one of three finalists for the 2006 Lott Trophy.

The Board of Directors of The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation annually donates $25,000 to the general scholarship fund of the University of the winner of The Lott Trophy. This year, the Foundation also will donate $5,000 to each of the universities of the other three finalists.

A senior from Wallingford, Pa., Connor previously had been named a candidate for the Nagurski Trophy, also presented to the nation?s top defensive player.

The 6-3, 233-pound Connor previously was named a pre-season first team All-American by Athlon Sports? College Football 2007. Last season, he earned first team All-America honors from The Sporting News and was a second team Associated Press All-American. The former Strath Haven High School standout became the 13th linebacker to earn first team All-America honors at ?Linebacker U? under Coach Joe Paterno.

Connor was fifth in the Big Ten with 113 tackles last season and has 274 career stops, 98 away from Paul Posluszny?s school record. He also recorded 9.0 tackles for losses, 5.0 sacks (minus-39 yards), led the team with three forced fumbles (sixth in Big Ten), made two interceptions and one safety. Connor should be among the top candidates for the Butkus, Bednarik, Rotary Lombardi, Lott and Nagurski awards this season.

Coach Joe Paterno?s 42nd Penn State team returns 33 letterwinners and 15 starters for the 2007 season, which begins September 1 against Florida International (12:00 p.m., Big Ten Network) in Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions have a blockbuster 2007 home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006: Notre Dame (6:00 p.m., ESPN), Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13- Homecoming, 3:30 p.m., ABC), Ohio State (Oct. 27, 8:00 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2) and Purdue (Nov. 3). The Nittany Lions will host Buffalo on Sept. 15 for a 12:00 p.m. kick that will be televised by the Big Ten Network, which launches in August.

SteelCityMan786
06-25-2007, 03:50 PM
http://centredaily.com/sports/colleges/penn_state/story/133506.html

Ruling split on Sargeant appeal
Judicial Affairs drops allegations, upholds sanctions
By Pete Bosak - pbosak@centredaily.com

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State's Office of Judicial Affairs on Friday agreed with defensive back Lydell Sargeant and withdrew allegations he assaulted fellow students during a downtown apartment melee in April.

But Judicial Affairs did not back off its punishment for Sargeant -- that he be temporarily expelled for the second summer semester and be put on probation for the rest of his time at Penn State.

Teammates who had similar involvement in the apartment invasion April 1 at the Meridian II received only probation, his attorney said.

"Out of respect for the team and his family, he has asked for no formal hearing or sanction review," said attorney Karen Muir, who represents Sargeant, 20. "But we are not happy. We are glad the university has seen the error of its ways. But this is an absurd result."

Also Friday, the attorney for standout safety Anthony Scirrotto -- one of two Nittany Lions facing criminal charges for their alleged roles in the brawl -- filed a motion in Centre County Court arguing the charges against Scirrotto should be dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

Scirrotto's attorney, Ron McGlaughlin, argues charges were dismissed at a preliminary hearing last month against three of Scirrotto's teammates, even though the evidence against them was stronger than the evidence against his client.

Police allege Scirrotto was the ringleader of football players who forced their way into an apartment at 646 E. College Ave. and assaulted several people. But McGlaughlin argues there is no evidence Scirrotto solicited anyone to arrive at the Meridian II that night. There also is no evidence Scirrotto went inside the apartment or assaulted anyone, McGlaughlin wrote in his motion.

At his preliminary hearing May 4, no one testified to seeing Scirrotto inside the apartment, let alone striking anyone, McGlaughlin said.

Therefore, the district judge erred in holding charges against Scirrotto for court, he argued.

Police said Scirrotto was assaulted on the street about 45 minutes prior to the apartment invasion. Scirrotto then followed his assailant back to the apartment in the Meridian II and called teammates when he could not get inside, police said. Nearly two dozen football players answered his call for help, police said.

Sargeant told police he went inside the apartment after other teammates did, but that he did not participate in the brawl. When told by Judicial Affairs they found he was the player witnesses said was beating people with a bar stool, Sargeant decided to fight the charge in a hearing to clear his name, Muir said.

"He's distraught," Muir said of the junior from Lompoc, Calif., who plans to study dentistry after graduating from Penn State. "And he's really disappointed the system he was brought up to believe in has failed him. It's devastating to him to see that because someone lies or tells a mistruth, his life has the potential to be ruined."

Penn State spokesman Bill Mahon could not be reached for comment.

A number of football players were issued sanctions by university Judicial Affairs for their involvement in the April melee, but none will miss playing time, sources said.

The four players who were expelled for the second summer session -- Scirrotto, Sargeant, defensive tackle Christopher Baker and linebacker Jerome Hayes -- were told they would be allowed to return to campus Aug. 6, 11 days before the semester ends, for preseason workouts, sources said.

As many as 10 other players were placed on probation and ordered to undergo anger management counseling by the university.

In county court, Scirrotto faces charges of burglary, criminal trespass and criminal solicitation, all felonies; simple assault and criminal solicitation, both misdemeanors; and summary harassment.

Baker is slated to stand trial on burglary and criminal trespass, both felonies; simple assault, a misdemeanor; and harassment, a summary offense.

Charges against Sargeant, Hayes and linebacker Tyrell Sales were dismissed after a preliminary hearing.

Two men were issued citations in connection with the street altercation that preceded the incident at Meridian II. Bernd Imle Jr., of State College, was cited on charges of harassment -- accused, police say, of punching Scirrotto -- and Thomas Skalamera, also of State College, was cited for criminal mischief.

Judicial Affairs has refused to comment on what punishment, if any, was given those two students.

SteelCityMan786
06-25-2007, 05:31 PM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=12963



Scirrotto may go unpunished

By Cory Giger

Anthony Scirrotto got off lucky with his puny punishment from Penn State's Office of Judicial Affairs.

It really can't even be called a slap on the wrist. Try this at home: Stick out your left wrist and lightly thump it with your right hand. That's the extent of Scirrotto's punishment.

The standout safety was expelled for the second summer semester, but he won't have to miss any games or even practice time.

Oooh, so he can't go to class for part of the summer! Most college athletes would consider that a good thing.

Scirrotto is far from out of the woods just yet. He still faces three felony counts for his role in an off-campus fight April 1, but given the lack of evidence against him, it's doubtful any of those charges will stick.

I'm no lawyer, but I did listen to hours and hours of testimony during the pretrial hearing in May, and the case against Scirrotto seems flimsy. It's hard to believe any jury would convict him of a felony based on the testimony of the witnesses at the hearing.

If the charges aren't dropped entirely, which is what Scirrotto's attorney hopes will happen, look for Scirrotto to make some kind of plea bargain that will keep him out of court and out of jail.

Perhaps the most damaging punishment he stood to face, therefore, was from Judicial Affairs. That group, some in the Nittany Nation feared, would suspend Scirrotto for much or all of the season, which would have been a major blow to Penn State's secondary and to Scirrotto's possible NFL future.

Joe Paterno still could suspend him for the season opener against Florida International, but with Notre Dame looming in week two, there's little chance Paterno sits his starting safety then.

As it stands, Scirrotto just might get out of this whole ordeal relatively scot-free.

The same may not be true for defensive lineman Chris Baker. He, too, was expelled for a summer semester by Judicial Affairs, and his legal situation seems more cloudy.

Baker's attorney says it's a case of mistaken identity, but that argument may not hold water. Baker is a hulking 290 pounds with a large, easily recognizable face, and several witnesses singled him out during the pretrial hearing.

One witness, Bernd Imle, described getting hit by Baker. If prosecutors can prove that, Baker's legal problems may end up being substantial.

SUBHD: Rivalry rant

Penn State does not need to play Pitt.

Would it be great if the rivalry was resumed? Absolutely. But it won't be a one-for-one deal because Pitt is just not in the same league as Penn State in terms of finances.

The Nittany Lions, as Paterno has said repeatedly, would be irresponsible financially to play a home-and-home series against the Panthers. Penn State can draw more than 100,000 fans for a high school jayvee team, while Pitt can't even sell out for West Virginia.

Economics shouldn't be the deciding factor in college sports, but unfortunately, they often are. Unless Pitt agrees to a two-for-one series, the rivalry will not and should not be resumed.

Buzz05
06-26-2007, 06:58 AM
Joe Paterno still could suspend him for the season opener against Florida International, but with Notre Dame looming in week two, there's little chance Paterno sits his starting safety then.


If JoePa wants to sit him he will sit him. He doesnt care if they are playing for the national Championship the next week he will sit him. That is just JoePa's M.O.. I dont understand where this guy gets off saying he wont. If he has learned anything from covering Penn State through out the years he has learned that much atleast. Here and I usually respect the opinion's of Altoona Mirror reporters when it comes to Penn State athletics.

SteelCityMan786
06-26-2007, 11:48 AM
http://centredaily.com/sports/colleges/penn_state/story/135672.html

Connor named to award watch lists
From CDT staff reports

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State senior linebacker Dan Connor has been named to the watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award and The Lott Trophy.

Named for former Philadelphia Eagles standout Chuck Bednarik, the Bednarik Award is presented to the nation's top defensive player by the Maxwell Football Club. Connor was among the three finalists for the 2006 Bednarik, which was captured by teammate Paul Posluszny for the second consecutive year.

Last year, Penn State became the first school to have a pair of Bednarik Award finalists in the 12 years the honor had been presented. Former Nittany Lion All-America linebacker LaVar Arrington won the Bednarik Award in 1999.

Named aftert Hall of Fame player Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year and equally recognizes athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the award is in its fourth year. Posluszny was one of three finalists for the 2006 Lott Trophy.

A senior from Wallingford, Connor previously had been named a candidate for the Nagurski Trophy, also presented to the nation's top defensive player.

The 6-3, 233-pound Connor was fifth in the Big Ten with 113 tackles last season and has 274 career stops, 98 away from Paul Posluszny's school record.

SteelCityMan786
06-26-2007, 11:50 AM
If JoePa wants to sit him he will sit him. He doesnt care if they are playing for the national Championship the next week he will sit him. That is just JoePa's M.O.. I dont understand where this guy gets off saying he wont. If he has learned anything from covering Penn State through out the years he has learned that much atleast. Here and I usually respect the opinion's of Altoona Mirror reporters when it comes to Penn State athletics.

We recently had our top Penn State reporter at the Altoona Mirror Promoted to head editor. Cory Giger sometime writes without knowing what the heck is going on.

Man I wish we could have Neil Rudel doing reports for Penn State again on a regular basis along with him being the head of the paper.

Buzz05
06-26-2007, 02:44 PM
Cory Giger sometime writes without knowing what the heck is going on.


As was the case here evidentally..

SteelCityMan786
06-26-2007, 05:41 PM
As was the case here evidentally..

Thank god he's not the head of the sports department. Buck Frank(who is also the top writer for the Steelers in my area) leads the department.

Buzz05
06-27-2007, 08:06 AM
Thank god he's not the head of the sports department. Buck Frank(who is also the top writer for the Steelers in my area) leads the department.

Well like I said a long time ago, Im from the Altoona area and I used to read the Johnstown Democrat and the Mirror daily for the sports section. So since I havnt been around for the past few years all I get to read is when I come home for a weekend. It just gets on my nerves that when someone covers something that is such a part of people lives in the area, such as Penn State athletics, and they totally screw it up and give out false information when most fans can see the correct opinion on their own.

SteelCityMan786
06-27-2007, 08:14 AM
Well like I said a long time ago, Im from the Altoona area and I used to read the Johnstown Democrat and the Mirror daily for the sports section. So since I havnt been around for the past few years all I get to read is when I come home for a weekend. It just gets on my nerves that when someone covers something that is such a part of people lives in the area, such as Penn State athletics, and they totally screw it up and give out false information when most fans can see the correct opinion on their own.

That's not the only paper covering them in this area. Check out the Centre Daily Times out of the State College area. you checout their website at Centredaily.com.

SteelCityMan786
06-27-2007, 08:16 AM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12715

6.26.2007
Six Nittany Lions Named To The Sporting News? All-Big Ten Team
Connor Named Second Team All-American

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; June 26, 2007 ?- The Sporting News has selected Penn State linebacker Dan Connor (Wallingford, Pa.) as a pre-season second team All-American and recognized six Nittany Lions on their All-Big Ten teams.

Senior quarterback Anthony Morelli (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is on the cover of The Sporting News? regional cover. TSN has Penn State ranked No. 15 in its pre-season Top 25. The magazine ranks the Nittany Lions? loyal and enthusiastic fans as the best in the Big Ten.

Connor also was named pre-season first team All-Big Ten by TSN. Last season, he earned first team All-America honors from The Sporting News and was a second team Associated Press All-American. The former Strath Haven High School standout became the 13th linebacker to earn first team All-America honors at ?Linebacker U? under Coach Joe Paterno. Connor was fifth in the Big Ten with 113 tackles last season and has 274 career stops, 98 away from Paul Posluszny?s school record. He was a finalist for the 2006 Bednarik Award and has been named a candidate for the 2007 Bednarik, Lott and Nagurski honors thus far. Connor should also be among the top candidates for the Butkus and Rotary Lombardi Awards this season.

The Sporting News selected five other Nittany Lions pre-season first or second team All-Big Ten. Junior safety Anthony Scirrotto (West Deptford, N.J.), a 2006 first team all-conference selection, joined Connor on the first team. Scirrotto, who led the Big Ten with six interceptions last season, is rated the No. 5 strong safety in the nation by TSN.

Earning berths on the all-conference second team were: junior wide receiver Deon Butler (Alexandria, Va.), junior cornerback Justin King (Pittsburgh, Pa.), junior linebacker Sean Lee (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and junior wide receiver/punt returner Derrick Williams (Greenbelt, Md.). King is rated the top cover cornerback in the Big Ten by TSN and the No. 10 cornerback in the nation.

The Sporting News ranked Penn State?s wide receivers unit No. 2 in the nation, with the linebackers and secondary rated No. 4.

Coach Joe Paterno?s 42nd Penn State team returns 33 letterwinners and 15 starters for the 2007 season, which begins September 1 against Florida International (12:00 p.m., Big Ten Network) in Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions have a blockbuster 2007 home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006: Notre Dame (6:00 p.m., ESPN), Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13- Homecoming, 3:30 p.m., ABC), Ohio State (Oct. 27, 8:00 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2) and Purdue (Nov. 3). The Nittany Lions will host Buffalo on Sept. 15 for a 12:00 p.m. kick that will be televised by the Big Ten Network, which launches in August.

Buzz05
06-27-2007, 08:32 AM
That's not the only paper covering them in this area. Check out the Centre Daily Times out of the State College area. you checout their website at Centredaily.com.

I get a lot of my Penn State news from blackshoediaries.com thanks to Jeremy and his post about it a while ago. Its really good when it comes to recruiting and its news about the Lions

SteelCityMan786
06-27-2007, 08:43 AM
I get a lot of my Penn State news from blackshoediaries.com thanks to Jeremy and his post about it a while ago. Its really good when it comes to recruiting and its news about the Lions

I'll have to check it out when I get the chance.

SteelCityMan786
07-08-2007, 09:02 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12721

6.28.2007
Big Ten Commissioner Delany Visits With Pa. Legislators and Governor?s Office on Big Ten Network
Network to televise approximately 400 events in first year

HARRISBURG, Pa.; June 28, 2007 - Jim Delany, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, spent today in Harrisburg meeting with members of the state government to discuss the Big Ten Network, which will launch in August.

Delany began his day by speaking to approximately 90 legislators at the Penn State Forum in the state capitol. He was joined by Penn State President Graham Spanier and Director of Athletics Tim Curley at the breakfast and several meetings. The first meeting was with Greg Fajt, Chief of Staff for Governor Ed Rendell. They also met with approximately 50 legislators throughout the day, including Joe Scarnati, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Bob Mellow, the Senate Minority Leader and Representative John Yudichak.

Commissioner of the Big Ten since 1989, Delany also met with the media. Among the topics he discussed were Penn State?s impact on the Big Ten since gaining admission in 1990 and negotiations with Comcast, which provides cable service to 5.6 million households in the eight states that are home to a Big Ten institution. Approximately 2.1 million of the Comcast cable subscribers in the Big Ten footprint are an alumnus of a Big Ten university, according to Delany, in addition to tens of thousands of other subscribers who are fans of a Big Ten school or Big Ten sports.

"Penn State joining the Big Ten has been the most effective, important addition to any conference there has been in the last 20 years," Delany stated. "Penn State is a national program. It resonates nationally. There are plenty of Big Ten fans in Pennsylvania and plenty of Penn State fans across the nation who will want the Big Ten Network."

Last week, Delany announced that the Big Ten Network will become the first national network to commit to "event equality" for men?s and women?s sports on all network-controlled media within the first three years of launch.

"We?re going to impact women?s athletes, in particular, girls from grades 8-12," he said.

The Big Ten Network will launch in August with a programming lineup unparalleled in college sports television today, featuring between 350 and 400 live events including football, men?s and women?s basketball, Olympic sports, available conference championships and more original high-definition programming than any new network in television history.

A minimum of three Penn State football games will air on the Big Ten Network during the 2007 season. The Nittany Lions? Sept. 1 season opener with Florida International and the Sept. 15 contest with Buffalo will air on the Network at 12:00 p.m. ET from Beaver Stadium.

Penn State also will make at least one appearance on the Big Ten Network during the eight-game conference schedule. Every Big Ten football team will make at least two appearances on the Network each season. The Big Ten Network will air more than 35 football games each year, with 18 contests already announced for the 2007 season.

All games produced by the Big Ten Network will be available to cable and satellite operators nationwide as part of their agreements to carry the network. Whenever the Big Ten Network is producing more than one game airing at the same time, the network will split the feeds regionally among cable operators to allow Big Ten fans to watch the game with the most regional interest. In addition, cable and satellite providers that have agreed to carry the network will be offered the chance to carry the additional games via "overflow" channels. The majority of the games airing on the Big Ten Network will be shown in high definition (HD).

The Big Ten Network is a national television network, available to all cable and satellite providers nationwide, that will allow fans to see their home teams regardless of where they live. The network currently has national agreements in place with DirecTV and AT&T and also a local agreement with Buckeye CableSystem in Toledo, Ohio, for more than 150,000 subscribers in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan. Additionally, the network has agreements pending with more than 40 other cable operators within the eight states of the Big Ten. In total, the network currently is available to viewers in 16 million homes.

Launching in August, the Big Ten Network is dedicated to covering the Big Ten Conference and its 11 member institutions. The Big Ten Network will provide unprecedented access to an extensive schedule of conference sports events and shows; original programs in academics, the arts and sciences; campus activities; and associated personalities. Sports programming will include live coverage of more major men?s and women?s events than ever before, along with news, highlights and analysis, all complemented by hours of university-produced campus programming. The network is available to all cable and satellite carriers and television distributors nationwide, with most programs offered in stunning high-definition television (HDTV). The Big Ten Network is a joint venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks.

To get the Big Ten Network, Penn State alumni and fans should call their cable provider and request the network.

For more information regarding the Big Ten Network, visit www.BigTenNetwork.com.

SteelCityMan786
07-08-2007, 09:03 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12723

7.2.2007
Big Ten Network To Officially Launch August 30th
Prime-time premiere of Big Ten Tonight studio show marks milestone network passes 75th distribution

CHICAGO, Ill.; July 2, 2007 ? The new Big Ten Network officially launches in prime time at 7 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, Aug. 30, with the evening also marking the inaugural telecast of Big Ten Tonight, the network?s signature studio-based news, information and highlight show. The announcement was made today by Big Ten Network President, Mark Silverman. In addition, the network today achieved distribution commitments for more than 75 local cable systems serving communities in the eight states where Big Ten institutions are located. These commitments, which demonstrate the network?s broad appeal, account for hundreds of thousands of cable subscribers spanning Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, all of whom will receive Big Ten Network on an expanded basic level of service.

The official launch comes two days before the kick-off of the 2007 Big Ten college football season. Big Ten Tonight, hosted by Dave Revsine, will preview the upcoming season and closely examine all of the weekend?s conference teams in action. Big Ten Network?s first-ever game coverage begins at 11 a.m. Central Time Sept. 1, with regional coverage of Appalachian State at Michigan; Youngstown State visiting BCS championship runner-up Ohio State; Florida International at Penn State; and Northeastern University at Northwestern. In prime time, the network will air Bowling Green at Minnesota and Indiana State at Indiana. Most of these football games, and the vast majority of Big Ten Network football throughout the season, will be produced in state-of the-art high definition (HD). All games will be made available to distributors who carry the network so that fans everywhere can see the games that matter to them most.

?With these commitments, we?re well on our way toward ensuring that roughly half the subscribers to smaller cable systems across the Midwest have better access to their favorite Big Ten schools and teams than anytime in history,? Silverman said. ?As we continue discussions with the largest national cable system operators, we?re pleased to know that so many of these Midwestern communities will have the network available to them on expanded basic.?

Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany agreed. ?The Big Ten is more than a series of isolated athletic events. It?s a collection of premier institutions and devotion to excellence that unites this entire region,? he said. ?Big Ten Network reflects those values, and we appreciate these community-based cable systems? shared commitment to the network.?

Some of the local systems planning to carry Big Ten Network as part of their expanded basic level of service include Altatec Alta Municipal Utility, Cedar Falls Utilities, Celect Communications, Consolidated Communications Network Services, City of Wadsworth Cable TV, Dixon Telephone Company, Grundy Center Municipal, Harlan Municipal Utilities, Hiawatha Broadband, Horizon Telecom, Independence Communications, Iowa Network Services, Mid-Century Communications, Moultrie Telecommunications, Muscatine Power & Water, Oneida Cablevision, Spencer Municipal Utilities, The Community Agency and USA Communications. In addition, Big Ten Network has national distribution agreements with DirectTV and the new AT&T U-verseSM service, as well as a major regional agreement with Buckeye Cable.

In addition to its 24-hour standard and HD channels, the Big Ten Network will also offer distributors a dynamic video-on-demand programming service and a rich broadband video package for their high-speed Internet customers. All of these offerings are available at a combined fee that is 2/3 less than what Comcast charges for Comcast SportsNet Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

Big Ten Network will produce the Big Ten Tonight nightly studio show and more live events (and more women?s athletics events) in HD than any other new network in television history. Big Ten Network recently announced a commitment to gender equality by 2010, when all Big Ten Network-controlled television, Internet and mobile media will provide equal men?s and women?s athletic coverage.

The Big Ten Conference is the majority owner of Big Ten Network, with its proceeds divided equally among the 11 conference member universities. These proceeds will assist Big Ten Conference member institutions in operating their respective athletic programs in a self-sustaining manner, without university subsidy or allocation of state funding, enabling additional revenue to flow to research, the arts and other scholastic endeavors.

Shortly after its Aug. 30 premiere, and throughout the new 2007-2008 academic year, Big Ten Network will begin working with Big Ten institutions to become part of the curriculum and incorporate student production from Big Ten Network-sponsored campus facilities into its core operations. Big Ten Network and its partners have similarly committed to professional internships for Big Ten students and career placement services in their own major media operations.

To get the Big Ten Network, Penn State alumni and fans should call their cable provider and request the network.

For more information regarding the Big Ten Network, visit www.BigTenNetwork.com.

About the Big Ten Network: Launching this August, the Big Ten Network is dedicated to covering the Big Ten Conference and its 11 member institutions. The Big Ten Network will provide unprecedented access to an extensive schedule of conference sports events and shows; original programs in academics, the arts and sciences; campus activities; and associated personalities. Sports programming will include live coverage of more major men?s and women?s events than ever before, along with news, highlights and analysis, all complemented by hours of university-produced campus programming. The network is available to all cable and satellite carriers and television distributors nationwide, with most programs offered in stunning high-definition television (HDTV). The Big Ten Network is a joint venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks. For more information regarding the Big Ten Network, visit www.BigTenNetwork.com.

SteelCityMan786
07-08-2007, 09:04 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12725

7.5.2007
Fifth Annual ?Penn State Lift for Life? Set for July 13; Silent Auction to Help in Fight Against Kidney Cancer
Nearly $150,000 Raised by Nittany Lion Football Team in Five Years

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; July 5, 2007 ? Preparations are continuing for Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes Fifth Annual Lift For Life, set for Friday, July 13 in Holuba Hall. More than 90 Nittany Lion football student-athletes are expected to compete in the event, with proceeds again benefiting the Kidney Cancer Association.

In its fifth year, the Nittany Lions have help raise awareness for this rare disease and generated more than $148,000 to support this cause.

Uplifting Athletes also announced some of the silent auction items that will be available at Lift For Life. Among the items to be auctioned are a Paul Posluszny autographed jersey, an autographed Donovan McNabb helmet, jersey and football, a Reggie Bush autographed football and a Sean Payton autographed picture. The auction will be held in conjunction with the Lift For Life competition with bidding starting at 3:00 p.m. and closing at 6:00 p.m. All event attendees are welcome to participate.

Lift For Life is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 per person or $5 for students or children. The competition will be held in Holuba Hall on the University Park campus and is scheduled from 2:00-7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30.

Please visit www.upliftingathletes.org for more information or to make a tax deductible donation.

Buzz05
07-09-2007, 09:17 AM
Im going to go on record right here and say the Big 10 Network is a horrible idea. Its going to alienate more fans then anything. If a game is being covered by the network rather then a local sprots station most people arent going to see it. I know down here we cant get it yet. And I know a lot of people cant. Guess Im going to be in the dark this fall for watching not prime time games.

SteelCityMan786
07-12-2007, 11:18 PM
Im going to go on record right here and say the Big 10 Network is a horrible idea. Its going to alienate more fans then anything. If a game is being covered by the network rather then a local sprots station most people arent going to see it. I know down here we cant get it yet. And I know a lot of people cant. Guess Im going to be in the dark this fall for watching not prime time games.

I just hope they talk to WTAJ out of my area. They traditionally carry the games on ESPN Regional. However since Fox Sports have part ownership, I think FSN Pittsburgh could carry it here. HOWEVER, I might not need it. I usually end up going to all games on the BTN at Beaver Stadium.

SteelCityMan786
07-12-2007, 11:19 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12738

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; July 11, 2007 -- Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes today announced the teams for the Fifth Annual Lift for Life to be held Friday, July 13 in Holuba Hall.

There are 22 teams ready to put their physical ability to the test in the grueling 11-event lifting challenge. Anticipation surrounding the competition is growing as Penn State fans plan to come out and support the Nittany Lions and this great cause.

Penn State Uplifting Athletes has raised more than $148,000 in the past for years to benefit the Kidney Cancer Association and kidney cancer patients.

Uplifting Athletes also will conduct a silent auction in conjunction with the Lift For Life event. Among the items to be auctioned are a Paul Posluszny autographed jersey, an autographed Donovan McNabb helmet, jersey and football, a Reggie Bush autographed football and a Sean Payton autographed picture. Bidding will start at 3:00 p.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. All event attendees are welcome to participate.

Lift For Life is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 per person or $5 for students or children. The competition will be held in Holuba Hall on the University Park campus and is scheduled from 2:00-7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30.

For more information about the Penn State Football Lift for Life, or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit: http://www.pennstate.upliftingathletes.org or contact Deloris Brobeck at 814-865-1946.

SteelCityMan786
07-15-2007, 12:11 AM
http://centredaily.com/sports/colleges/penn_state/story/151111.html

PSU player's attorney seeks evidence
By Pete Bosak - pbosak@centredaily.com

BELLEFONTE -- The attorney for a Penn State football player accused of assault during an incident in a downtown State College apartment in April on Thursday asked a Centre County judge to force the district attorney's office to turn over discovery material.

Without knowing the evidence against backup defensive tackle Chris Baker, attorney Karen Muir said she cannot properly prepare for pretrial conferences scheduled for July 24.

Muir said in her motion that she has asked Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira for evidence that is required to be turned over to her as part of the discovery process, but he has not yet replied.

Madeira said Thursday that all information he is required to turn over to the defense is forthcoming.

"If there is anything she can identify that is not there, it will be our highest priority to get it to her," he said.

Muir said she needs this material now to defend Baker, who she said is the victim of mis-identification.

"It's impossible for me to advise my client or prepare properly without that information," she said.

Baker and starting safety Anthony Scirrotto face trial on charges stemming from an incident inside the Meridian II apartment building at 646 E. College Ave. just after midnight April 1.

Muir wants all evidence, favorable and unfavorable to her client, written or recorded statements, evidence of a prior criminal record, names and addresses of eyewitnesses and copies of police reports, among others.

Police said Scirrotto led a contingent of football players into the apartment building that night seeking two men he said assaulted him and his girlfriend about 45 minutes prior in a street altercation. Scirrotto, who had followed his two assailants to the Meridian II, called teammates when he could not get inside a party where he thought those men had gone, police said.

About two dozen Nittany Lions gathered at the apartment building, and a fight erupted as players forced their way inside, police have said. While four other players were initially charged in the alleged assaults, charges against three were thrown out by a district judge, and charges against a fourth were withdrawn, leaving only Baker and Scirrotto facing trial.

Scirrotto is charged with burglary, criminal trespass and criminal solicitation, all felonies; simple assault and criminal solicitation, both misdemeanors; and summary harassment. Baker is charged with burglary and criminal trespass, both felonies; simple assault, a misdemeanor; and harassment, a summary offense.

SteelCityMan786
07-15-2007, 12:12 AM
http://www.centredaily.com/146/story/152127.html

'Lift for Life' event surpasses $75,000 for year
From CDT staff reports

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes' Fifth annual "Lift For Life" fundraising has surpassed $75,000 this year, including more than $20,000 raised Friday at the team's annual test of strength and fitness.

The Nittany Lions sent out 84 athletes to the 11-event challenge in front of more than 3,000 fans, friends and family members in Holuba Hall as they raised money and awareness of the Kidney Cancer Association.

The total announced Friday brought the total to $225,000 raised for the organization since 2003, when members of that year's Penn State squad began the fight against kidney cancer. More than 30,000 Americans each year are afflicted with kidney cancer.

The event featured 11 four-player teams of Nittany Lions in events ranging from chin-ups to 100-pound weight carrying to flipping tractor tires.

A pair of State College graduates, Jason Ganter and Kevin Suhey, were a part of the winning team, determined by maximum repetitions from each event. The rest of the winning quartet on Team: Wear Burt Bee? were receiver Brett Brackett and safety Mark Rubin.

Finishing second were The Nitzies with defensive end Josh Gaines, linebacker Tyrell Sales, tailback Austin Scott and center A.Q. Shipley. The third-place team, Maryland, had linebacker Navarro Bowman, defensive end Aaron Maybin, cornerback A.J. Wallace and receiver Derrick Williams.

The Nittany Lion football team organized all aspects of the event, with Brackett, Ganter and Suhey primarily heading the effort, along with other current squad members, former Nittany Lion and event co-founder Scott Shirley and Deloris Brobeck.

SteelCityMan786
07-15-2007, 12:16 AM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=13525

Baker not worried about legal issues

By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK -- One of the two Penn State players facing felony charges from the April 1 fight incident seems confident the legal process will work out in their favor.

