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SteelCityMan786
01-19-2008, 02:33 PM
Time to prepare for a new year. Spring Practice is on the way. Here's to hoping a better year is to come then it was in 2007.

2008 Penn State Football Schedule
April 19 2008 Blue/White Game 2:00
August 30 Coastal Carolina
September 6 Oregon State 3:30
September 13 @ Syracuse
September 20 Temple
September 27 Illinois
October 4 @ Purdue
October 11 @ Wisconsin
October 18 Michigan
October 25 @ Ohio State
November 8 @ Iowa
November 15 Indiana
November 22 Michigan State

SteelCityMan786
01-19-2008, 02:34 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08019/850584-143.stm

No negotiations for Paterno yet
Saturday, January 19, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State president Graham Spanier told the university's trustees yesterday that he's "quite certain" that Joe Paterno will coach the football team in 2008.

Paterno, 81, said last month that he'd like to "coach two, three, four or five more years" after his current four-year deal expires after this season.

But Spanier told the trustees during a bimonthly meeting at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College that no negotiations have taken place regarding a new contract.

"We have not had an opportunity yet to have discussions about what will happen going forward," he said.

Paterno is the second-winningest coach in Division I-A history with 372 victories in 42 seasons.

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NOTE -- Penn State All-American middle linebacker Dan Connor has hired Drew Rosenhaus as his agent. Connor, winner of the Bednarik Award, is rated the top overall linebacker in the NFL draft by ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

Jeremy
01-19-2008, 08:57 PM
Get ready for the Paterno retirement parade all around the Big Ten this fall.

Of course it'll be with another mediocre team that underachieves while fans make excuses.

SteelCityMan786
01-19-2008, 09:14 PM
I wouldn't be stunned if this was it. Hopefully Jay doesn't end up becoming head coach.

Don't think this team will be mediocre, but they have a lot of work to do.

In response to your signature Jeremy, I wish they replaced Coastal Carolina with Oregon State. Then got another MAC school to replace Arkansas State.

Jeremy
01-19-2008, 09:49 PM
I wouldn't be stunned if this was it. Hopefully Jay doesn't end up becoming head coach.

Don't think this team will be mediocre, but they have a lot of work to do.

In response to your signature Jeremy, I wish they replaced Coastal Carolina with Oregon State. Then got another MAC school to replace Arkansas State.

You know your program is running scared when their big OOC game is Oregon State.

And yeah, Jay is going to be the next HC at Penn State. That program is too gentrified to do anything really radical like hiring Steve Sarkisian to run things.

SteelCityMan786
01-19-2008, 11:04 PM
You know your program is running scared when their big OOC game is Oregon State.

And yeah, Jay is going to be the next HC at Penn State. That program is too gentrified to do anything really radical like hiring Steve Sarkisian to run things.

I'm actually hoping we hire Greg Schiano, Kirk Ferentz, or if we stay in house, hire Tom Bradley.

Jeremy
01-20-2008, 08:45 AM
I'm actually hoping we hire Greg Schiano, Kirk Ferentz, or if we stay in house, hire Tom Bradley.

Greg Schiano = Giant Scum Bag

Kirk Ferentz = Chronic underachiever

Tom Bradley = Same old same old

Nothing ever changes in State College. That's why I'm not a Penn State fan anymore.

SteelCityMan786
01-21-2008, 07:35 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/503759.html?nav=5017

The Spread Offense could be coming to Penn State this fall. If so, IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME!

TackleMeBen
01-21-2008, 08:06 PM
October 18 Michigan

you become rich's new b itch ....lol..

you know i still love ya steelman:flap:

SteelCityMan786
01-21-2008, 08:18 PM
you become rich's new b itch ....lol..

you know i still love ya steelman:flap:

My position coach in Football would agree with you.(Well my O-Line Coach)

But you're breaking in a New QB at Beaver Stadium. with a totally depleted offense. No Arrington, No Manningham, No Hart, No Henne (Or Mallet for that matter)

Remember what happend to the last team who got stripped of their offense and came into Beaver Stadium the next year with a New Head Coach and new everything(Refer to the Notre Dame Game.) History is doomed to repeat itself. (You know I'm a believer of that TMB).

TackleMeBen
01-21-2008, 08:56 PM
My position coach in Football would agree with you.(Well my O-Line Coach)

But you're breaking in a New QB at Beaver Stadium. with a totally depleted offense. No Arrington, No Manningham, No Hart, No Henne (Or Mallet for that matter)

Remember what happend to the last team who got stripped of their offense and came into Beaver Stadium the next year with a New Head Coach and new everything(Refer to the Notre Dame Game.) History is doomed to repeat itself. (You know I'm a believer of that TMB).

yes,but that was Notre Dame.. they suck anyway you look at it..lol... this is michigan, you know rich will have the boys ready to kick your team's butt :cheer:

SteelCityMan786
01-21-2008, 08:58 PM
yes,but that was Notre Dame.. they suck anyway you look at it..lol... this is michigan, you know rich will have the boys ready to kick your team's butt :cheer:

I'm not doubting a good game. I just don't think they'll be able to finish considering we have 19 starters (18 of which are position starters) are going to just fall that easily against Michigan.

TackleMeBen
01-21-2008, 09:13 PM
I'm not doubting a good game. I just don't think they'll be able to finish considering we have 19 starters (18 of which are position starters) are going to just fall that easily against Michigan.

they will be shaking in their cleats when michigan comes to town..lol...:flap:

SteelCityMan786
01-21-2008, 09:43 PM
they will be shaking in their cleats when michigan comes to town..lol...:flap:

Shaking in their cleats? More like what Rich will be doing in his shoes. The Biggest Environment he's coached in Pennsylvania, is Heinz Field. 40,000+ Seats less then PSU.

TackleMeBen
01-21-2008, 10:04 PM
Shaking in their cleats? More like what Rich will be doing in his shoes. The Biggest Environment he's coached in Pennsylvania, is Heinz Field. 40,000+ Seats less then PSU.

i have faith in rich that he will get the job done... and yet again you will be michigans b itch :wink02:

lilyoder6
01-22-2008, 09:00 AM
what.. is rich going to go to happy valley and destroy records of players and playbooks of PSU???

Lord Stiller
01-22-2008, 09:19 AM
This will be the year Penn State breaks through to beat Michigan

Last few years have been really close. Hell, the only reason Michigan won last time was stupid Austin Scott fumbling and Morelli sucking

TackleMeBen
01-22-2008, 09:29 AM
what.. is rich going to go to happy valley and destroy records of players and playbooks of PSU???
if that is what it takes..lol.. just kidding...

steelman knows i like to pick with him about penn st football..lol.

lilyoder6
01-22-2008, 01:23 PM
i just thought it would be funny to put that in about rich since he did it at WVU...

TackleMeBen
01-22-2008, 01:40 PM
i just thought it would be funny to put that in about rich since he did it at WVU...

it was very funny..lol:sofunny:

SteelCityMan786
01-23-2008, 05:22 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08022/851236-143.stm
Shady Side's Farrell picks Penn State
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
By Colin Dunlap, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shady Side Academy offensive lineman Mike Farrell has made a verbal commitment to Penn State.

Farrell, 6 feet 6, 280-pounds, is projected to play tackle for the Nittany Lions. He chose Penn State over Miami of Ohio.

"I liked everything I saw in both places, but what it came down to is that I liked Penn State just a little more," Farrell said. "I am definitely grateful for the opportunity. I am going to redshirt next year and definitely use the year to get bigger and stronger."

Farrell plans to sign with Penn State on Feb. 6, national letter of intent signing day.

Jeremy
01-23-2008, 07:27 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08022/851236-143.stm
Shady Side's Farrell picks Penn State
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
By Colin Dunlap, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shady Side Academy offensive lineman Mike Farrell has made a verbal commitment to Penn State.

Farrell, 6 feet 6, 280-pounds, is projected to play tackle for the Nittany Lions. He chose Penn State over Miami of Ohio.

"I liked everything I saw in both places, but what it came down to is that I liked Penn State just a little more," Farrell said. "I am definitely grateful for the opportunity. I am going to redshirt next year and definitely use the year to get bigger and stronger."

Farrell plans to sign with Penn State on Feb. 6, national letter of intent signing day.

Over the Miami Redhawks huh? I guess that makes Penn State the Class of the MAC. Oh wait.....Penn State lost to Toledo.

SteelCityMan786
01-23-2008, 08:08 PM
Over the Miami Redhawks huh? I guess that makes Penn State the Class of the MAC. Oh wait.....Penn State lost to Toledo.

Almost a decade ago. What MAC school has beaten them since?

Jeremy
01-23-2008, 08:10 PM
Almost a decade ago. What MAC school has beaten them since?

They might be able to if Penn State wasn't busy changing Paterno's diapers and scheduling powerhouse teams like Coastal Carolina.

SteelCityMan786
01-23-2008, 08:25 PM
They might be able to if Penn State wasn't busy changing Paterno's diapers and scheduling powerhouse teams like Coastal Carolina.

Well, they also had Arkansas State on the schedule before buying them out and replacing them with Oregon State. A bit more of a "respectable game"

Bottom line, I don't know why they're stooping to a Pitt level by scheduling D 1-AA's. We have that 2 years in a row. 2009 we have Eastern Illinois. I don't see why not rid them and try to get a 2 year deal from Oregon State.

lilyoder6
01-23-2008, 10:18 PM
u look at like penn state doesn't wan to play pitt or any other powerhouse team.. maybe the more accurate say would be that they don't want to play PSU..

SteelCityMan786
01-23-2008, 10:23 PM
u look at like penn state doesn't wan to play pitt or any other powerhouse team.. maybe the more accurate say would be that they don't want to play PSU..

Yeah and start to even the total of games hosted between both schools. If Pitt wants a respectable non-conference schedule Penn State is a good step in the right direction. The best one they have on the 2008 Schedule is Iowa, and I watched Penn State pretty much beat them down the whole game. Iowa should be able to walk all over Pitt because that D is a joke down there and Pitt has not faired well with the Big Ten Power as of late.

SteelCityMan786
01-27-2008, 09:53 AM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/504042.html?nav=5017

Charged players booted from team
By Genaro C. Armas, The Associated Press
POSTED: January 26, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK ? Three Penn State football players charged in connection with a campus fight last fall have been kicked off the team, at least temporarily, a person familiar with the players? status said Friday.

Defensive tackle Chris Baker and linebacker Navorro Bowman are awaiting trial on felony assault and other charges related to a fight in October at the campus student union in which police said one man was beaten.

Cornerback Knowledge Timmons was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and defiant trespass stemming from an incident after the fight.

The three players are no longer with the team, though there is a possibility they could return to the squad, said the person familiar with the situation who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject.

Team spokesman Jeff Nelson said Friday that ??three members of the squad have been excused from the team,?? but declined further comment.

Besides the criminal charges, Baker, Bowman and Timmons are facing potential disciplinary action from the university.

Baker started for most of the 2007 season, while Bowman saw significant action as a backup before his suspension. Timmons was playing primarily on special teams.

SteelCityMan786
01-27-2008, 09:54 AM
Good Riddance to them if they're found guilty.

lilyoder6
01-27-2008, 10:30 AM
timmons will be back since he really didn't do anything that bad.. trepassing.. ooo evryone trepasses on ppl property..

SMR
01-27-2008, 03:52 PM
This is very tiresome. The rising problem of misconduct in the NFL and now the NCAA, heck it's in all the sports now!

SteelCityMan786
01-27-2008, 06:08 PM
This is very tiresome. The rising problem of misconduct in the NFL and now the NCAA, heck it's in all the sports now!

That's steming from a fight last season. These guys were in connection with a fight at the HUB.

SteelCityMan786
02-06-2008, 04:29 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/504414.html?nav=5017

The latest on Pryor

SteelCityMan786
02-10-2008, 03:45 PM
Penn State's current recruiting Class so far.

Brandon Beachum, Cardinal Mooney, Ohio (RB, 5-11, 220)
Jack Crawford, St. Augustine Prep, N.J. (DE, 6-6, 250)
Mike Farrell, Shady Side Academy (OT, 6-6, 272)
D'Anton Lynn, Celina, Texas (S, 6-1, 177)
Pete Massaro, Marple Newtown, Pa. (DT, 6-4, 245)
Michael Mauti, Mandeville La. (LB, 6-2, 220)
Deon'tae Pannell, Wylie E. Groves, Mich. (OT, 6-5, 305)
Matt Stankiewitch, Blue Mountain, Pa. (OG, 6-4, 290)
A.J. Price, South Lakes, Va. (WR, 6-4, 175)
James Terry, Brandywine, Del. (DT, 6-3, 294)
Brandon Ware, Harrisburg (DT, 6-4, 340)
Mark Wedderburn, Cardinal O'Hara, Pa. (TE, 6-5, 235)
Mike Yancich, Trinity (LB, 6-2, 219)
Michael Zordich, Cardinal Mooney Ohio (LB, 6-2, 210).

lilyoder6
02-10-2008, 03:53 PM
damn the smallest person they recruited is 5' 11''. oh well hope they can help out this yr..

SteelCityMan786
02-10-2008, 03:57 PM
Harrisburg develops some good DL, so hopefully he can help continue our DL Dominance.

SteelCityMan786
02-10-2008, 10:25 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/013008aab.html
Thirty-six Members of Nittany Lion Football Team Earn 3.0 GPA or Higher During Fall Semester

Twelve Earn Dean's List Recognition for 3.5 GPA or Better

Jan. 30, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., January 30, 2008 - The Penn State football team produced another outstanding academic performance during the Fall 2007 semester, with 36 squad members earning at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Among the 36 Nittany Lions, 12 earned Dean's List recognition by posting a 3.5 GPA or higher this past semester. Senior tackle Gerald Cadogan (Portsmouth, Ohio) and freshman guard Stefen Wisniewski (Bridgeville) earned a perfect 4.00 during the semester, while six other full-time football student-athletes had a 3.7 GPA or higher.

The superlative academic performance brings the number of Nittany Lion football student-athletes to 33 who had a cumulative 3.0 GPA through the fall. Among the highest achievers are: Cadogan, who was selected a first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American? for the 2007 season, sophomore punter Jeremy Boone (Mechanicsburg), sophomore quarterback Pat Devlin (Downingtown), junior cornerback Justin King (Pittsburgh), junior linebacker Sean Lee (Pittsburgh), junior wide receiver Jordan Norwood (State College) and junior safety Mark Rubin (Amherst, N.Y.).

Among the other Nittany Lions who earned Dean's List recognition during the Fall semester were: freshman linebacker Chris Colasanti (Leonard, Mich.), sophomore wideout Ryan Gmerek (Houtzdale), senior kicker Joe Hughes (Downingtown), junior linebacker Josh Hull (Millheim), freshman defensive lineman Kevion Latham (Greensboro, N.C.), senior guard Ross Muir (Noblesville, Ind.), junior Andrew Pitz (Bettendorf, Iowa) and junior quarterback Kevin Suhey (State College), in addition to Cadogan, Devlin, Rubin and Wisniewski.

In addition, quarterback Paul Cianciolo (Charleston, S.C.) and center Patrick Weber (Arnold), who had graduated prior to the 2007 season, earned GPAs of 3.5 or higher during the Fall semester.

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

• Penn State's 76 percent Graduation Success Rate was No. 3 in the nation among teams ranked in the final 2007 USA Today Coaches Top 25. Boston College (93) and Texas Tech (79) were the only teams with a higher GSR, according to data released by the NCAA last fall.

• The Nittany Lions earned the highest Graduation Success Rate among the eight Big Ten teams that played in a 2007-08 bowl game. Penn State's 76 percent rate was easily above the Division I national GSR average of 67 percent and was No. 9 among all 64 bowl teams.