"I think we'll be OK," said defensive lineman Chris Baker, speaking on behalf of himself and safety Anthony Scirrotto.

Those two face multiple felony counts for their roles in the alleged incident, but Baker said during Friday's Lift for Life event that he's "not worried at all" about himself and Scirrotto.

Baker's public comments were his first since the incident took place -- only attorneys have been speaking so far -- and Scirrotto wasn't available because he didn't take part in Friday's event. There's a chance both players could miss significant game action depending on how their legal situation plays out.

Nittany Lion players know losing Scirrotto, who had a breakthrough season a year ago, would be a major blow.

"It would be a devastating loss because as good as Scirrotto did last year, I still don't think people give him the credit that he deserves," cornerback Justin King said. "Scirrotto's the real deal."

King didn't have much to say about the fallout from the fight. He was one of six players who faced charges initially, but his charges were dropped prior to a preliminary hearing May 1.

"We learned a lesson," was about all King offered up.

Baker said the team and coaches "have all stuck by our side" during the fallout and added, "I think overall it made the team a little bit closer so we bonded with each other."

Linebacker Dan Connor said the players "learned a lot" from the ordeal.

"It was a tough lesson to learn, but people are growing from it and it's almost in the past now and we're moving on," Connor said. "It's unfortunate, obviously, but I think we learned from it."

Center A.Q. Shipley noted, "There were some guys that could have done something" to help change the course of events on the evening of the fight. Coach Joe Paterno has said that, as well, a few times since the incident.

"We learned from it, and we're just going to move on," Shipley said. "It's over for us now."

SUBHD: Lift a big success

Friday's fifth annual Lift for Life conditioning challenge raised a record $75,000 for Kidney Cancer Association and drew a record 3,000 fans to the on-campus Holuba Hall workout facility.

The event has raised more than $225,000 since its inception.

A total of 21 teams, with four players on each squad, competed in 11 events ranging from bench press to flipping a giant tire.

"If we did this and there wasn't a crowd here, it would be probably the hardest workout of the year," Connor said. "It might still be otherwise, but the crowd here, that helps a little bit because it's some motivation."

The winning team consisted of receiver Brett Brackett, safeties Jason Ganter and Mark Rubin and quarterback Kevin Suhey. The football team organized the event, led by the efforts of Brackett, Ganter and Suhey.

Former PSU players who showed up to watch included Levi Brown, Ethan Kilmer, Jay Alford and Scott Paxson.

SteelCityMan786
07-15-2007, 12:17 AM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=13524

Davis forced to cope with life's adversity

By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Eleanor Davis didn't get to see her son, Tony, be the hero of the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day, but she knew all about it.

"In spirit," Tony said, "she still knew."

Davis' mother went into a coma the night before the Nittany Lions left for Outback Bowl preparations in Tampa, Fla. Eleanor had battled diabetes her whole life, and Tony said, "It just got real bad."

"A year ago, she had to have her [right] leg amputated," Tony added, "and it just got worse and worse" leading up to the coma.

Eleanor eventually lost her battle and died earlier this year at age 57.

"It was a big tragedy," Tony said. "It still is. It's hard now. It's really rough."

Few people knew about Tony Davis' personal adversity while he was starring in the Outback Bowl. The Penn State defensive back had never spoken publicly about his family tragedy until Friday, when he shared his story during the annual Lift for Life charity event.

As his teammates geared up for the Outback Bowl against Tennessee, Davis' thoughts remained with his mother. He had to leave her side to go play football, a gut-wrenching life event for a 20-year-old.

"It was rough the whole season just thinking about her because the doctors were saying she might not make it," Davis said. "When she went in that coma before I left, it just made it even worse.

"It was hard down [in Tampa] just thinking about that and staying focused on the game."

Had it not been for Davis' focus, Penn State may have lost.

Tennessee hit a 53-yard pass play down to the Lions' 14-yard line and appeared ready to snap a 10-10 tie early in the fourth quarter. Linebackers Sean Lee and Dan Connor then drilled Volunteer running back Adrian Foster, forcing a fumble.

Davis scooped it up and, lugging a heavy heart filled with who knows what kind of emotions, raced 88 yards down the left sideline for the go-ahead touchdown.

Penn State won, 20-10, and though she couldn't tell him, Davis knows his mother was so proud.

"She still knew that we won the game, and it meant a lot to me," he said.

It's easy to look at college football players as just that -- football players. But they also are young men who have lives, loves, cares and concerns off the field.

"They face the same challenges that all of us do on a day-to-day basis," PSU athletic director Tim Curley said. "They have a lot of adversity, sometimes personal adversity, in their lives that they're dealing with in addition to trying to balance the academic and athletic commitments that they have.

"It's an important time in their lives, so when they're dealing with this, it's a lot on their shoulders."

Davis has carried a lot on his shoulders for years. Along with his mother's illness, his older brother, Willie Jr., was severely burned in a house fire at age 3.

"I think 98 percent of his body was burned," said Tony, an infant at the time. "He's doing great now. He's going back for surgery, and he has surgeries every other month just trying to get better."

Tony acknowledged the adversity made him a stronger person.

"It did. It still does," he said. "It's the reason why I'm playing now today because I play for them two all the time -- my mother and my brother."

Tony has seven siblings, and his parents set a strong example as they were married 40 years. His father, Willie Sr., helped keep the family close after Eleanor's death.

"We didn't expect him to be as helpful as he was," Tony said. "He's been with her since he was 12, 13 years old, and when you lose somebody after that many years, it's just like, 'wow.'"

Davis started for the Lions at cornerback last season but will move to free safety this year. He will be a key component of a secondary that is expected to be outstanding, if, that is, strong safety Anthony Scirrotto doesn't miss time because of his legal problems.

"Tony's good," standout cornerback Justin King said. "Tony's a football player if no one noticed. He's always around the ball, and he's just a football player."

"Tony adapted really well at the safety spot," cornerback A.J. Wallace said. "It's just going to give us a faster defense, I believe, because at corner he was fast, so we'll have an even faster safety back there."

Davis says he's "really excited" about the upcoming season because he'll be able to focus on football and not have the kind of off-field worries he dealt with a year ago.

Still, no matter how much football helps him get back to his normal life, he knows everything will never again be completely normal.

"[Football has] really taken my mind off some things," Davis said, "but my mother passing is never going to get off my mind."

Buzz05
07-16-2007, 08:43 AM
Maybe its just me. But I am really tired of hearing about this fight and all the legal stuff. I know its news, and I know it has implications on the season, but we dont need to know every little thing thats going on. Next this you know they will be questioning Baker's 2nd grade teacher to see if he was a bully. I dont know. Im just ready for all this to go away.

On a better note whos pumped about beating the piss outa the Irish this year? ...THIS GUY RIGHT HERE!!

SteelCityMan786
07-16-2007, 11:07 AM
Maybe its just me. But I am really tired of hearing about this fight and all the legal stuff. I know its news, and I know it has implications on the season, but we dont need to know every little thing thats going on. Next this you know they will be questioning Baker's 2nd grade teacher to see if he was a bully. I dont know. Im just ready for all this to go away.

On a better note whos pumped about beating the piss outa the Irish this year? ...THIS GUY RIGHT HERE!!

AMEN BRO! but first, let's give the FIU Panthers a beatdown first. Get your boxing gloves ready. There may be a fight.

SteelCityMan786
07-17-2007, 11:12 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12754

7.17.2007
Home Football Season Approaches Complete Sellout; Record Nittany Lion Club Membership Nears 23,000
Record 93,000-Plus Season Tickets Sold and 99 Percent Renewal Rate

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., July 17, 2007 ? Unprecedented demand for Penn State season tickets has another Nittany Lion football season nearing a complete sellout, on the heels of record-setting totals for public and student season tickets and Nittany Lion Club membership.

With more than 93,500 season tickets accounted for and student and Nittany Lion Club ticket sales hitting record high numbers in record times, Penn State fans have assured that Beaver Stadium will again host some of the largest football crowds in the nation this fall.

The tremendous demand for tickets to watch the Nittany Lions has resulted in sellouts of three Big Ten home games, as well as the contest with Notre Dame (Sept. 8, 6:00 p.m.). Tickets have been exhausted for Penn State's conference home games with Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13-Homecoming, 3:30 p.m.) and Ohio State (Oct. 27, 8:00 p.m.). Tickets are close to exhausted for the Senior Day clash with Purdue on Nov. 3.

A limited number of tickets also remain for the Sept. 1 season opener with Florida International (12:00 p.m.) and the Sept. 15 contest with Buffalo (12:00 p.m.).

Penn State also holds single game tickets for the opposing team?s fans.

Any remaining single game tickets will be on sale exclusively online at: www.GoPSUsports.com at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 27. Phone orders, counter and group sales will take place only if tickets remain as of August 5. Phone and counter sales will begin Monday, August 6 at 10:00 a.m. if tickets remain. The numbers to call are: 814-865-5555 or 800-863-3336 weekdays from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Fewer than 200 club seats remain for the 2007 season. For information on club seats, interested fans can call Bob White at 1-800-NITTANY (1-800-648-8269).

Bud Meredith, Director of Ticket Operations, reported that an all-time high of 99 percent of current season ticket holders renewed their seats for the 2007 season.

The anticipation of the upcoming season has also resulted in a strong demand for tickets to the Nittany Lions' five away games. Penn State's allotment for the Sept. 22 clash at Michigan is sold out. Tickets remain for three of Penn State's Big Ten away games -- Illinois (Sept. 29), Indiana (Oct. 20) and Michigan State (Nov. 17) ? as well as the Nov. 10 contest against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field. Phone orders and counter sales for all three games will begin August 6 at 10:00 a.m.

The Nittany Lion Club, which surpassed 21,000 members for the first time earlier this year, is rapidly approaching 23,000 members to continue its double digit growth, according to Joe Battista, Executive Director of the Nittany Lion Club.

Battista reported that the Nittany Lion Club added more than 2,200 new members during the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2007. The NLC had a record high of 22, 818 members at the end of fiscal 2007. There were 18,373 NLC members at the end of fiscal 2005, an increase of 20 percent over the last two years.

Season ticket requests for new members, and additional seats requested for current members, will exceed tickets available by approximately 6,000 for the 2007 football season.

The excitement for the 2007 football season pushed Penn State season tickets beyond 90,000 for the second consecutive year in Beaver Stadium, which has a capacity of 107,282, second-largest in the nation. Penn State students sold out their 21,000-plus season tickets in a record 59 minutes last month.

Joe Paterno?s 42nd Penn State team returns 33 letterwinners and 15 starters for the 2007 season. The Nittany Lions have a blockbuster home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006.

SteelCityMan786
07-20-2007, 04:03 PM
http://www.centredaily.com/146/story/157358.html

Marquee football games sold out
From CDT staff reports

Penn State's home football games wtih Notre Dame, Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio State have been sold out. A limited number of tickets remain for the games with Florida International on Sept. 1, Buffalo on Sept. 15 and Purdue on Nov. 3.

Penn State reported that more than 93,500 season tickets have been sold and fewer than 200 club seats remain.

Any remaining single game tickets will be on sale exclsively online at www.Go PSUsports.com beginning on July 27. Phone orders, counter and group sales will take place only if tickets remain as of Aug. 5. Phone and counter sales will begin Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. if any tickets remain. Numbers to call are: 865-5555 or (800) 863-3336 weekdays form 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Penn State has sold its allottment of tickets for the road game at Michigan. Tickets are available for the games at Illinois on Sept. 29, Indiana on Oct. 20, Temple on Nov. 10 and Michigan State on Nov. 17. Phone orders and counter sales for the three Big Ten road games will begin on Aug. 6 at 10 a.m.

Football Eve Returns

Penn State will kick off the football season with "Penn State Football Eve presented by Sheetz'' on Aug. 31. The fourth- year event starts the new season with a festival-like atmosphere surrounding Beaver Stadium followed by a celebration inside the stadium with the team and Coach Joe Paterno.

The activities outside the stadium include a barbeque along Curtin Road which will become a fan promenade at 6 p.m. Stadium gates open at 7 p.m. for fans who wish to see a showing of 2006 highlights. The program inside the stadium starts at 7:45 p.m., featuring the Blue Band, cheerleaders, dance team and videos. The seniors will be introduced and after Coach Paterno's address to the crowd a new stadium video will be unveiled.

SteelCityMan786
07-20-2007, 04:07 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12758

7.19.2007
?Penn State Football Eve presented by Sheetz" Celebration Set For August 31 in Beaver Stadium
Lions Open 2007 Season vs. Florida International Sept. 1 at 12:00 p.m.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., July 19, 2007 - Penn State will kick off the 2007 campaign with "Penn State Football Eve presented by Sheetz" on Friday, August 31. The fourth year event starts the new season with a festival-like atmosphere surrounding Beaver Stadium followed by a celebration inside the stadium with the team and Coach Joe Paterno.

The ?night before? activities outside the stadium include a barbeque, festival food and fun along Curtain Road which will become a fan promenade at 6 p.m. Stadium gates open at 7:00 p.m. for fans who wish to be seated early with a showing of 2006 football highlights. The program inside the stadium starts at 7:45 p.m. featuring the Blue Band, cheerleaders, dance team and videos. The seniors will be introduced and after Coach Paterno?s address to the crowd a new stadium video will be unveiled.

"Penn State Football Eve presented by Sheetz.," which launches the first weekend of the football season, attracted approximately 25,000 fans in each of its first two events. Last year?s event was cancelled due to heavy rain. The Nittany Lions' 121st season opener is against Florida International on Sept. 1 at 12:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free for "Penn State Football Eve presented by Sheetz."

?We?re proud to help continue this tradition at Penn State through our support of Football Eve. We see this event getting bigger and better each year,? said Louie Sheetz, Executive VP, Marketing, Sheetz.

Anticipation is running at an all time high for the new season among Penn State fans, with a record 99 percent renewal rate for 2007 season tickets. A record total of 93,500-plus season tickets have been sold, including more than 21,000 student season tickets that sold out in 59 minutes. Membership in the Nittany Lion Club has grown by 20 percent over the past two years to nearly 23,000.

Four games are sold out, with a limited number of tickets remaining only for Florida International, Buffalo (Sept. 15, 12:00) and possibly the Senior Day clash with Purdue (Nov. 3). Any remaining single game tickets will go on sale at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 27 exclusively at http://www.GoPSUsports.com , the official website of Penn State Athletics.

?Football Eve? will be a part of the freshman ?Welcome Week,? with their orientation continuing in the stadium, where the freshman will gain an understanding of student traditions during the football games. FSN Pittsburgh will have a "Who Wants to be an Announcer?" station outside the All-Sports Museum for aspiring sports broadcasters. Kids games, a barbeque, festival food, surprises and an oldies band will all be part of the promenade along Curtain Road.

Paterno?s 42nd Penn State team returns 32 letterwinners and 15 starters for the 2007 season. The Nittany Lions have a blockbuster 2007 home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006: Notre Dame, (Sept. 8, 6:00 p.m., ESPN), Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13- Homecoming, 3:30 p.m., ABC), Ohio State (Oct. 27, 8:00 p.m., ABC/ESPN/ESPN2) and Purdue.

The Florida International and Buffalo games will air on the Big Ten Network, launching on August 30, as will at least one of the Nittany Lions? Big Ten contests. To get the Big Ten Network, fans should visit www.BigTenNetwork.com and enter your zip code, which will then provide a link to the cable providers in your area, as well as DirecTV and Dish Network, to make a request for them carry the Big Ten Network.

All Penn State football and basketball games can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com

Buzz05
07-24-2007, 08:28 AM
I wonder if Ill be able to round up some tickets for the Florida Int. game. Since its Labor Day weekend and Im take a mini vacation. I wouldnt mind making the treck from Bmore to the game. I would bet there are going to be scalpers all over the place up there for it.

If I take Friday off I may go to the Football Eve Party...that would be a hell of a time!

SteelCityMan786
07-24-2007, 08:37 AM
I wonder if Ill be able to round up some tickets for the Florida Int. game. Since its Labor Day weekend and Im take a mini vacation. I wouldnt mind making the treck from Bmore to the game. I would bet there are going to be scalpers all over the place up there for it.

If I take Friday off I may go to the Football Eve Party...that would be a hell of a time!

You can get tickets through Penn State still though. I think they run around $48.

Buzz05
07-24-2007, 08:53 AM
You can get tickets through Penn State still though. I think they run around $48.

The only problem with that is that they will be nose bleeds. If i can get good seats from a scalper or poor student then i will haha. I love the student section. Plus I think a friend of mine might have extra since her family are season ticket holders

SteelCityMan786
07-24-2007, 10:08 AM
The only problem with that is that they will be nose bleeds. If i can get good seats from a scalper or poor student then i will haha. I love the student section. Plus I think a friend of mine might have extra since her family are season ticket holders

Hopefully they do have extras. And you are right. The Individual Seated Tickets are in the upper north endzone deck.

SteelCityMan786
07-25-2007, 08:39 AM
http://www.centredaily.com/146/story/161369.html

Penn State tight end named to watch list
From CDT staff reports

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State sophomore Andrew Quarless has been named to the watch list for the John Mackey Award, presented to the nation's top football tight end.

Quarless is one of only four sophomores to make the 31-player list for the honor.

Quarless played in every game with nine starts last season. He was fifth on the squad with 21 receptions for 288 yards (13.7 yards per catch) and two touchdowns, earning first team Freshman All-Big Ten honors from The Sporting News.

The Nittany Lions open their season Sept. 1 against Florida International at Beaver Stadium.

Women's soccer

Nittany Lion players succeeding overseas

Former Penn State standout Ali Krieger helped the U.S. under-21 national team win the Nordic Cup title on Tuesday while sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher has helped the U.S. under-20 team reach the gold medal match at the Pan American Games.

Naeher made six saves in goal Monday in a 2-1 win against Canada, which was playing with its full national team. The U.S. will face host Brazil in the gold medal match on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro. Included in Monday's win was a diving save of a penalty kick by Canadian star Christine Sinclair. A Sinclair penalty kick sealed Portland's win over Penn State in the 2005 NCAA semifinals en route to its College Cup title.

Krieger, a recent graduate, started for the U.S. in the finals at the Nordic Cup in Vassa, Finland, as the Americans beat Germany 4-0. The U.S. advanced with earlier 1-0 wins over Norway and Sweden, with Krieger playing a full 90 minutes in both contests.

Also, the final spots were announced Monday for the 21-player roster for the full U.S. national team, which will play in the World Cup in China in September. Despite being in the 25-player pool, ex-Nittany Lion All-Americans Joanna Lohman and Christie Welsh did not make the cut.

SteelCityMan786
07-25-2007, 08:40 AM
http://www.centredaily.com/116/story/161321.html

Football players' trials delayed
By Pete Bosak - pbosak@centredaily.com

BELLEFONTE -- The trials of two Penn State football players for their alleged roles in an April apartment invasion and assaults were postponed Tuesday until the October term of criminal court.

Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira said his office requested the delay to allow time to sort through statements, records and other potential evidence obtained though a search warrant served on Penn State's Office of Judicial Affairs last week.

Those documents stem from Penn State's investigation into the apartment invasion and assaults that resulted in disciplinary action against 17 football players, four of whom were temporarily expelled for the second summer semester.

Starting safety Anthony Scirrotto and backup defensive tackle Chris Baker had been scheduled to stand trial next month or September.

The attorneys for Scirrotto and Baker welcomed the delay, saying they hope the prosecution sees from Judicial Affairs documents that its case is weak at best.

"I didn't oppose a continuance because I want them to get the Judicial Affairs records," said attorney Ron McGlaughlin, who represents Scirrotto. "I think it will be very beneficial to the defendants' cases. I think it creates big problems for the commonwealth."

Attorney Karen Muir, Baker's lawyer, said her client was misidentified and that Judicial Affairs documents should show witnesses and alleged victims have told greatly varying accounts to police and to their university.

Police said the assaults happened when Scirrotto led a contingent of Nittany Lions into the Meridian II apartment building at 646 E. College Ave. seeking revenge for having been punched, and his girlfriend accosted, about 45 minutes earlier by a man he followed to that apartment. Scirrotto called teammates and nearly two dozen gathered at the apartment building, police said.

Players forced their way inside and assaulted several people, including the man players believed had assaulted their teammate out on the street, according to police.

The university is complying with the search warrant, Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers has said, but must follow federal guidelines for such requests, including informing students their records are being requested by law enforcement.

McGlaughlin is scheduled to be in court Thursday for a hearing in which he will argue the commonwealth does not have enough evidence against Scirrotto to try him on the charges. McGlaughlin has said no one testified at a preliminary hearing that they saw Scirrotto enter that apartment, let alone strike anyone.

Pete Bosak can be reached at 235-3928.

SteelCityMan786
07-25-2007, 08:41 AM
http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/story/157305.html

Police seek info from Judicial Affairs
By Pete Bosak - pbosak@centredaily.com

STATE COLLEGE -- Borough police have served a search warrant on Penn State's Office of Judicial Affairs seeking "any and all records and statements" pertaining to an April apartment invasion and assault involving a number of football players.

The Centre County District Attorney's Office thinks the university's investigation into the April 1 incident may bolster law enforcement's probe.

"Individuals have different motives to speak to Judicial Affairs compared to law enforcement," said Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira, who directed police to seek and execute the search warrant. "I believe there is evidence or information in this information from Judicial Affairs to help us identify others who were involved in these assaults, or who may have knowledge as to these assaults."

Two players face trial in Centre County court for their alleged roles in the brawl: starting safety Anthony Scirrotto and backup defensive tackle Chris Baker. Four other players were charged with taking part in the apartment invasion and alleged assaults, but three Nittany Lions saw charges dismissed by a district judge while a fourth, star cornerback Justin King, saw his charges withdrawn by the commonwealth.

"We would not be doing our jobs if we did not seek out all possible information," Madeira said. "Quite frankly, we would be doing a disservice to the defendants if we ignored evidence."

Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said the university was served with the warrant Wednesday and is in the process of complying. Because the information is considered educational records, the involved students had to be notified as per federal law that the information is being sought, Powers said.

Judicial Affairs completed its investigation into the alleged assaults June 22, according to the probable cause affidavit filed as part of the search warrant application before District Judge Jonathan Grine.

As a result, Scirrotto, Baker, defensive back Lydell Sargeant and linebacker Jerome Hayes were expelled temporarily from Penn State for the second summer semester, which ends Aug. 17. An exception was made to allow the players to return to campus for the start of workouts Aug. 6.

Penn State took disciplinary action against 17 players, including the four temporary expulsions.

County prosecutors want to see the evidence gathered by Judicial Affairs for possible use against the players in the criminal justice system. State College police, in their search warrant application, said Judicial Affairs Director Joe Puzycki told a detective about Penn State's investigation, what it found and what information was gathered.

Two days later, on Wednesday, police applied for and were granted a search warrant.

Baker's attorney, Karen Muir, welcomed the search warrant because she thinks it may help clear her client.

"I'm glad the district attorney and State College Police Department are gathering this information and, hopefully, this will come to a positive resolution for Chris Baker," Muir said.

Police said Scirrotto led a contingent of Nittany Lions into the Meridian II, at 646 E. College Ave., just after midnight on April 1, seeking revenge against a man who assaulted Scirrotto and accosted his girlfriend on the street 45 minutes prior to the apartment invasion.

Scirrotto was with his girlfriend when Bernd Imle Jr. and Thomas Skalamera, both of State College, became involved in an altercation, during which Imle admitted to punching the standout defensive back. Imle and Skalamera were cited for their roles in the altercation.

But Scirrotto, police said, followed Imle to an apartment in the Meridian II. When he could not get inside, he called for help from his teammates and about two dozen Nittany Lions answered, according to police.

Players forced their way inside and several people attending a party there were assaulted, including Imle, police said.

Scirrotto's attorney, Ron McGlaughlin, could not be reached for comment Thursday. But McGlaughlin has said there is no evidence Scirrotto went inside the apartment and no witness testimony claiming his client struck anyone.

SteelCityMan786
07-25-2007, 08:43 AM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12763

7.23.2007
Quarless Named to Mackey Award Watch List
Honor presented to nation's top tight end

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; July 23, 2007 – Penn State sophomore Andrew Quarless has been named to the Watch List for the John Mackey Award, presented to the nation’s top tight end.

Quarless is one of only four sophomores to make the 31-player Watch List for the honor, which was first presented in 2000 and is named for John Mackey, who played in the National Football League for 10 years, earning five Pro Bowl selections with the Baltimore Colts. The Nassau County Sports Commission is the Mackey Award sponsor, as it honors the NFL Hall of Famer who was a product of Nassau County.

Also a Long Island product, from Uniondale, N.Y., Quarless made great strides as a true freshman in 2006, playing in every game with nine starts. He was fifth on the squad with 21 receptions for 288 yards (13.7) and two touchdowns, earning first team Freshman All-Big Ten honors from The Sporting News. The former Uniondale High School all-stater contributed 16 of his 21 catches over the last six games, including TD catches in the last two contests, vs. Michigan State and Tennessee in the Outback Bowl. Quarless made a season-long 29-yard catch in three games last season and owned the highest average among players with 10 or more receptions.

Coach Joe Paterno’s 42nd Penn State team returns 32 letterwinners and 15 starters for the 2007 season, which begins September 1 against Florida International (12:00 p.m., Big Ten Network) in Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions have a blockbuster 2007 home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006: Notre Dame (6:00 p.m., ESPN), Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13- Homecoming, 3:30 p.m., ABC), Ohio State (Oct. 27, 8:00 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2) and Purdue (Nov. 3). The Nittany Lions will host Buffalo on Sept. 15 for a 12:00 p.m. kick that will be televised by the Big Ten Network, which launches August 30.

SteelCityMan786
07-27-2007, 07:48 PM
http://www.centredaily.com/116/story/163494.html

Scirrotto defense seeks dismissal
By Pete Bosak - pbosak@centredaily.com

BELLEFONTE -- No one has testified they saw Penn State starting safety Anthony Scirrotto strike anyone during an apartment melee and alleged assault, attorney Ron McGlaughlin argued in Centre County Court Thursday.

In fact, no witnesses at a May 4 preliminary hearing even testified to seeing Scirrotto in the Meridian II apartment during the melee, McGlaughlin told President Judge Charles C. Brown Jr.

With Scirrotto and his family seated nearby, McGlaughlin asked Brown to dismiss all charges against the football player, saying a district judge erred in holding them for court after a May 4 hearing.

"There was no in-court identification of Mr. Scirrotto by anyone," said McGlaughlin, who hopes to have a ruling within about four weeks.

Scirrotto, a junior, is charged with burglary, criminal trespass and criminal solicitation, all felonies; simple assault and criminal solicitation, both misdemeanors; and summary harassment.

Police allege that he was the ringleader of a contingent of about two dozen Nittany Lions who forced their way inside the Meridian II apartment building, at 646 E. College Ave., State College, just after midnight April 1. The players allegedly were seeking revenge on a man who punched Scirrotto and shoved his girlfriend during a street altercation about 45 minutes earlier.

Bernd Imle Jr., a Penn State student, was cited for harassment after he admitted punching Scirrotto. A man with Imle, Thomas Skalamera, of State College, was charged with summary criminal mischief for slapping a cell phone from Scirrotto's hand when, McGlaughlin said, he tried to call police.

"The commonwealth would somehow have you believe that Anthony somehow mobilized the football team to go up there and exact vengeance," McGlaughlin said. "There was no testimony he solicited anybody to do anything."

McGlaughlin said Scirrotto is being made a scapegoat by police and prosecutors who cannot figure out who actually did what during the melee that injured two students to the point they needed medical treatment.

"The commonwealth can't get the people who were doing the actual striking inside the apartment," he said.

McGlaughlin said it was not a phone call from Scirrotto that brought a group of Nittany Lions to the Meridian II that night.

A number of players had just left a nearby bar and nightclub when they ran into Scirrotto and learned of the street altercation.

"The testimony is clear," McGlaughlin said. "The kids who come down the street find out what happened to Anthony, and that's all it took."

The judge asked Assistant District Attorney Carolyn Fenton if McGlaughlin's contention was true that no witnesses testified to seeing Scirrotto do anything violent.

"I believe that is the case, your honor," Fenton replied.

She said Scirrotto was charged under accomplice liability, because he was the cause of everything that happened that night and, therefore, is criminally responsible. Fenton said the commonwealth proved Scirrotto made at least one phone call to a teammate prior to the apartment fracas.

"We believe we have proven at the prima facie level that when he made that phone call, he knew he was igniting a powder keg," Fenton said.

She pointed to May 4 testimony that a large crowd of football players first raced into the wrong building looking for Imle. Someone had to have redirected them to the correct building, and "circumstantially, it could have been Mr. Scirrotto," she said.

"Could have been Mr. Scirrotto, could have been someone else," Brown said. "Zero plus zero plus zero plus zero doesn't equal one. It equals zero."

Also facing criminal charges in the incident is backup defensive tackle Chris Baker, whose attorney contends he was misidentified. Charges against three other players were dismissed at the May 4 hearing and charges against a fourth were withdrawn.

Scirrotto and Baker are scheduled to stand trial in October.

SteelCityMan786
07-27-2007, 07:50 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12765

7.25.2007
Alumni Association Single Game Ticket Sale Continues Friday at GoPSUsports.com, General Online Sale Begins Friday at 5 p.m.
Record 93,000-Plus Season Tickets Sold for 2007 Season

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AND GENERAL ONLINE TICKET SALES - CLICK HERE

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; July 25, 2007 - Penn State Alumni Association members will have the opportunity to purchase single game tickets for the upcoming football season on Thursday, July 26, until Friday, July 27 at 5 p.m. An online sale for the general public will begin on Friday, July 27 at 5 p.m. All orders can be placed online at: Ticketmaster.

Alumni Association members will need to use the password included in the July/August issue of the Penn Stater magazine to access the sale at Ticketmaster.

Phone and counter orders are not available for the alumni sale.

Unprecedented demand for Penn State season tickets has resulted in a record total of more than 93,500 public and student tickets having been sold for the upcoming campaign. Bud Meredith, Director of Ticket Operations, reported that an all-time high of 99 percent of current season ticket holders renewed their seats for the 2007 season.

Tickets are available for the Nittany Lions' season opener with Florida International (Sept. 1, 12:00 p.m.) and Buffalo (Sept. 15, 12:00). There is a limit of four tickets per person, per game. All remaining home games are sold out.

Following the Alumni sale, any remaining single game tickets will be on sale for the public exclusively online at: Ticketmaster at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 27. No password is required for the public sale. Phone orders, counter and group sales will take place only if tickets remain as of August 5. Phone and counter sales will begin Monday, August 6 at 10:00 a.m. if tickets remain. The numbers to call are: 814-865-5555 or 800-863-3336 weekdays from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Fewer than 150 club seat opportunities remain for the 2007 season, with more than 500 club seats having been sold during the past 10 months. For information on club seats, interested fans can call Bob White at 1-800-NITTANY (1-800-648-8269).

The anticipation of the upcoming season has also resulted in a strong demand for tickets to the Nittany Lions' five away games. Penn State's allotment for the Sept. 22 clash at Michigan is sold out. Tickets remain for three of Penn State's Big Ten away games -- Illinois (Sept. 29), Indiana (Oct. 20) and Michigan State (Nov. 17) - as well as the Nov. 10 contest against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field. Phone orders and counter sales for the four away games will begin August 6 at 10:00 a.m.

The Nittany Lion Club has grown by 20 percent over the past two years, according to Joe Battista, Executive Director. The Nittany Lion Club added more than 2,200 new members during the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2007 for a record high of 22, 818 members. There were 18,373 NLC members at the end of fiscal 2005, an increase of 20 percent over the last two years.

Season ticket requests for new members, and additional seats requested for current members, exceeded tickets available by approximately 6,000 for the 2007 football season.

Joe Paterno's 42nd Penn State team returns 32 letterwinners and 15 starters for the 2007 season. The Nittany Lions have a blockbuster home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006.

SteelCityMan786
07-27-2007, 07:50 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12767

7.26.2007
Paterno and Trio of Seniors To Represent Nittany Lions at 36th Annual Big Ten Kickoff Activities
Tuesday and Wednesday in Chicago

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., July 26, 2007 ? Coach Joe Paterno and a trio of Nittany Lion seniors will represent Penn State at the 36th Annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon Festivities in Chicago, July 31 and August 1.

All-America linebacker Dan Connor (Wallingford), wide receiver Terrell Golden (Norflok, Va.) and quarterback Anthony Morelli (Pittsburgh) will join Paterno at the prestigious event. Activities will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago as the Big Ten prepares for its 112th season of football competition.

The Kickoff activities will include news conferences with every Big Ten head coach and players from each squad. Interviews with print and electronic media will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Kickoff Luncheon is Wednesday with the Big Ten Network?s Dave Revsine serving as emcee. A sellout crowd of 1,800 will attend the Luncheon.

The Nittany Lions are entering their 15th season of Big Ten competition. Last year, Penn State lost three close games to Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin in conference play, but finished 9-4 with a 20-10 victory over No. 17 Tennessee in the Outback Bowl. Penn State was the Big Ten co-champion in 2005, defeating ACC champion Florida State in the FedEx Orange Bowl to cap an 11-1 campaign.

In his 42st season as head coach of the Nittany Lions, Paterno owns a 363-121-3 (74.8) career record. In his 58th year in Happy Valley, Paterno is second in all-time victories among major college coaches and fourth in wins across all four NCAA divisions. He has led Penn State to two national championships (1982, '86), five unbeaten and untied seasons (1968, '69, '73, '86, '94) and is the all-time leader in bowl appearances (33) and wins (22-10-1). He has guided the Nittany Lions to 16 appearances in one of the four bowls that comprise the Bowl Championship Series, earning a 12-4 record.

Paterno has produced more than 300 NFL players, 73 first team All-Americans, 35 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 15 National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar Athletes and 18 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners during his illustrious career. He has been selected the AFCA Coach of the Year an unprecedented five times, including 2005.

Paterno will reach two significant milestones during the 2007 season. He will pass another college football legend, Amos Alonzo Stagg, in longevity at one institution among major college coaches. Stagg was a head coach for 57 years, including 41 at the University of Chicago (1892-1932).

In December, Paterno will be inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, with his induction having been postponed from 2006 due to injuries he sustained in a sideline collision during a November game at Wisconsin. Paterno was scheduled to be among three legendary coaches to become the first active players or coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame. He will join active coaches Bobby Bowden and John Gagliardi as inductees. Paterno and Bowden received the Gold Medal ? the Foundation?s highest and most prestigious honor ? at the 2006 event via a video presentation.

Connor has been named a pre-season first team All-American by Athlon Sports? College Football 2007 and is a candidate for the Bednarik, Butkkus, Rotary Lombardi and Lott awards. Last season, he earned first team All-America honors from The Sporting News and was a second team Associated Press All-American. The former Strath Haven High School standout became the 13th linebacker to earn first team All-America honors at ?Linebacker U? under Coach Joe Paterno.

Connor was fifth in the Big Ten with 113 tackles last season and has 274 career stops, 98 away from Paul Posluszny?s school record. He also recorded 9.0 tackles for losses, 5.0 sacks (minus-39 yards), led the team with three forced fumbles (sixth in Big Ten), made two interceptions and one safety. Connor should be among the top candidates for the Butkus, Bednarik, Rotary Lombardi, Lott and Nagurski awards this season.

The lone senior among Penn State?s talented and deep receiving corps, Golden has earned praise from his teammates as one of the squad?s leaders since off-season workouts began in January. The recipient of the 2007 Red Worrell Award as the offense?s most improved played in spring practice, Golden made six receptions for 120 yards last season. He made one of the biggest plays of 2006 with his diving 17-yard reception on third down for a first-and-goal against Illinois, leading to a touchdown, as the Lions rallied from a halftime deficit to a 26-12 win. The former Lake Taylor High School standout has an impressive career 21.7 yards per catch average, with 18 catches for 390 yards and two touchdowns.

During his first season as the Lions? starting signal-caller, Morelli led Penn State to wins in five of its last six games and broke the school season records for pass completions (208) and attempts (386). His 2,424 passing yards were third-highest on the school season list. Morelli had 11 touchdown passes and eight interceptions and posted the school?s seventh-lowest season interception percentage. A candidate for the Davey O?Brien and Johnny Unitas awards, he ended the season with a very strong performance, going 14 of 25 for 197 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions, in directing the Outback Bowl win over Tennessee. The former Penn Hills High School All-American threw for a career-high 281 yards and two scores in the win at Minnesota and had three scoring strikes against Akron, becoming the first Lion quarterback in the Big Ten era with a trio of TD passes in their first career start.

Paterno?s 42nd Penn State team returns 32 letterwinners and 15 starters for the 2007 season. The Nittany Lions open their 121st campaign September 1, hosting Florida International at 12:00 p.m. in Beaver Stadium. ?Penn State Football Eve presented by Sheetz? will be held the evening of Aug. 31, with festivities starting at 6:00 p.m. outside Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions have a blockbuster 2007 home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006: Notre Dame (6:00 p.m., ESPN), Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13- Homecoming, 3:30 p.m., ABC), Ohio State (Oct. 27, 8:00 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2) and Purdue (Nov. 3). The Nittany Lions will host Buffalo on Sept. 15 for a 12:00 p.m. kick that will be televised by the Big Ten Network, which launches in August.

A school record 93,500-plus season tickets have been sold for the 2007 season with a 99 percent renewal rate from last year.

SteelCityMan786
07-27-2007, 07:51 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12768

7.26.2007
King Named to Jim Thorpe Award Watch List
Junior will vie for award honoring the nation?s top defensive back

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; July 26, 2007 ? Junior cornerback Justin King (Pittsburgh) has been named to the Watch List for the Jim Thorpe Award, an honor presented to the nation's top defensive back.

A year ago, in his first full season focusing exclusively on defense, King quickly established himself as a premiere shut down corner. Versus top-ranked Ohio State, he put together a breakout performance, holding explosive receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. to just two catches for 15 yards and picking off future Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith for the first interception of his career. In the Nittany Lions? 20-10 win over Tennessee in the Outback Bowl, King limited All-American receiver Robert Meachem to four catches for 33 yards.

Instrumental in helping the Penn State defense rank in the top 15 nationally in several categories, King recorded 30 tackles (22 solo), six pass break-ups, and one interception. In honor of his standout season, King was selected second team All-Big Ten.

A letters, arts, and sciences major, King is on schedule to graduate in December 2007. He earned Dean?s List recognition during the fall 2005 semester and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2006.

The Jim Thorpe Award ?watch list? is determined by analysis of the pre-season All-American teams listed in at least six pre-season college football annual magazines. The watch list is narrowed to 10 semifinalists the first Monday in November and then to three finalists the Monday before Thanksgiving. The winner is announced on ESPN?s College Football Awards Show, nationally telecast on December 6. The official presentation of the award will be in Oklahoma City on February 12.

Penn State has a strong tradition of producing Thorpe Award candidates, as former Nittany Lions David Macklin (1999), James Boyd (2000), and Alan Zemaitis (2005) are past semifinalists.

SteelCityMan786
07-27-2007, 07:59 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12770

7.27.2007
Former Nittany Lion John Greene To Host Football Season Preview
Evening to include dinner, discussion and raffle of Notre Dame tickets

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. July 27, 2007 ? Former Nittany Lion Football co-captain John Greene will be the speaker at the ?2007 Penn State Football Season Preview? event in Langhorne, Pa., on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Greene will be giving his insight and knowledge of the 2007 edition of the Nittany Lions.

Greene, who is originally from Youngstown, Ohio, is currently the Associate Director of Development with the Nittany Lion Club. He was a member of the 1986 National Championship Team and was also a member of the 1985 squad that played Oklahoma in the Orange bowl for the national title. As a senior, he served as offensive co-captain during his senior season when he played as a fullback. He also played tailback and safety during his Penn State career.

The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Nittany Lion Club is hosting the event. The event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Langhorne. The cash bar opens at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 7 p.m. Admission for the event is $37 per person and dress is casual. An evening raffle will include two tickets to the Nittany Lion Club Suite for the Notre Dame game.

Reservations for the event are required. Space is limited and walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Reservations should be made no later than Wednesday, Aug. 22. Please click on the following link for a reservation form.

SteelCityMan786
07-27-2007, 08:00 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=12771

7.27.2007
?The Voice Of The Nittany Lions? To Host Football Preview
Steve Jones to lead discussion on the 2007 Nittany Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. July 27, 2007 ? Steve Jones, ?The Voice of the Nittany Lions,? will provide insight and frontline knowledge of the 2007 Nittany Lion Football team and season at an event in the Harrisburg area on the evening of Wed., Aug 22.

Jones is currently the play-by-play announcer for the Penn State football, a role he has filled since taking over for Fran Fisher prior to the 2000 season. He also handles radio duties for the Nittany Lion men?s basketball team and the State College Spikes.

The event will be hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Nittany Lion Club and will be held at the West Shore Country Club in Camp Hill. A cash bar will open at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner to follow at 6:15 p.m.

Admission for the event is $35 per person and dress is casual.

Reservations for the event and reserved table assignments will be on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations, which can be made by calling Jim Smeltzer at 717-761-0211, must be made no later than Wednesday, Aug. 15.

silver & black
07-27-2007, 08:49 PM
Can someone please tell me what a Nittany Lion is? No one I ask is able to tell me.

SteelCityMan786
07-27-2007, 10:25 PM
Can someone please tell me what a Nittany Lion is? No one I ask is able to tell me.

A Nittany Lion is a Mountain Lion. We named the team Nittany Lions because of Mount Nittany and Lions are familiar to Mountains in some areas. Not in PA though.

silver & black
07-28-2007, 02:39 AM
A Nittany Lion is a Mountain Lion. We named the team Nittany Lions because of Mount Nittany and Lions are familiar to Mountains in some areas. Not in PA though.

Thank you! :cheers:

SteelCityMan786
07-29-2007, 08:15 PM
http://www.star-telegram.com/college_sports/story/183904.html

TOP 25 COUNTDOWN
Penn State
By WENDELL BARNHOUSE
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

23 Conference: Big Ten

Coach: Joe Paterno, 363-121-3 in 41 seasons

2006: 9-4, 5-3 in Big Ten, tied for fourth

Bowl: Defeated Tennessee 20-10 in Outback Bowl

Starters returning: 9 on offense, 6 on defense

Key players: Senior QB Anthony Morelli, senior RB Austin Scott, junior WR Derrick Williams, junior WR Deon Butler, junior OT Gerald Cadogan, junior K Kevin Kelly, senior LB Dan Connor, junior CB Justin King

Overview

Why Penn State is No. 23: Paterno might be older than dirt -- he's 80 -- but he and his staff can still coach. The schedule is difficult, but most of the tough games are in Happy Valley.

Best-case scenario: Morelli continues to develop as a big-time, play-making quarterback and the offense finds a replacement for durable running back Tony Hunt.

Worst-case scenario: A reworked offensive line fails to produce and Penn State loses two of its first four (at home against Notre Dame, at Michigan).

Bottom line: The Nittany Lions have a talented group of receivers and the typical group of pad-popping linebackers. All that adds up to a team that should finish near the top of the Big Ten.

Story lines

1. Will the offensive line come together to maintain the running game and protect the quarterback?

2. Although the defense returns six starters, the defensive line is inexperienced.

3. Can talented Williams finally start fulfilling his potential as a game-breaker opposing defenses must scheme to stop?

Cleanup crew

Safety Anthony Scirrotto and reserve defensive lineman Chris Baker face felony charges of burglary and criminal trespass, plus other minor charges in connection with an April 1 off-campus fight. Several other players were involved, but were not charged. In reaction to the incident, Paterno decided to discipline the entire team. The Sunday morning after each of the seven home games, the Nittany Lions will clean 107,282-seat Beaver Stadium. "Whatever we have to do as far as punishment, we will do together as a team," Morelli said. "We're not going to single anyone out. We want to keep good team chemistry. I'm going to be a leader as much as I can to keep these guys together as a team."

Closing it out

Last season, Penn State's three Big Ten losses -- to Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin -- were by a total of 39 points. The Nittany Lions lost to the Buckeyes 28-6 but had a 3-0 lead in the second half and trailed just 7-3 in the fourth quarter. "I think we need to earn respect," Lions linebacker Sean Lee said. "People think we're underrated; well, we didn't win the close games when we needed to last year. We ended on a high note, but we need to come out and earn respect in the beginning of the year and win football games."

Did you know?

Penn State, aka Linebacker U, calls its weakside outside linebacker "Fritz." Legend has it that, in 1950, then-coach Rip Engle started using "Fritz" to designate one of his LB positions in honor of a local pizza delivery man.

Extra points

Paterno continues to recover from last season's injury. A sideline collision during the Wisconsin game left him with a broken shinbone and two torn knee ligaments.... Sophomore QB Kevin Suhey is the fourth generation of his family to play for the Nittany Lions.... To bolster the offensive line, Penn State signed junior-college transfers Ako Poti and Nerraw McCormack. They're the first JUCO signees for the program since 1985.... Penn State won a total of 20 games the past two seasons. The previous two seasons, the Nittany Lions won a total of seven games.... Three nonconference opponents, Florida International, Buffalo and Temple, were a combined 3-33 in 2006.

It figures

22 Field goals by Kelly last season, equaling the school record set by Matt Bahr in 1978

42 Seasons as Penn State's head coach for Paterno, counting this season, which will break the record for coaching one school set by Amos Alonzo Stagg (41 seasons at Chicago)

99 Tackles needed by Connor to surpass the school career record set last season by Paul Posluszny

93,500 The number of public and student season ticket sales, a school record.

Previously...

No. 25 Boston College

No. 24 Missouri

"[Levi Brown] always told me, go out there and knock people over. "

Junior Gerald Cadogan, expected to anchor an offensive line that lost Brown to the NFL

Schedule


Date Opponent
Sept. 1 Fla. International
Sept. 8 Notre Dame
Sept. 15 Buffalo
Sept. 22 at Michigan*
Sept. 29 at Illinois*
Oct. 6 Iowa*
Oct. 13 Wisconsin*
Oct. 20 at Indiana*
Oct. 27 Ohio State*
Nov. 3 Purdue*
Nov. 10 at Temple
Nov. 17 at Michigan St.*
*Conference game
Glance at the marquee home games -- Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Ohio State -- and you understand why Penn State season tickets are more valuable than a tanker truck of free gas. The Nittany Lions' toughest road game should be in Week Four at Michigan. If the breaks bounce the right way, this is a schedule that could produce 10 or 11 victories.

SteelCityMan786
07-29-2007, 08:18 PM
Thank you! :cheers:

ya welcome :thumbsup:

Buzz05
07-30-2007, 09:40 AM
Can someone please tell me what a Nittany Lion is? No one I ask is able to tell me.

Also the mountain got its name because the Indian Princess' name was Nittany. And she was was about to be attacked by a bear and a mountain lion saved her. When she died, Mount Nittany arose and mountain lions romed the mountain side. Just a little history lesson for ya

SteelCityMan786
07-30-2007, 03:49 PM
Just saw on gopsusports.com,


WE'RE NEAR A FULL SEASON SOLD OUT CROWD!

SteelCityMan786
07-30-2007, 11:17 PM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=13718

JUCO linemen could have an impact

By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK ? Two players who never imagined Penn State would be interested in them could provide a boost on the offensive line this season.

??I feel like I?m one of the few that?s privileged enough to be here,?? said Nerraw McCormack, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound tackle.

Privileged just may be the right word for McCormack and Ako Poti, a 6-3, 302-pound tackle. Both of them were playing junior college ball a year ago, and their chances of someday suiting up for the Nittany Lions seemed non-existent.

Penn State almost never recruits from the JUCO ranks ? it?s been 22 years since Joe Paterno last took such a player ? so neither McCormack nor Poti figured they?d attract interest from the Lions.

??I was shocked when they came out,?? said Poti, who was playing at City College of San Francisco. ??My coaches were shocked. My coaches, they?ve been around for a while, and they?ve never, ever seen a Penn State coach come out that way.??

McCormack?s school, Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y., had seen PSU coaches in the past. The last JUCO player recruited to Penn State, receiver Mike Alexander in 1985, attended Nassau, but that was before McCormack was even born.

??Once I told the other coaches that Penn State was recruiting me, they told me, ?Penn State? Are you sure???? McCormack recalled.

The Lions lost All-American left tackle Levi Brown to the NFL, leaving a big hole on an offensive line that struggled mightily last season. Paterno, knowing this year?s team has a chance to do big things, broke his long-standing moratorium on JUCO transfers to bring in big, experienced help on the line.

??I don?t like junior college [recruiting],?? Paterno said at the Blue-White Game in April. ??I don?t like to recruit a junior college player only because I have always felt that if you bring a kid in who works a couple of years and then all of a sudden you go out and get somebody, it is almost like you are making a trade to bring somebody in.??

So why bring in Poti and McCormack?

??We felt ... they would be a little further along physically and maturely than, maybe, some of the kids we are bringing in as true freshmen, but we needed some depth,?? Paterno said. ??I debated it. The two kids that are coming in are both kids that are solid kids.??

Poti and McCormack each has two years of eligibility remaining, along with a redshirt year if necessary.

Poti was the captain of his junior college team, which he said, ??helps you out with the maturity aspect.?? He?s been on campus since January and participated in spring drills, so he could be in the mix for playing time at tackle or guard early this season.

McCormack didn?t arrive on campus until May, probably putting him a little behind Poti in terms of early playing time. He hopes to win a starting tackle job at some point but noted he just wants to contribute to the team ??any way I can.??

??It is not easy to learn a system when you are an offensive lineman,?? Paterno said.

Both newcomers said they?re aware of the pressures to learn quickly and impress the coaches so they can earn opportunities during their shorter careers.

??There?s definitely some pressure with the limited time we have, but that?s football,?? Poti said. ??I like it. Pressure?s good for you.??

SteelCityMan786
07-30-2007, 11:19 PM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=13717

Laying it on the line: Five up front to determine ?07 fate

By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK ? The ?O? in Penn State?s O-line stood for ??Oh no!?? much of last season.

The line?s play was downright offensive at times. It?s even fair to suggest the unit played a big role in spoiling what could have been a superb season, using an argument that goes like this:

Had the coaching staff been more confident in the offensive line?s ability to protect quarterback Anthony Morelli, it would have opened up the playbook rather than being ultra conservative. As a result, a more complex offensive scheme just may have propelled the Nittany Lions past Michigan, Ohio State or Wisconsin in close games that turned out to be losses.

Sounds good in theory, but the theory was never put to the test because of the line?s inconsistent play.

??It all starts with us,?? junior center A.Q. Shipley said, ??so if things aren?t getting done, obviously the blame?s going to fall on us. That?s just the nature of the position we play. We?ve got to take the criticism, roll with it, try not to pay attention to it and rebuild and regroup from each week.??

They may try to avoid letting the criticism get to them, but the offensive linemen know it?s there. They plan to use last year?s tough times as motivation this season.

??You know come preseason, [people are] going to say the weak point of the team is the offensive line, as usual,?? Shipley said. ??We?ve just got to go out and prove the first couple weeks that?s not the case. Until we do that, I?m sure we?re going to keep getting [criticized].??

Maybe not quite as much this season since the line returns four starters, providing what appears to be a stronger foundation than this time a year ago.

??We have a good offensive line coming back because we have a lot of experience,?? right guard John Shaw said.

Much of the experience, though, was gained at different positions, with Shipley the lone starter back at the same spot. The only new projected starter is redshirt sophomore Dennis Landolt at right tackle.

Breaking down the rest of the line:

Shaw started the first 10 games at right tackle last season before suffering a sprained ankle. Now the senior is moving to right guard.

Junior Rich Ohrnberger started the final nine games at right guard, but he?s now at left guard.

Junior Gerald Cadogan started the first four games and five of the first six at left guard before losing his starting job. Now he?s got the big task of replacing All-American Levi Brown at left tackle.

??Levi always told me, ?Go out there and knock people over,? so that?s the thing I?ll carry on whether he?s here or not,?? Cadogan said. ??I still have film on Levi of him knocking people over, so I try to emulate him on the field knocking people over.??

Is it really that simple?

??I wish it was,?? Cadogan said with a laugh.

Cadogan will be responsible for protecting Morelli?s blind side, so if he can?t get the job done, Penn State?s offense could be in trouble.

One of Cadogan?s fellow linemen said there?s no reason to worry.

??He?s a great pass blocker,?? Shaw said. ??He?s athletic, tall, 315 pounds. I think he?s going to do a great job.??

Morelli liked what he saw from his new left tackle during spring drills.

??Cadogan is stepping in for Levi and doing a great job,?? the quarterback said. ??He?s real athletic, quick and he?s a very smart kid.??

A quality left tackle must possess all those traits to be successful against the opposing team?s top pass rusher.

??You have to go against defensive ends that are fast, and you have to really be on top of your pass set because it all boils down to pass sets at the tackle position,?? Cadogan said.

Ohrnberger?s move to left guard means the Lions will have an entirely new left side of the line. It?s not as big of an adjustment from one guard spot to another as it is from guard to tackle, however, so Ohrnberger is expected to be steady from the outset.

Shaw is making the opposite switch from Cadogan, going from an outside spot at tackle to the interior of the line at guard.

??The difference is I?m going up against 310-pound brute, strong defensive tackles and nose tackles rather than quick, blitzing linebackers and defensive ends coming off the edge,?? Shaw said of his new position. ??So it?s more strength at the point of attack.??

Shaw said he?s working on his lower-body strength and flexibility to prepare for the challenges at guard.

??You need more pop right out of the get-go, right off the snap of the ball,?? he said. ??You don?t have any room to work with to finesse with these guys.??

Shipley, back for his second season at center, is considered the leader on the line now that Brown?s gone. He?s a straight shooter when it comes to evaluating the unit?s performance.

??There were some times when we didn?t look as good as we should have and deserved to take that [criticism],?? he said of last year?s line. ??But there was other times where something else could have happened and we still took the brunt of the criticism.??

The lone newcomer on the line will be Landolt, who spent last season backing up Brown at left tackle and saw action in six games. He?ll be the unit?s biggest question mark this year, though teammates said he?s been solid in workouts.

Running back Austin Scott said in the spring the offensive line was ??looking great,?? and if that?s the case this fall, the Lions could put up some big numbers on offense.

??I?m definitely ready to get out there and win some games,?? Cadogan said.

SteelCityMan786
07-30-2007, 11:19 PM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=13851

PSU player's attorney: 'Their case is filled with speculation'

By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

BELLEFONTE -- Two of the three felony charges against Penn State football player Anthony Scirrotto should be dismissed for lack of evidence, his attorney argued Thursday morning in Centre County Court.

"I strongly believe the burglary and criminal solicitation charges should [be dismissed]," attorney Ron McGlaughlin said.

McGlaughlin added he thinks "the only prima facie case, arguably speaking, on the commonwealth's behalf that should stay is the criminal trespass."

Scirrotto is charged with the three felonies for his alleged role in an off-campus fight April 1. He and fellow Penn State player Chris Baker, who's charged with felony burglary and criminal trespass, are scheduled to stand trial during the criminal court's October term.

McGlaughlin argued a habeas corpus motion before Centre County President Judge Charles Brown. The judge was presented with a 373-page transcript from the May 3 preliminary hearing and will sort through that before ruling whether any charges should be dismissed.

Attorneys for both sides are expected to file additional briefs on the matter during the next two weeks, and McGlaughlin doesn't expect a ruling for about four weeks.

McGlaughlin believes the commonwealth can't prove Scirrotto is guilty of burglary because no witnesses testified against him during the preliminary hearing pertaining to that charge. Burglary is entering a structure without permission with the intent of committing a crime.

The fight occurred inside an apartment, and McGlaughlin noted, "there was no in-court identification of Mr. Scirrotto [being in the apartment] by anyone" who testified.

Scirrotto, a standout safety for the Nittany Lions, and his girlfriend were involved in a street altercation with three men late in the evening of March 31. The criminal solicitation charge is based on the prosecution's belief that Scirrotto sought the help of other football players and organized a revenge effort in the apartment.

Evidence showed Scirrotto made one phone call, to PSU football player Lydell Sargeant, after the street incident. His attorney says the commonwealth can't prove what was said on the phone or that Scirrotto told the other football players to come seek revenge.

"Their case is filled with a lot of speculation," McGlaughlin said.

The criminal trespass charge can't be so easily dismissed, McGlaughlin noted, because Scirrotto did admit to police he was in the apartment.

Centre County Assistant District Attorney Carolyn Fenton argued on behalf of the commonwealth and said the burglary charge is based on the accomplice liability theory. Prosecutors believe Scirrotto knew what was going on inside the apartment was illegal and took part willingly by his presence there.

Fenton was not available for comment after Thursday's hearing.

Brown asked Fenton if the commonwealth can piece everything together, based on possibly little evidence, concerning the criminal solicitation.

"Zero plus zero plus zero doesn't equal one," the judge told Fenton at one point with regards to that charge.

"I'm encouraged by the questions the judge asked," McGlaughlin said. "I think he zeroed in on the disputed facts, or the lack of facts if you will, and the applicable law."

Brown will preside over the trial of Scirrotto and Baker, unless the matter is resolved beforehand.

Scirrotto was suspended for the second summer semester by Penn State's Office of Judicial Affairs. He is eligible to practice with the team when preseason workouts begin in two weeks and has not been suspended from game action by coach Joe Paterno.

McGlaughlin offered a theory on why the prosecution is going forward with its case against Scirrotto despite what he believes to be a lack of evidence.

"I think the reason they're keeping Anthony tied into it is because they want to try to get to the bottom of what happened, and they haven't been able to do so," McGlaughlin said. "They look at Anthony as being the central figure for no other reason other than the fact that he and his girlfriend were assaulted on the street just before [the fight].

"So they feel Anthony must have done something -- encouraged it, asked people to do something -- and I don't believe they have any evidence to support that."

Buzz05
07-31-2007, 08:48 AM
The ?O? in Penn State?s O-line stood for ??Oh no!?? much of last season.



BINGO and if we have any type of line this year then Morelli because the QB he is capable of and not just a Zack Mills look a like...laying on his back or running for his life.

SteelCityMan786
07-31-2007, 09:51 AM
BINGO and if we have any type of line this year then Morelli because the QB he is capable of and not just a Zack Mills look a like...laying on his back or running for his life.

I do agree. The O-Line was NOT impressive last year, but held there ground in the games that they had no trouble winning. If they play well in each of the games they should win and come up BIG in the other games, I think this will be a BIG year for Morelli, but not just him, the team all around on O.

SteelCityMan786
08-01-2007, 01:24 PM
Maybe a new I told you so video can be produced?

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07213/805861-143.stm

Penn State Notebook: Lack of respect might help Lions

Wednesday, August 01, 2007
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CHICAGO -- Penn State is not getting a lot of respect from the Big Ten media.

The Nittany Lions weren't one of the top three teams tabbed as preseason favorites at the conference's annual media day yesterday at the Hyatt Regency.

Michigan was No. 1, followed by Wisconsin and defending champion Ohio State.

The Big Ten only announces its top three teams, so Penn State cannot be certain it was ranked No. 4 in the 11-team league.

Not everyone agreed with the snub.

"I would have put Penn State on top and dropped Ohio State from the top three, but unfortunately, I didn't have a vote," said ESPN commentator Kirk Herbstreit, a former Buckeyes quarterback.

"Penn State has got one tough road game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, but all the rest of their big games are at home, including Wisconsin, Ohio State and Notre Dame. I see that as a big advantage for them.

"If I were a Penn State fan, a player or a coach, I'd be loving it. This oversight is only going to pump all of them up and give them even more motivation to prove people wrong."

Ohio State (12-1), Wisconsin (12-1) and Michigan (11-2) all won at least 11 games a year ago, marking the first time that has happened in Big Ten history.

Penn State went 0-3 against those three teams last season. The Nittany Lions never have beaten all three teams in the same year since joining the conference in 1993.

And they have not defeated Ohio State and Michigan in the same season since 1994.

"We'll be a good, competitive football team, not a great team," coach Joe Paterno said.

"We're a little too young to think that we're a football team that can come into the league this year and just hold our own, but we have a good future."

Coming back

Paterno said he expects starting safety Anthony Scirrotto and backup defensive tackle Chris Baker to practice with the team when preseason drills begin Monday.

Scirrotto and Baker are facing criminal charges as a result of an off-campus fight four months ago. They are scheduled to stand trial in October.

Asked if he planned to discipline the two players further, Paterno said: "I'm not sure what I'm going to do."

Preseason honors

The media selected diminutive Michigan running back Mike Hart as the preseason offensive player of the year and Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis as the top defensive player.

Hart rushed for 1,562 yards last season, the fifth-best total in the Wolverines' history, and scored 14 touchdowns.

Laurinaitis, whose father, Joe, is a pro wrestler best known as "Road Warrior Animal," was a force for the Buckeyes last year as a sophomore.

He had a team-leading 115 tackles, five interceptions and four sacks.

SteelCityMan786
08-01-2007, 01:25 PM
It's good that Scirotto is going to be practicing along with Baker. It would give them a chance to get away from the legal trouble off the field.

Buzz05
08-01-2007, 01:41 PM
It's good that Scirotto is going to be practicing along with Baker. It would give them a chance to get away from the legal trouble off the field.

True...and make them run bleachers till they pass out.

SteelCityMan786
08-01-2007, 01:52 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07213/805860-143.stm

Paterno considers shift to press box
"I'm not so sure that's not the better way to do it, and I've debated that."

Wednesday, August 01, 2007
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CHICAGO -- Joe Paterno raised more than a few eyebrows yesterday at the Big Ten football media days when he admitted he has pondered the idea of continuing to coach from the press box rather than the sideline.

"I'm not so sure that's not the better way to do it, and I've debated that," he said.