• African-American members of the Penn State football team also earned a GSR?of 76 percent, significantly higher than the national average of 57 percent, and 15 points higher than the next closest Big Ten school, according to the 2007 NCAA report.

• Cadogan was selected a 2007 first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American?, giving Penn State at least one Academic All-American? in each of the past six years.

During Paterno's tenure, Penn State has had 36 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans? (27 first team), 15 National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes and 18 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners. Penn State ranks fourth among all Division I-A institutions in Academic All-America? football honorees.

• The Nittany Lions had 19 Academic All-Big Ten football honorees last fall, improving their conference-leading total to 209 from 1993-2007.

Paterno enters his 43rd season as head coach with 18 returning starters (8 defense, 8 offense, 2 specialists). During the 2008 campaign, the Nittany Lions will face eight teams that played in bowl games this past year, including five at home: Oregon State (Sept. 6), Illinois (Sept. 27), Michigan (Oct. 18-Homecoming), Indiana (Nov. 15) and Michigan State (Nov. 22).

SteelCityMan786
02-10-2008, 10:25 PM
It's very rewarding to see that JoePa has his team doing well in the classroom.

lilyoder6
02-11-2008, 09:28 AM
thats rare.. having 30 players earning a 3.0 or higher. some schools have a couple players.. at least PSU is teaching the players that football isn't anything, and u need a education.

SteelCityMan786
02-11-2008, 04:16 PM
thats rare.. having 30 players earning a 3.0 or higher. some schools have a couple players.. at least PSU is teaching the players that football isn't anything, and u need a education.

Ain't that the truth! Paterno even if the team doesn't do well on the field, wants to make sure they do well in the classroom.

SteelCityMan786
02-23-2008, 02:53 PM
Scout: Lee may be better than Poz and Connor
By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Sean Lee played alongside two of the top linebackers in Penn State history, and he could turn out to be the best of the bunch.

"He may even be better than [Dan] Connor and [Paul] Posluszny when it's all said and done," NFL scout Chris Steuber said.

Lee will have the spotlight all to himself next season and could develop into a first-round pick with a strong year.

"Sean Lee's going to be another great linebacker for them," Steuber said. "I think Sean is a great athlete. He's another sure tackler. The kid's all over the field. I love his presence. He covers very well."

Steuber noted Lee will need to improve his footwork for the next level and predicts he could be a late first- or early second-round draft pick. Lee's skills on the field will be enhanced by the intangibles he shares with Posluszny and Connor.

"They are high-quality guys, they're high-character guys and they play the game the right way," Steuber said.

lilyoder6
02-23-2008, 03:21 PM
i bet lee will have a great season next yr.. i mean he got to play along side on paul and connor and got to learn from them... so he knows how to be the best and could run for best lb and def player with james... then the yr after that look out for jerome hayes... :O

SteelCityMan786
02-23-2008, 03:43 PM
I have no doubts about Lee doing well. If he takes what he learned from Connor and Pos, he will go down as Penn States best linebacker ever.

Jeremy
02-24-2008, 01:47 PM
Something for the Penn State fans:

ESPN Big Ten Power Rankings. (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3255401)

Lord Stiller
02-24-2008, 02:14 PM
Something for the Penn State fans:

ESPN Big Ten Power Rankings. (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3255401)

damn that sucks!

and we all know how accurate ESPN rankings are!

Jeremy
02-24-2008, 02:15 PM
damn that sucks!

and we all know how accurate ESPN rankings are!

How are you going to be mad about being rated third in the Big Ten?

SteelCityMan786
02-24-2008, 02:43 PM
How are you going to be mad about being rated third in the Big Ten?

3rd is good for now. But hey, these can/will change between now, and when Spring Practices are over.

lilyoder6
02-24-2008, 03:33 PM
oh well i bet it would change depending on where pryor goes... but it's just for psu to show it's critics wrong again..

SteelCityMan786
02-24-2008, 08:05 PM
That's for sure Yoder. It's all speculation at this point. We'll know how good the team is coming out of the Non-Conference Schedule and the early stage of the conference schedule.

Lord Stiller
03-04-2008, 03:19 PM
did you hear the new crazy rumor of who the next Penn State coach will be?????




































BILL COWHER - how sweet would that be! :tt02:

Dino 6 Rings
03-04-2008, 04:44 PM
u look at like penn state doesn't wan to play pitt or any other powerhouse team.. maybe the more accurate say would be that they don't want to play PSU..

Pitt wants to Play Penn State. Joe Pa refuses to play Pitt without a 2-1 home and home deal. He won't agree to a home and home scheduling, so he'll play Syracuse and Temple but not Pitt...why? Cause he knows a Rivalry game can kill your season...ask West Virginia.

SteelCityMan786
03-04-2008, 07:30 PM
Pitt wants to Play Penn State. Joe Pa refuses to play Pitt without a 2-1 home and home deal. He won't agree to a home and home scheduling, so he'll play Syracuse and Temple but not Pitt...why? Cause he knows a Rivalry game can kill your season...ask West Virginia.

Joe Pa actually has been quoted as saying that he would play Pitt Home and Home as long as Penn State can still have their 7 home games. Also you're forced to play West Virginia. Circumstances differ in this situation. Penn State/Pitt is a non-conference game, we don't have to play each other. We still have an open spot for the 2010 schedule and still need to fill in games for 2011 and beyond.

One thing I don't understand why we are doing this is scheduling I-AA's. THAT'S A PITT THING TO DO. Coastal Carolina in 08, Eastern Illinois in 09 and Ytown State in 2010. We need to buy out those contracts(more likely to be 09 and 10) and fill them with better teams. No reason for us to play them. 2011 is the next time we will have no I-AA's unless something happens.(Penn State plays Eastern Michigan, and FINALLY Alabama, and Temple(Better then playing a I-AA.))

btw folks, Oregon State vs. Penn State will be at 3:30.

Dino 6 Rings
03-05-2008, 09:05 AM
blah blah blah, "thats a Pitt thing to do"

Go ahead and schedule Temple as if that's "Blockbuster". Penn State won't play Pitt again as long as Joe Pa is the coach at PSU, bottom line. He's still pssed about the creation of the Big East Football Conference, somehow he feels Pitt "stabbed in the back" over that entire mess.

Yes we have scheduled Div II schools, lately, but we have also signed contracts with Va Tech, Iowa, Miami and Notred Dame to bulster our out of Conference schedule. We have also played Nebraska, Texas A&M, Virginia, Michigan State, and others. Wanny is trying to bring Pitt back from the mess that Walt (Only care about offense, qbs and wrs) Harris left us. He's done well so far, I expect to compete for a Big East title in 08 and be in BCS Bowls for the next few years while he's coach. We have guys going to the draft every year, high in the draft too and are doing well for ourselves now.

Penn State and Pitt should play every year. I miss the tradition of the game. Bottom line, even though Pitt hasn't been "great" lately, they are on the up swing, and still...remember...got you last 12-0. PSU hasn't scored a point on us in 7 years.

Dino 6 Rings
03-05-2008, 09:06 AM
Oh, and if you ever get a chance to go to a game in Nebraska, I highly recommend it. The people are amazingly friendly, even on Game day and I was in Pitt garb in their stadium and they were still wonderful football fans. The Game day atmosphere is fantastic and the stadium is amazing. Great town for Football.

lilyoder6
03-05-2008, 09:21 AM
it's kind of hard for psu to score a point against psu in the last 7 yrs since they don't play... like what 786 said that psu would play pitt if they still had the 7 games.. so y doesn't pitt just accept the game?? b/c they don't want to go to happy valley and play in that stadium.. would be nice to see them play yes.. but psu makes them the offer to come in and they decline...

Dino 6 Rings
03-05-2008, 09:39 AM
it's kind of hard for psu to score a point against psu in the last 7 yrs since they don't play... like what 786 said that psu would play pitt if they still had the 7 games.. so y doesn't pitt just accept the game?? b/c they don't want to go to happy valley and play in that stadium.. would be nice to see them play yes.. but psu makes them the offer to come in and they decline...

Enjoy the read

http://mondesishouse.blogspot.com/2006/11/relevance-of-pitt-vs-penn-state.html

lilyoder6
03-05-2008, 05:11 PM
wow.. a blog.... i am going to have to read it again..

SteelCityMan786
03-05-2008, 07:31 PM
That blog is bogus.

Yes Michigan and Ohio State are true rivals. Almost no games against either team is a blow out even if we lose the game, AND also Wisconsin has become a rivalry as of late because neither team has won back to back games against each other in years.

To Dino, Penn State has signed contracts with Syracuse(Not great but hey better name then others on our schedule), Alabama, Virginia, and Nebraska coming up. Also, blogs are not always for news. See, that one is just for one man's opinion.

TackleMeBen
03-05-2008, 08:03 PM
That blog is bogus.

Yes Michigan and Ohio State are true rivals. Almost no games against either team is a blow out even if we lose the game, AND also Wisconsin has become a rivalry as of late because neither team has won back to back games against each other in years.

To Dino, Penn State has signed contracts with Syracuse(Not great but hey better name then others on our schedule), Alabama, Virginia, and Nebraska coming up. Also, blogs are not always for news. See, that one is just for one man's opinion.

UVA has a good football team. if you really wanted a sucky team to play steelman, they should contact and duke and play them... you would get a very easy win...(their football team blows)

i would like to see a psu/pitt game. i would pull for pitt of course :wink02:. it would make for a good in state rival.. like michigan/michigan state.

Dino 6 Rings
03-06-2008, 11:23 AM
That blog is bogus.

Yes Michigan and Ohio State are true rivals. Almost no games against either team is a blow out even if we lose the game, AND also Wisconsin has become a rivalry as of late because neither team has won back to back games against each other in years.

To Dino, Penn State has signed contracts with Syracuse(Not great but hey better name then others on our schedule), Alabama, Virginia, and Nebraska coming up. Also, blogs are not always for news. See, that one is just for one man's opinion.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure since joining the Big 10 PSU hasn't scored more than 9 points at Ohio State, and I'm pretty sure the Buckeye's don't consider the Lions a Rival, just another interconference game. Michigan is rivals with OSU, Mich State, and Notre Dame...PSU isn't a Rival to Michigan, if PSU fans see them as rivals, so be it, but its supposed to be Both sides that consider it a rivalry game. WVU/Pitt Rival, Pitt/PSU, Rival, Pitt vs Cincy Rival...Pitt vs Rutgers, not a Rival, Pitt vs Syracuse, Not a Rival...Wisconsin...come on...that's reaching, I might as well call South Florida a Rival if that's the criteria. Those are just Inter Conference Games.

Lousiville Kentucky, Rival, Auburn Alabama, Rivals, MIchigan OSU, Florida/Miami/FSU, Rivals, Army/Navy, Rivals

PSU...um...who actually considers them a Rival besides Pitt?

Oh, Maybe Temple...yeah...that's a Good Rivalry Game...bet that game gets the fans Fired up.

Just cause you "hate" a team, doesn't mean they consider you a Rival.

Lets see, 2007, PSU lost to Both OSU and Michigan.2006, PSU lost to both OSU and Michigan. 2005 PSU beat OSU but lost to Michigan, 2004, PSU lost to OSU, didn't play Michigan, 2003, PSU lost to OSU, didn't play Michigan, 2002, PSU lost to both Michigan and OSU...1 win out of 10 games = Nemesis, not Rivals.

Michigan and OSU do NOT consider PSU a Rival...sorry, but facts is facts.

SteelCityMan786
03-06-2008, 04:13 PM
Dino, even if they beat us, we still at least make bowl games. Something Pitt hasn't seen in what seems like a decade.

Dino 6 Rings
03-06-2008, 04:33 PM
Dino, even if they beat us, we still at least make bowl games. Something Pitt hasn't seen in what seems like a decade.

3 seasons without a Bowl game.

Not worried, down time is what it is, kind of like the mid 80s with the Steelers, you grin, you bear it and you wait it out.

SteelCityMan786
03-06-2008, 04:56 PM
3 seasons without a Bowl game.

Not worried, down time is what it is, kind of like the mid 80s with the Steelers, you grin, you bear it and you wait it out.

At least you're staying positive about it. We've been suffering 4 out the 5 years this decade. Now we're back in order.

Dino 6 Rings
03-06-2008, 05:00 PM
I'm positive about all my Football...

and since all my Football plays on the same Field, its a Double Bonus of Positive Energy from me.

I get to watch MY GUYS on the Same Field on Saturday or Sunday. Its Great.

Oh, and We WILL be Good this year. Won't be ranked to start the Season, but once Shady gets his wheels going...it'll be painful for the rest of the Big East...PITT Football is finally back! Took 3 seasons to wash the taste of Harris out of my mouth...effing Strike Force nonsense he put on us...he had KID STUFF...now its run it down their throats then throw it over the Top....FOOTBALL!!!!

Lord Stiller
03-06-2008, 06:12 PM
Pitt does not belong on the same field as the great Steelers

Pitt's program is a total joke

lilyoder6
03-06-2008, 08:56 PM
in the nfl it's harder to get to the playoffs... in colllege there are so many bowls available that teams can get into.. pitt has many chances to get into a bowl if they win..

Dino 6 Rings
03-07-2008, 08:29 AM
Pitt does not belong on the same field as the great Steelers

Pitt's program is a total joke

Cause they send as many players to the NFL as PSU and have more National Titles than PSU. yeah, sonds like the joke is on psu fans...ha. And they do belong on the same field, because they have the same Name...PITTSBURGH BABY!!!

lilyoder6
03-07-2008, 08:47 AM
name me ppl from pitt who were drafted in the past couple of yrs except for larry fitz... psu as many... lj, paul. p, levi brown, micheal robinson, tony hunt, jay alford, Tamba Hali, Kareem McKenzie, kyle brady... just to name a few... 11 psu players been drafted in the past 2 yrs.. how many does pitt have???? and since joe pa has been the coach there have been more than 300 psu players that have signed cnfl contracts...

Jeremy
03-07-2008, 09:47 AM
name me ppl from pitt who were drafted in the past couple of yrs except for larry fitz... psu as many... lj, paul. p, levi brown, micheal robinson, tony hunt, jay alford, Tamba Hali, Kareem McKenzie, kyle brady... just to name a few... 11 psu players been drafted in the past 2 yrs.. how many does pitt have???? and since joe pa has been the coach there have been more than 300 psu players that have signed cnfl contracts...

300 huh? I wonder how many players USC has put in to the NFL in the same time frame.

These Pitt/Penn State fights remind me of the South Park episode where Timmy and Jimmy fight.

Dino 6 Rings
03-07-2008, 11:28 AM
name me ppl from pitt who were drafted in the past couple of yrs except for larry fitz... psu as many... lj, paul. p, levi brown, micheal robinson, tony hunt, jay alford, Tamba Hali, Kareem McKenzie, kyle brady... just to name a few... 11 psu players been drafted in the past 2 yrs.. how many does pitt have???? and since joe pa has been the coach there have been more than 300 psu players that have signed cnfl contracts...

Revis, first round CB last year to the Jets, you may have heard of him. Pretty sure he was a wanted by the Steelers.

Paul Paluszny...how did he do...oh yeah...broke arm season over...another future PSU Linebacker Bust. Arrington has done amazing hasn't he. Bust.

Kyle Brady...1995? How far back you want to go?

I'll give you Alford....and Jeff Otah will be a first rounder for Pitt this season on the Oline.

Dino 6 Rings
03-07-2008, 11:29 AM
300 huh? I wonder how many players USC has put in to the NFL in the same time frame.