Paterno, 80, who is entering his 42nd season as the Nittany Lions' coach, spent the final two games of last season coaching from the press box after he sustained a broken left leg and torn knee ligaments in a November game against Wisconsin.

Paterno said his knee is fine, but his left leg has been bothering him.

Even so, when Penn State opens its season Sept. 1 at home against Florida International, he said in a second interview that he hopes to jog out with the rest of his team and plant himself on the sideline.

The Beaver Stadium press box could end up being an alternative.

"You can see so much more, you can do things," he said. "I tried not to interfere with the guys upstairs because they know what they're doing. But, every once in awhile, I'd drop a little note to them and say, 'Hope to get this,' or 'That corner's playing awfully tight.'

"You're really a cheerleader most of the time down on the sideline. ... I enjoyed being upstairs, I really did. I sat down, had a nice time, had a cup of coffee. I felt like a newspaper guy. I was even able to watch television."

Paterno, whose Lions have won 22 of their past 27 games, is the second all-time winningest coach in Division I history with a 363-121-3 record. Florida State's Bobby Bowden has 366 victories.

Paterno's players have a hard time believing their feisty coach will spend time in the booth.

"I really don't think he's going to be up in the press box," quarterback Anthony Morelli said.

"He has too much energy and so many years down on the sideline, I think he'd miss it too much. If he does go up in the press box, it will be maybe a one-game thing and then he'll be right back down on the sideline where he belongs."

Linebacker Dan Connor believes the team would be lost without Paterno prowling the sideline.

"He's an in-your-face type of guy," Connor said.

"He needs to be on the field. He needs to be there motivating the players. He's almost like a player. You've got to have him on the sideline. You can't have him up in the booth."

Two Big Ten coaches -- Ron Zook of Illinois and Lloyd Carr of Big Ten preseason favorite Michigan -- don't believe Paterno will work from the press box.

"I think coach Paterno is just trying to give you guys something to write about," Zook said.

"Gosh, he has forgotten more football than most of us know.

"I've spent some time with coach Paterno, and there's no doubt in my mind that he's going to be on the field when the season starts and he's going to be ready to go."

Carr has been going head-to-head with Paterno since succeeding the Gary Moeller as Michigan coach in 1995. Carr's Wolverines are 8-2 against Penn State, with eight consecutive victories.

Carr said he "would be surprised if Joe spent another second in the press box."

Then, he started laughing. On second thought, it may not be such a bad idea.

"I hope he does go up there because then he can't chew on the officials' ears for the whole game," Carr said.

SteelCityMan786
08-01-2007, 01:52 PM
True...and make them run bleachers till they pass out.

That looks probable considering JoePa's frustration with the fight.

SteelCityMan786
08-01-2007, 02:02 PM
http://centredaily.com/sports/story/167488.html


Paterno correcting his team's problems
By Jeff Rice - jrice@centredaily.com

CHICAGO -- It has been a rebuilding summer for Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

His Nittany Lions, who return six starters on both sides of the ball, are probably closer to the "reloading" stage as they ready for preseason practice but, as he continues to literally rebuild his body, Paterno has also tackled the challenges of rebuilding his team's image after this spring's well-publicized apartment altercation in downtown State College -- and rebuilding the morale of some of the players involved.

"My job is not necessarily just discipline. My job is rehabilitation," Paterno said Tuesday during Big Ten Media Days. "Sometimes you get some people who just don't quite understand their role, that people look up to them, that little kids look up to them and the whole bit. And it's easy to just dismiss them. I've had to dismiss some kids. ... You have to be careful you don't destroy them."

No players have been dismissed, but four received summer semester expulsions from Penn State's Office of Judicial Affairs, and safety Anthony Scirrotto and defensive lineman Chris Baker await trial for their roles in the April apartment invasion and alleged assault.

Paterno said earlier this summer that his players would clean Beaver Stadium after home games this fall. Tuesday, he said he would wait and see the outcome of the Scirrotto and Baker trials before he levied any additional punishments on those players. But others could be in his sights.

"There's one or two kids who I think have a little bit of a history of being hot shots or big shots, or shooting their mouths off," Paterno said. "And I probably will discipline a couple of those kids beyond what happened."

Paterno's recovery from the broken leg and torn knee ligaments has been smoother. He limped slightly Tuesday but ran a few short strides in a hotel hallway for the media's benefit, pumping his arms for effect. He said his other leg and his back, because he had to alter his gait during rehab, are bothering him more than the injured leg but plans to be on both the preseason practice field next week and on the sidelines for the Sept. 1 opener against Florida International.

The three games he spent in the press box last season had him weighing the pros and cons of a more permanent move, with tradition winning out.

"I'm going on the sideline," he said. "Now, if we get behind, I might go someplace to hide."

New faces

The Big Ten's three new head coaches outlined their respective challenges Tuesday.

Mark Dantonio, who replaces John L. Smith at Michigan State, coached for eight seasons (for two teams) under Ohio State coach Jim Tressel but said he will use not the Buckeyes but intrastate rival Michigan as a "measuring stick" for his team.

"If we can play with Michigan," said Dantonio, who coached at Cincinnati the last three seasons, "we can play with anyone in the country."

Tim Brewster, who replaces Glen Mason at Minnesota, is looking to his elders for guidance. Paterno was the first coach he called upon his hire and the Golden Gophers will spend next week at St. John's University, the Division III school and home of 80-year-old John Gagliardi, the winningest college football coach of all time.

Bill Lynch took over the Indiana program five days before coach Terry Hoeppner died of brain cancer on June 19. The former Ball State head coach gradually assumed more responsibility this winter as Hoeppner's condition worsened but knows that pulling his team together in time for what could be a forward-moving season will be an immense challenge.

"There's not one single thing you can do," Lynch said. "In this profession, so much of it is developing relationships and developing that trust between player and coach and we feel like over the last couple years we've been able to do that."

Kick-back

An NCAA rule change means that all kickoffs this season will come from the 30-yard line instead of the 35, which had most Big Ten coaches less than enthused for a number of reasons.

Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald, who said drolly, "It doesn't excite me to see the ball moving back five yards," predicted that teams will use more pooch and squib kicks this season. Wisconsin's Bret Bielema and his assistants charted his team's kickoffs from last year and calculated that nearly 60 percent of the touchbacks would have been returnable under the new rule.

No one, however, addressed the change with as much emotion as Purdue coach Joe Tiller, who said that a football safety issue committee he served on a few years ago determined that the most violent play in football is the kickoff.

"What's it gonna do?" Tiller said. "It's probably gonna have a few more injuries than we did in the past. And maybe, more kicks will be returned."

tlp5002
08-01-2007, 02:38 PM
I have one year left at Penn State, I have my season tickets, I'm not scalping them for $1000+... This might be the best Fall of my life!

SteelCityMan786
08-01-2007, 02:40 PM
I have one year left at Penn State, I have my season tickets, I'm not scalping them for $1000+... This might be the best Fall of my life!

It's about time some students didn't just buy tickets for money.

Buzz05
08-02-2007, 08:33 AM
Actually when i was in high school that was best time ever. Going into the student section. Thats where i was at for Lavar's Leap. It was amazing. The student section is by far the greatest part of Penn State Games

SteelCityMan786
08-02-2007, 09:39 AM
Actually when i was in high school that was best time ever. Going into the student section. Thats where i was at for Lavar's Leap. It was amazing. The student section is by far the greatest part of Penn State Games

Darn right. That's one more thing Herbstreit even knows. We have the best student section in the nation. Not his alma mater Ohio State.

SteelCityMan786
08-03-2007, 01:16 PM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_520526.html

Penn State will begin the season ranked No. 18
By Sam Ross Jr.
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, August 3, 2007

Penn State will begin the season ranked No. 18 in the USA Today/Coaches poll.

The Lions are coming off a 9-4 season that concluded with a win over Tennessee in the Outback Bowl.

Michigan (No. 5), Wisconsin (No. 7) and Ohio State (No. 10) are a trio of Big Ten schools ranked in the top 10, all of whom are on Penn State's schedule this season.

Southern California is ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll.

SteelCityMan786
08-03-2007, 01:20 PM
This one I found a little funny at the beginning. Not to insult who asked the question.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/college/s_520215.html

PSU Lions looking for leaders
By Sam Ross Jr.
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, August 2, 2007

CHICAGO - The young woman from the electronic media wanted Anthony Morelli's thoughts on taking over this year at starting quarterback for Penn State and attempting to replace Michael Robinson.

It would have been a good question -- last year.

"I just rolled with it," Morelli said Wednesday. "I didn't want to embarrass her."

This interrogative gaffe typified the Penn State experience at this year's Big Ten football media days.

Two years back, the Penn State players, and even coach Joe Paterno, left in a miffed mood, having spent much of the two-day media sessions being asked about competing for the bottom of the league with the likes of Illinois and Indiana.

Penn State responded with a share of the conference championship in 2005.

After that, and last year's 9-4 season and Outback Bowl win, the tone this year was largely benign ignorance.

The toughest knocks on Penn State uttered here came from Paterno, who said that some days his team excites him and other days, well, not so much.

"I told the squad, you guys have a long ways to go," Paterno said. "You're going to have to have a good preseason practice, and some of you are going to have to grow up in a hurry, because it's a lot different when you go out there."

Toward that end, Paterno is seeking team captains to provide leadership. The thing is, Paterno has yet to name them.

All three of the Penn State players who represented Penn State at this function -- Morelli, linebacker Dan Connor and wide receiver Terrell Golden -- have been identified by other Lions players as leaders, both by their on-field performance and their off-field efforts.

But with the preseason practices set to begin Monday, Paterno has yet to officially anoint his team captains.

Connor is an interesting candidate, considering his involvement a few seasons back in prank calls, for which he was punished.

"We've talked about, 'You've got to be a leader. You've got to be a guy who's been around the block, been in some trouble yourself, you know how you got into it. You've got to step in there once in a while,' " Paterno said.

Morelli is hoping his hard work over the offseason will lead Paterno to consider him.

"It would mean a lot," said Morelli, a senior from Penn Hills. "It would be an honor to know that Joe has a lot of faith in me to lead this team as a captain and quarterback."

Morelli sees a potential captaincy as the ultimate stamp of Paterno approval.

"It means Joe sees that you're a good enough person to be a leader of the football team and a person who's going to keep other guys on the right path and on track to win football games," he said. "That's a pretty great honor."

Although Morelli hasn't gotten the nod yet, he seems to be prominent in Paterno's leadership considerations.

"He and Connor and a couple of other guys have got an awful lot of weight on their shoulders, because there are not a lot of guys who have been in tough football games, and we're going to be in some tough football games," Paterno said.

Connor, a senior linebacker with All-America credentials, has allowed himself to ponder the possibility of being a team captain.

"It would be a great honor," he said. "I would say the three guys here are guys who showed a lot of leadership in the offseason and guys look up to on the team from our experience. Whoever coach Paterno decides, that's his call."

Paterno said the fact that Golden isn't a starter wouldn't necessarily keep him off the list of potential captains.

SteelCityMan786
08-03-2007, 01:32 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07215/806710-143.stm

WVU 6th, Penn State 18th in coaches' football poll

Friday, August 03, 2007
By Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The ESPN/USA Today college football preseason poll was announced this morning, and two local teams made the top 25.

West Virginia is No. 6 and Penn State is No. 18.

West Virginia is the favorite to win the Big East title and is expected to contend for the national championship. Louisville and Rutgers are the other Big East teams ranked in the top 25. The Mountaineers finished last season No. 7 in the coaches poll and No. 5 in the Associated Press poll.

Penn State is one of four Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25. Michigan is No. 5, Wisconsin No. 7 and Ohio State No. 10. Penn State finished last season No. 19 in the coaches poll and the AP poll.

SteelCityMan786
08-03-2007, 01:35 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07214/806290-143.stm


Penn State Notebook: Retirement talk flatters Paterno
"I'm hoping to work another four, five or six years, but I just don't know. But I feel good. I'm enthusiastic." -- Joe Paterno

Thursday, August 02, 2007
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CHICAGO -- Penn State coach Joe Paterno has been fielding retirement questions for nearly two decades.

Now that he's 80, the question is asked with more frequency.

"I had a kid's mother come up to me the other day during an unofficial visit," Paterno said yesterday during the Big Ten media days, "and she says, 'Joe, you know, we really think the world of you, but are you going to be here when my son graduates?'

"I said, 'I don't know.' "

Just last week, Paterno's good friend, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, said he would just as soon coach until he dies. Bowden is 77 and has 366 career victories, three more than Paterno.

"I love Bobby, I think he's a great guy," Paterno said. "If he said it, I believe it. ... As for me, I'm hoping to work another four, five or six years, but I just don't know. But I feel good. I'm enthusiastic."

Paterno, who broke his left leg and tore knee ligaments in a collision with one of is players in a game against Wisconsin in November, seems amused that so many people are interested in his future.

He has been employed at Penn State since 1950 and is entering his 42nd season as head coach.

"The only time it bothers me is when people decide where I should go," Paterno said. "It's all pure speculation. It's kind of flattering that so many people are interested in what I do. It doesn't bother me one way or another. I don't pay any attention to it.

"When I think that I can't do the job that Penn State deserves, then I'll start thinking about leaving the game."

Still a go

Paterno said he did not plan to back off making his players help clean Beaver Stadium after home games as part of the team's punishment for their off-the-field problems.

Asked how the players took the news, he said: "I didn't ask for a reaction. It's not exactly a democracy."

Two yawners

Penn State will open its 2008 home season with non-conference games against Coastal Carolina and Arkansas State.

Coastal Carolina is a Division I-AA opponent from the Big South Conference, while Arkansas State is a I-A school that competes in the Sun Belt Conference.

"You'll see more I-AA games popping up on everybody's schedule, not just Penn State's," athletic director Tim Curley said. "I think a general fan would like to see you play Notre Dame, Alabama and USC -- that type of schedule for 12 games -- but it's just not realistic."

Drug-testing program

Big Ten athletic directors, presidents and team physicians have approved a drug-testing program that will affect about 10 percent -- approximately 850 -- of the conference's athletes in all sports.

The athletes will be tested for performance-enhancing drugs, not recreational.

"There are two levels of drug testing that already occur, one at the NCAA level and one at the university level, and now there's this," commissioner Jim Delany said.

Delany said a first positive test for a Big Ten athlete would result in a one-year suspension and loss of eligibility.

SteelCityMan786
08-03-2007, 01:37 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07214/806291-143.stm

QB Morelli's confidence is sky-high
"I am expecting big things from myself this year"

Thursday, August 02, 2007
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CHICAGO -- Anthony Morelli's confidence is as high as the tallest skyscraper in the Windy City.

He is poised for a huge senior season.

Morelli's teammates are applying pressure, too.

"He's got to have a gigantic year for us, no doubt," linebacker Dan Connor said yesterday at Big Ten media days. "He needs to step up and be the leader of the offense. I think he will do that."

Morelli, a 6-foot-4, 232-pounder from Penn Hills High School, is embarking on his second season as the Nittany Lions' quarterback.

He was 2-2 in his first four starts a year ago, losing to Notre Dame and Ohio State on the road, but rebounded to lead Penn State to wins in seven of its final nine games. That included a solid effort in the Outback Bowl, where he completed 14 of 25 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown in a 20-10 victory against traditional Southeastern Conference power Tennessee.

"Yeah, absolutely, the Outback Bowl was a defining moment for me," Morelli said. "But, to be honest, things really started clicking for me toward the middle of last season.

"Opposing defenses finally started slowing down for me. And I started making better decisions. I felt very positive with my play toward the end of the season.

"I am expecting big things from myself this year, and I am expecting big things from the offense."

Morelli will be the first to admit he struggled at times in his first year as a starter, even though he managed to set Penn State season records for pass completions (208) and attempts (386).

His 2,424 passing yards were the third-highest total in school history. He threw 11 touchdown passes and eight interceptions, five of which came in Penn State's four losses.

But Morelli also had a career-high 281 yards and two touchdowns in a road win at Minnesota to go along with three touchdown passes in his first start against Akron.

Without question, the big kid with the big arm will play a big role in determining whether Penn State is a national championship contender this season or a pretender.

He also could end up being one of the Nittany Lions' captains.

"I'm expecting a lot from Morelli, especially leadership," Penn State coach Joe Paterno said.

Kirk Herbstreit, the former Ohio State quarterback and ESPN commentator, also has high expectations for Morelli.

"I love him," he said. "I expect Morelli to be one of the best players in the Big Ten. Now when I say that, that's a strong statement. But looking at what's around him, it's almost like people have forgotten about his receiving corps."

Herbstreit said Morelli had a tough act to follow in succeeding Michael Robinson. The electrifying Robinson was one of the most-talented quarterbacks in Penn State history.

"It's not a shock to me that Morelli didn't have a great year last season," Herbstreit said. "The expectations were humongous. It took him a while to get his feet under him and make people forget about Robinson.

"But, in the end, Morelli was very strong. The way he played against Tennessee in the bowl game, I'm predicting right now, he's got his chest puffed out, he's more authoritative in meetings, and he's telling guys what to do and when to do it.

"Morelli's the man now. And I think that will settle him down some. I expect him to have a huge year. And I expect Penn State to have a huge year."

Morelli can't wait until the start of practice Monday.

"I'm ready to go," he said. "I'm ready to get all of this non-football stuff out of the way and get to work. As the leader of this offense, I need to make sure we start out strong and stay that way."

SteelCityMan786
08-03-2007, 01:39 PM
http://centredaily.com/sports/colleges/penn_state/story/168628.html


Experience helped Morelli with spotlight
By Jeff Rice - jrice@centredaily.com

CHICAGO -- Going into last season, his first as Penn State's starting quarterback, Anthony Morelli knew his pre-snap reads. He knew where he was going with the football if a blitz came.

What he didn't know -- at least not as well as he does now -- was how to be at ease under the Penn State football microscope.

"Being a starting quarterback at Penn State is a rollercoaster," Morelli said Wednesday at Big Ten Media Days. "You have your ups and downs; you might blow it up. You've just got to put it behind you, and not pay attention to it."

Morelli's up-and-down junior season included a few testy moments with the media, but he was relaxed and confident Wednesday about the prospects for his senior season. The Nittany Lions return three starters on the offensive line -- two more than they did last season -- and a host of talented and experienced receivers. Their quarterback is more than ready to return to the field.

"His confidence level is up, and he's just making unbelievable throws," Penn State linebacker Dan Connor. "He's threading the needle, great on the long ball. Him and the receivers' timing is some of the best I've ever seen. And it's really showing this summer with the 7-on-7 drills that we do."

Although he has yet to decide if he wants to name Morelli or Connor, or any Nittany Lion, a team captain, Penn State coach Joe Paterno is comfortable with the ball in the hands of the 6-foot-4 senior from Penn Hills.

"I think Morelli's doing well," Paterno said. "I'm anxious to watch him. I think that Anthony had to put up with a lot of mishaps that were not his fault. We didn't play really well against some football teams last year. We had a chance to beat a couple of pretty good teams and we didn't because we made mistakes. But not Morelli."

Fifth time's the charm

Morelli's expected backfield partner will be fifth-year senior tailback Austin Scott, who has potentially 13 more games to live up to the considerable hype that followed him from Parkland High School in Allentown.

"He's been working really hard. He's changed his attitude completely -- he's really focused and serious," Morelli said. "He's eager to get out there on the field and prove people wrong."

Scott led the Nittany Lions in rushing as a freshman in 2003 before losing the starting job to Tony Hunt the following year. He redshirted last fall, working with the foreign team and trying to prove to the coaches that he would be a more-than-capable replacement for Hunt this season.

Paterno still needs some convincing.

"I think Austin Scott's just gotta be a little more consistent," Paterno said. "When he wakes up in the morning, he can't be one guy one morning and another guy the next morning. And I think he's much better than he was. ... We'll see. But I think he's closer to where he's gotta be to be a big-time, consistent college tailback than he was a year ago."

Loading up

Connor, who never played with more than 225 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame at any time during his first three seasons, said he weighed in Tuesday at 239 pounds, a daunting prospect for Big Ten tailbacks. The senior from Wallingford, who moved from outside linebacker to middle linebacker this spring to replace Paul Posluszny, believes the extra bulk will only increase his production.

"I feel good running, I feel good moving," he said. "Hopefully it'll give me a little extra pop on my hits."

Connor will play behind a number of young defensive linemen this season as the Nittany Lions search for replacements for productive tackles Jay Alford and Ed Johnson. The lone senior on the first-team defense has liked what he has seen this summer from sophomores Maurice Evans and Jared Odrick.

"Those two guys on the D-line have proven themselves in the offseason," Connor said. "Great players, tough guys and they've just been hungry to get on the field. When they get their chance, they're gonna make something happen."

Future schedules

Penn State's 2008 non-conference schedule includes home dates with Arkansas State and Division I-AA Coastal Carolina as well as a road trip to Syracuse. The Nittany Lions will host Eastern Michigan, Syracuse and Temple in 2009. The fourth non-conference game for both seasons has yet to be announced.

SteelCityMan786
08-03-2007, 01:40 PM
Coastal Carolina? Come on Curley, can't we pick up another MAC school at least. I let things go with Youngstown State because we had to do it. :huh:

SteelCityMan786
08-03-2007, 01:48 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/080207aaf.html

Limited Number of Mt. Nittany Club Seats Remain for the 2007 Season

Fewer than 100 opportunities left to watch the Nittany Lions from superb location

Aug. 2, 2007

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Fans wishing to obtain season tickets for the 2007 Penn State football season can take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime window of opportunity to secure premium seating in Beaver Stadium by joining the Mount Nittany Club.

By signing a lease of five, seven or 10 years, fans can enjoy comfortable, personalized seating perched above the south end zone. Club seats are 80 percent tax deductible and come with reserved numbered parking located close to the stadium.

Club seat holders can relax pre and post-game in the exclusive climate-controlled, 28,000-square foot Mount Nittany Club lounge with television monitors throughout and up scale food service before, during and after the game. The lounge affords a spectacular view of Mount Nittany and a unique bird's-eye view of the team's pre-game arrival.

For more information on how you can become a member of the Mount Nittany Club, please contact Bob White in the Club Seat & Suite office at (814) 863-3143 or email blw6@psu.edu.

SteelCityMan786
08-03-2007, 01:49 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/080207aaa.html

Paterno & Trio of Seniors Represent Penn State at 36th Annual Big Ten Kickoff

Limited Number of Tickets Remain for Sept. 1 Season Opener

Aug. 2, 2007

Head coach Joe Paterno and a trio of seniors spent the last two days in Chicago as Penn State Football's representatives at the 36th Annual Big Ten Kickoff.

Paterno and seniors Dan Connor (Wallingford), Terrell Golden (Norfolk, Va.) and Anthony Morelli (Pittsburgh) met with the media and attended the sold out Kickoff Luncheon, attended by 1,700 Big Ten football fans. More than 300 media were in attendance, with Paterno and the players doing interviews with print and electronic media, including the Big Ten Network, ESPN College Gameday and Fox.

The Nittany Lions begin practice next week in preparation for the Sept. 1 season opener with Florida International in Beaver Stadium. The contest begins at 12:00 p.m. and will be featured on the opening weekend of football telecasts on the Big Ten Network, which launches on August 30.

"This has been the most competitive summer and off-season since I've been at Penn State," said Connor, a 2006 first team All-America linebacker. "The guys are taking a lot of pride in working out together and getting ready for the season."

"The off-season is going extremely well," stated quarterback Anthony Morelli, who broke school season records for pass completions and attempts last year. "This (Big Ten Kickoff) has been a great experience. We've gotten to meet some of the other players and it's a great way to kick off the season."

"This summer has been very competitive, more than in previous years," commented Golden. "The guys are really focused. We've had great workouts and are ready to go for the season. The timing among Anthony and the wideouts has improved since the Outback Bowl, the O-Line is coming together and the running game looks good."

Paterno's 42nd Nittany Lion team returns 15 starters and 32 letterwinners for the 2007 season, which launches with "Penn State Football Eve presented by Sheetz" on Friday, August 31 in Beaver Stadium.

A limited number of tickets are available for the Florida International game at http://www.gopsusports.com. There is a limit of four tickets per person. The six remaining home games for this season are sold out.

Phone orders, counter and group sales for the Florida International game will take place only if tickets remain as of August 5. Phone and counter sales will begin Monday, August 6 at 10:00 a.m. if tickets remain. The numbers to call are: 814-865-5555 or 800-863-3336 weekdays from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

SteelCityMan786
08-03-2007, 01:50 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/080307aaa.html

Nittany Lions Ranked No. 18 in USA Today/Coaches Preseason Poll

Will Face Three Top 10 Opponents

Aug. 3, 2007

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State football team will begin the season ranked No. 18 in the USA Today/Coaches poll and will clash with a trio of Top 10 teams during the upcoming campaign.

The Nittany Lions have been ranked in the final Top 25 a total of 32 times during Coach Joe Paterno's Hall of Fame career. Last season, Penn State finished 9-4 and was ranked No. 24 in the final Associated Press poll and No. 25 by USA Today/Coaches.

Penn State will face six teams that played in bowl games last season, three of whom are ranked in the USA Today/Coaches Top 10: Michigan (5), Wisconsin (7) and Ohio State (10). Nittany Lion opponents Notre Dame and Iowa were among the teams that received votes. Penn State will host Notre Dame, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and 2006 bowl participant Purdue, during its blockbuster 2007 home schedule.

Paterno's 42nd Nittany Lion team returns 15 starters and 32 letterwinners for the 2007 season, which launches with "Penn State Football Eve presented by Sheetz" on Friday, August 31 in Beaver Stadium. Stadium gates will open at 6:00 p.m.

The Nittany Lions begin practice next week in preparation for the Sept. 1 season opener with Florida International in Beaver Stadium. The contest will kick off at 12:00 p.m. and will be featured on the opening weekend of football telecasts on the Big Ten Network, which launches on August 30.

All Penn State football and basketball games can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics.

A limited number of tickets are available for the Florida International game at www.GoPSUsports.com. There is a limit of four tickets per person. The six remaining home games for this season are sold out, with a school record 93,500-plus season tickets sold, including more than 21,000 student season tickets.

Phone orders, counter and group sales for the Florida International game will take place only if tickets remain as of August 5. Phone and counter sales will begin Monday, August 6 at 10:00 a.m. if tickets remain. The numbers to call are: 814-865-5555 or 800-863-3336 weekdays from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

SteelCityMan786
08-06-2007, 10:39 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07217/807158-143.stm

Camping with ... Penn State Nittany Lions
Preseason training camps open this week throughout the country. We visit the three NCAA Division I-A schools in the district and look at the story lines that will dominate the run-up to the opening weekend.

Sunday, August 05, 2007
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Coach: Joe Paterno 2006 W-L: 9-4

Joe Paterno will welcome a 16th grandchild into the world this fall.

The Penn State patriarch also hopes to finally deliver a win against Michigan, a Big Ten Conference championship, a bowl victory and a lofty national ranking.

But for all of that to happen, Paterno will have to find answers to the following five questions when practice begins tomorrow:

1) Will Austin Scott prove to be a capable replacement for Tony Hunt at tailback?

When Scott arrived at Penn State, he was billed as a potential superstar and game-breaking back. He led the Nittany Lions in rushing with 436 yards, but quickly slipped into Paterno's doghouse by missing meetings and classes. Injuries have slowed him the past two years, forcing him to redshirt a year ago. By the time the Sept. 1 opener against Florida International rolls around, it will have been nearly 20 months since Scott last played in a game.

2) Can senior quarterback Anthony Morelli emerge as the leader of the offense?

Morelli, from Penn Hills High School, finished strong in his first season as the starting quarterback last season. He guided the Lions to wins in five of their past six games, capped by a strong showing in the Outback Bowl against Tennessee. Morelli's top four receivers are as good as any in the conference and he has the arm to throw deep. However, Morelli and the offense must be more consistent in the red zone, where Penn State ranked 10th in the conference with 22 touchdowns and 16 field goals in 51 opportunities.

3) Will the retooled offensive line become a cohesive unit?

Penn State has four players returning, including A.Q. Shipley from Moon High School, but most of them will line up at different positions. Gerald Cadogan, who started five games at left guard last year, shifts to left tackle to replace Levi Brown, a two-time All-American. John Shaw has moved from right tackle to right guard. Shipley started all 13 games at center last season and is expected to take on the leadership role vacated by Brown, who was a first-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals. Rich Ohrnberger, who started nine games at right guard, also returns.

4) Can linebacker Dan Connor become a dominant force in the middle?

Connor, an All-American candidate, has moved from outside linebacker to inside to replace standout Paul Posluszny, the Hopewell High School product now playing for the Buffalo Bills. Connor has added 15 pounds to his 6-foot-3 frame, putting his weight at 239. Connor believes the extra pounds will increase his production and give him a little extra pop when hitting Big Ten tailbacks. He is the only senior among six returning starters on what should be an outstanding defense.

5) Will Kevin Kelly rebound from an off year?

The left-footed kicker struggled mightily last season, making just 22 of 34 field-goal attempts, with a long of 49 yards. Penn State also must find a replacement for punter Jeremy Kapinos, who averaged 41.9 yards on 61 punts.

stillhead
08-06-2007, 11:13 PM
i agree steelcity786, coastal carolina? i love the lions but this is what drives me crazy about psu/pitt not playing they have the set to schedule coastal carolina. it's real simple, this year you play at beaver, next year at heinz. get it done, i miss seeing them play. btw, what do those premium club seats go for? anyone going to the buffalo game? i'll be there tailgating at 7 a.m. those 12 noon starts kill me after a rough night at camp. :cheers:

SteelCityMan786
08-07-2007, 12:08 AM
i agree steelcity786, coastal carolina? i love the lions but this is what drives me crazy about psu/pitt not playing they have the set to schedule coastal carolina. it's real simple, this year you play at beaver, next year at heinz. get it done, i miss seeing them play. btw, what do those premium club seats go for? anyone going to the buffalo game? i'll be there tailgating at 7 a.m. those 12 noon starts kill me after a rough night at camp. :cheers:

OR: you could do the reverse where Pitt hosts first, then us. Even though pitt hosted the last match-up at Three Rivers. Yeah I'm mad about it, thankfully though we may not have to do it again soon. I hope they actually expand the Big Ten Schedule though. Maybe 9 games?

BettisFan
08-07-2007, 12:56 AM
doesn any one here think that penn needs a new mascot??.... and a name? ... and mabey a uniform? oh the hell with it my mom went to penn state

Buzz05
08-07-2007, 08:27 AM
doesn any one here think that penn needs a new mascot??.... and a name? ... and mabey a uniform? oh the hell with it my mom went to penn state

Are you joking? You must not know anything about Penn State. The Nittany Lion is all that is sacred to Penn State fans and alumni across the country. You change ANYTHING about the Lion, you alienate us all. And new uniforms? hmmm lets see. Nope not gonna happen. Not only is that their distinctive look, but thats what Penn State is about. Old school football with no names on the jersey's. There is no supertstars on the team. Just the team. The black shoes, the white helmets with no names on the jerseys. That is Penn State football. I remember there was almost a revolt when Nike put the swoosh on the Jersey in the early 90's. What you want from Penn State will never happen as long as JoePa is alive, or anyone from his coaching tree runs that program. Not going to happen.

Buzz05
08-07-2007, 08:32 AM
OR: you could do the reverse where Pitt hosts first, then us. Even though pitt hosted the last match-up at Three Rivers. Yeah I'm mad about it, thankfully though we may not have to do it again soon. I hope they actually expand the Big Ten Schedule though. Maybe 9 games?

I agree. I dont want some second tier team in the Big 10. If they expand I would like to see a good program with history. *Caugh* Pitt *Caugh*. But I know it was wont happen. Pitt isnt the sexy pick right now. Rutgers is. And to be honest with you. I dont know if I want to see another mid-west school come on board. Louisville ehh. Iowa State ehh. Mizzou, Nebraska not gonna happen. Def. now an SEC team. The only logical answers are going to be Pitt, WVU, Rutgers or...heres an idea...Maryland. They are in the ACC now and a decent team. They will bring in the TV ratings from the DC/Baltimore area and Maryland / Northern Va is becoming a nice place to recroute (spelling?). But ultimately I think we all agree...WE WANT PITT

stillhead
08-07-2007, 08:46 AM
good call on maryland. the obvious choice, logistics wise, etc would be the golden domers but they want their t.v. money. i wouldn't want 'em, i hate 'em. i hope the lions knock them back to the stoneage 9/8/07.

Buzz05
08-07-2007, 09:16 AM
good call on maryland. the obvious choice, logistics wise, etc would be the golden domers but they want their t.v. money. i wouldn't want 'em, i hate 'em. i hope the lions knock them back to the stoneage 9/8/07.

Stoneage would be nice...But I do want Quinn cringe in feer when Conner knocks that little overrated punk Clauson outa the game.

Please note I wish no ill will toward anyway but I do hate Notre Dame

SteelCityMan786
08-07-2007, 09:54 AM
Are you joking? You must not know anything about Penn State. The Nittany Lion is all that is sacred to Penn State fans and alumni across the country. You change ANYTHING about the Lion, you alienate us all. And new uniforms? hmmm lets see. Nope not gonna happen. Not only is that their distinctive look, but thats what Penn State is about. Old school football with no names on the jersey's. There is no supertstars on the team. Just the team. The black shoes, the white helmets with no names on the jerseys. That is Penn State football. I remember there was almost a revolt when Nike put the swoosh on the Jersey in the early 90's. What you want from Penn State will never happen as long as JoePa is alive, or anyone from his coaching tree runs that program. Not going to happen.

What he said.

Penn State wearing the Plain Whites, Basic Blues, Black Shoes. Just old school football.

SteelCityMan786
08-07-2007, 09:57 AM
I agree. I dont want some second tier team in the Big 10. If they expand I would like to see a good program with history. *Caugh* Pitt *Caugh*. But I know it was wont happen. Pitt isnt the sexy pick right now. Rutgers is. And to be honest with you. I dont know if I want to see another mid-west school come on board. Louisville ehh. Iowa State ehh. Mizzou, Nebraska not gonna happen. Def. now an SEC team. The only logical answers are going to be Pitt, WVU, Rutgers or...heres an idea...Maryland. They are in the ACC now and a decent team. They will bring in the TV ratings from the DC/Baltimore area and Maryland / Northern Va is becoming a nice place to recroute (spelling?). But ultimately I think we all agree...WE WANT PITT

I never gave the up to Iowa State, Mizzou, or Nebraska. Iowa State and Mizzou have better Chances the Nebraska because of expansion rules.

I would rather have WVU, Pitt, or Maryland. This will give me a chance to travel on the road to see a game and hang in the visitors sections while I give hell to the home team. lol.

BettisFan
08-07-2007, 11:29 AM
lol yea i dont know really anything about it, i was just playing

BettisFan
08-07-2007, 12:49 PM
sorry i am a pitt fan

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2007, 12:13 AM
Paterno: Big Ten should give players a break

Tuesday, August 07, 2007
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

One year after the Big Ten Conference waved goodbye to its bye week with the addition of a 12th game, Penn State coach Joe Paterno said he would welcome it back.

He's not the only one.

Commissioner Jim Delany said the league's 11 coaches are unanimously in favor of having an open date in their regular-season schedules.

But Delany said the coaches are split on whether the open week carries enough credence to extend the season past Thanksgiving.

The latter list doesn't include Paterno, who complained two years ago when the NCAA board of directors, consisting of a panel of 11 Division I-A presidents, voted 8-2 with one abstention to add a 12th game.

That decision essentially wiped out a midseason break that Paterno and his players had for many years.

"I think asking kids to play 12 straight games is wrong," he said. "You look at us, we're in the middle of summer school. Some schools don't have it -- they have all their preseason practices before school starts. We start school the Monday before we play our first football game.

"We played 11 [regular-season] games [in 2005] with an open date, and now we're playing 12 games without an open date. I think it's tough. I know a lot of people, including the president [Myles Brand] of the NCAA, will say, 'What are you going to do?'

"Well, there's a lot of things you can do in that open week. Give the [kids] a couple of days off ... do a lot of different things. Just give them a chance to get away from football."

Teams in other power conferences -- the SEC, ACC, Big East, Big 12 and Pac-10 -- have open weeks built into their schedules.

The Big Ten traditionally ends its regular season the weekend before Thanksgiving. Penn State ends this season on Nov. 17 at Michigan State.

For Big Ten teams to begin practicing a week earlier at the start of the season -- and incorporate an off week -- it would require a rule change by Brand and the NCAA.

"Myles Brand made the statement, which was ridiculous, that the only reason we wanted the week off is so we could have another week of practice," Paterno said. "That really irritated me because I think the kids need the time to get caught up with their studies and everything else."

Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli believes an open week would be beneficial this season.

The Nittany Lions play one of their toughest home schedules ever, with five bowl teams from 2006 -- Notre Dame, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Purdue.

And they have another key early season September showdown with a sixth bowl participant, tackling Michigan on the road.

"It was tough not having the week off in the schedule last year," Morelli said. "We had to get used to it pretty fast. It took awhile. It wasn't easy."

Michigan coach Lloyd Carr offered his support for an open week, which could extend the Big Ten's regular season into early December.

However, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said their teams prefer to wrap up the schedules before Thanksgiving so they can spend the holiday with their families.

Paterno hopes the open week eventually returns to each Big Ten team's schedule.

"That's the only thing I feel strongly about," he said. "Whether we have a playoff, or what, that's up to some other people. Whatever they do, they'll do. But we can't have a lot of people that don't understand how much pressure is on football players during the season."

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2007, 12:14 AM
sorry i am a pitt fan

Even Penn State fans invade Pitt Threads here.

Buzz05
08-08-2007, 08:31 AM
Paterno: Big Ten should give players a break

Tuesday, August 07, 2007
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

One year after the Big Ten Conference waved goodbye to its bye week with the addition of a 12th game, Penn State coach Joe Paterno said he would welcome it back.

He's not the only one.

Commissioner Jim Delany said the league's 11 coaches are unanimously in favor of having an open date in their regular-season schedules.

But Delany said the coaches are split on whether the open week carries enough credence to extend the season past Thanksgiving.

The latter list doesn't include Paterno, who complained two years ago when the NCAA board of directors, consisting of a panel of 11 Division I-A presidents, voted 8-2 with one abstention to add a 12th game.

That decision essentially wiped out a midseason break that Paterno and his players had for many years.

"I think asking kids to play 12 straight games is wrong," he said. "You look at us, we're in the middle of summer school. Some schools don't have it -- they have all their preseason practices before school starts. We start school the Monday before we play our first football game.

"We played 11 [regular-season] games [in 2005] with an open date, and now we're playing 12 games without an open date. I think it's tough. I know a lot of people, including the president [Myles Brand] of the NCAA, will say, 'What are you going to do?'

"Well, there's a lot of things you can do in that open week. Give the [kids] a couple of days off ... do a lot of different things. Just give them a chance to get away from football."

Teams in other power conferences -- the SEC, ACC, Big East, Big 12 and Pac-10 -- have open weeks built into their schedules.

The Big Ten traditionally ends its regular season the weekend before Thanksgiving. Penn State ends this season on Nov. 17 at Michigan State.

For Big Ten teams to begin practicing a week earlier at the start of the season -- and incorporate an off week -- it would require a rule change by Brand and the NCAA.

"Myles Brand made the statement, which was ridiculous, that the only reason we wanted the week off is so we could have another week of practice," Paterno said. "That really irritated me because I think the kids need the time to get caught up with their studies and everything else."

Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli believes an open week would be beneficial this season.

The Nittany Lions play one of their toughest home schedules ever, with five bowl teams from 2006 -- Notre Dame, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Purdue.

And they have another key early season September showdown with a sixth bowl participant, tackling Michigan on the road.

"It was tough not having the week off in the schedule last year," Morelli said. "We had to get used to it pretty fast. It took awhile. It wasn't easy."

Michigan coach Lloyd Carr offered his support for an open week, which could extend the Big Ten's regular season into early December.

However, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said their teams prefer to wrap up the schedules before Thanksgiving so they can spend the holiday with their families.

Paterno hopes the open week eventually returns to each Big Ten team's schedule.

"That's the only thing I feel strongly about," he said. "Whether we have a playoff, or what, that's up to some other people. Whatever they do, they'll do. But we can't have a lot of people that don't understand how much pressure is on football players during the season."



I think they should have a week off. Every player gets bumps, bruses and so forth and need a week to recoup. Also ask any college athlete..they fall behind in their studies atleast once when they are always on the road. Its hard. They need a week off to get caught up. Its the least Brand can do.

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2007, 08:42 AM
I think they should have a week off. Every player gets bumps, bruses and so forth and need a week to recoup. Also ask any college athlete..they fall behind in their studies atleast once when they are always on the road. Its hard. They need a week off to get caught up. Its the least Brand can do.

Amen to that. If they can allow the Big Ten to move a week of games back, that would help. We're the only league without a bye week.

Also, that would be the same for a High School Athlete. I know it because I have gotten behind, but got caught without the bye. Sometimes we need weeks off. (even though I get it in our JV Schedule)

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2007, 02:24 PM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/college/s_520905.html

PSU linebacker Lee vows to eliminate mistakes
By Sam Ross Jr.
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, August 7, 2007

It speaks volumes about Sean Lee that when he reflects on Penn State's Outback Bowl win over Tennessee, his thoughts go not to a fumble he helped force in the fourth quarter, one that was returned 88 yards by Tony Davis for a go-ahead touchdown.

Instead, Lee thinks of the tackle he missed in the first half, a whiff that helped turn an apparent loss for LaMarcus Coker into a 42-yard run for the tying touchdown.

Lee has seen it repeatedly in the tape he studies. He seeks it out. Those close to him bring it up periodically, which he welcomes.

"I love hearing about that because that's something that fuels me," Lee said. "I'm never going to let that happen again."

The fact that Penn State won, 20-10, does not take the edge off Lee's anger, which doesn't surprise fellow Lions linebacker Dan Connor.

"He's quick-tempered; just a wild man as soon as he gets the pads on," Connor said of Lee. "Off the field, he's a soft-spoken guy -- pretty quiet. But he's one of the most competitive guys I've ever met.

"If you're a lineman trying to block him and do your job, you're offending him and ticking him off and he's going to do whatever he can to try to put you back."

The competitiveness ranges beyond games and practices.

"His mentality is to be the best at every single thing he does, and that literally is every single thing he does in his life," Connor said.

Lee, a product of Jim Render's Upper St. Clair program, credits his former high school coach in part for his tenacity. But the overriding influence has been Sean's father, Craig, a Pittsburgh attorney.

"My dad used to sit at basketball games screaming at me and the best part about going to high school was I couldn't hear him," Sean said with a laugh. "My dad's always pushed me and my mom has always been like 'You've got to play this certain way.' So I've always been like that. I've always been very competitive. I finally stopped crying after losses in seventh grade."

There were times that Sean chafed at his father's motivational tactics.

"We'd fight. I'd be flipping out, yelling at him from the court while I'm dribbling the ball down," Sean said. "But it was good for me because he expected a certain way I ought to play, and that's how I've been brought up and that's how I work now."

It is this combination of ability and tenacity that allowed the 6-foot-2, 232-pound Lee to play as a freshman at Penn State, most notably 49 snaps in the Orange Bowl, subbing for the injured Paul Posluszny.

Lee started all 13 games last season at outside linebacker, totaling 90 tackles (third on the team). Against Wisconsin, he had 13 tackles, two sacks, recovered two fumbles and forced one.

Lee's stellar play took a back seat to the exploits last season of Posluszny and Connor. Connor is back for his senior season, with Lee, a junior, still in the relative shadows as far as the general public. Not so with coach Joe Paterno.

When someone asked Paterno about the burden Connor will face without Posluszny, the coach interjected, "Sean Lee's a good linebacker."

SteelCityMan786
08-09-2007, 09:02 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/080907aaa.html

Quarterback Club Membership Hits Capacity; Weekly Luncheons Set For August 29 Debut

Nittany Lion Football Supporters To Meet Weekly in Beaver Stadium

Aug. 9, 2007

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., - State College Quarterback Club President Larry Walker has announced that the Quarterback Club will not be able to accommodate any additional members for the 2007 season.

"In the past some members have been able join at the first or second luncheon," Walker said, "but unfortunately this year due to space limitations, parking and demand we will not be able to accept any additional memberships. There is a great deal of enthusiasm for the upcoming season." The Quarterback Club will begin its weekly luncheons on Wednesday, August 29, at The Mount Nittany Club in Beaver Stadium. The luncheons, held during the football season, feature Penn State coach Joe Paterno and members of the squad each week. There will be 12 luncheons through November 14.

All Quarterback Club members receive a parking pass, which is valid for the Upper portion of Lot 44, just across the street and south of the stadium. In addition, handicapped spaces will be available in the Bryce Jordan Center ADA Lot and Stadium West. Spaces will be reserved for the Club luncheons on a first-come, first-served basis. The luncheons will feature a different buffet each week, with a selection of sandwiches, salads, soup, dessert and beverages at all luncheons.

The lunch and program are $14 per person for members and $20 per person for a guest who may attend only one time per year. The doors to the Mount Nittany Club will open at 11:00 a.m. Registration will take place in the Mount Nittany Club and the main entrance for club members will be through Gate B on the west side of the stadium. The entrance to the Penn State All-Sports Museum is available as an ADA entrance or in case of inclimate weather.

The State College Quarterback Club supports the Penn State football program and is open to all fans of the Nittany Lions. The Club annually sponsors the Penn State Football Banquet, which salutes the Nittany Lion seniors, following the season.

Larry Walker is the president of the Quarterback Club for 2007-08. Carla Jeremias is first vice president, Dave Richards is second vice president, Bob Levy serves as treasurer and Jodi Green as secretary.

For additional information on the club and its activities, interested parties can call Bob Levy at (814) 238-8474.

SteelCityMan786
08-09-2007, 09:03 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/080907aac.html

Penn State President Talks About the Many Benefits of the Big Ten Network

National Network To Air At Least 600 Hours of Penn State Programming in 2007-08

Aug. 9, 2007

Recently representatives from Penn State, the Big Ten Conference and the Big Ten Network came together at events around the state to talk about our new partnership. Launching on Aug. 30, the Big Ten Network is the nation's only major college sports network dedicated to showcasing athletics and academics. The Network represents a unique opportunity for these highly respected academic institutions to showcase our best to everyone throughout the state of Pennsylvania, the Midwest and the country.

The Big Ten Network will not only feature football and basketball games from universities with some of the nation's greatest sports traditions, but it also will air more women's sports than ever seen before. In addition, it will show more than 60 other Penn State-specific sporting events, a nightly studio show, weekly coaches' shows and behind-the-scenes profiles of athletes, faculty and alumni.

But the value of the Big Ten network resonates beyond the athletic fields.

The Big Ten Network will represent the values of Penn State and the other 10 universities which comprise the Big Ten. For example, the Network will not accept any alcohol or gambling advertising, will provide student internships at each school whereby students will earn school credit for working on Big Ten Network productions, and will serve as the only venue offering significant additional exposure for women's sports.

Furthermore, the Big Ten Network will air 60 hours of non-sports programming annually from each school. The Big Ten Network is going to feature shows produced by Penn State and other Big Ten Universities which will focus on academic breakthroughs, honored alumni and current students, renowned faculty, academic accomplishments and challenges.

The overwhelming integration of Big Ten universities, their teams and their communities into the fabric of their states warrants widespread distribution of the network. There are 4 million Big Ten alumni and additional millions of fans who passionately follow their sports teams and schools.

Consumers typically receive 60-70 channels in their expanded basic level of service that are not selected by them, but by their cable operator. If consumers could choose the networks they prefer, we believe many Pennsylvania viewers would select the Big Ten Network over a dozen or more other networks their cable operator has selected for them already. Since the cable industry insists on bundling a large number of channels together and charging one fee for them, networks with a heightened degree of local relevance such as the Big Ten Network rightfully should be included in that group.

Throughout Pennsylvania you can't get much more relevant than Penn State. Penn State has a campus or office in each of the state's 67 counties. Penn State enrolls more than 83,000 students at 24 campuses. Penn State, with almost 39,000 employees, is one of the largest employers in the state. And Penn State has more than a quarter of a million alums living in Pennsylvania, almost a half million across the United States, and hundreds of thousands of parents, other relatives and friends of students. The viewership numbers generated by some of the other narrow focus networks found on most expanded basic cable services pales in comparison to the potential of the Big Ten Network.

Additionally, let's be honest about the cost issue. The Big Ten Network rate in the Midwest is two-thirds less than what the market has determined is appropriate for cable operators to charge in their own regional sports networks. The cost to operators everywhere else is less than at least 65 other national networks. In addition, cable operators own many sports networks, all of which are carried on expanded basic on their own systems. And the cost to the cable company is not the cost to the viewer. The Big Ten Network is offering cable companies hundreds of 30-second commercial slots every week to sell on their own and then keep the income.

The Big Ten Network currently has national agreements with DirectTV and AT&T as well as regional agreements and commitments from more than 75 other cable operators. Unfortunately, the state's largest operator, Comcast, is not among them. They are insisting in public statements that the Big Ten Network be placed on an expensive sports tier. We find this position illogical, given the fact that Penn State sports carry some of the highest ratings in Pennsylvania.

We would also like you to know that the Big Ten Network offers important financial benefits and job opportunities for the eight states in which the Big Ten schools are located. The revenue that will flow to the Conference from the Network will be divided equally among all Big Ten member institutions. Penn State remains one of a handful of universities that operates its entire intercollegiate athletics program without using state funds or tuition. That is accomplished, in part, through unique endeavors such as the new Big Ten Network. The Network will also likely have an economic impact on the community, with television exposure creating increased attendance at sporting events and additional crew traveling to produce events.

The Big Ten Network is an exciting and worthy endeavor that will broadly benefit the state of Pennsylvania. It creates an opportunity to highlight for the entire country all that is special about our states: the best in competitive collegiate sports, renowned institutions of higher learning and the unparalleled passion and support of our universities' award-winning sports and academic programs. It is a network for everyone who cares about our state and takes pride in the academic institutions that contribute to our communities and the quality of our lives.

The Big Ten Network will remind the country what is great about Pennsylvania. The Big Ten Network is honored to partner with Penn State and we hope you will support us in this endeavor.

Sincerely,

Graham Spanier, Jim Delany and Mark Silverman

SteelCityMan786
08-09-2007, 09:10 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/080907aag.html

Curley to Appear on Friday's Savran on Sportsbeat

Program Airs at 6:30 p.m.

Tim Curley poses with the Penn State Women's Soccer Team

Aug. 9, 2007

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State Director of Athletics Tim Curley will be a special guest on Friday's Savran on SportsBeat on FSN Pittsburgh.

Hosted by veteran sportscaster Stan Savran, the program airs at 6:30 p.m. SportsBeat is the longest running sports program in Pittsburgh television history. In his 32nd year as a sportscaster, Savran also hosts Savran-Late Night and FSN's biography series In My Own Words. He recently signed a new contract with FSN.

FSN Pittsburgh is located on Ch. 34 on Comcast cable in the Centre Region.

In his 14th year as Director of Athletics, Curley's dynamic and passionate leadership has been the driving force behind the Nittany Lions' tremendous level of athletic and academic achievement.

In 2006, Curley celebrated 30 years as a member of the Nittany Lions' athletics staff last year. A 1976 Penn State graduate, he has seen Nittany Lion squads capture 13 NCAA Championships, 46 Big Ten titles and numerous individual national and conference crowns while directing Penn State's comprehensive and nationally-respected athletic program.

The 2006-07 sports year included three Big Ten titles - in women's soccer and women's volleyball - as well as NCAA Championships by the fencing and men's gymnastics teams. The fencers won their nation's best 10th national title. The gymnasts captured their record-setting 12th national championship, and third in the past eight seasons, in front of the home fans in Rec Hall.

The men's volleyball team won the 2007 EIVA title, advancing to the NCAA semifinals for the 16th time in the last 17 years. Nineteen Penn State squads were represented in their respective NCAA Championships, with five teams finishing in the Top 10.

Include the 44 All-Americans and 31 first team All-Big Ten selections, a student-athlete Graduation Success Rate of 86 percent and eight Academic All-Americans and 2006-07 was as another tremendous year of Success With Honor for the Nittany Lions.

Curley's dedicated and enthusiastic leadership has helped Penn State capture nine Big Ten championships or tournament titles the past two years, the second-highest total in the conference.

In the initial 14 years of the NACDA Directors' Cup all-sports survey, Penn State has finished in the top 25 every year, earning seven top 10 finishes and four top five placings. The Nittany Lions were No. 5 in the 2007 winter rankings and finished No. 21.

FSN Pittsburgh reaches 2.3 million cables and satellite homes in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland. The regional sports network, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group, telecasts more than 2,000 hours of local programming each year, including The Penn State Football Story and The Penn State Basketball Story.

SteelCityMan786
08-10-2007, 12:04 PM
For those that didn't get tickets to any games this year!

http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/081007aab.html

Penn State and Ticketmaster Offer Benefit of Nittany Lion TicketExchange

Exclusive Service for Penn State Football and Basketball Season Ticket Holders

Aug. 10, 2007

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Spurred by recent changes to Pennsylvania state law, Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics and Ticketmaster have bolstered the services offered to current season ticket holders via Nittany Lion TicketExchange.

Nittany Lion TicketExchange, the athletic department's official and authorized ticket resale service initiated last season, will continue this year for the exclusive use of Nittany Lion Club members and Penn State ticket holders, providing them with a protected, trusted environment to resell their football and basketball game tickets.

"For years, Penn State has witnessed other companies profiting significantly from Nittany Lion tickets via the secondary ticket market," explained Associate Athletic Director Greg Myford. "With recent state legislation changes, we decided now more than ever that it's time to step up and make sure that we are protecting our interests and providing our most valued supporters a familiar, trusted means of reselling their tickets. With Ticketmaster and the TicketExchange service, we can deliver that."

The primary difference between 2007 and 2006 comes as a result of recent changes to Pennsylvania law, which now makes the resale of sports and entertainment tickets via the internet legal with no ceiling placed on the maximum price of tickets for events that take place within the state. As a result, Penn State season ticket holders can now legally resell their tickets at substantially higher prices than previous law allowed.

Another significant difference between Nittany Lion TicketExchange and other secondary online resale providers is that the service is available only to those who have an active ticket account with Penn State Athletics. The general public can not utilize the service to post tickets for sale, but can come to the service to purchase the seats. Myford says that this will result in a more "protected" environment because "we know that the people selling the tickets are entitled to have them in the first place."

Another major benefit is that there will be no charge to Penn State ticket holders to sell their tickets via the service. Other services typically provide a charge to both the buyer and the seller. Furthermore, ticket sellers will have the opportunity to apply the proceeds of the sale of their tickets directly from their TicketExchange account toward the purchase of future tickets.

Nittany Lion Club members and Penn State ticket holders can access the Nittany Lion TicketExchange at: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/home.htmI?team=pennstate&l=EN&STAGE=1.

Nittany Lion TicketExchange will provide fans that were unable to buy Penn State tickets with an opportunity to pursue seats for this year's blockbuster home schedule. The Nittany Lion Club has grown by 20 percent over the past two years to a record high of nearly 23,000 members. Season ticket requests for new NLC members, and additional seats requested by 2006-07 members, exceeded tickets available by approximately 6,000 for the 2007 football season.

A record total of more than 93,500 season tickets have been sold for the upcoming season, including 21,000-plus student season tickets, with the home schedule on the brink of a complete sellout. Only single ticket locations remain for select games.

Fewer than 100 club seats remain for the 2007 season, with more than 100 having been sold during the past two months. For information on club seats, interested fans can call Bob White at 1-800-NITTANY (1-800-648-8269).

Joe Paterno's 42nd Penn State team returns 32 letter winners and 15 starters for this season. The Nittany Lions began practice Monday in anticipation of the Sept 1 opener with Florida International in Beaver Stadium. The contest will kick at 12:00 p.m. and be televised by the Big Ten Network, which debuts August 30. "Penn State Football Eve, presented by Sheetz" will launch the season on Friday, August 31. Beaver Stadium gates will open at 6:00 p.m. for the free event. Paterno and the squad will participate in the highly-anticipated kick off to the season.

SteelCityMan786
08-10-2007, 07:05 PM
http://centredaily.com/sports/colleges/penn_state/story/175448.html

ND-PSU tops chart as most costly college ticket

What's the most expensive ticket in college football this year?

Funny you should ask.

If you're thinking Notre Dame-Penn State at Beaver Stadium you're right, according to news release from ticket broker agency TicketCity.com.

The average ticket price for the Sept. 8 game at the agency's brokerage sites is $1,100.

That's the top average price of the top 50 college games this year, according to the agency.

Next in the top 5, according to the agency:

Michigan-Ohio State, Nov. 17, Ann Arbor, $1,000; Notre Dame-USC, Oct. 20, South Bend, $950; Michigan - Notre Dame, Sept. 15, Ann Arbor, $696; Notre Dame-Boston College, Oct. 13, South Bend, $661.

Penn State next makes the list at No. 11, with the Ohio State game Oct. 27 at Beaver Stadium getting an average of $504.

Look to Sunday's Centre Daily Times and here online for a Notre Dame weekend preview, including ticket and hotel prices and security concerns, and watch for the return of our Penn State-Notre Dame series history Web page.

SteelCityMan786
08-10-2007, 09:33 PM
Expectations rise for Nittany Lions' Morelli

http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=251742

SteelCityMan786
08-10-2007, 09:38 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07221/808115-143.stm

LB Connor assumes Posluszny's role

Thursday, August 09, 2007
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Preseason practice is less than a week old and Penn State linebacker Dan Connor already misses his longtime sidekick, Paul Posluszny.

"Paul and I were great friends," Connor said. "When we were teammates, we were like brothers. The big difference now is that he has a lot more money.

"He's got a couple of million in his bank account, and I've got about 50 cents."

Posluszny, a two-time All-American from Aliquippa, was a second-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in April's NFL draft. His four-year deal included $2.55 million in guaranteed money and could be worth more than $5 million overall.

Posluszny moved from outside to inside linebacker before his senior season with the Nittany Lions in 2006.

Connor made the same move this spring. The preseason All-American candidate from Wallingford, Pa., is hoping to duplicate Posluszny's spectacular senior season.

"He just has to play like Dan Connor and not anybody else," coach Joe Paterno said.

Connor was a finalist for the Bednarik Award last year, which Posluszny won for the second year in a row as the nation's top defensive player.

Connor briefly considered foregoing his final year to enter the NFL draft after earning first-team All-America honors from The Sporting News and a second-team berth on The Associated Press team.

His 113 tackles ranked second on the team, topped only by Posluszny's 116. Connor has 274 career tackles, 98 shy of Posluszny's school record.

"You can't really compare me with Paul," Connor said. "Our styles of play are a little different and our attitudes are different. Paul's a great guy, a straight shooter. He's honest, straight-edged. I'm a little more laid back."

Even so, Connor and Posluszny will be forever linked.

The two star linebackers squared off against each other in the 2002 PIAA Class AAA championship game. Posluszny, then a senior, led Hopewell High School to a 21-10 victory against Connor's Strath Haven team.

Posluszny later served as Connor's host for his official visit to Penn State.

Both broke into the starting lineup as freshmen at Penn State, albeit a year apart.

"If you ask me, I'd say Paul's better," Connor said. "If you ask him, he'd probably say the opposite."

Connor was suspended for the first three games of the 2005 season after participating in a series of prank phone calls to former Penn State assistant Joe Sarra.

But Connor has managed to stay out of Paterno's doghouse since that incident. Now Paterno is counting on Connor for his leadership.

The Nittany Lions return 15 starters, including six on defense.

Connor, however, is the lone senior on a unit that should rank among the elite in the Big Ten.

"He's going to have to be a leader," Paterno said. "I was just telling some people that Dan's the only real senior that's going to be a big player. And we've talked about, 'You've got to be a leader, and you're a guy that's been around the block, been in some trouble yourself, know how you got in it, and maybe haven't been that serious. You've got to step in there once in a while.'

"But on the other hand, I don't want him to think he's got to carry the football team. Then he starts to do things that are not Dan Connor. Some of the other guys have to step up to the plate."

Connor, who is 6 feet 3, played at 225 pounds last season. He has bulked up to 239.

He believes he can put up bigger numbers now that he is the man in the middle at the school that has re-established itself as "Linebacker U."

"I feel good running and moving around," Connor said. "Hopefully, it'll give me some extra pop on my hits this season."

SteelCityMan786
08-10-2007, 09:45 PM
Good Luck Finding tickets, because they're SOLD OUT.

http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/081007aae.html

Nittany Lions' Home Football Schedule Sold Out; Limited Tickets Remain for Some Away Games

Record 93,000-Plus Season Tickets Sold and 99 Percent Renewal Rate

Nittany Lions' Home Football Schedule Sold Out

Aug. 10, 2007

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., August 10, 2007 - Unprecedented demand for Penn State season tickets has resulted in a complete sellout for the 2007 Nittany Lion football campaign.

With a record total of more than 93,500 season tickets accounted for and student and Nittany Lion Club ticket sales hitting record high numbers in record times, Penn State fans have assured that Beaver Stadium will again host some of the largest football crowds in the nation this fall.

The excitement for the 2007 football season pushed Penn State season tickets beyond 90,000 for the second consecutive year in Beaver Stadium, which has a capacity of 107,282, second-largest in the nation. Penn State students sold out their 21,000-plus season tickets in a record 59 minutes in June.

Bud Meredith, Director of Ticket Operations, reported earlier this summer that an all-time high of 99 percent of last year's season ticket holders renewed their seats for the 2007 season.