These Pitt/Penn State fights remind me of the South Park episode where Timmy and Jimmy fight.

I'm not fighting, just pointing out facts. Just the facts.

Dino 6 Rings
03-07-2008, 11:53 AM
Oh and its currently PSU with 264 people drafted into the NFL in history, and Pitt has 192.

USC has sent 342 players to the NFL.

Jeremy
03-07-2008, 12:15 PM
Oh and its currently PSU with 264 people drafted into the NFL in history, and Pitt has 192.

USC has sent 342 players to the NFL.

342....not too shabby huh.

Another 4 or 5 this year too. How many Penn Staters are going to get drafted this year?

Lord Stiller
03-07-2008, 12:40 PM
How many Penn Staters are going to get drafted this year?

Dan Connor
Justin King

maybe Baltimore drafts Morelli :wink02:

maybe a couple more. Remember the DT the crushed Tom Brady in the SB? He was an undrafted rookie from Penn State

Jeremy
03-07-2008, 12:56 PM
Dan Connor
Justin King

maybe Baltimore drafts Morelli :wink02:

maybe a couple more. Remember the DT the crushed Tom Brady in the SB? He was an undrafted rookie from Penn State

Good for him. :wink02:

Dino 6 Rings
03-07-2008, 03:46 PM
Alford, that's who crushed Tom Brady, from PSU...

Pitt will be sending
Darrell Strong, TE
Mike McGlyn, OG
Joe Clermond, DE
Jeff Otah, OT

SteelCityMan786
03-07-2008, 05:44 PM
Revis, first round CB last year to the Jets, you may have heard of him. Pretty sure he was a wanted by the Steelers.

Paul Paluszny...how did he do...oh yeah...broke arm season over...another future PSU Linebacker Bust. Arrington has done amazing hasn't he. Bust.

Kyle Brady...1995? How far back you want to go?

I'll give you Alford....and Jeff Otah will be a first rounder for Pitt this season on the Oline.

Yeah, and Paul started as a rookie.

SteelCityMan786
03-07-2008, 05:48 PM
Alford, that's who crushed Tom Brady, from PSU...

Pitt will be sending
Darrell Strong, TE
Mike McGlyn, OG
Joe Clermond, DE
Jeff Otah, OT

None of em but maybe Otah will end up starting.

TackleMeBen
03-07-2008, 05:48 PM
steelman..

your penn st team is going down to the hands of the wolverines..lol....

SteelCityMan786
03-07-2008, 06:33 PM
Stiring the pot a little early now are we TMB?

TackleMeBen
03-07-2008, 07:45 PM
Stiring the pot a little early now are we TMB?

me stirring the pot??:stirthepot: now you know i wouldnt do that :flap:

Jeremy
03-07-2008, 08:19 PM
A Michigan/Penn State fight is only a little better than a Pitt/Penn State fight.

Meanwhile USC just produces All Americans and Hall of Famers while winning national championships.

SteelCityMan786
03-07-2008, 08:38 PM
Quarless is about ready to get my fist for his dismissal. This is his 2nd offense.

Quarless charged with DUI
By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Penn State tight end Andrew Quarless was charged Thursday with driving under the influence after registering a blood-alcohol level of .084 during a traffic stop in State College early Sunday morning.

This is the second alcohol-related incident involving the 19-year-old Quarless, who was suspended indefinitely from the football team for undisclosed reasons Tuesday. Quarless was cited for underage drinking in August and was suspended for the first two games of the 2007 season.

Quarless was stopped just before 3 a.m. after running a red light. He failed a field sobriety test, and a blood test revealed his elevated blood-alcohol level. The state?s legal limit is .08. He also faces charges of underage drinking and a traffic violation for running a red light.

Baker cleared by JA

Penn State?s Office of Judicial Affairs has cleared defensive lineman Chris Baker of any wrongdoing in an Oct. 7 campus fight.

Baker still faces criminal charges from the incident and is awaiting trial, along with linebacker Navorro Bowman. Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira told The Associated Press that the university?s findings are inadmissible in court.

Baker and Bowman have been dismissed from the football team.

TackleMeBen
03-07-2008, 08:54 PM
Quarless is about ready to get my fist for his dismissal. This is his 2nd offense.

Quarless charged with DUI
By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Penn State tight end Andrew Quarless was charged Thursday with driving under the influence after registering a blood-alcohol level of .084 during a traffic stop in State College early Sunday morning.

This is the second alcohol-related incident involving the 19-year-old Quarless, who was suspended indefinitely from the football team for undisclosed reasons Tuesday. Quarless was cited for underage drinking in August and was suspended for the first two games of the 2007 season.

Quarless was stopped just before 3 a.m. after running a red light. He failed a field sobriety test, and a blood test revealed his elevated blood-alcohol level. The state?s legal limit is .08. He also faces charges of underage drinking and a traffic violation for running a red light.

Baker cleared by JA

Penn State?s Office of Judicial Affairs has cleared defensive lineman Chris Baker of any wrongdoing in an Oct. 7 campus fight.

Baker still faces criminal charges from the incident and is awaiting trial, along with linebacker Navorro Bowman. Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira told The Associated Press that the university?s findings are inadmissible in court.

Baker and Bowman have been dismissed from the football team.

steelman, all these players seem to have the perfect make up for the ever so loved bengals..lol ...:flap:

JPa cant keep those players in line anymore over there?

Jeremy
03-07-2008, 08:59 PM
Quarless is about ready to get my fist for his dismissal. This is his 2nd offense.

Quarless charged with DUI
By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Penn State tight end Andrew Quarless was charged Thursday with driving under the influence after registering a blood-alcohol level of .084 during a traffic stop in State College early Sunday morning.

This is the second alcohol-related incident involving the 19-year-old Quarless, who was suspended indefinitely from the football team for undisclosed reasons Tuesday. Quarless was cited for underage drinking in August and was suspended for the first two games of the 2007 season.

Quarless was stopped just before 3 a.m. after running a red light. He failed a field sobriety test, and a blood test revealed his elevated blood-alcohol level. The state?s legal limit is .08. He also faces charges of underage drinking and a traffic violation for running a red light.

Baker cleared by JA

Penn State?s Office of Judicial Affairs has cleared defensive lineman Chris Baker of any wrongdoing in an Oct. 7 campus fight.

Baker still faces criminal charges from the incident and is awaiting trial, along with linebacker Navorro Bowman. Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira told The Associated Press that the university?s findings are inadmissible in court.

Baker and Bowman have been dismissed from the football team.

Wasn't this the guy who was going to change the passing game for them last year?

:toofunny:

Penn State is funny.

SteelCityMan786
03-07-2008, 09:03 PM
steelman, all these players seem to have the perfect make up for the ever so loved bengals..lol ...:flap:

JPa cant keep those players in line anymore over there?

At least 99% he can. I will not be surprised if this is his tour out of town this year.

As for Jeremy, we already have a Tight End who seems to have a mind and knows how to act in a College Football environment who is probably as good if not better then Quarless. Mickey Shuler.

Jeremy
03-07-2008, 09:09 PM
At least 99% he can. I will not be surprised if this is his tour out of town this year.

As for Jeremy, we already have a Tight End who seems to have a mind and knows how to act in a College Football environment who is probably as good if not better then Quarless. Mickey Shuler.

The legacy recruit? Honestly....guys like that are great for Penn State. They'll have a solid career, won't break any rules, and will make a solid VP of Marketing for someone someday.

:wink02:

lilyoder6
03-07-2008, 09:59 PM
well at least when players get in trouble at psu they get punished.. unlike this other schools who will bend over backwards for the players... i messed up with the brady one but oh well... yes ur right that they sent that many to the draft but over 300 have signed contracts...... this yr might not be as strong as a draft for psu but the players wanted to stay and get a education and play for joe pa 1 more yr... and how can paul p be a bust.. not many rookies start there 1st yr...

Jeremy
03-07-2008, 10:32 PM
well at least when players get in trouble at psu they get punished.. unlike this other schools who will bend over backwards for the players... i messed up with the brady one but oh well... yes ur right that they sent that many to the draft but over 300 have signed contracts...... this yr might not be as strong as a draft for psu but the players wanted to stay and get a education and play for joe pa 1 more yr... and how can paul p be a bust.. not many rookies start there 1st yr...

Posluzny wasn't a bust. Anyone who thinks that doesn't know jack shit about football. The dude broke his arm fro crying out loud!

As far as the playing an extra year stuff....that's great. It's a cute little program that Paterno has built there in State College and I respect him for it. But at the end of the day, I need to know my team is trying to win. That's why I root for USC.

lilyoder6
03-08-2008, 09:42 AM
thats y they lost to stanford??????? i alomost forgot that they are a powerhouse team losing to a stanford team..

Dino 6 Rings
03-10-2008, 09:42 AM
A Michigan/Penn State fight is only a little better than a Pitt/Penn State fight.

Meanwhile USC just produces All Americans and Hall of Famers while winning national championships.

USC produces "All Americans" that don't quite live up to their hype or potential lately and have won ONE national title recently...the AP Title doesn't count during the age of the BCS, they won 1 BCS title and lost another.

lilyoder6
03-10-2008, 11:31 AM
don't forget that if they find bush guilty of accepting money that they would have to forfeit evry game that he participated in and give back those titles they won...

matt L.. IR 2nd season: BIG START WOW
bush.. good 1 st yr but 2nd yr proved he isn't rdy for be the main rb
don't forget about white... he didn't do shit the 1ts yr and did alright this yr

Dino 6 Rings
03-10-2008, 04:35 PM
don't forget that if they find bush guilty of accepting money that they would have to forfeit evry game that he participated in and give back those titles they won...

matt L.. IR 2nd season: BIG START WOW
bush.. good 1 st yr but 2nd yr proved he isn't rdy for be the main rb
don't forget about white... he didn't do shit the 1ts yr and did alright this yr

how many WRs aren't playing now that were supposed to be?

yeah...

Jeremy
03-10-2008, 05:24 PM
thats y they lost to stanford??????? i alomost forgot that they are a powerhouse team losing to a stanford team..

And Penn State has a loss to Toledo on the books. But I guess those loses are thing of the past now that they have Coastal Carolina on the schedule.

SteelCityMan786
03-10-2008, 06:00 PM
And Penn State has a loss to Toledo on the books. But I guess those loses are thing of the past now that they have Coastal Carolina on the schedule.

We could lose to teams no matter how good that their is no excuse for losing to them like Michigan has done (Coughs Appy. State Coughs)

lilyoder6
03-10-2008, 07:29 PM
psu is a good team that loses just like any other team in the NCAA... but USC is supposed to be the Number 1 powerhouse team in the NCAA and they are losing to the likes of stanford??

Jeremy
03-11-2008, 11:47 AM
psu is a good team that loses just like any other team in the NCAA... but USC is supposed to be the Number 1 powerhouse team in the NCAA and they are losing to the likes of stanford??

Coastal Carolina.

SteelCityMan786
03-20-2008, 01:19 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/031008aaa.html

Evans & Shipley Named to Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List

Nittany Lion Tandem Named First Team All-Big Ten in 2007

March 10, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 10, 2008 - A pair of Penn State's first team All-Big Ten performers have been named to the preliminary Watch List for the 39th Rotary Lombardi Award, presented by Wachovia.

Defensive end Maurice Evans (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and center A.Q. Shipley (Coraopolis) are among the candidates for the prestigious award, which is limited to down linemen and those defensive players who line up within five yards of the football.

Candidates earned a place on the preliminary Watch List by earning All-American honors or by being named to their respective all-conference first team as selected by the conference's head coaches in 2007. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2008 season in order to identify those players who have been selected as pre-season honors candidates.

Penn State All-American Dan Connor was a Rotary Lombardi Award semifinalist in 2007. All-America linebacker Paul Posluszny was a finalist for the honor in 2005 and 2006.

In his first year as a starter, Evans recorded a sack in each of the first three games en route to first-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and coaches. He was second in the conference in tackles for losses (No. 6 in nation) with 21.5 for minus-117 yards). He was third in the Big Ten in sacks in sacks (No. 8 in nation) with 12.5 for minus-94 yards. A finalist for the 2007 Ted Hendricks Defensive End Award, the quick and athletic Evans also was second in the Big Ten with five forced fumbles. For the season, he was fifth on the squad with 54 tackles (31 solo) and also had three pass breakups.

Evans delivered one of Penn State's most impressive individual defensive efforts in the Big Ten era in the critical win at Indiana to earn Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Week accolades. He made six stops (five solo) and recorded a career-high 3.5 sacks for a loss of 36 yards. Evans made a total of 4.5 TFL (minus-38 yards) and forced two fumbles, one on a sack, which he picked up and returned 55 yards to the Indiana 13 to set up a field goal, losing a shoe as he chugged downfield. His other fumble hit also set up a fourth-quarter field goal and he broke up one pass.

A starter in all 25 games the past two seasons, Shipley anchors an offensive line that emerged as one of the squad's most consistently productive units in 2007. A hard-working leader for the offense, Shipley has used his skills and tenacity to become one the top offensive linemen in the Big Ten. The conference coaches recognized him as the 2007 first-team All-Big Ten center.

Shipley and the offensive line were instrumental in helping Rodney Kinlaw post the fourth 1,000-yard rushing season by a Nittany Lion in the past six years. Kinlaw's total of 1,326 yards was ninth-highest in school season history In the Nittany Lions' 24-17 victory over Texas A&M in the Valero Alamo Bowl, Shipley helped the Lions rack up a season-high 270 yards on the ground on 6.6 yards per play. A 2007 Rimington Award candidate, he also made his first career reception for four yards on a deflected pass. For his efforts, Shipley earned a spot on the ESPN.com All-Bowl Team.

Joe Paterno enters his 43rd season as head coach with 18 returning starters (8 defense, 8 offense, 2 specialists). Spring practice begins March 24 and the Blue-White Game is April 19, as part of the Gridiron Bash The Ultimate Fan Competition that will include a concert by Fergie on April 18, the first concert to be held in Beaver Stadium.

During the 2008 campaign, the Nittany Lions will face eight teams that played in bowl games this past year, including five at home: Oregon State (Sept. 6), Illinois (Sept. 27), Michigan (Oct. 18-Homecoming), Indiana (Nov. 15) and Michigan State (Nov. 22).

SteelCityMan786
03-21-2008, 12:45 PM
http://post-gazette.com/pg/08081/866957-100.stm

PSU player has charges dropped after Station Sq. arrest
Friday, March 21, 2008
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State University football player Tyrell Sales no longer faces charges in connection with a ruckus outside a Pittsburgh bar, according to court records.

Mr. Sales, 22, is a starting outside linebacker for Penn State. He was arrested last Saturday night outside Margarita Mama's in Station Square.

Police had charged him with defiant trespass and disorderly conduct.

Mr. Sales, who this fall will be a fifth-year senior at Penn State, also is a graduate of Butler High School.

According to court records, the disorderly conduct charge was dismissed, and prosecutors withdrew the charge of defiant trespass.

It is the second time 6-foot-2, 237-pound linebacker has seen charges against him dropped.

He had been charged in an incident April 1 last year in State College involving other football players. Those charges also were dropped.

Six Penn State players are currently suspended from the team pending the outcome of various off-the-field incidents.

SteelCityMan786
03-21-2008, 12:46 PM
Personally, I'm tired of the authorities giving bad names to my sports teams. A majority of the cases I've been reading about now a days are cases have no "legs" for success.

SteelCityMan786
03-21-2008, 12:49 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08081/866917-143.stm

Still no answers about Paterno's future at PSU
Friday, March 21, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WASHINGTON -- Joe Paterno's storied coaching career could end on a sour note -- if he lets it.

Two members of Penn State's Board of Trustees yesterday told the Post-Gazette that negotiations regarding a possible contract extension or succession plan for Paterno have not gone smoothly.

President Graham Spanier, who ultimately will decide whether Paterno, 81, stays or leaves when his contract expires after the 2008 season, declined to answer specific questions about Paterno's status yesterday.

"There's nothing new to report," Spanier said before the trustees' bimonthly meeting at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. "And there are no talks set up for the foreseeable future."

Spanier reiterated there is "no timetable or deadline" for reaching a decision on Paterno's future, meaning it could drag into the start of the season in late August.

"Obviously, it's on the minds of everybody," said trustee Edward Junker, a Carnegie native.

Spanier and athletic director Tim Curley, who is not attending the two-day meetings, recently met in State College with Paterno to discuss his situation. But neither Spanier nor Curley has made any public statements about how the session went.

"All I know is they met ... but I haven't heard anything about that discussion," Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson said last night.

Paterno, the second winningest coach in Division I history, received a four-year extension in May 2004 with less than a year left on his old contract.

In November of that year, four high-ranking Penn State officials, including Spanier and Curley, showed up on Paterno's doorstep and urged him to stop coaching. They had asked him the same thing two weeks earlier.

Paterno ended up winning that power struggle. He might not be so fortunate this time.

Even though the 32 trustees don't have the final say on whether he is given an extension, they have some sway with Spanier, who recently was rewarded with a five-year contract extension.

One trustee said he expects Spanier to speak with several of them today to gauge their thoughts on Paterno, but he said: "There's going to be no decision made here this week."

None of the trustees publicly broached the subject of Paterno at yesterday afternoon's meeting.

Paterno is set to start his 43rd season with the Nittany Lions Monday when spring drills begin.

He has not talked to the media since the day after Penn State's Alamo Bowl win against Texas A&M in late December -- his 500th game at the school -- but he is expected to field questions next week.

Paterno's yearly salary of slightly more than $500,000 was revealed in November. It was one of the most closely guarded secrets in the state.

However, Paterno said at the time that he makes a lot more money than that with incentives and bonuses, but he didn't specify how much.

"I'm paid well," he said. "I got all the money I need."

Paterno, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December, has said repeatedly that he wants to continue coaching after his contract expires. His range has included anywhere from two-to-five more years.

He also believes his 2008 team, which returns 18 starters, can make a serious run at a national championship, something Penn State hasn't won since 1986.

The Nittany Lions are only 32-32 against Big Ten competition since the 2000 season.

And only once in the past decade have they finished higher than fourth in the conference standings.

Some of the trustees would like to see a new coach take over the program. But it's a dicey situation, given Paterno's status and clout at the university.

SteelCityMan786
03-21-2008, 12:50 PM
In my opinion, they're going on a year by year basis. No reason for me to believe that they're not going to do 1 year extensions from here on out.

lilyoder6
03-21-2008, 04:37 PM
i would .. i mean shit.. they pay joe pa a small salary for being the coach where u see ppl making 5 mill a yr plus.. and even then joe gives the money right back into the school.. it's a win-win situation.. they have a great coach and they pay him less and receive money

SteelCityMan786
03-23-2008, 08:46 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08083/867220-143.stm
Football: Clark, Devlin will battle for Lions' top quarterback spot
Sunday, March 23, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Quarterback Daryll Clark sure sounds like he's the new man in charge of Penn State's offense entering the start of spring drills tomorrow.

"I can't wait to get the show on the road," said Clark, who has backed up Anthony Morelli the past two seasons. "I'm really itching to get started."

Clark, a senior-to-be from Ursuline High School in Youngstown, Ohio, will be challenged for the starting job by Pat Devlin, a heralded sophomore from Downingtown East.

Clark and Devlin have played sparingly for the Nittany Lions in their careers, although Clark did rush for 50 yards on six carries while spelling Morelli in the Lions' 24-17 Alamo Bowl victory against Texas A&M.

"It's going to be stiff competition between me and Devlin," Clark said. "He's a good player. We're going to get after it pretty good this spring. We've been working together and trying to get the timing down with our wideouts and everything, and we're just going to have to wait to see how it comes out.

"I look forward to the challenge."

Clark, 6 feet 2 and 228 pounds, played in eight games last season but only completed 6 of 9 passes for 31 yards. He ran for another 78 yards and two touchdowns.

He appeared in seven games in 2006, connecting on 14 of 27 passes for 116 yards. He added 48 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Devlin, 6-4 and 212, played in four games last year, with his only pass attempt an incompletion.

However, Devlin owns Pennsylvania's all-time high school career passing record with 8,162 yards.

"Both bring a lot to the table," Morelli said. "Daryll has a strong arm and can run a little bit. Depending on what style of offense they run, he has all the tools to get the job done. Pat's probably similar to me in that he's got a strong arm."

Clark was a non-qualifier coming out of high school and had to spend one season at Kiski School to get his grades in order.

He is on course to earn enough credits at the end of this semester to secure another year of eligibility, meaning he has two left.

Clark expects Penn State to run more of a spread style of offense this spring to take advantage of his strengths.

"We'll start next week going against our defense -- that's the way we test out things," he said. "Our defense is one of the toughest in the Big Ten, I think. If the spread works against them, it will work against anybody.

"From my understanding, we're going to try to go back to the offense back in 2005 when Michael Robinson ran it and see how that goes -- add a couple of wrinkles here and there."

Center A.Q. Shipley doesn't have any doubt that Clark will be a leader on and off the field.

"He's champing at the bit right now," Shipley said. "He realizes this is his shot. You could tell throughout the whole winter conditioning program that he wants to make the most of it. He realizes it's his job.

"He has mobility. He can run a little bit. When he gets in the huddle, he commands respect, and that's what you want in your quarterback. He can throw the ball better than people think."

Clark, who said he has lost three percent of his body fat from last year, isn't too keen on the thought of splitting playing time with Devlin.

"You would hope that's not the case," he said. "I respect Pat's game, but you want to be the guy at the end of the day."

SteelCityMan786
03-23-2008, 08:46 PM
I'm kind of hoping it goes to Devlin. He has a few more years left and Clark would only be a 1 year fix.

Jeremy
03-26-2008, 12:43 PM
I'm kind of hoping it goes to Devlin. He has a few more years left and Clark would only be a 1 year fix.

If Clark gets the starting job, Devlin is as good as gone.

SteelCityMan786
03-28-2008, 10:53 PM
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Joe Paterno & Paul Posluszny Featured Speakers at Blue-White Pre-Game Luncheon

Public Invited to Attend April 19 Nittany Lion Club Event

March 27, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Coach Joe Paterno and former Penn State All-America linebacker Paul Posluszny will be the featured speakers at the Nittany Lion Club's Blue-White Luncheon.

Paterno and the 2008 senior football squad members are scheduled to attend the luncheon, which will be held on Saturday, April 19, prior to the Blue-White Game. The NLC event will take place in the Bryce Jordan Center. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30 a.m.

Tim Curley, Director of Athletics, and Joe Battista, Executive Director of the Nittany Lion Club also will speak at the event.

Head coaches from several Penn State squads also are scheduled to attend the Blue-White festivities.

The public and Nittany Lion Club members are invited to attend the event. To purchase tickets, call the Bryce Jordan Ticket Center at 814-865-5555 or visit the BJC Ticket Center Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person for the program, a box lunch and Nittany Lion Club gift. The deadline to reserve tickets is Monday, April 7.

Beaver Stadium Gates A&B will open for fans at 12:00 p.m. and the popular autograph session with the players will run from 12:30-1:15 p.m. Kickoff is at 2:00 p.m.

As in previous years, there will be no admission or parking fee for the Blue-White Game.

This year's Blue-White Weekend welcomes the Gridiron BashTM The Ultimate Fan CompetitionTM, featuring the first-ever concert inside Beaver Stadium and American Music Award Female Performer of the Year, Fergie. Gridiron Bash pits 16 schools in the USA TODAY Bash for Cash SeriesTM, which will result in the winning university adding $1 million to its general scholarship fund. The winner is determined by total ticket sales to the concert, as well as a combination of text and online votes cast for each school.

Currently, Penn State is in third place, and will continue battling with Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Auburn, Iowa, Washington, Colorado, Maryland, and West Virginia, as well as several other schools.

Tickets for the Gridiron BashTM are available online at: www.GoPSUsports.com/tickets or www.gridironbash.com , as well as via phone at 814-865-5555 during regular business hours Monday - Friday.

Gridiron Bash activities - including a two-day carnival, complete with rides, treats and eats -- are expected to begin outside Beaver Stadium at 6:00 p.m on Friday, April 18, with festivities inside the stadium kicking off at 7:00 p.m. Numerous events for Penn State fans all of ages will be held during Blue-White Weekend to celebrate Penn State Football.

Penn State has won 31 of its last 40 games overall, with its victory total tied for eighth-best nationally over that span. During the past three seasons, the Nittany Lions have won the 2006 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2007 Outback Bowl and the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl.

In his 43rd season as head coach, Paterno welcomes back 37 letterwinners and 17 starters from last year's 9-4 team that defeated Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl. Penn State was ranked in the final Top 25 polls for the 33rd time under Paterno (No. 25 USA Today Coaches).

SteelCityMan786
03-28-2008, 10:53 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/032608aac.html

Link to the 2008 Spring Camp Roster

SteelCityMan786
03-28-2008, 10:54 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/032408aab.html
Nittany Lions Intensify Preparations for 2008 Campaign With Start of Spring Practice

Blue-White Game Part of Gridiron Bash, April 18-19

March 24, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For the third consecutive year, the Penn State football team is riding the momentum of a bowl victory as on-field preparations for the 2008 campaign begin today with the opening of spring practice.

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 15 allotted spring practices with the highly-anticipated Blue-White Game in Beaver Stadium on Saturday, April 19. 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 122nd campaign, hosting non-conference opponents Coastal Carolina (Aug. 30) and Oregon State (Sept. 6) before visiting old rival Syracuse on Sept. 13. The Nittany Lions begin their 16th season of Big Ten Conference competition on Sept. 27, hosting Illinois.

Penn State has won 31 of its last 40 games overall, with its victory total tied for eighth-best nationally over that span. During the past three seasons, the Nittany Lions have won the 2006 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2007 Outback Bowl and the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl.

In his 43rd season as head coach, Joe Paterno welcomes back 37 letterwinners and 17 starters from last year's 9-4 team that defeated Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl. Penn State was ranked in the final Top 25 polls for the 33rd time under Paterno (No. 25 USA Today Coaches).

Penn State returns 19 letterwinners on defense (seven starters), 16 on offense (eight starters), and placekicker Kevin Kelly and punter Jeremy Boone. The Nittany Lions have lost the services of 21 lettermen for spring drills -- 12 on offense, eight on defense and three specialists.

Among the returning starters are three players who earned All-America or All-Big Ten recognition in 2007: junior punter Boone (Mechanicsburg), a first team All-Big Ten choice; junior defensive end Maurice Evans (Brooklyn, N.Y.), a first team All-Big Ten selection and finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award; senior linebacker Sean Lee (Pittsburgh), an All-Big Ten pick who was the Alamo Bowl Defensive MVP; senior guard Rich Ohrnberger (East Meadow, N.Y.), a second team team all-conference honoree and senior center A.Q. Shipley (Coraopolis), who was first team All-Big Ten and joined Lee on ESPN.com's All-Bowl Team.

Among the key players to replaced are: two-time All-America linebacker Dan Connor, the 2007 Chuck Bednarik Award winner; first team All-Big Ten cornerback Justin King; tailback Rodney Kinlaw, who ran for 1,329 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and record-setting quarterback Anthony Morelli.

The Blue-White Game is one of the nation's most popular spring football contests. Last year, a record crowd of 71,000 attended the game and other Blue-White Weekend activities. More than 40,000 loyal and enthusiastic Penn State fans have attended the contest in nine of the past 12 years, with rainy conditions during the other three contests.

This year's Blue-White Weekend welcomes the Gridiron BashTM The Ultimate Fan CompetitionTM, featuring the first-ever concert inside Beaver Stadium and American Music Award Female Performer of the Year, Fergie. Gridiron Bash pits 16 schools in the USA TODAY Bash for Cash SeriesTM, which will result in the winning university adding $1 million to its general scholarship fund. The winner is determined by total ticket sales to the concert, as well as a combination of text and online votes cast for each school.

Currently, Penn State is in third place, and will continue battling with Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Auburn, Iowa, Washington, Colorado, Maryland, and West Virginia, as well as several other schools.

Tickets for the Gridiron BashTM are available online at: www.GoPSUsports.com/tickets or www.gridironbash.com, as well as via phone at 814-865-5555 during regular business hours Monday - Friday.

Gridiron Bash activities - including a two-day carnival, complete with rides, treats and eats -- are expected to begin outside Beaver Stadium at 6:00 p.m on Friday, April 18, with festivities inside the stadium kicking off at 7:00 p.m. Numerous events will be held during Blue-White Weekend to celebrate Penn State Football, including the popular pre-game autograph session with the players on Saturday at approximately 12:30 p.m., with the game at 2:00 p.m.

The Blue-White Game can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics.

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 2008 season. The Nittany Lions will face eight teams that played in bowl games in 2007, including five at home: Oregon State (Sept. 6), Illinois (Sept. 27), Michigan (Oct. 18-Homecoming), Indiana (Nov. 15) and Michigan State (Nov. 22).

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
03-28-2008, 10:55 PM
Personally I think this will be a VERY interesting Spring. They're going to be breaking in a new starting QB this year, and well all the other trimmings. We'll see on April 19th.

Jeremy
03-29-2008, 10:35 AM
Yup....gotta get ready for that 4th place finish in the Little 11 and the Alamo Bowl bid.

SteelCityMan786
03-30-2008, 03:09 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/032908aac.html

Nittany Lions Conclude First Week of Spring Drills
Paterno Meets With The Media After Practice
March 29, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State football team concluded the first week of spring practice today and Coach Joe Paterno met with the media following the session, which the media was able to attend.

The Nittany Lions began spring drills last Monday. Penn State will culminate its 15 allotted spring practices with the highly-anticipated Blue-White Game in Beaver Stadium on Saturday, April 19. Kickoff is at 2:00 p.m. and admission and parking are free as in previous years.

Paterno addressed a variety of subjects during his 30-minute session with the media, including an overall assessment of the squad in the early stages of spring practice.

"We've got three really good wideouts. I think we've got a couple of kids that are going to end up being good tailbacks," Paterno said. "Mickey Shuler's kid (Mickey Shuler) has really had a good spring at tight end. We've got a kid out of Delaware, a freshman by the name of (Andrew) Szczerba whose had a couple of really good days out here. We redshirted him (in 2007). Offensively, we need some depth on the offensive line and maybe another young receiver to come through in case someone gets bumped up. And the quarterbacks. All three of the quarterbacks have worked hard and I think we'll be fine there.

"Defensively, obviously you lose two kids the caliber and talent of (Chris) Baker and (Phillip) Taylor and when you've got a kid like (Devon) Still and a kid like (Jared) Odrick who can't do much because of injuries, we're little bit shallow there. And when we practice, we won't practice as long or we won't keep certain groups in there as long. But, other than that I think we've got the makings of a pretty good football team."

A little more than four months after the Blue-White game, Penn State opens its 122nd campaign, hosting non-conference opponents Coastal Carolina (Aug. 30) and Oregon State (Sept. 6) before visiting old rival Syracuse on Sept. 13. The Nittany Lions begin their 16th season of Big Ten Conference competition on Sept. 27, hosting Illinois.