Fewer than 100 club seats remain for the 2007 season, with more than 100 having been sold during the past two months. For information on club seats, interested fans can call Bob White at 1-800-NITTANY (1-800-648-8269).

The anticipation of the upcoming season has also resulted in a strong demand for tickets to the Nittany Lions' five away games. Penn State's allotment for the Sept. 22 clash at Michigan is sold out. A limited number of tickets remain for three of Penn State's Big Ten away games -- Illinois (Sept. 29), Indiana (Oct. 20) and Michigan State (Nov. 17) - as well as the Nov. 10 contest against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field.

Tickets for the four available away games are on sale at: www.GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics. Orders also can be placed by calling 814-865-5555 or 800-863-3336 weekdays from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Last month, Joe Battista, Executive Director of the Nittany Lion Club, reported that the NLC added more than 2,200 new members during the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2007. The Nittany Lion Club had a record high of 22, 818 members at the end of fiscal 2007. There were 18,373 NLC members at the end of fiscal 2005, an increase of 20 percent over the last two years.

Season ticket requests for new members, and additional seats requested by 2006-07 members, exceeded tickets available by approximately 6,000 for the 2007 football season.

Joe Paterno's 42nd Penn State team returns 32 letterwinners and 15 starters for this season. The Nittany Lions began practice Monday in anticipation of the Sept 1 opener with Florida International in Beaver Stadium. The contest will kick at 12:00 p.m. and be televised by the Big Ten Network, which debuts August 30.

"Penn State Football Eve, presented by Sheetz" will launch the season on Friday, August 31. Beaver Stadium gates will open at 6:00 p.m. for the free event. Paterno and the squad will participate in the highly-anticipated kick off to the season.

SteelCityMan786
08-11-2007, 11:49 PM
From CG's Blog

http://www.altoonamirror.com/Blog/Blog.asp?uID=11

Some early predictions for this season

8/7/2007


The Nittany Lions held their first practice Monday, and the season is less than four weeks away. Expectations are high for PSU this season, but are they realistic? Will this team really be good enough to contend for a Big Ten title?

Sure, the Lions will contend. They just won't win it.

Here's an early breakdown of what fans can expect this season:

Record: 10-3, with losses at Michigan, at home to Wisconsin and in the bowl game. That means home wins over Notre Dame and Ohio State, but it also means third place in the Big Ten, behind both the Wolverines and Badgers.

Why won't the Lions beat Michigan?: Three reasons:

1. The Wolverines own PSU, winning the last eight meetings.

2. This year's game is on the road.

3. Michigan is, plain and simply, the better team.

Danger, danger: Following the trip to Michigan comes a dangerous game at Illinois. A loss there could spoil the season for PSU, but don't expect it to happen. Lions win a close one.

Wisconsin will beat PSU because of: Running back P.J. Hill. Talk about a powerful workhorse. Oh, and the Badgers, my pick to win the Big Ten, should be very good on both sides of the ball.

Penn State's best player will be: LB Dan Connor

The second-best player will be: CB Justin King, who could bolt for the NFL after his junior year.

What kind of season will Anthony Morelli have?: Let's go with 2,780 yards, 16 TDs, 9 interceptions and a 58 percent completion mark. That would be an outstanding year.

But what about the offensive line?: It will give Morelli enough time to stand in the pocket and look downfield. At least, it had better, or this season could fall apart.

How about Austin Scott?: Two possibilities:

1. If he stays healthy, look for 945 yards rushing.

2. More likely, though, he gets banged up and can't carry it 20 times a game, putting him around 730 yards.

Who will take the biggest step forward?: WR Chris Bell

Who could take a big step backward?: WR Jordan Norwood, whose production may drop off because some of the balls thrown his way the past two years will go to Bell, Terrell Golden and TE Andrew Quarless.

One major concern that's going largely unnoticed: Punting. Jeremy Boone has big shoes to fill replacing Jeremy Kapinos.

What unit will be PSU's best?: The linebackers, but just barely ahead of the secondary (with the latter assuming Anthony Scirrotto doesn't miss any key games).

What bowl game will Penn State go to?: The Capital One Bowl in Orlando or the Outback Bowl in Tampa on Jan. 1 against an SEC opponent (maybe Georgia, LSU or Auburn???).

SteelCityMan786
08-11-2007, 11:55 PM
(Continued)

Analyzing the Big Ten

8/8/2007


A lot of people are going with Michigan, but I like Wisconsin to win the league.

Offensive MVP: Wisconsin RB P.J. Hill. The powerful runner bulldozed his way to 1,569 yards last season and should top that this year, edging Michigan's Mike Hart for the honor.

Defensive MVP: Ohio State LB James Laurinaitis. He'll be on the field more because the Buckeyes' offense may struggle, giving him better statistics that will help him barely edge Penn State LB Dan Connor.

Newcomer Who Will Have the Most Impact: Michigan CB Donovan Warren. The top recruit in the Big Ten's best freshman class, Warren has 4.4 speed and a reputation for being outstanding in coverage.

Biggest Shoes to Fill: Ohio State QB Todd Boeckman. All he has to do is replace Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, who was 25-3 as a starter. Yeah, good luck with that.

Most Overrated Player: Penn State WR Derrick Williams. He has big-play capability, but he looked surprisingly slow trying to elude tacklers and dropped too many passes last season.

Most Underrated Player: Illinois QB Juice Williams. He had a rough first season, completing only 39.5 percent of his passes for the 2-10 Illini, but look for the talented playmaker to make big strides this year.

Coach of the Year: Wisconsin's Bret Bielema. He enjoyed a dream season for a rookie coach, going 12-1 last year, and the Badgers will be outstanding once again behind running back P.J. Hill.

Coach on the Hot Seat: Iowa's Kirk Ferentz. Why do so many Penn State fans want this guy to be the Lions' next coach? Sure, he had a nice three-year run from 2002-04, going 31-7, but the rest of his career record is lousy (36-57), and the Hawkeyes have gone just 13-12 over the past two years.

Team on the Rise: Illinois. The Illini were as tough as a 2-10 team can be last season. If receivers start hanging on to Juice Williams' passes, Illinois could be dangerous to a lot of teams, including visiting Penn State in week five.

Team on the Decline: Ohio State. The Buckeyes probably won't fall apart, but they should slip back in the pack in the Big Ten after losing a ton of talent (QB Troy Smith, WRs Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez, RB Antonio Pittman and DT Quinn Pit****).

What to Most Look Forward to in the Big Ten: Wisconsin may be the best team, and to prove it, the Badgers will have to survive a tough two-game stretch in weeks 10 and 11. They travel to Ohio State, and if they can beat the Buckeyes, Michigan's visit to Madison the following week could be for the conference championship.

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. Wisconsin
2. Michigan
3. Penn State
4. Ohio State
5. Purdue
6. Iowa
7. Illinois
8. Michigan State
9. Minnesota
10. Indiana
11. Northwestern

SteelCityMan786
08-11-2007, 11:59 PM
(Continued)

My PSU over/under game

8/10/2007


I'll be hosting Front & Center on ESPN Radio 1430 today (Friday), and a large portion of the show will be PSU over/under predictions. I'll throw out some goal statistics for various players and the team and see if Lion reporters and fans think the final tally will be over or under the goal.

Here are the categories:

Wins: Over/under 10

My pick: I'm picking 10 wins total, but if I have to go over or under, I'd say 9 is more likely than 11

Anthony Morelli passing yards: Over/under 2,679 (Kerry Collins' school record)

My pick: Over

Anthony Morelli touchdowns: Over/under 15

My pick: Over

Anthony Morelli interceptions: Over/under 8

My pick: Over

Austin Scott rushing yards: Over/under 925 (1,000 is the usual barometer, but to me, 925 is enough for the team to excel)

My pick: Under. I think he'll get banged up too much to get there.

Derrick Williams touchdowns (all-purpose): Over/under 7

My pick: Under

Kevin Kelly field goal percentage: Over/under 70 percent (66.7 percent for his career)

My pick: Over

Number of games Anthony Scirrotto misses: Over/under 1

My pick: Under

How many more seasons will junior Justin King play for PSU before going to the NFL: 1

My pick: Not really an over/under since he'll play at least one. But I say over. He comes back next year.

Number of catches for Andrew Quarless: Over/under 35

My pick: Under, but just barely, like 34

Number of tackles for Dan Connor: Over/under 99 (the number needed to break Paul Posluszny's school career record)

My pick: Over

Number of games Joe Paterno watches from the press box instead of the sideline: Over/under 1 (the coach has said he likes that vantage point and may return)

My pick: Under

Number of players from this team, other than true freshmen, who will play in the NFL: Over/under 11

My pick: Over (Morelli, Shipley, Quarless, Williams, Bell, Connor, King, Scirrotto, Wallace, Lee, Odrick, Taylor)

FastWillieParker39
08-12-2007, 12:49 AM
Why in the hell would he pick PSU to lose there bowl game when he doesn't even know who it is???

Not only that but PSU is one of the best bowl preparation teams in the country so if they lose there bowl game, I would be shocked.

Jeremy
08-12-2007, 01:55 AM
Penn State will be no better than 8-4. You can take that to the bank.

FastWillieParker39
08-12-2007, 02:44 AM
Penn State will be no better than 8-4. You can take that to the bank.

uh huh. PSU has only lost ONE game the past two years at home. PSU plays ND, Iowa, Wisky and OSU all at HOME. Add to the fact that when JoePa has a senior QB who returns all WR's(which he has now) , the record is 66-5. Yea i know, past QB's are irrelevent, but when you have the same coach with the same phliosphy, it is relevant.

At the end of the season I'll bring that back up that you said that.

Jeremy
08-12-2007, 02:56 AM
uh huh. PSU has only lost ONE game the past two years at home. PSU plays ND, Iowa, Wisky and OSU all at HOME. Add to the fact that when JoePa has a senior QB who returns all WR's(which he has now) , the record is 66-5. Yea i know, past QB's are irrelevent, but when you have the same coach with the same phliosphy, it is relevant.

At the end of the season I'll bring that back up that you said that.

I think you might want to look at Penn State's record against Top 10 teams in the last 5 years. Penn State's only big win in the last 5 or so years was their upset over Ohio State at home two years ago. As a matter of fact, their record against ranked teams period is pretty sour.

You can go ahead and bring it up at the end of the season, no skin off my nose.

SteelCityMan786
08-12-2007, 10:26 AM
Penn State will be no better than 8-4. You can take that to the bank.

I say 11-1 or even 12-0 for regular season. with a national championship.

SteelCityMan786
08-12-2007, 10:27 AM
Why in the hell would he pick PSU to lose there bowl game when he doesn't even know who it is???

Not only that but PSU is one of the best bowl preparation teams in the country so if they lose there bowl game, I would be shocked.

Giger can write with his head up his butt sometimes.

Jeremy
08-12-2007, 11:12 AM
I say 11-1 or even 12-0 for regular season. with a national championship.

2 loses at a minimum.

SteelCityMan786
08-12-2007, 11:49 AM
2 loses at a minimum.

The only games I can see being losses are Michigan and maybe Wisky? But the Badgers come here and if Hill is shut down, so is Wisconsin.

Jeremy
08-12-2007, 11:52 AM
The only games I can see being losses are Michigan and maybe Wisky? But the Badgers come here and if Hill is shut down, so is Wisconsin.

Michigan is a loss as is Ohio State. Wisconsin is a push as is Iowa.

Penn State's offensive line isn't good enough to go undefeated against Big Ten defenses.

SteelCityMan786
08-12-2007, 12:13 PM
Michigan is a loss as is Ohio State. Wisconsin is a push as is Iowa.

Penn State's offensive line isn't good enough to go undefeated against Big Ten defenses.


One more reason we have camp.

Buzz05
08-13-2007, 08:06 AM
2 loses at a minimum.

As much as I drink the Penn State Kool Aid I tend to agree. We WILL beat Michigan however I can see us losing to Illinois. They should have won last year. And that loss will haunt them into the Michigan State Game. I can see it happening

Jeremy
08-13-2007, 08:17 AM
One more reason we have camp.

Camp doesn't magically infuse you with more talent.

Buzz05
08-13-2007, 09:02 AM
Camp doesn't magically infuse you with more talent.

They have the talent...its whether the O-Line can gel and give Morelli time in the pocket and whether the D-Line can step up. The secondary is awsome, the Linebackers are always tough, and the WR's are some of the best in the country. The Nits record will rely soley on the O-Line play. Holes for Scott and time for Morelli will equal a very very good season.

Jeremy
08-13-2007, 09:16 AM
They have the talent...its whether the O-Line can gel and give Morelli time in the pocket and whether the D-Line can step up. The secondary is awsome, the Linebackers are always tough, and the WR's are some of the best in the country. The Nits record will rely soley on the O-Line play. Holes for Scott and time for Morelli will equal a very very good season.

If they had the talent, why'd they bring in two JUCOs on the offensive line. Pretty damned funny that Joe had to come off of his soapbox for a few minutes to recruit some JUCO offensive lineman to make up for the fact that hos offensive coaches suck out loud.

Buzz05
08-13-2007, 09:54 AM
If they had the talent, why'd they bring in two JUCOs on the offensive line. Pretty damned funny that Joe had to come off of his soapbox for a few minutes to recruit some JUCO offensive lineman to make up for the fact that hos offensive coaches suck out loud.


Didnt I just say that it was on the O-Line and that the talent is with the WR's and the rest of the D...and whats so bad about bringing in 2 JUCO transfers. Last time I checked there have been some decent transfers come out of a JUCO school. And Im not disputing Jay Paterno sucks. But the talent is there. Just not on the O-Line....but I guess Im just repeating myself now.

Jeremy
08-13-2007, 10:55 AM
and whats so bad about bringing in 2 JUCO transfer.

Because for as long as I can remember, Joe Paterno has told the whole damn football world how you don't need to cut corners to put winning football teams on the field. He preached at the rest of us heathens about doing it the right way and he shoved his "Grand Experiment" down out throats. Now he has to dirty himself by bringing in a couple of JUCOs so he can make one last run at glory.

And no, I'm not a stinkin' Pitt fan.

Buzz05
08-13-2007, 11:16 AM
Because for as long as I can remember, Joe Paterno has told the whole damn football world how you don't need to cut corners to put winning football teams on the field. He preached at the rest of us heathens about doing it the right way and he shoved his "Grand Experiment" down out throats. Now he has to dirty himself by bringing in a couple of JUCOs so he can make one last run at glory.

And no, I'm not a stinkin' Pitt fan.

Did the word Pitt ever come up..no. And I dont remember him bashing JUCO players once....not once. And who cares. Yes he does preach about doing things the right way. And from what Ive seen his way is a pretty good way. 363 wins and 22 Bowl wins is a good indicating that his way works. How is bringing in 2 JUCO kids cutting corners? Everyone bashes the guy because 'he cant adapt' or 'he wont change his ways.' Well ya know what when he does he gets bashed changing his ways for 'one last run at glory.' If he was going to do that he would a retired after the Orange Bowl Victory in 2005.

Jeremy
08-13-2007, 11:22 AM
Did the word Pitt ever come up..no. And I dont remember him bashing JUCO players once....not once. And who cares. Yes he does preach about doing things the right way. And from what Ive seen his way is a pretty good way. 363 wins and 22 Bowl wins is a good indicating that his way works. How is bringing in 2 JUCO kids cutting corners? Everyone bashes the guy because 'he cant adapt' or 'he wont change his ways.' Well ya know what when he does he gets bashed changing his ways for 'one last run at glory.' If he was going to do that he would a retired after the Orange Bowl Victory in 2005.

Paterno and JUCOs (http://www.topix.net/content/kri/3363150900073966983130735579952203647399)

6 years ago a future first team All American wasn't good enough. But now he has to go with JUCOs because his hand own son wouldn't know talent if it landed on his face and started to wiggle. If Penn State boosters had any balls, they'd do exactly what Florida State's boosters did and have Jay Paterno fired and put old JoePa back in his place.

Buzz05
08-13-2007, 11:32 AM
'Sometimes, you're forced to change philosophy.

Exactly what I said...He changed...he got bashed. And Im not argueing the fact that Jay Patarno is a horrendous coach. Because he is. Everyone knows it. But the fact of the matter is, he has gotten some decent recruits over the past few years. Even though Tom Bradly is the main recruiter who brings in the big talent.

After all, the Lions are set at almost every other position (with the possible exception of tailback), and some instant help along the O-line might be all this team needs to make one last run at a Big Ten or national title before their 80-year-old coach calls it a day.

As I already pointed out....They have the talent in other areas...its the O-Line that is going to be the telling point.

Jeremy
08-13-2007, 11:37 AM
You know what, I might as well tell my story here.

When I was younger, I was the biggest Penn State fan you've ever seen. I was hooked big time man. I had hats, pennants, shirts, jerseys, etc. The whole 9 yards. I read books on Paterno and believed every word that came out of his mouth. I really believed that you could out together a team of 75 or so young men who were like me, but with football talent. Good kids who actually did their school work and didn't party every night. I had it bad man.

Then came the day when Joseph Vincent Paterno stabbed me in the heart. He went behind a microphone and defended a man accused of DUI. He excused the behavior. He didn't say no comment. He didn't say we'll have to wait until the facts come out. He defended Bryant Johnson. The next day I mailed two boxes to Holuba Hall with a note saying that I no longer believed that college football can be done the right way. Paterno proved to me that every man has a price.

Buzz05
08-13-2007, 11:46 AM
You know what, I might as well tell my story here.

When I was younger, I was the biggest Penn State fan you've ever seen. I was hooked big time man. I had hats, pennants, shirts, jerseys, etc. The whole 9 yards. I read books on Paterno and believed every word that came out of his mouth. I really believed that you could out together a team of 75 or so young men who were like me, but with football talent. Good kids who actually did their school work and didn't party every night. I had it bad man.

Then came the day when Joseph Vincent Paterno stabbed me in the heart. He went behind a microphone and defended a man accused of DUI. He excused the behavior. He didn't say no comment. He didn't say we'll have to wait until the facts come out. He defended Bryant Johnson. The next day I mailed two boxes to Holuba Hall with a note saying that I no longer believed that college football can be done the right way. Paterno proved to me that every man has a price.

So because Bryant Johnson got a second chance....you gave up on Penn State...Sorry but people screw up. I've screwed up. He has screwed up. Everyone one does. Maybe he deserved it. Maybe he didnt...but he got one. And thats all young people can hold on to. Is maybe getting a second chance. All You know is he got a DUI. For all you know there may be more to it. Im not saying there is...but for some reason Joe did kick some players off the team that year for getting in a fight at a frat. Hell I screwed up in college for drinking...I didnt get a DUI but still people game me second chances and even a third chance. Thats no reason to turn your back on someone just because they screwed up.

Jeremy
08-13-2007, 11:50 AM
So because Bryant Johnson got a second chance....you gave up on Penn State...Sorry but people screw up. I've screwed up. He has screwed up. Everyone one does. Maybe he deserved it. Maybe he didnt...but he got one. And thats all young people can hold on to. Is maybe getting a second chance. All You know is he got a DUI. For all you know there may be more to it. Im not saying there is...but for some reason Joe did kick some players off the team that year for getting in a fight at a frat. Hell I screwed up in college for drinking...I didnt get a DUI but still people game me second chances and even a third chance. Thats no reason to turn your back on someone just because they screwed up.

Have you had a family member killed by a drunk driver?

Look, you and I could go back and forth all day long about this thing. You probably think I'm a sorry excuse for a fan for giving up on Penn State after the Bryant Johnson DUI. I won't really argue with you on that one. One thing I will say is that some of my disspointment was my fault. I should have known that nobody was that pure. Nobody could really do it the right way without cutting some corners and bending some rules. Even so, it's a sad day when you lose the last pure thing in your world.

Hammer67
08-15-2007, 10:33 AM
They are jsut kids...kids make dumb mistakes. A DUI is bad and they should know better, but I don't hink anyone intentionally tried to kill anyone. I think to stop being a PSU fan over that is drastic but it is your right.

On another note:

Anyone know what happened in the Scirotto and Baker incident that got them in trouble a number of months ago? Anyone know the details of what happened and what it was about? I know Justin King was involved somehow as well.

SteelCityMan786
08-17-2007, 05:26 PM
Camp doesn't magically infuse you with more talent.

You can make the changes to improve in camp though.

SteelCityMan786
08-17-2007, 05:33 PM
They are jsut kids...kids make dumb mistakes. A DUI is bad and they should know better, but I don't hink anyone intentionally tried to kill anyone. I think to stop being a PSU fan over that is drastic but it is your right.

On another note:

Anyone know what happened in the Scirotto and Baker incident that got them in trouble a number of months ago? Anyone know the details of what happened and what it was about? I know Justin King was involved somehow as well.

According to what I have heard, Scirotto got into a fight on the streets with another PSU Student, called guys over invaded the apartment, and started crap. But I think that they'll be found not guilty. Not enough evidence to me if 4 of 6 players had charges dropped.

Scirotto and Baker are due I think in October for another trial day.

King had charges dropped.

SteelCityMan786
08-17-2007, 05:34 PM
http://centredaily.com/sports/colleges/penn_state/story/180984.html

Penn State football fans advised on road work
From CDT staff reports

Saying football games at Penn State are one of the biggest single-day generators of traffic in PennDOT District 2, the state Department of Transportation on Wednesday gave motorists information on construction they can expect to encounter traveling to the games.

District 2 encompasses Centre, Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin and Potter counties.

Through football season, motorists can expect:

u One lane of traffic in each direction through the seven-mile section of U.S. Route 22/322 known as the Lewistown Narrows in Mifflin and Juniata counties. On football weekends, no additional construction-related restrictions are permitted.

u One lane of traffic in each direction on U.S. Route 322 between state Route 550 and Skytop, related to the Interstate 99 project in Centre County.

There will be construction activity near the Bald Eagle interchange.

u Lane closures both eastbound and westbound along Interstate 80 between the Bellefonte exit and the Milesburg exit.

u Southbound travelers on U.S. Route 220 in Clinton County may encounter lane closures north of Lock Haven.

u Eastbound travelers on U.S. Route 22/522 in Mifflin County will find the Lewistown Bypass has been completed since last football season.

Information on Route 22/322 construction can be found at www.penndot2.com; updates on statewide construction activity are available at www.dot.state.pa.us; and updates on Route 220/I-99 from Bald Eagle to Skytop are available at http://i99.dickinfolink.com.

SteelCityMan786
08-17-2007, 05:37 PM
http://centredaily.com/sports/colleges/penn_state/story/182026.html

Core exercises help Kelly over back pains
By Gordon Brunskill - gbrunski@centredaily.com

Don't ever underestimate those core exercises -- even if you are a kicker.

Penn State kicker Kevin Kelly was having back trouble most of last season. It was limiting his follow-through on his kicks and giving him a lot of pain.

It turns out he had a stress reaction in his back, a step before a stress fracture, which was the result of a lot of weight training with his legs and a lot of kicking footballs.

The junior from Langhorne paid a visit to team trainer George Salvaterra, and he got Kelly to do a lot of exercises for his core -- working on the muscles in the back and abdomen.

It was such a simple solution.

"Once I got onto those core exercises," Kelly said, "it just gradually went away."

Despite, the pain, Kelly was getting the job done when called upon. He tied Matt Bahr's school record with 22 field goals last season, a total that also was third-best in the nation in Division I.

However, he only connected on 65 percent of his field goal tries.

"I think we've got to be more consistent with field goals," head coach Joe Paterno said. "Kevin's got to come to the front now and he's got to be a really big-league field goal kicker."

He was a perfect 30-for-30 in extra points and, inside 40 yards, he was 17-for-21 in 3-pointers.

Still, he has not been taking anything for granted this summer as the Nittany Lions prepare for the Sept. 1 season opener against Florida International.

"I still have to go out there and make field goals, I still have to go out there and compete," Kelly said. "I'm just trying to do the best I can."

Pushing Kelly are redshirt junior Joe Hughes and redshirt freshman Collin Wagner, a State College product.

"I'm going to continue working," Wagner said, "and if an opportunity comes up I'll try to make the most of it."

Another point of emphasis in special teams has been making everything fluid in the connection from the long-snapper to the holder. Early last season, Jason Ganter had some troubles in taking snaps from Jay Alford. By the third game, the combination was replaced by snapper Patrick Weber to Kevin Suhey, and after that only one kick inside the 40 was missed.

All but Alford are back, but the combination at this point, according to Kelly, appears to be Weber to redshirt sophomore punter Jeremy Boone.

"They've been doing great," Kelly said. "I feel just as comfortable as I ever was."

The special teams will have to make one major adjustment this season: Kickoffs have been moved from he 35 yard-line to the 30.

"Hang time's going to be more crucial," Wagner said. "If the ball's two or three yards deep, where they're usually downing it, if it's a line drive they'll be bringing it out. A nice, high kick to the 5 is probably just as good as a line drive a couple yards deep."

Touchbacks will definitely be harder to find and will be putting a lot more pressure on the kickers to place the ball in the right spot and for coverage teams to hold their lanes.

The change is likely a reason Paterno said his team has been practicing special teams more than in past summer workouts.

"If you don't have a guy that can get that ball and if you don't have some people that can get down there," Paterno said, "you're giving up an awful lot of field position really quick."

SteelCityMan786
08-17-2007, 05:38 PM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=14251

Offense knows it must open up

By Neil Rudel, nrudel@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK ? One of the great things about Penn State football is, justified or not, the Nittany Lions always hit fall camp dreaming big.

This year is no different.

?Everybody wants to prove we have a great team, and that we want to be contenders for the national championship,? junior receiver Derrick Williams said during Media Day festivities outside Holuba Hall Saturday. ?That should be everybody?s goal.?

For that to happen, the Nittany Lions must improve a sputtering offense for a team that, despite going 9-4, ranked ninth in the Big Ten last year and consistently turned touchdown drives into field-goal attempts.

Williams and fellow junior Deon Butler symbolized the Lions? struggles. Sensa-tional in 2005 when they combined for 13 touchdowns, they were limited to four last year ? and neither, incredibly, caught a single TD against Big Ten competition.

?I think we?ve fixed the things that needed to be fixed,? Butler said.

All eyes will be on quarterback Anthony Morelli, who struggled much of the season before ending with an exclamation point in an Outback Bowl victory over Tennessee.

?I expect Anthony to have a big year,? offensive coordinator Galen Hall said. ?If he does, we?ll be all right, and hopefully, we can become the kind of football team we?d like to be and everybody else would like us to be.?

Hall left open the possibility of more frequent four-receiver sets.

?We have some playmakers,? he said. ?We?ve got to devise ways to get those playmakers into the game.?

One of them ? Butler ? knows the onus is on the Nit offense because he and his teammates have come to expect consistency from the defense.

?Every year they never seem to let me down,? he said. ?I look forward to another great year from them.?

Or, as Williams put it, ?Penn State always has a good defense.?

Its offense dropped off last year in part, Hall believes, because Butler and Williams took the Big Ten by surprise in 2005.

?Two years ago, teams didn?t know much about our receivers and Mike [Robinson] got the ball to them,? he said. ?Last year they backed up on us.?

That should free the middle for more crossing routes, along with emerging tight end Andrew Quarless.

?The mentality our coaches have is attack,? fullback Matt Hahn said. ?We?re going to open it up, and from an offensive standpoint, we want to keep our defense off the field.?

Of course, the offensive line ? which had trouble protecting Morelli at times and is now minus its best player in Levi Brown ? will have to do its part.

?Levi was a special player, and it?s hard to replace a special player,? veteran line coach Dick Anderson said. ?It takes a long time before you get good on the offensive line. It takes a lot of repetitions and experience.?

Can it come together by, say, Sept. 22 when the season will be shaped at Michigan? Butler thinks so.

?I want us to go back to the exciting offense we had in the 11-1 season [in 2005],? he said. ?I like to say we were the people?s offense that year. We scored, and that?s what people want to see. That?s why they watch Boise State.?

Butler joked that the Lion defense has a slight advantage on its offensive counterpart because ?they play Zombie Nation when they?re on the field.?

He knows that?s not possible for the offense, which needs quiet in the huddle. But he gave it some thought and decided, ?we need some theme music.?

If the offense finishes drives and scores its share of touchdowns, the Blue Band and the Beaver Stadium musical maestros can figure the rest of it out.

Rudel can be reached at 946-7527 or nrudel@altoonamirror.com.

SteelCityMan786
08-17-2007, 05:45 PM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=14250

Running for respect: Scott has one last chance to make his mark at PSU

By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK ? The label could stick with Austin Scott forever, unless he does something to shed it this season.

He doesn?t want to be considered a bust at Penn State.

He has been so far, but there?s still time to change that. There?s still time for the tailback to live up to at least some of the enormous hype that accompanied him to campus four years ago.

??When I saw Austin play in high school, I thought he was the next Marcus Allen,?? Joe Paterno said this summer.

The Nittany Lion coach?s prediction, so far, has been way off.

Allen is one of the greatest running backs of all time, a College and Pro Football Hall of Famer. Scott may have been one of the greatest Pennsylvania prep backs ever, but he has yet to come close to his potential with the Lions.

Now he?s down to his last chance. And he knows it.

??This is the time to take advantage of the position that I?m in,?? Scott said.

The Lions will need the fifth-year senior to finally maximize his potential if they?re to reach their lofty goals this season.

Can Scott do it? Can he replace the bulldozing Tony Hunt, or better yet, maybe even have a sensational Larry Johnson-type of year?

??Yeah, hope so,?? Scott said. ??God willing.??

The legend and the letdown

If a high school running back could fashion a dream season for himself, his goals still may not come close to Scott?s unbelievable numbers at Parkland High in 2002.

Scott set state single-season records with:

3,853 yards rushing

53 touchdowns

322 points

He also set the state sophomore record with 1,918 yards rushing, then missed most of his junior season with a knee injury.

??He was amazing in high school,?? said PSU senior running back Nick Pinchek, who played alongside Scott in Parkland?s backfield.

Recruiting experts predicted and Penn State fans hoped for an amazing college career out of Scott. It hasn?t materialized, in part because of various nagging injuries and some clashes with Paterno.

Then there?s the Hunt factor. He and Scott forever will be linked with regards to the past few years of PSU football.

Scott has gained 1,021 yards on 221 carries in three seasons but couldn?t win the starting job from the workhorse Hunt, who came to Penn State as a much less-heralded recruit. Hunt constantly found himself answering questions about Scott over the years despite working his way up to No. 2 on the Lions? career rushing list.

Hunt now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles and vented a bit in training camp recently when asked how he thought Scott would do this season.

??I don?t believe I just got a Austin Scott question,?? Hunt griped at reporters. ??I was tired of them in college. I?m out of college, I?m in the NFL now, I don?t want to hear anything about that.??

Hunt even went so far as to question if Scott would be the Lions? No. 1 tailback this season.

??He has to earn the starting job, but that?s all I?ll say,?? Hunt said. ??There?s other backs there.??

Hunt may have carried a chip on his shoulder for years because of all the Scott questions, but Scott says there were no problems between himself and his former teammate.