Penn State has won 31 of its last 40 games overall, with its victory total tied for eighth-best nationally over that span. During the past three seasons, the Nittany Lions have won the 2006 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2007 Outback Bowl and the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl.

In his 43rd season as head coach, Paterno welcomes back 35 letterwinners and 17 starters from last year's 9-4 team that defeated Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl. Penn State was ranked in the final Top 25 polls for the 33rd time under Paterno (No. 25 USA Today Coaches).

Penn State returns 17 letterwinners on defense (seven starters), 16 on offense (eight starters), and placekicker Kevin Kelly and punter Jeremy Boone. The Nittany Lions have lost the services of 21 lettermen for spring drills -- 12 on offense, eight on defense and three specialists.

The Blue-White Game is one of the nation's most popular spring football contests. Last year, a record crowd of 71,000 attended the game and other Blue-White Weekend activities. More than 40,000 loyal and enthusiastic Penn State fans have attended the contest in nine of the past 12 years, with rainy conditions during the other three contests.

The Blue-White Game can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics.

Activities for Blue-White Weekend will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 18, including a carnival on Friday and Saturday. Other events for Penn State fans all of ages held in conjunction with the Blue-White Game will be announced in early April.

lilyoder6
03-30-2008, 07:13 PM
they got a soph rb that was the only rb b4 the recruiting class came in.. i hoe he turns out to be a good runner.. time 4 tim shaw to be the next leader of the d.. :)

SteelCityMan786
04-12-2008, 09:20 PM
This Spring is now appearing to be getting as dramatic as last year. Thank god Bell is being dismissed from the team.

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/506330.html?nav=5017

Bell tolls on receiver?s career
Bell arrested after pulling knife on own teammate.

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Receiver Chris Bell?s career at Penn State is over after he was arrested for pulling an 8-inch knife on a teammate and threatening to stab him Monday night.

Bell was charged with six misdemeanors, including making terroristic threats and simple assault. The sophomore already had been indefinitely suspended from the team and was kicked off for good Tuesday.

??Chris Bell, who had been previously suspended from team activities, is permanently removed from the team and will not be reconsidered to be a part of the team in the future,?? a statement from the school?s athletic department said.

Bell, 21, was arraigned Monday night in Centre County Court and jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail. He was released Tuesday afternoon on supervised bail, which allowed him to go free without posting money.

The criminal complaint against Bell describes a bizarre scene that occurred about 6:28 p.m. Monday at the Nittany Lion training table in Pollock Commons Dining Hall.

Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary told police Bell entered the dining hall and approached teammate Devon Still, a defensive lineman. Bell then pulled out a knife with an 8-inch blade and confronted Still.

Bell, according to the police report, told Still, ??I am going to stab you.?? McQueary and assistant coaches Dick Anderson and Kermit Buggs restrained Bell and removed the knife from his hand. Bell then shouted, ??I have more knives and a gun up here?? before being escorted out of the dining hall by Buggs.

The altercation centered around a case of alleged stolen property. Still told police he suspected Bell had taken his cell phone case from his locker earlier Monday. Still also said he believed Bell had stolen his property in the past. Bell denied Still?s allegations.

Still told police Bell approached him in the dining hall and challenged him to take the cell phone case. Bell, according to Still, then said, ??Come get the case, and I am going to stab you.??

Bell voluntarily went to the Penn State police station Monday night and admitted displaying the knife, adding he feared for his safety.

In addition to the terroristic threats and simple assault charges, Bell faces two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, one for recklessly endangering another person and one for harassment. He also faces a summary count of harassment.

Bell had been suspended from the football team in February for his involvement in a campus brawl in October. He allegedly tried to jump off a table and kick a man who was fighting with two other football players.

Bell, a 6-foot-2 receiver, has been praised for his talent but never made a major impact on the field, catching 12 passes for 209 yards the past two seasons. He would have had two years of eligibility left.

Bell would have been counted on for depth at receiver later this fall, but the Lions do have three returning senior starters in Derrick Williams, Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood.

SteelCityMan786
04-12-2008, 09:23 PM
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Analysis: Paterno contract talks on hold until after season
By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

The futures of Joe Paterno and the Penn State football program are now officially in limbo and will remain that way until the completion of the upcoming season.

Penn State president Graham Spanier announced Thursday that no contract talks will be held with Paterno until after the season. Paterno's current contract expires then, and Spanier said the university hasn't offered an extension, nor has Paterno sought one.

Spanier made the announcement in an e-mail response to The Associated Press. He said he and athletic director Tim Curley see Paterno often and noted there have been two recent meetings to "specifically discuss the football program."

The 81-year-old Paterno, preparing for his 43rd season as PSU's head coach, recently said, "If I've got to have a contract to keep my job here, I'm in the wrong place."

Spanier's statement addressed that comment specifically.
"We are in agreement that a contract would have little practicality given Coach Paterno's seniority," the statement read. "None of us see that as necessary. Our preference is to continue to review the status of the program on an annual basis, and we will next do so at the conclusion of the 2008 season."

That decision creates a number of intriguing questions and possibilities for the Nittany Lions. In an attempt to read between the lines:

* With no contract deadline looming, Paterno conceivably could coach as long as he wants. However ...

* Spanier's desire to go on a year-by-year basis could be viewed as Paterno having to prove himself each season in order to keep his job.

If the Nittany Lions go 10-2 and appear in a New Year's Day bowl this season, Paterno will be in a position of strength. Fans, boosters and alumni would be happy, making Spanier's decision easy.

But say PSU slips to 8-5 or worse with some bad losses, and throw in the possibility of more players getting in trouble with the law. That disappointing combination may give Spanier justification if he wanted to oust Paterno.
Spanier has given himself a lot of wiggle room with this move.

* Spanier's wait-and-see approach isn't doing the assistant coaches any favors. They may have to worry more than ever about their job security.

If Spanier wants Tom Bradley or any other assistant to be the next head coach, why not name him associate head coach now? That would give the program some semblance of stability beyond January.

If Paterno is forced out and PSU conducts a national search, there's a chance even a universally respected assistant like Bradley may not be retained by the new head coach. That's if Bradley would even want to stay after being bypassed for the top job.

* Spanier already may have decided he wants to conduct a national search rather than turn over the reigns to an in-house replacement. Either way, he understands it will be a delicate situation.

"With regard to succession planning," Spanier wrote, "I want to assure everyone that [Curley, Paterno and I] are very mindful of the importance of a smooth transition, and we are very confident that will occur when we reach that point."

* The most glaring problem with Spanier's approach centers around recruiting.

"Every school that recruits the same kids will be using it against them," recruiting expert Bob Lichtenfels of scout.com said.

For years, Lichtenfels added, schools have used Paterno's age and the uncertainty of the program's future against Penn State in recruiting.

"Now this is just like throwing gas on the fire," Lichtenfels said.

Recruits this fall may have a hard time committing to PSU if they don't know who will be on the coaching staff come January.

"If you're Tom Bradley or you're Mike McQueary ... what can you tell them?" Lichtenfels said. "When you sit there in a player's living room with his mom and dad -- and their biggest question they always ask is, 'We want to make sure you take care of our son?' -- how can you say you're going to if you don't know if you're going to be there?"

SteelCityMan786
04-12-2008, 09:24 PM
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School suspends DT Taylor
POSTED: April 12, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s judicial affairs office suspended defensive tackle Phil Taylor for the summer as part of sanctions for his role in a fight.

The school says Taylor recently accepted the sanctions. The punishment includes suspension, which means Taylor is barred from campus through Aug. 15, which is the end of the university’s second summer session.

Taylor was already suspended from the football team in February. He would miss about a week of preseason practice if coach Joe Paterno allows him back on the squad.

Taylor is allowed to finish spring semester classes.

Police have charged Taylor with simple assault and other charges stemming from the fight on campus last October in which authorities say one man was hurt.

Weber honored

Penn State center Patrick Weber has been selected one of the members of this year’s class for the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society.

In order to be considered for membership in the Hampshire Honor Society, a player must be a starter or significant reserve who maintains a cumulative 3.20 grade point average or higher in their last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, or an NAIA college or university.

In its second year, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF’s current National Scholar-Athlete program, greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year and further strengthening its leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs.

Weber was the Nittany Lions’ long snapper on field goals and extra points and the top reserve at center during the 2007 season.

SteelCityMan786
04-12-2008, 09:25 PM
DAMN IT LEE! I wonder who now is going to be the big name linebacker for this team.

PSU's Lee tears ACL, will miss 2008 season
By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Sean Lee, one of the nation's best linebackers and a potential first-round NFL draft pick next year, now has his career on hold after suffering a severe knee injury during Penn State's practice Friday.

Lee tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will miss the 2008 season. He will redshirt this year and return to the Nittany Lions for his senior season in 2009.

"I have a responsibility to the team to help do everything I can this year in what might be a non-conventional way," Lee said in a statement from the university. "I have to turn this into a positive. It's a bump in the road. I'm excited about the team we have and the kind of season we can have."

Lee will undergo surgery in the next two to four weeks, and his rehab period is projected to be nine months. He said his absence will be "a great opportunity for a young guy" to take his place on the field.

Lee suffered the injury when his knee slid out from under him while blitzing the quarterback. He was wearing an immobilizing brace on his leg and walking with crutches on the Beaver Stadium sidelines Saturday during Penn State's annual coaches clinic scrimmage.

Losing Lee is a key blow to the Lions, both on and off the field. He would have been the anchor of the defense and almost certainly a team captain, following in the footsteps of PSU All-American linebackers Paul Posluszny and Dan Connor.
"He may even be better than Connor and Posluszny when it's all said and done," Chris Steuber of scout.com's NFL Experts told the Mirror in February.

Steuber went on to say Lee would "get a lot of notoriety this season, and he's going to achieve a lot of great things. He has the makings of another great one."
Tom Marino, a colleague of Steuber's at scout.com, recently projected Lee as the No. 10 pick in his 2009 mock draft.

A year from now, instead of having his name called in the draft, Lee will be getting back to full strength during PSU's spring drills.

Lee recorded 138 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks and 10 1/2 tackles for losses last season. He twice was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and earned second-team all-conference honors.

The Pittsburgh native would have been a leading contender for this year's Butkus Award, presented to the nation's top linebacker.

lilyoder6
04-12-2008, 09:49 PM
god damn it.. i guess james lauranities is prob happy b/c he'll prob win the best lb award now since lee is gone.. but damn.. i hope jerome hayes can step up in his place

Lord Stiller
04-14-2008, 02:20 PM
damn! just heard the news on Lee !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SONOFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I thought he was going to step up and be awesome like Poz and Connor :banging:

Jeremy
04-14-2008, 02:23 PM
What are you guys complaining about?

The last two years all I've heard is how deep and talented the Penn State LBing corps is. If that's true, this should be no problem.

Lord Stiller
04-14-2008, 02:49 PM
because Sean Lee was their best linebacker

Wouldn't you be pissed if one of the best players on your favorite team blew out his knee???

Jeremy
04-14-2008, 02:53 PM
because Sean Lee was their best linebacker

Wouldn't you be pissed if one of the best players on your favorite team blew out his knee???

Pissed? No.

Annoyed? Sure.

But it's still not going to matter for Penn State. They'll still lose to Michigan and Ohio State.

Lord Stiller
04-14-2008, 03:25 PM
Pissed? No.

Annoyed? Sure.

But it's still not going to matter for Penn State. They'll still lose to Michigan and Ohio State.

and Michigan and Ohio St will still choke in their bowl games, so whats your point?

millwalldavey
04-14-2008, 04:23 PM
I hope Lee can get a medical. That would be a shame... he was set to take over.

SteelCityMan786
04-14-2008, 04:50 PM
What are you guys complaining about?

The last two years all I've heard is how deep and talented the Penn State LBing corps is. If that's true, this should be no problem.

Lee was supposed to actually take over and lead this core. Now the biggest name we have left in Jerome Hayes. Though I will hold all projections on this until we hit the Blue/White Game.

Jeremy
04-14-2008, 06:07 PM
and Michigan and Ohio St will still choke in their bowl games, so whats your point?

That the Little 11 sucks.

SteelCityMan786
04-14-2008, 08:49 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08102/872388-143.stm
Paterno's status becomes year-to-year deal
Friday, April 11, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"We are in agreement that a contract would have little practicality ..."

Graham Spanier, Penn State president in an e-mail

Penn State coach Joe Paterno won't sign another formal contract with the university.

President Graham Spanier said yesterday that if Paterno continues beyond the final year of his contract this season, he would do so with a handshake.

"We are in agreement that a contract would have little practicality, given coach Paterno's seniority," Spanier wrote in an e-mail. "None of us see that as necessary. Our preference is to continue to review the status of the program on an annual basis, and we will next do so at the conclusion of the 2008 season."

Paterno, 81, has worked without a contract in the past. He signed his current four-year extension in May of 2004, despite suffering through three losing seasons in the previous four years.

Paterno is entering his 43rd season as the Nittany Lions' boss. He is the second-winningest coach in Division I history, trailing only Florida State's Bobby Bowden.

Paterno joked with reporters late last month that he would like to coach "another 10 years." He later added: "If I've got to have a contract to keep my job here, I'm in the wrong place."

Two members of Penn State's Board of Trustees, however, told the Post-Gazette that the university had been trying to get Paterno to set a timetable for his retirement, agree to a succession plan or risk getting pushed out.

Paterno dug in his cleats.

Now the two sides appear to have reached an agreement that could allow Paterno -- who has no agent -- to coach another year or two after the 2008 season, as long as both sides agree to it.

"This is what you would expect from Penn State -- for the situation to be handled in this manner," Guido D'Elia, director of communications and branding of football, said last night. "I think this kind of arrangement is fairly unique to college football."

Spanier said he and athletic director Tim Curley have met twice with Paterno in the last month to discuss his future. A succession plan also was discussed.

"The three of us are very mindful of the importance of a smooth transition, and we are very confident that will occur when we reach that point," Spanier said. "We acknowledge and respect that other institutions have recently announced different succession plans, but we feel that each university must evaluate its own approach.

"We will be prepared when the time comes, and, of course, we will identify someone who would continue Penn State's values and traditions, pursuing success in a way that makes us all proud, while extending the great reputation we enjoy nationally."

At the end of last season, Florida State appointed offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher as the eventual successor to Bowden, 78. Earlier this year, Purdue announced that associate head coach Danny Hope would take over for Joe Tiller, 65, as coach after the 2008 season.

Paterno hasn't publicly endorsed his successor, but he said two weeks ago he would prefer it be one of his current assistant coaches.

"Whether that's in the cards, I don't know right now," he said. "It depends on when I get out of it. If I'm going to leave tomorrow, I would hope that it's in the cards, but I'm not planning on leaving tomorrow."

Spanier said he doesn't expect any further developments regarding Paterno's future in the coming months.

"I support our coaches and players as they turn their attention to preparation for the 2008 season and I look forward to an exciting fall of football," he said.

millwalldavey
04-14-2008, 08:51 PM
Pissed? No.

Annoyed? Sure.

But it's still not going to matter for Penn State. They'll still lose to Michigan and Ohio State.

hate to say it, but if they want to ever beat the Wolverines again... this is the year to do it.

Lord Stiller
04-14-2008, 09:38 PM
That the Little 11 sucks.

only conference that is better is the SEC

what are you a Pitt fan lol

lilyoder6
04-14-2008, 09:47 PM
jeremy u know damn well u would be pissed that ur prob ur best player and ur def cap was out 4 the yr... and don't wry i beleive that jerome hayes will step up in his place and take control of the def..

Dino 6 Rings
04-15-2008, 11:30 AM
only conference that is better is the SEC

what are you a Pitt fan lol

Big 12 will be very good this upcoming season.

Oh, and I'm a PITT Fan!!!

Jeremy
04-16-2008, 08:42 AM
only conference that is better is the SEC

what are you a Pitt fan lol

Nobody is better than the SEC.

lilyoder6
04-16-2008, 10:48 AM
big 12 blows.. the only good teams in there are texas and ou.. and yes ku and mu HAD a good yr but lets ee if they can keept it up...

Dino 6 Rings
04-16-2008, 11:25 AM
big 12 blows.. the only good teams in there are texas and ou.. and yes ku and mu HAD a good yr but lets ee if they can keept it up...

Lots of good QBs in the big 12 this upcoming season. Nebraska will eventually get back to the top as well. the 12 is due to make a run. The big 10 has pretty much shown they aren't getting a title shot again for a while.

Dino 6 Rings
04-16-2008, 11:34 AM
Nobody is better than the SEC.

The SEC also has the most, and it isn't even close, recruiting violations in the history of the NCAA.

millwalldavey
04-16-2008, 11:35 AM
The SEC also has the most, and it isn't even close, recruiting violations in the history of the NCAA.

Bear Bryant. 'nuff said about that.

Jeremy
04-16-2008, 12:15 PM
The SEC also has the most, and it isn't even close, recruiting violations in the history of the NCAA.

If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying Dino. Go back and read about some of the stuff that went on in the 70s and 80s. Coaches, including Majors and Paterno, pulled some stuff that would get a program some pretty sever sanctions these days.

lilyoder6
04-16-2008, 01:37 PM
are we in the 70's or 80's right now jeremy.. i don't think so.. thats y the game evovles....

Jeremy
04-16-2008, 03:50 PM
are we in the 70's or 80's right now jeremy.. i don't think so.. thats y the game evovles....

Yeah now it's harder to cover up the shady deals that get done with recruits.

If you think for one second that USC, Nebraska, etc aren't doing dirty deal, you're denying reality.

Dino 6 Rings
04-18-2008, 11:38 AM
If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying Dino. Go back and read about some of the stuff that went on in the 70s and 80s. Coaches, including Majors and Paterno, pulled some stuff that would get a program some pretty sever sanctions these days.

If you're cheating...you're cheating. bottom line. Go root for the Patriots or the Florida State Seminoles if you're a fan of cheating teams.

lilyoder6
04-18-2008, 12:24 PM
oh yeah nebreska is really breaking the rules here.. i mean they ARE SO GREAT... i think the other teams should cheat like them.. honestly..

usc just uses the area around them to persuade recruits.. i mean who doesn't want to go to hollywood, and be a player at usc///

lilyoder6
04-20-2008, 09:43 AM
UNIVERSITY PARK -- Darryl Clark’s two touchdown passes helped propel the Blue to a 27-14 win over the White today in Penn State’s spring game.
Clark’s chief competitor in the battle to start at quarterback in the fall, Pat Devlin, also threw a touchdown pass for the Blue and redshirt freshman running back Stephfon Green exploded for a 57-yard touchdown run for the White. Clark completed nine of 16 passes for 106 yards and Devlin completed 12 of 18 throws for 122 yards.

A record crowd announced at an estimated 73,000 watched the game in Beaver Stadium.

Jeremy
04-20-2008, 08:12 PM
If you're cheating...you're cheating. bottom line. Go root for the Patriots or the Florida State Seminoles if you're a fan of cheating teams.

Everyone cheats my man, that's the nature of the beast. It's the dumb ones that get caught.

Lord Stiller
04-21-2008, 09:59 AM
A record crowd announced at an estimated 73,000 watched the game in Beaver Stadium.

73,000??? damn!!!!!!!!!! that's almost the attendance for a whole season of Pitt football LOL

Jeremy
04-21-2008, 10:04 AM
73,000??? damn!!!!!!!!!! that's almost the attendance for a whole season of Pitt football LOL

They probably wanted to see Paterno's last game before he's forced to retire.

lilyoder6
04-21-2008, 11:17 AM
jeremy that was a stupid statement.. evryone knows he'll coach this yr and most likely come back... ur just mad b/c ur fav coll team doesn't have the fan support like that... i mean 73,000 ppl went to watch a scrimmage.. some die hard fans

Dino 6 Rings
04-21-2008, 11:43 AM
73,000??? damn!!!!!!!!!! that's almost the attendance for a whole season of Pitt football LOL

It could have something to do with the fact that there is NOTHING else to do in that part of Penn. I mean really, that's total Drive through country. "Nothing to see here folks...oh but we have this one thing...a football team that everyone in this part of the state rallies behind, but otherwise, there is zero here...moving along"

Lord Stiller
04-21-2008, 12:26 PM
It could have something to do with the fact that there is NOTHING else to do in that part of Penn. I mean really, that's total Drive through country. "Nothing to see here folks...oh but we have this one thing...a football team that everyone in this part of the state rallies behind, but otherwise, there is zero here...moving along"

I think it has more to do with the fact that Pitt football sucks

Dino 6 Rings
04-21-2008, 03:37 PM
I think it has more to do with the fact that Pitt football sucks

LOL

12-0

go play temple, I guess they could be considered an in-state rival.

lilyoder6
04-21-2008, 04:14 PM
if its that case then y doesn't teams like ku or a team like iowa state have big crwods at scrimmages since they are located at a small town..

and i think ur mad b/c pitt doesn't have the support of there fans..

SteelCityMan786
04-22-2008, 04:08 PM
if its that case then y doesn't teams like ku or a team like iowa state have big crwods at scrimmages since they are located at a small town..

and i think ur mad b/c pitt doesn't have the support of there fans..

The majority of people I ever see at Pitt games are students. I''ve not been to one where Pitt was the home team since they played at Three Rivers, but the big difference between them and a Penn State is the fan support. This year though it looked like they got more people then the 11 that looked like to be the 2007 Game Crowd. Looked like 500-1,000.

Dino 6 Rings
04-23-2008, 11:31 AM
The majority of people I ever see at Pitt games are students. I''ve not been to one where Pitt was the home team since they played at Three Rivers, but the big difference between them and a Penn State is the fan support. This year though it looked like they got more people then the 11 that looked like to be the 2007 Game Crowd. Looked like 500-1,000.

When Pitt was in Old Pitt Stadium on Campus the games were packed. The ones at 3 rivers were pretty well sold as well because 3 rivers was on the way out during that time. However, the Students have a hard time at Heinz Field, from what I've heard and are turned off by the constant crack down on drinking in the parking lot. Yeah, they are probably under 21 and not supposed to be drinking, but man come on, tell me the kids on any campus that aren't ROCKED out their minds on Game Day and I'll sell you a great piece of land in Florida.

When the product on the field is good, the people will come. I anticipate a great turn out this season at Pitt and for the next few years as Dave finally has his act together and the team he has put together starts to perform well.

SteelCityMan786
04-24-2008, 06:48 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08110/874789-143.stm

Penn State's top two quarterbacks offer sharp contrast in style
Devlin, Clark continue their duel
Saturday, April 19, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Pat Devlin committed to Miami the summer before his record-setting senior year in high school.

But a few weeks before signing day in February 2006, the heavily recruited quarterback changed his mind and decided to attend Penn State.

Devlin was comfortable with his choice. His parents both went to school here, his mother was a cheerleader, and his grandfather lives in State College.

More than two years later, Devlin has yet to make an impact on the football field. He is running No. 2 behind starting quarterback Daryll Clark entering the Blue-White scrimmage today at Beaver Stadium.

"I have confidence in my abilities, and we've both been playing real well this spring," said Devlin, who will be a redshirt sophomore this fall. "I just think it'll be up to the coaches to make that decision, and it'll be up to us to play as hard as we can to help the coaches make that decision."

Devlin, 6 feet 4, 224 pounds, doesn't have the experience that Clark does. Devlin redshirted as a freshman and played sparingly in four games last season, throwing one incompletion.

But he lugged some pretty lofty credentials with him to Penn State. Devlin was a 2005 Parade All-American and Pennsylvania's top Class AAAA player of the year at Downingtown East. He also holds the state's all-time career high school passing record with 8,162 yards.

Devlin said "it's been real tough" backing up former starter Anthony Morelli and Clark the past two years.

"You might get a little rusty," Devlin said. "You're on the scout team and you might develop some bad habits. ... But I was able to learn from Anthony, and hopefully, I'm a better quarterback for it."

Devlin is a classic dropback passer known for his strong arm. Clark, 6-2, 228, is a multipurpose quarterback who can run and throw, but he hasn't had to do much of the latter.

Clark, a senior and one-time academic non-qualifier who is on track to regain another year of eligibility, meaning he would have two seasons left, played in eight games last season. He completed 6 of 9 passes for 31 yards but did run for 50 yards on six carries and scored a touchdown in the Nittany Lions' 24-17 victory against Texas A&M at the Alamo Bowl in December.

Receiver Deon Butler has been impressed with the play and demeanor of both quarterbacks this spring.

"Daryll, obviously, he's a strong kid," Butler said. "One of his strengths is just running the ball. He's not going to run like a regular quarterback. He's going to run like a running back.

"If you get to know [Pat] and his character, he's a real up-front kind of guy. He's bold. He's not afraid to say what he feels. That's one of the good things about him.

"He kind of has a Brett Favre thing about him. He's the type of guy that will get into a fight with a defensive lineman during a scrimmage. He's definitely not afraid to step up and say how he feels and call out seniors."

Clark, from Ursuline High in Youngstown, Ohio, ran almost exclusively with the first-team offense in a scrimmage last Saturday at Beaver Stadium. He exhibited a strong arm and good accuracy and has an edge in his battle with Devlin because of his experience.

"I'm pretty proud of what I've done so far this spring," Clark said. "I think it's been very productive and I've gotten better. I'm very confident that I can run this team and lead a successful offense."

Devlin is not ready to concede the starting job to Clark.

"I don't see it that way at all," Devlin said. "I think it all comes down to whoever makes the best reads, the right reads, and whoever does the right things with the football."

SteelCityMan786
04-24-2008, 06:55 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08111/874998-143.stm
Penn State Spring Game: Wisniewski in line to start, follow in father's footsteps
Sunday, April 20, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Stefen Wisniewski made a huge splash on Penn State's veteran offensive line this spring.

He beat out returning starter Mike Lucian for the No. 1 job at right guard.

"I'm really happy with the way it's worked out," Wisniewski said yesterday after the Blue beat the White, 27-14, in the Nittany Lions' annual spring game before an estimated crowd of 73,000 at Beaver Stadium.

Wisniewski, from Central Catholic High School, comes from good genes.

His father, Leo, played at Fox Chapel, was a co-captain at Penn State in 1981 and spent three years in the NFL as a nose tackle with the Colts. He is now the strength/offensive line coach at Geneva College.

Wisniewski's uncle, Steve, was a two-time All-American offensive guard at Penn State and an eight-time Pro Bowler who played 13 seasons in the NFL with the Raiders.

"My dad's been my coach in the weight room in technique stuff since high school and my uncle's been giving me pointers for as long as I can remember," said Wisniewski, who will be a sophomore in the fall.

"And they've got a lot of friends with NFL credentials that have been coaching me up, so I've had the best coaching possible. I feel pretty lucky. The Lord's really blessed me with a lot of natural instincts. It really has little to do with me."

Wisniewski, 6 feet 3, 288 pounds, needed only three games to work his way onto the field as a freshman a year ago. He made his debut against Buffalo. A month later, he made his only start when Lucian was out with a concussion.

Wisniewski played in seven games overall, including a season-high 42 snaps in the Alamo Bowl win against Texas A&M in December.

"That experience helped me tremendously," he said. "By the end of the year, I felt really comfortable in there."

Coach Joe Paterno has been impressed with Wisniewski's intensity this spring.

"He's going to be a good football player," Paterno said.

Offensive line figures to be Penn State's strength this fall.

Center A.Q. Shipley from Moon, left tackle Gerald Cadogan, left guard Rich Ohrnberger, right tackle Dennis Landolt and Lucian started eight games together last season.

Now that Wisniewski has joined the lineup, Lucian has been relegated to backup center duties.

"He's had a heck of a spring," Shipley said of Wisniewski. "He's really come on strong. He moves well, he does everything well. The potential he has is endless."

Wisniewski helped make sure starting quarterback Daryll Clark had enough time to toss two touchdown passes yesterday. Clark finished 9 of 16 for 106 yards but was sacked three times.

Backup quarterback Pat Devlin completed 12 of 18 passes for 122 yards and one touchdown. He, too, was sacked three times.

"I thought they both played well," Wisniewski said. "I was impressed all through spring ball and today with their accuracy and leadership."

NOTES -- Linebacker Sean Lee watched from the sideline with a brace on his right knee. The Upper St. Clair grad will miss the 2008 season with a torn ACL. "He's everything you want, as far as I'm concerned, in a football player," Paterno said. "He's got poise, he comes to practice every day and works like a dog for us. ... It's going to hurt us." ... Backup tailback Stephfon Green managed 87 yards on 12 carries and scored on an electrifying 57-yard run. ... Backup end Aaron Maybin had 3 1/2 sacks and outside linebacker Tyrell Sales from Butler had an interception. ... Tight end Andrew Szczerba had five catches for 65 yards. ... Tackle Abe Koroma won the O'Hora Award as the most improved defensive player and receiver James McDonald captured the Worrell Award as the most improved offensive player. Middle linebacker Josh Hull and punter Jeremy Boone shared the Patrick Award for total commitment.

SteelCityMan786
04-24-2008, 06:59 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08112/875227-143.stm
Speedy Green upstaged Royster in Blue-White game
Monday, April 21, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Evan Royster made his debut as Penn State's No. 1 tailback Saturday at the Blue-White spring game at Beaver Stadium.

But it was Royster's backup, Stephfon Green, who stole the show.

Green's game-breaking speed -- he has been timed at 4.25 seconds in the 40-yard dash -- was evident on his first carry.

He took a toss from backup quarterback Pat Devlin on the third play of the scrimmage and scampered off left tackle for 57 yards and a touchdown against the first-team defense.

Green slipped a tackle by starting safety Anthony Scirrotto near the left sideline and then outran cornerback Tony Davis to the end zone.

The touchdown run and subsequent celebration ended a year of misery for the 5-foot-10, 189-pound redshirt freshman from the Bronx, N.Y.

"I pouted last year when [the coaches] told me they were going to redshirt me," he said. "Every game I cried. I wanted to be out there. I felt I could help my team to a championship, but they had experience in front of me.

"I couldn't wait until I played in front of 70,000 or 80,000 people. Now I just can't wait until I play in front of 110,000 [this fall]. I couldn't wait until the spring game. According to you guys, I lit it up."

In addition to the touchdown, Green managed a game-high 87 yards on 12 carries for the White team, which lost to the Blue, 27-14. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry and added three catches for 19 yards.

"He's very electrifying," starting quarterback Daryll Clark said. "Speed, speed and more speed. He showed me that he can run the ball, and if you give him a crease, he's gone."

Royster, a redshirt sophomore from Fairfax, Va., who averaged 6.3 yards per carry last year while backing up 1,000-yard rusher Rodney Kinlaw, had only 24 yards on three carries and one touchdown Saturday.

Royster will enter the fall as the starter, but look for Green to push him for playing time.

Royster experienced a similar situation a year ago, when many thought he might replace Kinlaw, who took over at tailback in October after Austin Scott was kicked off the team.

"It's [Stephfon's] first year coming out and getting a chance to play, so people are going to be talking about him," Royster said. "I'm sure Rodney felt the same way last year. People were talking about me when I started to play."