??Off the field, we?re friends, we talk to each other,?? Scott said. ??We don?t hang out that often, but we speak to each other every now and then. ... He?s a great guy, and we?re friends.??

Paterno often praised Hunt for being a complete football player and hard worker. Such compliments haven?t yet been earned by Scott.

One knock on Scott has been that things may have come too easily for him in high school and he never developed the kind of work ethic required to succeed at Penn State.

??He?s been [a] spoiled brat,?? Paterno said in a recent TV interview. ??He got spoiled in high school. ... He?s never been disciplined enough.??

Scott even acknowledged ??there could be a possible truth to it?? when asked if he used to take his skills for granted. He also said that?s no longer the case and called himself ??more focused, dedicated and determined?? entering this season.

Figuring things out

Scott?s finest hour came in the 2006 Orange Bowl, when he replaced an injured Hunt and rushed 26 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns to help the Lions beat Florida State.

Many Penn State fans look to that game as proof Scott can be a major threat out of the backfield this year. It wasn?t, however, the turning point of his college career.

That occurred last season, when Scott didn?t even play.

He sustained an ankle injury that set him back in the preseason and eventually decided to redshirt. He may have done so even without the injury since the team already had an established senior tailback in Hunt. Redshirting Scott made sense because it gave this year?s team an experienced option in the backfield.

??I?m real confident in Austin,?? quarterback Anthony Morelli said. ??He?s a great running back, has all the tools.??

Now, he also seems to have the work ethic.

Scott picked that part up doing the humbling duties on Penn State?s scout-team offense last year. That group runs dummy sets to help the defense prepare for opponents, and it?s not usually made up of players with Scott?s level of experience and ability.

He didn?t take the assignment lightly, said he ??had fun with it?? and feels like he earned respect from teammates and coaches.

??Every day he?d come out, he knew he wasn?t playing, but he still tried to give the defense a look and still tried to make them better,?? Pinchek said.

Scott also wanted to make himself better, which meant more dedication during workouts.

??There?s a point in your workout where the pain starts to take over the mental [approach], your thoughts and just your feelings, and you have to be able to recognize the pain and realize what it is and just keep going forward and not retreat,?? Scott said. ??And you know that the pain is making you better.??

He said he used to give in to that pain, but not anymore.

??Austin?s been working really hard in the offseason, and I think he?ll do really well,?? Pinchek said. ??He has the mentality, the mindset, and as long as he stays to it, keeps working hard like he is, I think he?ll do fine.??

Now the go-to guy

Johnson set an incredibly high standard at Penn State in 2002 when, after playing sparingly for three seasons, he gained 2,087 yards as a senior.

Fans are hoping Scott can have a similar breakthrough, but this year?s team shouldn?t need anywhere near that many yards from him to be successful. Half that would do just fine.

Is Scott ready for a breakthrough year?

??I think that?s up to Austin,?? Paterno said.

Scott ??has a chance to be a big-time back,?? the coach added, but ??he?s one of those kids that?s just got to make sure he doesn?t think back to what he did in high school. He?s got to work at it.??

Scott, measuring in at 6-foot and 212 pounds, has more breakaway speed than Hunt possessed last year, and he believes he?ll be able to fight for extra yardage after the initial hit as Hunt did.

??I think I can get yards after contact,?? Scott said, ??and I think that I?ll be more punishing at misdirection in the cutback lanes.??

If so, it would give the offense a lot of balance to go along with Morelli and a talented receiving corps.

??Tony Hunt was more of a power back, a third-down back, and he also had great hands out of the backfield,?? Morelli said. ??Austin Scott, he?s more shifty, he?s probably a little quicker, a little faster.

??Tony Hunt was a great running back for us, and hopefully Austin can step up and do similar things and maybe even take it to the next level.??

Scott said he?s looking forward to what he called ??my first opportunity,?? and he also thinks he has nothing to prove to anybody. Many Penn State fans would disagree.

They?re waiting to see the Austin Scott who shredded defenses in high school, and they?ve waited a long time.

??Sometimes good things, you?ve got to wait for, and it just doesn?t always come right away,?? Scott said. ??But through persistence and hard work and dedication, it?s going to turn out. It has to pay off.??

83-Steelers-43
08-18-2007, 10:36 AM
Two PSU football players arrested
Saturday, August 18, 2007

By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penn State football team's legal problems just won't go away.

The Nittany Lions have been sacked by yet another off-the-field incident.

Two players - starting tight end Andrew Quarless and backup cornerback Willie Harriott - were cited for underage drinking and released by university police around 3 a.m. Friday morning near Nittany Apartments in State College.

Quarless, a sophomore expected to play a key role in the passing game this season, will turn 19 on Oct. 6. Harriott, a redshirt sophomore, is 20.

The arrests come in the middle of preseason camp, and they add to the Lions' growing list of legal woes.

Penn State athletic department spokesman Jeff Nelson said today that coach Joe Paterno is aware of the latest incident, but had no comment.

"I don't have any additional comment or information at this time," Nelson said.

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SteelCityMan786
08-18-2007, 04:14 PM
Two PSU football players arrested
Saturday, August 18, 2007

By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penn State football team's legal problems just won't go away.

The Nittany Lions have been sacked by yet another off-the-field incident.

Two players - starting tight end Andrew Quarless and backup cornerback Willie Harriott - were cited for underage drinking and released by university police around 3 a.m. Friday morning near Nittany Apartments in State College.

Quarless, a sophomore expected to play a key role in the passing game this season, will turn 19 on Oct. 6. Harriott, a redshirt sophomore, is 20.

The arrests come in the middle of preseason camp, and they add to the Lions' growing list of legal woes.

Penn State athletic department spokesman Jeff Nelson said today that coach Joe Paterno is aware of the latest incident, but had no comment.

"I don't have any additional comment or information at this time," Nelson said.

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Won't be surprised to see a suspension out of this. This is against teams rules to.

SteelCityMan786
08-18-2007, 04:24 PM
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Penn State Football Notebook: Mind over matter
Scirrotto trying to block out April incident, but admits it's a 'huge weight'

Sunday, August 12, 2007
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Anthony Scirrotto would like nothing better than to wipe the past four months from his memory.

Scirrotto, Penn State's starting strong safety, is scheduled to stand trial in October along with backup defensive tackle Chris Baker, for their alleged involvement in an April 1 fracas at an off-campus apartment.

Scirrotto, a junior, is facing felony charges of burglary, criminal trespass and criminal solicitation for his role in the melee, as well as lesser charges of simple assault and harassment.

Baker, a redshirt sophomore, is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, assault and harassment.

Scirrotto, speaking publicly yesterday for the first time since spring practice, said the incident, which also involved his girlfriend and several Nittany Lions teammates, has been tough to block out.

But he said at Penn State's annual media day that his outlook has improved since he resumed practicing with the team a week ago.

"In the beginning, it affected me mentally," Scirrotto said. "It affected my family. It was tough, because it's something I've never been through before.

"But you learn from it, grow up, become a man, take your slap on the wrist, or whatever it is, and move on.

"I've learned from it. We'll see what happens with everything, and that's about all I can say. I wish I could take that night back. I wish it never happened."

Scirrotto and Baker originally were scheduled to go to trial this month, but that date was pushed back to October because information from Penn State's Office of Judicial Affairs had not yet been handed over to legal authorities.

Both players were expelled from Penn State's second summer session, but they were cleared to return Aug. 6 for the start of preseason practice.

Coach Joe Paterno said he will wait to see how the case plays out before deciding whether to further discipline Scirrotto or Baker.

"I'm not operating under anything," Paterno said. "We're just going out there and taking some shots. In the back of my mind is always the thought that we may not have them. But I'm not going to make that decision until I know what's going on."

Scirrotto was a first-team All-Big Ten pick a year ago, leading the conference with six interceptions.

He said his teammates "still look at me the same way, still treat me the same way."

Scirrotto admits "there's still a huge weight hanging over my head."

"He might feel like that, but he's not playing like it," said one of Scirrotto's close friends, junior cornerback Justin King, who had three charges in the same case dropped against him in early May. "He's still doing the same things he's been doing. He comes out here and makes plays and has fun. Based on the way he's been acting, you can't tell it's bothering him."

If Scirrotto is forced to miss any games this season, King believes it would be tough to find a suitable replacement.

"He's a heck of a player," King said.

Scirrotto and King, a former Gateway High School star who was a second-team All-Big Ten selection last season, head what could be one of the most talented secondaries in the country.

They are joined by sophomore cornerback A.J. Wallace and redshirt junior free safety Tony Davis, who started opposite King a year ago.

Paterno has not had much interaction with Scirrotto or Baker, who saw limited action in eight games last season.

"Every once in a while, I'll see them on the field," Paterno said, "and I'll say, 'How you doing -- OK? Anything I should know?' "

NOTES -- Paterno said freshman defensive lineman Devon Still tore an ACL in his knee during preseason practice Friday and is finished for the season. ... Defensive line coach Larry Johnson said redshirt freshman defensive tackle Tom McEowen, who tore an ACL during winter workouts, could return to action in late September or early October. McEowen has been practicing on a limited basis.

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08-18-2007, 04:29 PM
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Penn State Football: Coronation for King to be early graduation

Tuesday, August 14, 2007
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Justin King's crowning achievement will come in December, when he is scheduled to graduate 35 months after enrolling at Penn State.

The lightning-quick junior from Gateway High School also happens to be one of the top cornerbacks in college football.

Most expect this to be King's final season in a Nittany Lions' uniform with his next coronation being the National Football League.

"I'm just looking forward to a great season and having some fun out there on the field," he said softly. "I know if I work hard, everything else will take care of itself."

King, 6 feet, 186 pounds, has been named to the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented to the nation's top defensive back. No Penn State player has won the award since its inception in 1986.

But defensive coordinator Tom Bradley believes King has the skills and potential to haul home the hardware.

"Justin wants to be good and is very prideful in everything he does," Bradley said. "He wants to be the best and he works at it. He's never satisfied. He knows the little things are going to make the difference in being good or great.

"He finally understands what you have to do to be the best corner in the country. I'd be surprised if he doesn't have a really good season for us."

A year ago, in his first full season on defense -- King played offense and defense as a freshman -- he established himself as one of the top cover corners in the country.

King virtually shut down two future first-round NFL draft picks -- Ohio State's Ted Ginn Jr. and Tennessee's Robert Meacham -- limiting the receivers to a combined six catches for 48 yards and no touchdowns. King also picked off future Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith for his first career interception.

"Justin's one of the fastest guys anywhere," free safety Tony Davis said. "Not many people can outrun him. He can hang with anybody."

King, who has 4.3 speed in the 40-yard dash, started 13 games at right cornerback last season and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection.

Although a groin injury limited his mobility for half the season, he was instrumental in helping the Lions' defense rank in the top 15 nationally in several categories. And King contributed 30 tackles and broke up six passes.

As a freshman, he started out on defense. King got a few early looks on offense, before shifting to that side of the ball permanently after receiver Derrick Williams broke his arm in the seventh game at Michigan.

These days, King's focus is entirely on mastering the cornerback position.

"Right now, I'm in the best shape I've been in since I've been here," he said. "And I'm healthier than I've ever been. I'm glad we're finally in preseason practice. It usually goes pretty fast, and before you know it, the first game will be here."

For more than a month in the offseason, King's playing status appeared to be in jeopardy.

He was charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment for his alleged role in an April 1 altercation at an off-campus apartment involving several players.

Prosecutors dropped the charges against King in early May for lack of evidence.

"I'm happy that's behind me and over with now," he said.

King, a letters, arts and sciences major, carries a grade point average above 3.0. He earned Dean's List recognition in the fall 2005 semester and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2006.

But he is proudest of the fact that he is scheduled to pick up his bachelor's degree less than three years after arriving in Happy Valley.

"That, more than anything, makes me happy," King said. "All of the hard work that I've put forth for three years will finally pay off in December. It's a good feeling. I think it's a pretty big accomplishment."

SteelCityMan786
08-18-2007, 04:30 PM
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Penn State Football: Defensive line comes down to Gaines, losses

Wednesday, August 15, 2007
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With just one starter returning, Penn State's defensive line is in need of a realignment, but the coaching staff doesn't seem too concerned.

The coaches believe they can fix the problem by using the same rotation system they have relied on for quite a few years.

"I think there's one guy on the defensive line, [Josh] Gaines, who has played over 150 plays," coach Joe Paterno said. "So we have some guys who are going to have to grow up in a hurry."

Gaines, a redshirt junior left end, is the lone returnee among the front four. There's not a senior listed among the top 10 linemen on the Nittany Lions' preseason depth chart.

Seven players are in their first or second seasons, including three projected sophomore starters -- left tackle Phil Taylor, right tackle Jared Odrick and right end Maurice Evans.

Three redshirt freshmen -- tackles Abe Koroma and Ollie Ogbu and end Aaron Maybin -- and freshman end Eric Latimore are among those vying for playing time.

Redshirt sophomore tackle Chris Baker, who is facing criminal charges for his alleged role in an April 1 altercation at an off-campus apartment, and redshirt junior end Chris Rogers from North Allegheny High School also are in the mix.

"I think that's the thing, just getting the guys in there and getting them experience and getting them to understand what it's going to take to be good in this league," defensive coordinator Tom Bradley said. "And that's something that requires game experience.

"Hopefully, if we can stay healthy, we can rotate a bunch of guys in there and use our depth."

Gaines started nine of the final 10 games last season at right end. He finished with 25 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.

"I feel as if we're going to have a great defense," Gaines said. "We might have different players now, but we still have the same coaches and the same schemes. I think we will be able to handle ourselves."

Gone are defensive tackles Jay Alford and Ed Johnson and end Tim Shaw. Alford, Johnson and Shaw combined for 20 sacks and 31 tackles for losses.

They also helped free linebackers Dan Connor, Paul Posluszny and Sean Lee to make big plays.

Despite their inexperience, five returning linemen did see some playing time last season.

Taylor, 6 feet 4, 337 pounds, was on the field for 53 plays. Evans had 12 tackles, Baker six and Odrick four, to go along with a sack. Rogers, a transfer from Michigan after the 2004 fall semester, appeared in four games.

"We've got a lot of talent on that defensive line," Gaines said. "We've got guys coming off the bench that can play end or tackle. I think we'll surprise people this year.

"There's going to be a lot of rotation. That's the thing I like about it. You can play as hard as you want. And, if you get tired, you can have somebody come off the bench and spell you until you catch your breath."

Connor has been impressed with Odrick and Evans in workouts and practice.

"Those two guys have proven themselves," Connor said. "They are great players and tough guys who have been hungry to get on the field. When they get their chance to play, they're going to make something happen."

Gaines isn't taking anything for granted. He knows he is going to have to keep playing well to keep his job.

In the meantime, he is being counted on to provide leadership for one of Penn State's biggest areas of concern.

"It's been a big change for me," Gaines said. "I was always the guy listening before. But I've had to step up this year because I'm the oldest guy on the defensive line. I learned from Jay and Ed and now I am just going to try to transfer that knowledge over to the younger guys."

SteelCityMan786
08-18-2007, 04:31 PM
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Scott must shake off rust to get last shot as top RB

Friday, August 17, 2007
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Five years ago, Austin Scott was a hotshot recruit.

He was the most sought-after tailback in Pennsylvania and was considered the plum of Penn State's 2003 class.

As a high school senior, Scott obliterated the state's record book by rushing for an eye-popping 3,853 yards and 53 touchdowns while leading Parkland to the Class AAAA PIAA championship.

Scott was a Parade All-American and rated the third-best running back prospect in the country by national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. He was being billed as the next great running back at Penn State.

Scott has not produced many highlight-reel plays since his high school days. His career totals with the Nittany Lions (he was redshirted last year) are 1,021 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. He has battled ankle and knee problems and spent more time on the sideline than in the huddle.

With tailback Tony Hunt gone -- he was a third-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles -- this is Scott's last chance to shake off the rust, win the starting job and prove he is not a bust.

"He's always been a good prospect," coach Joe Paterno said. "I think when he came in here, things had been so easy for him in high school, and, all of a sudden, maybe he expected some things to happen to him because he was Austin Scott.

"I think Austin Scott's just got to be a little more consistent. When he wakes up in the morning, he can't be one guy one morning and another guy the next morning. And I think he's much better than he was. We'll see. But I think he's closer to where he's got to be to be a big-time, consistent college tailback than he was a year ago."

Scott's main competition will come from Rodney Kinlaw, another fifth-year senior who has been slowed by injuries. Redshirt freshmen Evan Royster and Brent Carter also will push for playing time.

Scott, 6 feet, 222 pounds, hasn't played in a game since January 2006, when he replaced an injured Hunt in the first quarter of the Orange Bowl and rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' 26-23 triple-overtime victory against Florida State.

His most recent start came in his freshman season in 2003, when he led Penn State with 436 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

As a redshirt player last year, Scott worked on the scout team.

By the time the season opener arrives Sept. 1 against Florida International, it will have been 20 months since Scott last played in a game.

It has been a long wait.

"I don't think a lot about redemption," Scott said. "It's in the back of my mind, but it's not something I really want to focus on. I want to make sure I'm ready to go, make sure I know everything about the offense.

"I'm tired of answering the same questions over and over. I just want to get out there and play."

Paterno said recently that when he first saw Scott in high school, he thought he was going to be the next Marcus Allen. Now Paterno is just hoping for a healthy Scott.

"He's been working really hard," quarterback Anthony Morelli said. "He's changed his attitude. He's really focused and serious. He's eager to get out there and prove people wrong.

"He has a pretty good overall game as far as being able to break runs and get into the open field. He has a lot of quickness, a good knowledge of the game and experience, which will play a big factor."

Kinlaw, 5-9, 201, also is a former high school All-American. The nephew of former All-American Courtney Brown had 199 yards last year as Hunt's backup.

"Rodney is a really shifty back," Morelli said. "He can make anybody miss. He can pop a big play at any time."

Scott is hoping for a breakthrough year like Larry Johnson produced in 2002. Johnson played sparingly his first three seasons, but reeled off 2,087 yards as a senior and was a first-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I have a lot of confidence in Austin," Morelli said. "He's a great player. He has all of the tools to get the job done."

SteelCityMan786
08-18-2007, 04:32 PM
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Big Ten Network, Comcast standoff continues

Saturday, August 18, 2007
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Big Ten Network has launched an all-out, last-minute blitz against cable giant Comcast.

Two weeks from today, the fledgling network is scheduled to broadcast its first football games.

As is stands now, those who live in the Pittsburgh region will not be able to see the Nittany Lions' season opener at home Sept. 1 against Florida International.

"It's really unfortunate, but we've not built any contingency plans for the early part of the football season," said Kevin Weiberg, vice president of university planning for the Big Ten Network. "We won't be able to do something at the last minute to make that game available here."

Comcast, which has 5.7 million customers in eight states with Big Ten schools, has been haggling with the network for months.

The network wants to be included on the expanded basic cable package. But Comcast has rejected that offer, wanting instead to place it on a sports tier.

The Big Ten Network, which involves a 20-year partnership with Fox, is asking Comcast to pay $1.10 per customer per month for its programming, which could force the cable company to raise its monthly rates.

If Comcast placed the Big Ten Network on the sports tier, the monthly rate would range between $5 and $6 per customer, but also would include the NFL Network, CSTV, Fox college sports channels and NBA TV.

Last year, the Penn State-Akron game drew a 5.4 rating in the Pittsburgh area -- which means that 95.6 percent of the market did not watch it -- while Penn State-Wisconsin pulled only a 3.7.

Comcast has not wavered in its stance from the beginning.

"We want to bring the Big Ten Network to customers in the best and fairest way, which would be to offer it on a digital sports tier in the eight-state Big Ten region and as an out-of-market subscription service for customers in other markets," said Jody Doherty, spokesperson for Comcast, Three Rivers Region.

That way, she said, Big Ten fans would be able to subscribe to it, while rates would not be raised for the rest of its customers .

Mr. Weiberg, former commissioner of the Big 12, and Penn State athletic director Tim Curley toured Central and Western Pennsylvania the past two days, urging Nittany Lions' fans to turn up the pressure on Comcast to add the network to the expanded basic tier.

"Penn State's had a rich history and tradition of our games being on television," Mr. Curley said. "Certainly we want a lot of people to be able to see our games. We're sold out for all of our home games this year, so tickets are in short supply. So there will be a lot of people that want to watch them."

Unless the Big Ten Network and Comcast strike a deal in the next two weeks, only those with DirecTV in Western Pennsylvania will be able to watch Penn State's opener.

Mr. Curley said that in addition to Florida International, three additional games -- with Buffalo, Iowa and Purdue -- could be affected if the impasse with Comcast drags on all season. All other Penn State games will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC.

"In the last five years, we've probably had three games that haven't been on some form of television," he said. "The majority of Pennsylvania falls under Comcast and most would get shut out if we don't get a deal."

The Big Ten Network, set to debut Aug. 30, will televise between 350 and 400 events during its inaugural year. The schedule includes at least 35 football games, more than 100 men's basketball games, women's basketball and more than 170 other sports events.

The network also plans to air more than 600 hours of Penn State programming. The majority of Penn State's 29 varsity sports, if not all, will be featured in 2007-08, in addition to at least 60 hours of institutional, non-athletic programming.

"Negotiations have been slow with the big cable companies," Mr. Weiberg said. "I would say Comcast has been one of the slowest. Sort of the message has been, `Sports tier or nothing.' We really believe that in this region, the product deserves to be on expanded basic cable. That's been the major sticking point. We've indicated that there's some flexibility on price if we could crack through in the discussions relative to expanded basic.

"We're offering the channel in the region for about $1 a month per subscriber. Outside the region, we're offering it for a dime. So for Comcast, the blended national rate of this channel is really about 30 cents when you consider it across their subscribers nationally.

"ESPN charges well over $3 per subscriber nationally. There's no comparison. This network is maybe 10 percent of the national rate of an ESPN event. At $1.10 a subscriber, that's well below what Comcast charges for its own regional sports networks."

SteelCityMan786
08-18-2007, 04:35 PM
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Penn State CB King angles for NFL
By Sam Ross Jr.
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Justin King entered Penn State early, and he could be poised to depart early, too.

The junior cornerback from Monroeville, who is on track to graduate after the fall semester, will consider leaving for the NFL if he has a strong enough season to merit a first-round draft pick.

"I'm just looking to come out and have a great season to where it's a no-brainer," King said. "That's every kid's dream."

The advice of NFL.com personnel guru Gil Brandt would be for King to stay at Penn State on general principles.

"This is a business where the price goes up in the future," Brandt said. "Joe Thomas, the offensive tackle from Wisconsin, I don't think he'd have been the third player picked in the draft and made as much money (five years, $42.5 million, $22 million guaranteed) if he'd come out a year early. Levi Brown of Penn State stuck around, and he made a lot more money, (six years, $62 million) about $18 million of it guaranteed.

"Unless a guy's going to be in the first five or six drafted, I think it's silly to come out."

King was rated the best cover corner in the Big Ten last season by The Sporting News. During games with Ohio State and Tennessee, when he was locked on eventual first-round draft picks Ted Ginn Jr. and Robert Meachem, he limited them to a combined six catches for 48 yards.

"For me individually, that was the epitome," King said. "But I've got to step up my game -- look at the weak parts of my game and step those up so I can take my game to another level."

King graduated a semester early from Gateway High School, enabling him to enroll early at Penn State and participate in spring drills before his freshman season. He played both offense and defense initially, then concentrated on offense when fellow freshman Derrick Williams suffered a broken arm in the seventh game of the season.

Considered the top cornerback prospect nationally out of high school, King focused on that position as a sophomore and emerged as one of the best in the Big Ten, if not all of college football. For this season, he has bulked up about seven pounds, now carrying 186 pounds on his 6-foot frame, without any loss of speed. He's been clocked at 4.31 seconds for the 40-yard dash.

King believes this could be the season he receives national recognition. He's on the Thorpe watch list for the nation's top defensive back.

"Last year, I felt I came into the season and people knew of me, but they didn't know me," he said. "Now, I'm the starting cornerback going in, and the recognition is there."

Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley said King is not resting on his laurels.

"He knows that now it's working on the little things that will enable him to step up to the next level," Bradley said. "He's easily coached. He's very prideful. He wants to be the best."

King had surgery for a sports hernia in the summer of 2006, nursed assorted injuries during the past season, and this offseason tweaked his left hamstring running track.

Those woes are in the past.

"This the healthiest I've been since I've been in college," King said. "Last year, I played a whole season hurt. I was just fighting the injury bug, nagging injuries. Not enough to take me out, but injuries that made me uncomfortable to play."

Note: Travis McBride, a redshirt freshman from McKeesport who had been listed as fourth-team safety on the preseason depth chart, was not at Penn State's media day Saturday and is not practicing with the team because of academic issues.

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08-18-2007, 04:40 PM
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JoePa says PSU team has some growing up to do

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08-18-2007, 04:41 PM
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Earning a full-time Sales position with Penn State
By Sam Ross Jr.
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, August 16, 2007

This is the season Tyrell Sales' patience could be rewarded with a full-time starting job at linebacker for Penn State.

The redshirt junior from Butler started three games at inside linebacker as a redshirt freshman, but that was as a stand-in for Dan Connor, who was being disciplined for his role in making prank telephone calls.

For the rest of that 2005 season, and again last year, Sales saw limited playing time, doing most of his damage as a standout special-teams player.

This summer, as Penn State winds through preseason camp, Sales is the starting outside linebacker opposite Sean Lee, with Connor having moved back inside.

"This is the first year I'm put in a position where it can be my spot," Sales said. "I worked hard all summer and will keep working hard all camp. The opportunity to play and play a lot is there, and it just feels good."

Sales is being pushed by backup Navorro Bowman, a redshirt freshman. The prescription for Sales to stay ahead of Bowman is simple, according to defensive coordinator Tom Bradley.

"He just has to keep performing the way he's been performing," Bradley said. "Do the little things. He's always been in great shape. He's done whatever we've asked him to do even though we've moved him around a lot. He's a lot like Sean Lee and Dan in that he can play any of the three linebacker positions, and that's nice versatility to have.

"Bowman is a fine athlete, but he's never played in a game yet."

Sales has paid his dues and worked his way to the top three of a talented and deep crop of linebackers. His plan is to stay there.

"I've been here awhile, and if I'm not playing a decent amount every game this season, I feel like I'd be disappointed," he said. "But really, I would have nobody to blame but myself. Obviously, there'd be a reason if I wasn't the best player. But I don't really see that happening."

While his playing time has been limited, Sales has excelled in the class room, earning All-Big Ten academic honors the past two seasons as a marketing major.

The 21-year-old Sales, who was born Jan. 1, 1986, the day Penn State lost to Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, comes across as a mature, confident individual.

At 6-foot-2, 237 pounds and having recently run a 4.58-second 40-yard time, Sales has the size and speed to be a force. As an all-around athlete at Butler High School, he played in the 2004 Big 33 game, scored more than 1,200 points in basketball and placed third in the state in the discus throw.

Now, he's poised to make his mark at Penn State. He was a star in the Blue-White Game this spring with a game-high 11 tackles.

That momentum has been sustained through the summer and into camp.

"I'm more comfortable than I've been," Sales said. "I haven't had a whole lot of game experience, to the point where it's just like the backside of my hand, where I know everything. I'm still working on it.

"But I feel good. The more I play, the more reps I get, I'm just going to continue to get that much better. Once I get that comfort factor completely down, I think it's just smooth sailing ahead."

SteelCityMan786
08-19-2007, 09:47 PM
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Intense Lee big force at linebacker for PSU

Sunday, August 19, 2007
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sean Lee would love to see Penn State and Pitt renew their vows on the field. But the once-heated rivalry that spanned 96 games has been on hiatus since 2000 due to irreconcilable differences.

"I don't think a lot of the kids on our team know anything about the rivalry, but I am from Pittsburgh and I know a lot about it," said Lee, a Penn State linebacker who played at Upper St. Clair High School. "I'd love to play against Pitt. I played against a lot of those kids in high school. I think it would be a fun game. But, in reality, it probably won't happen, so what are you going to do?"

Lee, whose older brother Conor is Pitt's kicker, can only dream about what might transpire if the two teams squared off this season. Naturally, the outcome would involve him and his brother.

"I'd love to block his kick, and maybe if it popped up in the air and he caught it, I'd take it from him and run it in for a touchdown," Lee said, laughing. "It would be the game-winner, for sure."

Lee, 6 feet 2, 232 pounds, made many big plays for the Lions last year, his first season as a starter at outside linebacker. He finished with 90 tackles, third-best on the team, 51/2 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception.

"You won't find a more intense player than Sean anywhere," defensive coordinator Tom Bradley said. "He's ready to go as soon as he gets out of bed in the morning. He's pretty tough on himself. Sometimes, he's his own worst enemy."

Lee had a hand in the Outback Bowl win against Tennessee, forcing a fumble early in the fourth quarter that Tony Davis picked up and ran back 88 yards for a touchdown to give Penn State the lead for good. Against Wisconsin, he had a career-high 13 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and forced another.

"I thought I had a good season last year, but it could have been so much better," he said. "In certain games, I did real well. Other games, I felt like I could have made more plays. I was poor on the pass rush, out of position on a play, or I was jumping offside. I'm not expecting to make those same mistakes this year. I want to improve on all aspects of my game."

A junior, Lee played opposite All-American Dan Connor on the outside last season, but Connor moved inside this spring to take over the spot vacated by Paul Posluszny, a second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills. Another Western Pennsylvania native, Butler's Tyrell Sales, is expected to take over for Connor on the outside.

"We've got guys like Dan, who has a lot of experience, and guys like Tyrell, who has been here for three years," said Lee. "We've got a lot of guys who have been working behind the scenes and are ready to go. How good can we be? I think we can be a very, very good linebacker corps. We've just got to work hard. That's how Paul was."

Lee, who carries a 3.29 grade-point average in finance, is one of a handful of talented Western Pennsylvania linebackers who have played for the Nittany Lions in the past decade. The list includes former All-Americans Brandon Short (McKeesport), LaVar Arrington (North Hills) and Posluszny (Hopewell), along with current players Sales and Dontey Brown (McKeesport).

"I love playing at Penn State because of the great linebacker tradition," Lee said.

SteelCityMan786
08-19-2007, 09:50 PM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/college/s_522949.html

PSU QB Morelli has big plans for final season
By Sam Ross Jr.
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, August 19, 2007

Anthony Morelli is a study in serenity as the days dwindle ahead of his senior season at Penn State.

Morelli is eager without being overanxious. He's confident, but not complacent.

Ahead of him is one final season at quarterback for the Nittany Lions -- 12 regular-season games and a likely bowl contest -- to burnish his resume as a would-be pro quarterback, which since early in his life has been his overriding passion.

"Time went by in the blink of an eye," Morelli said, speaking both of his summer and his Penn State career. "I've just got to do everything I can to be ready for my senior year of college football and try to make it to the next level; try to make my dreams come true that I've been dreaming about since I was just a little boy."