Royster, 6-1, 212, was the Nittany Lions' second leading rusher last season, gaining 513 yards on 82 carries. He also scored five touchdowns, including the winner in the Alamo Bowl victory against Texas A&M. He was named to The Sporting News' Big Ten all-freshman team.

"Royster is one of those guys that's already proven himself on the field," left tackle Gerald Cadogan said. "We know he can get the job done. Stephfon Green has great potential. He has that spark. He can go the distance if he gets in the open field."

It's possible Royster and Green could end up in the backfield together this season. There's also a chance one or the other could line up in the slot as a receiver.

"Stephfon brings a different aspect to our team with his speed," Royster said. "He opens things up for me. I can suck the defense in with the inside run, and he can break it outside.

"You've got two completely different style of backs."

Green appeared comfortable in the spotlight.

"I'm just having fun," he said. "I look forward to four more years of this."

SteelCityMan786
04-24-2008, 07:00 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/042208aaa.html
Sixth Annual Penn State 'Lift For Life' Set for July 11; Proceeds to Benefit the Kidney Cancer Association

More Than $230,000 Raised in Initial Five Years

April 22, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes announced today that the Penn State Lift For Life® will be held on Friday, July 11.

Approximately 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 sixth year, the organization has help raise awareness for this rare disease and generated more than $230,000 to support this worthwhile cause. More than 30,000 Americans are afflicted with kidney cancer each year. A record total of more than $80,000 was raised by the organization during the 2006-07 academic year.

This past weekend, current and former Penn State football student-athletes participated in a dunk tank during Blue-White Weekend activities. Uplifting Athletes raised more than $1,400 for the Kidney Cancer Association through the dunk tank and sale of Uplifting Athletes merchandise.

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 Nittany Lion 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 University Park 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 Brett Brackett (president), Jesse Alfreno (vice president), Patrick Mauti (secretary), Tyler Ahrenhold, Brennan Coakley, Ryan Gmerek, Kevion Latham, Josh Matzkin, Doug Rheam and Anthony Scirrotto. 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. Uplifting Athletes, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that operates as a national charter and serves as a uniting force to help change the perception of rare diseases.

SteelCityMan786
04-24-2008, 07:01 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08110/874946-143.stm

Blue beats White, 27-14, in Penn State spring game
Saturday, April 19, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Starting quarterback Daryll Clark tossed two touchdown passes today as the Blue beat the White, 27-14, in Penn State's annual spring game before an estimated 73,000 fans at Beaver Stadium.

Clark, who finished 9 of 16 passes for 106 yards but was sacked three times, tossed a 33-yard scoring strike to receiver Derrick Williams late in the first quarter to put the Blue ahead for good at 14-7.

Clark also hit receiver Brett Brackett with a five-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter.

Backup quarterback Pat Devlin completed 12 of 18 passes for 122 yards and one touchdown, a five-yard toss to receiver Graham Zug in the third quarter. Devlin was sacked three times.

Backup tailback Stephfon Green managed 87 yards on 12 carries and scored on an electrifying 57-yard run for the White squad in the first quarter.

lilyoder6
04-24-2008, 07:48 PM
that freshman who broke that run was amazing.. as soon as i saw that play i knew he was very very fast... be a good person to come in once and a while and burn the def

SteelCityMan786
04-24-2008, 08:39 PM
Green was RIDICULOUS on that run. The Place went nuts seeing it happen. He will absolutely play a big roll at Penn State.

Lord Stiller
04-25-2008, 12:41 PM
When Pitt was in Old Pitt Stadium on Campus the games were packed.

I worked at Pitt Stadium in the late 80's and early 90's. Their games were NOT 'packed' unless they played WVU, Notre Dame, etc.

Dino 6 Rings
04-25-2008, 03:54 PM
I worked at Pitt Stadium in the late 80's and early 90's. Their games were NOT 'packed' unless they played WVU, Notre Dame, etc.

whatever you say hater.

12-0

Got You Last.

SteelCityMan786
04-26-2008, 09:49 PM
whatever you say hater.

12-0

Got You Last.

What has Pitt done since that time? :coffee::coffee::coffee:

SteelCityMan786
04-29-2008, 08:56 PM
http://post-gazette.com/pg/08120/877577-100.stm

Suspended Penn State football players return to team
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Five Penn State football players who were suspended from spring drills have rejoined the team.

Defensive tackles Chris Baker and Phil Taylor, linebacker Navorro Bowman, cornerback Knowledge Timmons and tight end Andrew Quarless are permitted to work out with the team in the weight room and training facilities.

"Their playing status remains unchanged and will be reviewed after each of them resolves certain academic and/or legal issues," Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson said in a statement.

Baker, Taylor and Bowman allegedly were involved in an October fight and are facing charges. Timmons was issued a citation as a result of the incident.

Penn State's judicial affairs office has suspended Taylor for much of the summer as part of sanctions for his role in the fight. He is barred from campus this summer through Aug. 15, including classes and extracurricular activities.

Quarless was suspended in March after he was arrested and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol.

SteelCityMan786
06-29-2008, 09:45 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/508054.html?nav=5017

Time set for Lions’ game with Orange

Penn State’s football game at Syracuse on Sept. 13 will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and be televised by ABC.

The Nittany Lions will play the Orange for the first time since 1990, and it will be PSU’s first visit to the Carrier Dome since 1989.

The Penn State-Syracuse rivalry goes back more than eight decades, starting in 1922, and the teams met every season from 1944-90. The Lions hold a 40-23-5 lead in the series.

Times for five PSU games have been announced. The others: vs. Illinois (Sept. 27), at Wisconsin (Oct. 11) and at Ohio State (Oct. 25) are slated for 8 p.m. kickoffs, and vs. Michigan (Oct. 18) is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

SteelCityMan786
06-29-2008, 09:50 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/508174.html?nav=5017
Even in summer, JoePa still a big draw
By Cory Giger,cgiger@altoonamirror.com
POSTED: June 8, 2008

CAMP HILL — Joe Paterno has always done his best work on Saturdays, and yesterday was no different.

Penn State’s season on the field is still more than two months away, but the Nittany Lion athletic department is in the middle of another important season. This one centers around fundraising, and the iconic, master storyteller Paterno remains as vital as ever to that cause.

More than 600 guests turned out for Saturday’s Central Pennsylvania Nittany Lion club dinner, and it’s safe to say most of them weren’t there to see PSU basketball coach Ed DeChellis or baseball coach Robbie Wine.

They came to be in the presence of greatness.

A good number of them, no doubt, probably would like to see the 81-year-old Paterno retire. For now, though, they still come out in full force to hear his jokes and laugh with him.

Paterno may have a growing number of issues on fall Saturdays, but he’s still a legend who’s on top of his game at these types of events.

‘‘I have a little fun with everybody,’’ Paterno said.

The coach was asked during an early afternoon press conference if he’s worried about staying up past his bedtime for PSU’s three night games this season. He responded with some of his famous wit.

‘‘If you see me walk off the field, it won’t be because of diarrhea like I had the last time,’’ he said. ‘‘I want to go to sleep.’’

The inevitable questions about retirement came up, and Paterno gave his usual responses, such as: ‘‘I enjoy it. As simple as that.’’

One thing that still motivates him, he said, is seeing younger players working hard and earning their first shot at performing on the field.

‘‘You’re always anxious to see whether they’re going to take advantage of the opportunity,’’ Paterno said.

Some of them, he added, ‘‘don’t realize just what it takes to be good enough to win in [the Big Ten].’’

Paterno isn’t the only one who gets peppered with a lot of questions about when he will retire. Penn State’s players also field their share of queries about their coach’s future.

‘‘You hear it a lot,’’ said punter Jeremy Boone, a former walk-on who has been given a scholarship. ‘‘I just say, ‘I don’t know.’’’

Paterno remains as committed as ever, Boone added, and has never hinted about retiring to the team.

‘‘He doesn’t talk about it,’’ Boone said. ‘‘He’s just always looking to make us better. He comes to practice each and every day, tells us what we need to work on, asks how we’re doing academically and makes sure we stay on top of things.’’

Paterno addressed a number of topics Saturday, including:

The program’s legal troubles in recent years have frustrated him. ‘‘I’m tired of it. I really am,’’ Paterno said. ‘‘I think it’s taking away from a bunch of kids that have worked hard.’’

Kids will make mistakes, though, and the coach is willing to give second chances.

‘‘I wasn’t an angel,’’ Paterno said of his youth.

Next year’s recruiting class will include about 20-22 players.

The most important thing in recruiting, Paterno said, is to be honest with the players about what to expect and not to exaggerate things.

‘‘I often say it’s like getting married,’’ he said. ‘‘You can tell your bride to be a few lies, but you’ve got to live with her, so you’ve got to be a little careful.’’

Paterno is against any recruiting change that would move up the early signing period from early February to late November.

‘‘The early signing day bothers me because you’ve got to have your official visits during the season then,’’ he said. ‘‘You’re playing a big game, [and] I don’t want to be bothered, really.’’

The coaching staff’s focus, he added, needs to be on the upcoming game rather than split between preparation and showing recruits a good time.

‘‘We do a terrible job when kids come up for official visits for a game,’’ Paterno said. ‘‘How other people do a good job, I guess maybe they’ve got a bigger staff or maybe their staff is organized a little differently. But we don’t do a good job with that.’’

SteelCityMan786
06-29-2008, 09:51 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/508777.html?nav=5017
Recruits being told in-house successor
By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com
POSTED: June 29, 2008

Joe Paterno either knows something no one at Penn State will confirm, or he does not know the old adage that one shouldn't make promises he can't keep.

Players recruited by the Nittany Lions are being assured that when Paterno retires, his replacement will come from the current coaching staff rather than an outside hire.

''Mr. Paterno told me himself that his replacement is already within the staff, so he'll just bring one new guy in and bump everybody up in the ranks,'' linebacker Mike Yancich from Washington, Pa., said.

Those words apparently can make quite an impact on a youngster.

''Coaching stability is not going to be any big deal at Penn State,'' Yancich said.

That's news to some, as Paterno's contract expires at the end of this season. He wants to coach a few more years, but the university has made no public statements guaranteeing the legendary figure will be back in 2009.

With no succession plan in place - or at least announced - many people have started to believe PSU President Graham Spanier would like to conduct a national search. Spanier has done his best to avoid questions about potential succession plans.

''I wouldn't want to speculate about it,'' he said earlier this year.

Fightonstate.com recruiting reporter Cory James speaks frequently with every Penn State recruit and confirmed Yancich's comments about coaching promises.

''They tell the recruits that the next coach will come from within and the program won't change while they're there,'' James said. ''Every kid I've talked to, that's 100 percent the answer that Penn State has said.

''I've even heard a few of them say [the university] doesn't want to put anything in formal writing with any of the assistant coaches, but it could be because they want Joe to go out on his own terms. And if he decided to retire tomorrow or he decided to retire in five years, at least the coaches are telling recruits the administration doesn't want to put a timeline on Joe.''

rbryan
06-30-2008, 10:05 AM
It's about freakin time. I love Joe Pa as much as the next Penn State alum but this has gotten out of hand IMO. We are losing credibility and more importantly recruits every day that he insists on staying. I hope this doesn't turn ugly and he has the sense to step away gracefully.......Opps....to late for that....Heres to hoping that he isn't forced out in a public power struggle that tarnishes his legacy.

I'm guessing the fan base at Fla State will be almost as excited as me when it happens. They can finally move on from the Bobby Bowden era. He obviously isn't going to hang it up either until Joe Pa does. In Paterno's defense he makes BB look like an alzheimers patient that forgot where he keeps his medication. I don't think Bowden even knows what day it is anymore......sad

Dino 6 Rings
06-30-2008, 10:28 AM
Greg Schiano must be pisssssed off about this. How many jobs has he turned down while coaching Rutgers waiting for the PSU job to open?

SteelCityMan786
07-01-2008, 08:36 AM
Greg Schiano must be pisssssed off about this. How many jobs has he turned down while coaching Rutgers waiting for the PSU job to open?

I'm sure it will come out later that it will not be in house. But that's just my 2 cents.

SteelCityMan786
07-05-2008, 06:53 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/508879.html?nav=5017



Penn State's season opener Aug. 30 against Coastal Carolina and week four matchup against Temple on Sept. 20 will air on the Big Ten Network.

Both home games will kick off at noon.

The week two matchup against Oregon State at Beaver Stadium will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and air on ABC.

This marks the second straight year the Nittany Lions' season opener will be televised by the Big Ten Network, which is still unavailable to Atlantic Broadband cable subscribers in Blair County.

The BTN has reached an agreement with cable giant Comcast after a lengthy stalemate, so it's possible a deal may be reached with Atlantic Broadband between now and the start of the season.

TackleMeBen
07-05-2008, 07:48 PM
i will make sure to miss both of those games..lol:chuckle::wink02:

SteelCityMan786
07-05-2008, 08:02 PM
Updated Schedule with game times/TV

August 30 Coastal Carolina 12:00/Big Ten Network
September 6 Oregon State 3:30/ABC
September 13 @ Syracuse 3:30/ABC
September 20 Temple 12:00/Big Ten Network
September 27 Illinois 8:00/ABC,ESPN, or ESPN2
October 4 @ Purdue TBA
October 11 @ Wisconsin 8:00/ESPN or ESPN 2
October 18 Michigan 4:30/ESPN or ESPN 2
October 25 @ Ohio State 8:00/ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
November 8 @ Iowa TBA
November 15 Indiana TBA
November 22 Michigan State TBA

TackleMeBen
07-06-2008, 09:20 PM
Updated Schedule with game times/TV

August 30 Coastal Carolina 12:00/Big Ten Network
September 6 Oregon State 3:30/ABC
September 13 @ Syracuse 3:30/ABC
September 20 Temple 12:00/Big Ten Network
September 27 Illinois 8:00/ABC,ESPN, or ESPN2
October 4 @ Purdue TBA
October 11 @ Wisconsin 8:00/ESPN or ESPN 2
October 18 Michigan 4:30/ESPN or ESPN 2
October 25 @ Ohio State 8:00/ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
November 8 @ Iowa TBA
November 15 Indiana TBA
November 22 Michigan State TBA

i will get those tissues ready for ya steel man..lol :chuckle::wink02:

SteelCityMan786
07-07-2008, 03:29 PM
i will get those tissues ready for ya steel man..lol :chuckle::wink02:

Don't worry, I will have something ready for you to. :coffee:

HometownGal
07-08-2008, 04:12 PM
What was this thread about again? :doh::doh::doh:

Let's please get it back on topic, shall we?

Thanks for all of the info, SCM. I'm a PSU fan, as it is my alma mater. :drink: :tt03::thumbsup:

SteelCityMan786
07-08-2008, 05:49 PM
What was this thread about again? :doh::doh::doh:

Let's please get it back on topic, shall we?

Thanks for all of the info, SCM. I'm a PSU fan, as it is my alma mater. :drink: :tt03::thumbsup:

I am a proud fan of the Penn State Nittany Lions. Those dag on Wolverines like to hi-jack a lot of threads.

HometownGal
07-08-2008, 08:42 PM
I am a proud fan of the Penn State Nittany Lions. Those dag on Wolverines like to hi-jack a lot of threads.

Me too on being a proud PSU fan. No comment on the last sentence. :wink02:

TackleMeBen
07-08-2008, 08:46 PM
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u55/BJ_BOBBI_JO9/Emotions%20feelings%20moods%20related/1435.gif

millwalldavey
07-09-2008, 01:03 PM
I reiterate... Pull those chinstraps tight Lions.... this is the best shot you'll ever have at those Wolverines!