Morelli's single-minded focus on playing pro ball hasn't kept him from staying on pace to graduate with a degree in recreation park and tourism management. It has, however, crystalized a set of goals for this season.

"I want to be the best quarterback in the Big Ten and the country. I want to win the Big Ten. I want to win a national championship," Morelli said. "But we've got to take baby steps and cross those bridges when that time comes. The first thing we have to worry about is Florida International. If we don't get by them, then all my goals are going to be ruined."

The long-term goal for Morelli is to play in the NFL. It was thought to be predestined from the time he began to show uncommon ability to throw a football as a child in Penn Hills. His progress from highly regarded recruit to starting quarterback for the Nittany Lions took three seasons. Some have criticized coach Joe Paterno for not redshirting Morelli in 2004, when he saw minuscule playing time.

"I think about it, but there's nothing I can do now, so I can only focus on the goals I have set for this season and try to accomplish them," Morelli said. "I think I can get what I need done this year. I'm a competitor. I don't think there's anyone better than me. I'm going to go out and give it everything I have. Just show everybody that I'm a better quarterback than they think."

How good Morelli is, or will be this season, is a subject that sparks great debate.

"I think Morelli is somewhere in the third- to fourth-round area," NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt said. "Depending on who comes out and what kind of season he has, that could change. He could improve."

At 6-foot-4, 232 pounds, with arm strength that ranks him among the elite, Morelli is the prototypical dropback passer. Yet, he's been dogged by questions about his feel for the game.

Evaluating quarterbacks is, at best, an inexact science. Peyton Manning was the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. Ryan Leaf was taken just behind him. Joe Montana was drafted in the third round. Tom Brady lasted until the sixth round.

Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno, somewhat of an expert at enduring personal criticism, identifies with Morelli.

"Because he was a hotshot quarterback coming out of high school, they expected him to walk on water," Paterno said. "And the truth of the matter is there's only one guy I've ever read about that actually walked on water, and he's not playing quarterback for us the last time I checked.

"Playing quarterback at the major-college level is very, very difficult. You look at Brady Quinn (Notre Dame). As good as he was, and I think he was an outstanding quarterback, they say, 'Well, he didn't win a big game.' As great a career as Chad Henne's had (at Michigan), what are they talking about this offseason? He hasn't beaten Ohio State, and he hasn't won a bowl game. You've got to kind of keep an inner sanctum, a cocoon where you keep all of the negative energy out."

For now, Morelli has achieved that.

Numbers game

Anthony Morelli's Penn State passing records (all from 2006):

? Most single-season completions: 208

? Most single-season attempts: 386

? Third-highest single-season passing yardage: 2,424

SteelCityMan786
08-19-2007, 09:52 PM
http://centredaily.com/sports/colleges/penn_state/story/183569.html

Good and plenty
By Guy Cipriano - gciprian@centredaily.com

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Every competition has cutthroat moments and calm ones, which might explain why Penn State junior cornerback Lydell Sargeant provided a diplomatic answer to a layered question earlier this month.

Asked to compare himself with sophomore A.J. Wallace -- the player he is competing with for the spot opposite All-American candidate Justin King -- Sargeant first discussed his teammate.

"A.J. is a great player," he said. "He's physical and he's big."

Sargeant paused and then added layer two to his answer.

"I feel like I know the defense," he said. "I can read things, I can feel receivers and I feel like I have the sense of a cornerback."

This situation also has another layer.

The winner will step into a cozy situation.

Forget jargon or coach-speak. The Nittany Lions enter this season with a tested secondary.

They are deep enough in the defensive backfield that the coaching staff moved junior Tony Davis, an effective cornerback last season, to free safety to replace Donnie Johnson.

"It has been a smooth transition," Davis said. "Coming from corner, you already have the coverage ability. Safety is just a lot more physical."

The move has opened a spot for either Wallace or Sargeant, whose college careers, coincidentally, both started on offense.

Both players were recruited to Penn State as athletes, meaning they could be plopped at almost any skill position.

Sargeant, who played with King for one year at Gateway High School before moving to California, worked at wide receiver as a freshman in 2005. He moved to defense after the season and spent 2006 in spot duty as he learned Penn State's defensive schemes.

Sargeant enters this year familiar with the defense, meaning his main preseason objective involves honing his coverage skills.

"You don't have to worry about the little stuff," he said. "You already know the concepts, so you come out here and play. You don't have to worry about where you're supposed to be. You just have to come out here and work."

Wallace entered preseason camp one year behind Sargeant in the schematic phase of the position. Wallace spent last year as an intriguing nomad -- he caught passes, returned kicks and by the end of the season covered wide receivers.

His season included a 76-yard touchdown run on a reverse against Youngstown State and he averaged a hearty 24.2 yards per kickoff return.

As the season progressed, a major question emerged: Where would the mega-recruit from Waldorf, Md., play in 2007?

Wallace learned of his fate midway through last season. He said having a set position makes this preseason camp easier than the first one he endured.

"It's good knowing your role on the team instead of not knowing whether you're going to be on offense or defense," Wallace said.

Wallace appears to have the physical tools to handle the position. He's 6-foot-1 and seems willing to challenge anybody on the team, including King, to a footrace.

"I could say I'm the fastest," he said. "But nobody knows until you race. Justin has a good 40. He will tell you he runs the fastest when he runs the 40."

The speed should help an experienced group.

Junior strong safety Anthony Scirrotto, King and Davis started all 13 games, including the Outback Bowl victory over Tennessee, last season. Some shared experiences helped the group mesh during the past two years.

King, Scirrotto and Sargeant all arrived on campus in 2005, and the trio played auxiliary roles on a team that went 11-1 and won the Orange Bowl. They spent their freshman seasons searching for playing time and positions -- King and Sargeant even played offense -- before settling into defined roles last year.

The trio then faced a perspective-altering offseason. All three players initially faced charges for an apartment invasion and assault that occurred in a downtown apartment this past April.

Charges against Sargeant and King were dropped while Scirrotto could be facing an October trial. Sargeant and Scirrotto, along with defensive lineman Chris Baker and linebacker Jerome Hayes, received summer semester expulsions from Penn State's Office of Judicial Affairs.

So far, the incident has not impacted Penn State's preparations for this season. All four players punished by judicial affairs are participating in preseason practices.

Sargeant said the ordeal forced him to mature.

"You start to realize the situation you are in and what you can or can't do," he said. "I think it helped me a lot."

Will the offseason conclude with Sargeant starting the Sept. 1 opener against Florida International? The question forces Sargeant to take the diplomatic route again.

"I just go out there and work every day," he said. "I just try to get better every day. If I do that, everything will take its course."

SteelCityMan786
08-19-2007, 09:53 PM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=14434

Quarless off team?

By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Penn State sophomore tight end Andrew Quarless has had his locker cleared out and may be off the team for good, according to a report late Saturday on fightonstate.com.

The Web site reported redshirt sophomore cornerback Willie Harriott also is off the team as coach Joe Paterno has sent a message to his club that he will not tolerate more off-field problems.

Quarless and Harriott were arrested early Friday morning and charged with underage drinking by university police.

Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson said, ??No, I don?t have any comment on that?? when contacted Saturday by the Mirror about Quarless having his locker cleared out.

Losing Quarless would be a major blow to the Nittany Lions as he emerged as a big threat in the passing game late last season.

SteelCityMan786
08-19-2007, 09:54 PM
I think Quarless being off the team is total speculation right now considering who is writing this.

SteelCityMan786
08-19-2007, 09:55 PM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=14433

Crystal ball showing 10-3 for 2007 season

By Neil Rudel, nrudel@altoonamirror.com

You may have seen ? hopefully you did ? last week?s story in which a number of media types covering Penn State football predicted the Nittany Lions? season record.

Mine was 10-3.

There wasn?t room for elaboration at the time so here?s a closer look at the prediction and how the Lions might get there:

Sept. 1 vs. Florida International: The ?other? Golden Panthers have 46 returning letterwinners. That?s the good news. It?s also the bad news since FIU went 0-12, endured a national embarrassment in the brawl with Miami and now have a new coach. Penn State has already been installed as a 38-point favorite. If the Lions lose, Joe Paterno will be coaching not from the press box but from above it. Record: 1-0.

Sept. 8 vs. Notre Dame: Think this one?s circled? By JoePa?s own admission, the Lions were not only outplayed in a 41-17 loss last year but also outcoached. That might have something to do with the fake punt the Irish successfully ran to punctuate the rout. Brady Quinn?s gone. This is a W. Record: 2-0.

Sept. 15 vs. Buffalo: Another bad reason to play 12 regular-season games. The best pre-game story will be of former Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill, now in his second year as Buffalo?s head coach. Too bad ex-teammates Irving Fryar and Mike Rozier can?t line up for him. Record: 3-0.

Sept. 22 at Michigan: Penn State has lost six of its last seven Big Ten openers with the ?05 escape at Northwestern the lone exception, and eight straight to the Wolverines, who can boast three Heisman Trophy candidates (Chad Henne, Mike Hart, Mario Manningham). This is not a favor from the Big Ten office. Plus the Nits are no longer such a good road team. Record: 3-1.

Sept. 29 at Illinois: Danger! Whether the Lions win or lose in Ann Arbor, they won?t be able to match their emotional peak a week later in Champaign, where Ron Zook has recruited well. Though Illinois went 2-10 last year, it hung tough in Happy Valley and gave the Lions trouble with the option. Record: 3-2.

Oct. 6 vs. Iowa: After a two-year hiatus, the Hawkeyes return to the Nits? schedule. Kirk Ferentz has won five straight over PSU, including the memorable 6-4 gem in ?04. But Iowa sputtered at the end of ?06, losing five straight Big Ten games and now must replace quarterback Drew Tate. Record: 4-2.

Oct. 13 vs. Wisconsin: This could ultimately be for second place in the league. Motivation will be high: This was the game in which JoePa was injured last year plus the Nit staff was toyed with on a kickoff rule interpretation that made them look bad. It?s been a physical, competitive series in which each has won multiple times on the other?s field since the Lions joined the Big Ten. Not this year. Record: 5-2.

Oct. 20 at Indiana: The Hoosiers are the lone Big Ten team without a win over the Lions, who are a perfect 10-0 against them ? though the last trip, 2004, needed a goal-line stand to preserve a 22-18 victory. IU lost its coach, Terry Hoeppner, to cancer over the summer. He was replaced by Bill Lynch. Record: 6-2.

Oct. 27 vs. Ohio State: Like Notre Dame, a prime-time home opportunity. The Buckeyes lost a number of key performers, including Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, and could be in for a dropoff. In the last two years, Ohio State is 15-1 against the Big Ten. The lone loss? PSU in ?05, also at night. Record: 7-2.

Nov. 3 vs. Purdue: The Nits recorded the first-ever shutout over a Joe Tiller-coached team in last year?s 12-0 win. The Boilermakers corrected some of their offensive problems since, averaging 30.5 points over their last four games before a 24-7 loss to Maryland in the Champs Sports Bowl. Lions may have a post-OSU hangover, but the spirit of the final home game should help. Record: 8-2.

Nov. 10 at Temple: Temple?s last win over Penn State came in 1941 ? Paterno?s freshman year ... at Brooklyn Prep. Record: 9-2.

Nov. 17 at Michigan State: In bringing in former Ohio State aide Mark Dantonio, the Spartans made yet another coaching change ? the fifth MSU coach Paterno will face since joining the Big Ten in 1993. Michigan State lost four games by less than a touchdown last year, including a 17-13 verdict in Happy Valley. The Spartan brass made a coaching change for a reason. Record: 9-3.

Bowl game: The guess here is 9-3 will take the Lions to the Capital One Bowl in Florida. Maybe they?ll play better than their last trip, a 13-9 loss to Auburn in 2003. Or, if they?re lucky, they?ll get Tennessee again. Final record: 10-3.

SteelCityMan786
08-21-2007, 08:33 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/081207aac.html

Nittany Lions Meet The Media As Pre-Season Continues

More than 175 Media in Attendance From Across Pennsylvania

Head coach Joe Paterno at the annual football media day.

August 11, 2007

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Coach Joe Paterno and the 2007 Nittany Lions met the media today as the squad continues its opening week of pre-season practice. The season opener with Florida International is three weeks away, on Sept 1. at 12:00 p.m. in sold out Beaver Stadium.

After a five-day acclimation period, the Nittany Lions began two-a-days today. The vast majority of the players have one week of classes and finals remaining before being able to devote all of their attention on football until the fall semester begins.


Among the subjects Paterno addressed during Media Day was the Big Ten Network, which will debut on August 30. A minimum of three Penn State football games will air on the Big Ten Network this season, including the opener with FIU and the Sept. 15 game with Buffalo (12:00 p.m.).

"I think the exposure will be great; I'm just hoping they can get the coverage worked out," Paterno said. "I would hope that our fans would get involved and contact the people (cable companies) who could carry it. One of the benefits of the Big Ten Network is that they want to give exposure to all sports and that there will be an equal number of women's sports."

Paterno's 42nd Penn State team returns 32 letterwinners and 15 starters for the 2007 season. The Nittany Lions' blockbuster home schedule is sold out and includes five bowl teams from 2006: Notre Dame, (Sept. 8, 6:00 p.m., ESPN), Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13- Homecoming, 3:30 p.m., ABC), Ohio State (Oct. 27, 8:00 p.m., ABC/ESPN/ESPN2) and Purdue for Senior Day (Nov. 3).

SteelCityMan786
08-21-2007, 08:35 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/081907aad.html

Nittany Lion Football Preview Shows Set to Air This Week

Programs Air on FSN Pittsburgh and WTAj-TV

Aug. 19, 2007

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., August 19, 2007 - Two programs previewing the 2007 Penn State football team are set to air this week as the Nittany Lions' Sept. 1 season opener nears.

FSN Pittsburgh will air aits Penn State preview on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. FSN's Paul Alexander is the host of the program.

WTAJ-TV, Channel 10 in Altoona, will air its Nittany Lion preview on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Sports Director Kellie Goodman is the host of the program.

Paterno's 42nd Nittany Lion team returns 15 starters and 32 letterwinners for the 2007 season, which launches with "Penn State Football Eve, presented by Sheetz" on Friday, August 31 in Beaver Stadium. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and festivities inside the stadium begin at 7:30 p.m. The event and parking are free.

Penn State will face six teams that played in bowl games last season, three of whom are ranked in the Associated Press Top 15: Michigan (5), Wisconsin (7) and Ohio State (11).

The No. 17 Nittany Lions are concluding their second week of practice in preparation for the Sept. 1 season opener with Florida International in Beaver Stadium. The contest will kick off at 12:00 p.m. and will be featured on the opening weekend of football telecasts on the Big Ten Network, which launches on August 30.

The Big Ten Network also will televise Penn State's Sept. 15 home game with Buffalo (12:00 p.m.) and at least one conference game this season.

To get the Big Ten Network, fans should call 1-866-WANT-B10 and record a message or be patched through to their cable operator.

All Penn State football and basketball games can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics.

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SteelCityMan786
08-21-2007, 08:36 PM
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Trio of Nittany Lions to Serve as Captains for 2007 Season

Seniors Connor, Golden and Morelli Elected Tri-Captains

Anthony Morelli

Aug. 20, 2007

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., August 20, 2007 - A trio of seniors have been elected captains of the 2007 Penn State football team.

All-America linebacker Dan Connor (Wallingford), wide receiver Terrell Golden (Norfolk, Va.) and quarterback Anthony Morelli (Pittsburgh) were elected tri-captains by their teammates. The No. 17 Nittany Lions are in the midst of pre-season drills in anticipation of the Sept. 1 season opener vs. Florida International. The contest will kick at 12:00 p.m. and air on the Big Ten Network.

Connor has been named a pre-season first team All-American by various publications and is a candidate for the Bednarik, Butkkus, Rotary Lombardi and Lott awards. Last season, he earned first team All-America honors from The Sporting News and was a second team Associated Press All-American. The former Strath Haven High School standout became the 13th linebacker to earn first team All-America honors at "Linebacker U" under Coach Joe Paterno.

Connor was fifth in the Big Ten with 113 tackles last season and has 274 career stops, 98 away from Paul Posluszny's school record. He also recorded 9.0 tackles for losses, 5.0 sacks (minus-39 yards), led the team with three forced fumbles (sixth in Big Ten), made two interceptions and one safety. Connor was the lone junior among the three finalists for the Bednarik Award, presented to the nation's top defensive player.

The lone senior among Penn State's talented and deep receiving corps, Golden has earned praise from his teammates as one of the squad's leaders since off-season workouts began in January. The recipient of the 2007 Red Worrell Award as the offense's most improved played in spring practice, Golden made six receptions for 120 yards last season. He made one of the biggest plays of 2006 with his diving 17-yard reception on third down for a first-and-goal against Illinois, leading to a touchdown, as the Lions rallied from a halftime deficit to a 26-12 win. The former Lake Taylor High School standout has an impressive career 21.7 yards per catch average, with 18 catches for 390 yards and two touchdowns.

During his first season as the Lions' starting signal-caller, Morelli led Penn State to wins in five of its last six games and broke the school season records for pass completions (208) and attempts (386). His 2,424 passing yards were third-highest on the school season list. Morelli had 11 touchdown passes and eight interceptions and posted the school's seventh-lowest season interception percentage.

A candidate for the Davey O'Brien and Johnny Unitas awards, he ended the season with a very strong performance, going 14 of 25 for 197 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions, in directing the Outback Bowl win over Tennessee. The former Penn Hills High School All-American threw for a career-high 281 yards and two scores in the win at Minnesota and had three scoring strikes against Akron, becoming the first Lion quarterback in the Big Ten era with a trio of TD passes in their first career start.

Joe Paterno's 42nd Nittany Lion team returns 15 starters and 32 letterwinners for the 2007 season, which launches with "Penn State Football Eve, presented by Sheetz" on Friday, August 31 in Beaver Stadium. Stadium gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and festivities inside the stadium begin at 7:45 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

SteelCityMan786
08-21-2007, 08:38 PM
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Morelli Named To Davey O'Brien and Manning Award Watch Lists

Senior Captain Among Candidates for Nation's Top Quarterback Honors

Aug. 21, 2007

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State senior Anthony Morelli has been named to the watch lists for a pair of national quarterback honors.

A team tri-captain, Morelli is a candidate for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and the Manning Award, both of which are presented to the nation's top quarterback.

Two Nittany Lion quarterbacks are previous winners of the O'Brien Award -- Todd Blackledge in 1982 and Kerry Collins in 1994. Michael Robinson (2005) and Zack Mills (2002) are recent Nittany Lion semifinalists for the O'Brien Award.

A Pittsburgh product, Morelli is one of only three Big Ten quarterbacks among the 35 Davey O'Brien Award candidates and one of four candidates from Big Ten schools among the 35 Manning Award candidates.

The 6-4, 231-pound Morelli is entering his second season as the Nittany Lions' starting signal-caller. Last year, he led Penn State to wins in five of its last six games and broke the school season records for pass completions (208) and attempts (386). His 2,424 passing yards were third-highest on the school season list. Morelli had 11 touchdown passes and eight interceptions and posted the school's seventh-lowest season interception percentage in leading Penn State to a 9-4 record.

A probable candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as well, Morelli ended the season with a very strong performance, going 14 of 25 for 197 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions, in directing the 20-10 Outback Bowl win over Tennessee. The former Penn Hills High School All-American threw for a career-high 281 yards and two scores in a win at Minnesota and had three scoring strikes against Akron, becoming the first Nittany Lion quarterback in the Big Ten era with a trio of touchdown passes in their first career start.

The O'Brien Award is the oldest and most prestigious award in the nation for collegiate quarterbacks and is named in honor of the late Davey O'Brien, the All-American and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for Texas Christian University, who led the Horned Frogs to the 1938 national championship. The O'Brien Award has been presented annually since 1981 to the nation's top quarterback.

To honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning, the Allstate Sugar Bowl created the Manning Award. First presented following the 2004 season, it is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performance.

Joe Paterno's 42nd Nittany Lion team returns 15 starters and 32 letterwinners for the 2007 season, which launches with "Penn State Football Eve, presented by Sheetz" on Friday, August 31 in Beaver Stadium. Stadium gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and festivities inside the stadium begin at 7:45 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

The No. 17 Nittany Lions' 121st season opener is Sept. 1 against Florida International at 12:00 p.m. in Beaver Stadium. The contest will air on the Big Ten Network, the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics.

SteelCityMan786
08-21-2007, 09:17 PM
http://centredaily.com/sports/colleges/penn_state/story/185063.html

Senior trio named Nittany Lion captains
From CDT staff reports

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Seniors Dan Connor, Terrell Golden and Anthony Morelli have been elected Penn State's football captains for the 2007 season by their teammates, the university announced Monday.

Connor, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker from Wallingford, was a Sporting News All-American last season, when he finished fifth in the Big Ten with 113 tackles. He also recorded 9.0 tackles for losses, 5.0 sacks (minus-39 yards), led the team with three forced fumbles (sixth in Big Ten), made two interceptions and one safety. Connor was the lone junior among the three finalists for the Bednarik Award, presented to the nation's top defensive player.

He has 274 career tackles, 98 away from Paul Posluszny's school record.

Golden, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound wide receiver from Norfolk, Va., received the Red Worrell Award for the most improved offensive player this spring. He has 18 career catches for 390 yards and two touchdowns.

Morelli, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound quarterback from Pittsburgh, broke the school season records for pass completions (208) and attempts (386) in 2006, his first season as a starter. His 2,424 passing yards were third-highest on the school season list. Morelli had 11 touchdown passes and eight interceptions last season, leading the Nittany Lions to wins in five of their final six games.

Buzz05
08-22-2007, 08:03 AM
Connor and Morelli I hole heartedly agree with. They are the leaders on their side of the ball and they have shown to have the respect and loyalty of their team mates. Golden Im happy for because he was supposed to be the stud WR before Butler, Williams, and Norwood got there and Golden just got lost in the shuffle. But I dont know if I would put a No. 3 WR as a team captain....

SteelCityMan786
08-22-2007, 05:04 PM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=14478

Scirrotto down to just two charges

By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

The most severe charges against Penn State football player Anthony Scirrotto were dismissed Monday, though he remains charged with one felony and one summary offense for his role in an off-campus fight April 1.

Felony charges of burglary and criminal solicitation against Scirrotto were dismissed by Centre County President Judge Charles Brown, according to Scirrotto?s attorney, Ron McGlaughlin.

Two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and one for criminal solicitation also were dismissed.

A third-degree felony charge of criminal trespass still stands against Scirrotto, along with a summary offense for harassment.

??The most serious offense was obviously the burglary,?? McGlaughlin said.

The attorney called Monday?s results ??certainly good news for [Scirrotto].??

??I?d like to have been able to tell him that the whole case is done and over with,?? McGlaughlin said. ??That would be the ultimate weight being lifted off his shoulders. Let?s put it this way: The weight is substantially lessened on his shoulders at this point.??

Scirrotto, a junior, is the starting strong safety for the Nittany Lions. He led the Big Ten in interceptions last season and was named first-team all-conference.

McGlaughlin argued a habeas corpus motion July 26 to have all charges dismissed against Scirrotto. The attorney said then he believed there was a good chance the burglary and criminal solicitation charges wouldn?t stick, which turned out to be the case.

The criminal trespass charge would be tougher to avoid, McGlaughlin predicted, and that did hold up.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for next month, and Scirrotto is slated to stand trial in October. The case may not go that far, McGlaughlin said, if the defense and prosecution can work out a deal.

??We have several different things we can do, and I need to go over those with [Scirrotto] as far as how to deal with the remaining charges,?? McGlaughlin said. ??I think once I talk to him, the next logical step would be to correspond with the district attorney?s office to see how this can be resolved, if at all.??

One possibility McGlaughlin suggested could be Scirrotto agreeing to a punishment of accelerated rehabilitative disposition, or ARD. The attorney described that as:

??If someone stays out of trouble typically for a year period, they don?t get in any trouble, they do some community service, the charges are ultimately dismissed against them and their record?s expunged.??

An ARD agreement ??saves the stress and, honestly, the financial end of going to trial,?? McGlaughlin said.

The case still could go to trial, with Scirrotto putting his fate in the hands of a jury.

??Different juries look at different things,?? McGlaughlin said. ??I learned that a long time ago. So any time you go in front of a jury, you?re stepping up to the craps table and rolling the dice.??

Scirrotto is practicing with the Lions in preparation for the season opener Sept. 1. Coach Joe Paterno has yet to discuss if the safety will be disciplined or have to miss any game action.

Scirrotto recently spoke publicly about the matter for the first time.

??In the beginning it affected me mentally,?? he said of the legal problems. ??It affected my family, it affected me, and it was tough because it?s something that I?ve never been through before. But we learn from it and grow up, become a man, take your slap on the wrist or whatever it is and you move on.??

SteelCityMan786
08-22-2007, 05:05 PM
http://www.altoonamirror.com/PennState/PSarticles.asp?articleID=14477

A clean slate: Williams ready to forget 2006

By Todd Irwin, tirwin@altoonamirror.com


UNIVERSITY PARK — While you were lounging by the pool this summer, Derrick Williams was running with the Penn State track and field team. And running. And running. And running.

The Penn State junior wide receiver ran with a weighted jacket. He lost weight. He worked extra hard in the summer passing drills.

All of his work was to improve on a rather average 2006 season in which he caught 40 passes for 440 yards — an an average of 11 yards per catch. After he burst onto the national scene with dazzling play as a freshman, Williams didn’t perform up to expectations.

“Derrick’s had his moments,” coach Joe Paterno said on Media Day. “Derrick has been a little bit inconsistent catching the football at times. I think he’s tried too hard. He’s put an awful lot of pressure on himself. There isn’t a guy on the team that works any harder than Derrick Williams does. I think this is a key year for him.”

An All-American at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in suburban Washington D.C., Williams was named to the Sporting News Freshman All-Big Ten Team two years ago after catching 22 passes for 289 yards and completing six plays of 20 yards or more before breaking his arm against Michigan.

Last year opposing teams did double-cover him at times, Williams said, but he shouldered the blame for a season that including a one-catch, 18-yard performance against Youngstown State, a three-catch, 22-yard effort against Ohio State and a personal shutout against Temple.

“When I got the ball, I just tried to do what I could,” Williams said. “I think I was trying to make big plays every time I touched the ball.”

“I don’t think he was pressing,” said fifth-year senior wideout Terrell Golden, who’s listed third on the depth chart behind Williams. “I just think he was trying to be the playmaker that we know and he knows he is.”

While Williams wasn’t the big playmaker he was as a freshman, fellow receivers Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood were filling the void.

Butler was Anthony Morelli’s favorite target, leading the team in receptions (48) and yards (637). Norwood, the junior from State College, hauled in 45 passes for 472 yards.

Butler put his name in the Penn State record book in a 33-7 win over Northwestern before 108,837 at Beaver Stadium. He caught 11 passes from Morelli for a school record 216 yards, including receptions of 40, 49 and 55 yards.

Asked what his goals were this year, Butler said, “I’m like the worst guy for self expectations or goals. I have no goals, no expectations. I just want to win games It all pays off when you go on that bowl trip, and we just take a whole bunch of Pennsylvania kids and ship them to Florida and we act like hooligans for like a week.

“If teams want to focus on (Williams), Jordan and I or Terrell can kill you. Obviously, we have receivers who can hurt you and do damage. If teams want to be that stupid and focus on one guy, that’s their choice. We have to make them pay for that.”

With two or more years of experience under their belts, it appears most of the receivers are threats for big plays.

“There’s no telling with this group of receivers who’s going to come out and have a monster game,” Golden said. “It just depends on who’s hot that day. We’re working very hard to get in sync not only with Anthony Morelli but all of our quarterbacks.

“We want to be more precise on our route running, our depth, catching the ball cleanly and getting yards after the catch. Coach (Mike) McQueary is really on us about getting yards after the catch.”

A lot, however, depends on the play of Morelli, who broke Wally Richardson’s school records for completions (208) and attempts (386), and his 2,424 yards was third best of all-time in his first year as a starter.

His best performance came against Tennessee in the Outback Bowl, completing 14 of his 25 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown _ mostly in the first half.

“I don’t think we got a great feel for him until the Outback Bowl,” Butler said. “You have to realize last year we played a lot of home games in the rain. That threw off our timing. We slowed down our routes and there was a different velocity on his passes in the rain.

“We got good weather for a good two weeks down in Florida. We continued that over to the summer. I think you’ll see big improvements this year. Now that we’ve got it, we have to maximize it.”

The Lions open the season Sept. 1 against Florida International. With questions about the running game and the offensive line, the passing game could be vital to the success of the season.

“Deon Butler, Jordan Norwood, Terrell, Chris Bell ... You couldn’t find a better group of guys anywhere,” Williams said. “They’re guys who want to do good and want to work hard at it.”

SteelCityMan786
08-22-2007, 10:39 PM
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Players voted back on team

Penn State’s players still want tight end Andrew Quarless and cornerback Willie Harriott on the team, so the two returned to the squad Tuesday after a few tumultuous days.

Quarless and Harriott reportedly had their lockers cleared out after being cited for underage drinking Friday morning. The coaching staff left the players’ fate up to a team vote Tuesday, and the players voted to allow Quarless and Harriott back on the squad, according to fightonstate.com and Blue-White Illustrated.

Asked Tuesday afternoon if Quarless and Harriott are on the team, Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson said, ‘‘I don’t have any information to indicate that they are not.’’

It’s unclear if Quarless and Harriott will receive additional punishment or have to miss any game action. That will be left up to coach Joe Paterno.

SteelCityMan786
08-22-2007, 10:39 PM
I'm not surprised that Quarless was given a second chance, but Harriot?

Buzz05
08-23-2007, 08:18 AM
?Derrick?s had his moments,? coach Joe Paterno said on Media Day. ?Derrick has been a little bit inconsistent catching the football at times. I think he?s tried too hard. He?s put an awful lot of pressure on himself. There isn?t a guy on the team that works any harder than Derrick Williams does. I think this is a key year for him.?

Coming from JoePa this has to ring true. JoePa typically wont single any one guy out saying ' so and so works hardest.' So the fact he said DWill works the hardest only can have atleast some truth to it. In '06 I am going to agree I think he was inconsistant and did put on some pundage. But maybe you can contribute that to the broken leg he had. Not an excuse just an idea.

I am expecting big things from him this year outa this kid. Coming in he was supposed to be 'THE GUY' and I think he will. Everything I hear about DWill is he is an outstanding teammate and person. Look out for the DWill Express in '07.

Buzz05
08-23-2007, 08:21 AM
I'm not surprised that Quarless was given a second chance, but Harriot?

Quarless yes, I was expecting to be on the team..he is afterall a great recieving TE. Harriot...maybe is was a package deal...I duno. I am kind of surprised by it myself. But in all honesty I dont know too much about the situation other then they were both drunk during 2 a days. I do like the fact that JoePa let it up to the team to vote them back on.

Maybe someone should ask Quarless and Harriot how running all those bleachers feel about now and if it was worth it to put themselves before the team.