And they'll still prolly choke.

GO CHANTICLEERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

SteelCityMan786
07-09-2008, 07:50 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/070108aaa.html
Evans Named To Bednarik And Williams To Maxwell Award Watch Lists

Evans can become fourth straight Nittany Lion to earn award presented to the nation's top defensive player

July 1, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA., July 1, 2008 - Penn State senior wide receiver Derrick Williams (Greenbelt, Md.) and junior defensive end Maurice Evans (Brooklyn, N.Y.) were named to watch lists for post season awards by the Maxwell Football Club which announced candidates for the Maxwell Award and Chuck Bednarik Award. Club president Ron Jaworksi announced the players who earned recognition on the watch lists based upon their performances in 2007.

Williams was among 10 Big Ten players and 75 players nationally named to the 2008 Watch List for the Maxwell Award presented to the outstanding collegiate football player in the nation since 1937. A record seven Nittany Lions have previously won the Maxwell Award, the last being tailback Larry Johnson in 2002.

A team co-captain, Williams enters his senior season tied for fourth all-time in career receptions at Penn State with 117. He led the Nittany Lions last season with 55 catches, which ranks tied for third best season total in Nittany Lion history. Williams posted 529 yards and three touchdowns receiving last season and his 1,258 career receiving yards rank 15th all-time at Penn State, just 262 yards out of the top 10.

A game breaking threat as a receiver, runner and returner, Williams posted 1,121 all-purpose yards last season and averaged 10.37 yards on his 108 touches. He earned the second Pontiac Game Changing Performance award of his career after a career-best 78-yard punt return for a touchdown that sparked Penn State to victory over Notre Dame last season. He has posted 2,744 career all-purpose yards, averaging 10.2 yards per touch throughout his career and scoring 12 touchdowns. Williams ranked third in the Big Ten averaging 11.0 yards per punt return and had an impressive 6.3-yard average on 136 rushing attempts last season.





Williams is also a candidate for the Fred Biletnikoff Award presented to the nation's top receiver.

Evans was among 10 Big Ten players and 75 of the nation's top defensive standouts named to the 2008 Watch List for the 14th Chuck Bednarik Award presented to the nation's top defensive player.

Two-time Penn State All-American linebacker Dan Connor was named the Bednarik Award winner last year continuing a string of three straight seasons in which a Nittany Lion has won the award. Two-time All-America linebacker Paul Posluszny won the award in 2005 and 2006. Connor (419) and Posluszny (372) rank first and second all-time at Penn State in career tackles. Penn State players have earned a total of four Bednarik Awards with two-time All-America linebacker LaVar Arrington claiming the honor in 1999.

In 2007, Evans recorded a sack in each of the first three games en route to first-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and coaches. He was second in the conference in tackles for losses (No. 6 in nation) with 21.5 for minus-117 yards. He was third in the Big Ten in sacks (No. 8 in nation) with 12.5 for minus-94 yards. His 12.5 sacks ranked No. 4 on the Penn State season list and his 21.5 TFL were No. 5 in school annals.

A finalist for the 2007 Ted Hendricks Defensive End Award, the quick and athletic Evans also was second in the Big Ten with five forced fumbles. A U.S. Army All-American at Christ The King High School, he was fifth on the squad with 54 tackles (31 solo) and also had three pass breakups.

Evans is also a candidate for the 2008 Rotary Lombardi, Bronko Nagurski and Hendricks awards, and other post-season honors. He has been selected a first team pre-season All-American by Athlon Sports and second team by Phil Steele's College Football 2008.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik awards will be announced in early November and three finalists will be announced on November 25. The winners of the awards will be announced on the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December.

In his 43rd season as head coach, Joe Paterno's squad returns 37 letterwinners and 18 starters (8 offense, 8 defense, 2 specialists) from last year's 9-4 squad that defeated Texas A&M in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Penn State has won 31 of its last 40 games, tied for eighth-best record in the nation over that span. The Nittany Lions were ranked No. 25 in the final USA Today Coaches poll, earning their 33rd Top 25 finish under Paterno.

SteelCityMan786
07-10-2008, 08:59 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/070908aaa.html
Uplifting Athletes Announces Record Number of Teams for Friday's "Penn State Lift For Life;" Proceeds to Benefit Kidney Cancer Association

Twenty-four Teams To Compete; More Than $230,000 Raised in Initial Five Years

July 9, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes today announced that a record number of teams will participate in the Sixth Annual Penn State Lift For Life® on Friday, July 11 in Holuba Hall.

Proceeds from the Penn State Lift For Life® will benefit the Kidney Cancer Association and kidney cancer patients. In its sixth year, the organization has help raise awareness for this rare disease and generated more than $230,000 to support this worthwhile cause.More than 30,000 Americans are afflicted with kidney cancer each year. Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes raised a record total of more than $80,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association during the 2006-07 academic year.

There are 24 teams, each with four members of the Nittany Lion football squad, 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 96 Nittany Lion squad members and this great cause.

TheLift For Life® event is a strength and conditioning challenge that tests the mental and physical endurance of the student-athlete. The 11 exercises range 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 Nittany Lion football players and also see elements of the workout every player must endure as part of his preparation for the team.

A listing of the teams is posted at: http://www.pennstate.upliftingathletes.org.




The lead-off team at 2:00 p.m. will be comprised of linebacker Bani Gbadyi (Gaithersburg, Md.), tailback Stephfon Green (Bronx, N.Y.), fullback Dan Lawlor (Mechanicsburg) and defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu (Staten Island, N.Y.).

Uplifting Athletes also will conduct a silent auction in conjunction with the Lift For Life® event. Items from former Nittany Lion football standouts will be available. Bidding will start at 2:00 p.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. All event attendees are welcome to participate.

Lift For Life® is open to the public. The event is $10 for adults or $5 for students or children. The competition will be held in Holuba Hall on the University Park campus and is scheduled from 2:00-7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30.

Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes is a student organization run by current football student-athletes, including Brett Brackett (president), Jesse Alfreno (vice president), Patrick Mauti (secretary), Tyler Ahrenhold, Brennan Coakley, Ryan Gmerek, Kevion Latham, Josh Matzkin, Doug Rheam andAnthony Scirrotto. 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 the Penn State Lift For Life®, Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit http://www.upliftingathletes.orgor contact Deloris Brobeck at 814-865-1946. Uplifting Athletes, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that operates as a national charter and serves as a uniting force to help change the perception of rare diseases.

SteelCityMan786
07-10-2008, 09:00 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/071008aab.html
Penn State Approaches Complete Sellout for Home Football Season; 93,000-Plus Season Tickets Sold

Renewal Rate of 99 Percent for 2008 Season

July 10, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Unprecedented demand for Penn State season tickets has another Nittany Lion football season nearing a complete sellout, approaching the record-setting totals set in 2007 for public and student season tickets.

With more than 93,500 season tickets accounted for, for the second consecutive year, 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 home games. Tickets have been exhausted for Penn State's contests with Oregon State (Sept. 6, 3:30 p.m.), Illinois (Sept. 27, 8:00 p.m.) and the Homecoming clash with Michigan (Oct. 18, 4:30 p.m.). Tickets are close to exhausted for Big Ten foe Indiana (Nov. 15) and the Senior Day clash with conference rival Michigan State on Nov. 22.

A limited number of tickets also remain for the Aug. 30 season opener with Coastal Carolina (12:00 p.m.) and the Sept. 20 contest with Temple (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 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 25. Phone orders and group sales will take place only if tickets remain the morning of July 28. Phone and counter sales will begin Monday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m. if tickets remain. The numbers to call are: 814-865-5555 or 800-NITTANY (1-800-648-8269) weekdays from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

All Club seats and Roar Suites are sold out for the 2008 season. For information on Club seats or suites, interested fans can call Bob White at 1-800-NITTANY.

Bud Meredith, Director of Ticket Operations, reported that 99 percent of current season ticket holders, tying last year's all-time high, renewed their seats for the 2008 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 games at Syracuse (Sept. 13), Wisconsin (Oct. 11) and Ohio State (Oct. 27) are sold out. Tickets remain for two of Penn State's Big Ten away games -- Purdue (Oct. 4) and Iowa (Nov. 8). Phone orders and counter sales for both games will begin July 28 at 10:00 a.m.

The excitement for the 2008 football season pushed Penn State season tickets beyond 90,000 for the third consecutive year in Beaver Stadium, the nation's largest facility with a capacity of 107,282. More than 15,000 Penn State student season tickets for freshmen, sophomores and juniors sold out in approximately three minutes during each sale last month. There are more 21,000 season tickets for Penn State students.

Joe Paterno's 43rd Penn State team returns 37 letterwinners and 16 starters for the 2008 season. The Nittany Lions will face eight bowl teams from 2007 this fall, including five at home. Penn State has won 31 of its last 40 games, tied for eighth-best record in the nation over that span.

lilyoder6
07-10-2008, 10:24 PM
:o more than 93,500 season tickets... thats just crazy.. but thats psu 4 ya... i wonder how many tickets they hold 4 the opposing team??

SteelCityMan786
07-11-2008, 10:53 AM
:o more than 93,500 season tickets... thats just crazy.. but thats psu 4 ya... i wonder how many tickets they hold 4 the opposing team??

Probably won't give too many of those away. Especially to them Michigan fans. :chuckle:

lilyoder6
07-11-2008, 07:06 PM
well i know they have to hold tickets 4 the other team.. i just don't know how many they need to hold

SteelCityMan786
07-11-2008, 11:25 PM
well i know they have to hold tickets 4 the other team.. i just don't know how many they need to hold

I think they usually hold 10,000

SteelCityMan786
07-13-2008, 11:01 AM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/071108aac.html
Penn State Uplifting Athletes' Sixth Annual "Lift For Life" Pushes Contributions Past $300,000 For Kidney Cancer Association

Approximately $75,000 Raised By Nittany Lions So Far in 2007-08

July 11, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes' Sixth Annual Penn State Lift For Life® was a tremendous success, raising the cumulative total in contributions for the Kidney Cancer Association to more than $300,000.

Approximately $75,000 has been raised by Uplifting Athletes, Inc. in 2007-08, whose fiscal year ends in September. The total includes contributions from today's Lift For Life® event.

A record total of 96 Nittany Lion football student-athletes tested their strength and endurance today in an 11-event strength and conditioning challenge in front of several thousand fans, friends and family, who enjoyed the new fan-friendly Lift For Life® layout in Holuba Hall.

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.

With the contributions from today's Lift For Life®, more than $300,000 has been raised since 2003 by members of the Penn State football team to aid in the fight against the disease. More than 30,000 Americans are afflicted with kidney cancer each year.

Several kidney cancer patients from across the country were able to connect with one another and the Kidney Cancer Association at the event.

Twenty-four four-person teams competed in 11 events designed to test mental and physical toughness. The exercises for the competitors ranged from the bench press to carrying 100-lb. plates to the giant tire flip.

The winning Lift For Life® team was comprised of quarterback Daryll Clark (Youngstown, Ohio), linebacker Josh Hull (Millheim), tight end Greg Miskinis (Lewistown) and tight end Mickey Shuler (Enola).

Second place was secured by the team of defensive end Josh Gaines (Fort Wayne, Ind.), linebacker Tyrell Sales (Butler), safety Anthony Scirrotto (West Deptford, N.J.) and center A.Q. Shipley (Coraopolis). Gaines, Sales and Shipley also were on the second place team in 2007.

There was a tie for third place. One team was comprised of wide receiver Brett Brackett (Lawrenceville, N.J.), center Mike Lucian (New Market, Md.), guard Rich Ohrnberger (East Meadow, N.Y.) and safety Mark Rubin (Amherst, N.Y.). Brackett and Rubin were members of the 2007 winning team.

The other third place team was: wide receiver Jesse Alfreno (Grove City), running back Brandon Beachum (Youngstown), tight end Andrew Szczerba (Wilmington, Del.) and linebacker Nate Stupar (State College).

The Nittany Lion football team organized all aspects of the event, with Brackett, Alfreno and wide receiver Patrick Mauti (Mandeville, La.) primarily heading the effort, along with Tyler Ahrenhold (Blue Bell), Brennan Coakley (Newtown, Conn.), Ryan Gmerek (Houtzdale), Kevion Latham (Greensboro, N.C.), Josh Matzkin (Tampa, Fla.), Doug Rheam and Scirrotto, former Nittany Lion and event co-founder Scott Shirley and Deloris Brobeck. 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 the Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes, Penn State Lift For Life® or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit http://www.upliftingathletes.org or contact Brobeck at 814-865-1946 during business hours. Uplifting Athletes, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that operates as a national charter and serves as a uniting force to help change the perception of rare diseases.

SteelCityMan786
07-13-2008, 10:28 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/509123.html?nav=5017
Players think Bradley is heir apparent
By Cory Giger,cgiger@altoonamirror.com
POSTED: July 12, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK - Who will be Penn State's next head coach?

Everyone seems to have an opinion, now more than ever since this is the final year of Joe Paterno's contract. Paterno may coach another two, three or five years, but that won't stop people from debating who will be his replacement.

So far, pretty much anyone with an opinion has had an opportunity to express it, either on TV/radio talk shows or Internet message boards.

But what about Penn State's players? Do they have an opinion on the issue? Many of them do, as was discovered Friday.

A total of 32 PSU players - roughly one-third of the team - were asked the following question during the Lift for Life event at Holuba Hall:

Who do you think will be Penn State's next head coach?

It was made very clear the question was not seeking who they think SHOULD be the next coach; that could elicit favoritism in the responses.

The intent was to gauge players' speculation on which way the university will go when Paterno retires.

The players, promised anonymity so they would be more open to answering honestly, were given five choices:

A. Greg Schiano, Rutgers head coach

B. Tom Bradley, PSU defensive coordinator

C. Larry Johnson, PSU defensive line coach

D. Ron Vanderlinden, PSU linebackers coach

E. Other

The results weren't even close.

Bradley won in a landslide, garnering 16 votes.

Johnson and Vanderlinden received two votes apiece.

Schiano, considered by many to be the leading outside candidate, got one vote.

Three players voted for ''other,'' with one noting, ''There's so many possibilities out there.''

Six of the 32 players either didn't want to participate or did not have an answer. One of them said, ''Looking at that list, I think everybody in their own right deserves it.''

Two players said it could be either Bradley, Johnson or Vanderlinden but did not narrow their choice.

A survey like this may not seem to have any relevance, but it shouldn't be dismissed so easily. One would think the PSU administration would take what the players have to say into account at least a little bit during the next coaching search.

Some of the players may have been answering with their heart, saying Bradley should get the job even though the question was who will get it. The longtime assistant is the sentimental choice for PSU loyalists, and undoubtedly many players also believe he deserves the opportunity.

SteelCityMan786
07-13-2008, 10:29 PM
IMO, I think Schiano is most likely going to end up head coach if they do go out of house. Bradley or LJ Sr. are the only in house I'd look at right now. But I will let the others prove themself.

SteelCityMan786
07-18-2008, 04:07 PM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/college/s_578228.html
Paterno rejuvenated for season
By Sam Ross Jr.
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, July 18, 2008

Joe Paterno is beginning the hectic part of his calendar, facing a weekend trip to South Bend for his College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement.

Penn State football staff meetings begin Monday and, later next week, Paterno and three players will be in Chicago for the Big Ten preseason media days.

When he gets back to State College, preseason practice will be looming.

"My wife will tell you, I'm not much to live with these days because I've got a pad and a pencil (all the time)," Paterno said Thursday ."The grandkids will come over, and she'll say, 'You don't even spend any time with your grandkids,' and I say, 'Well, you know, right now I'm not sure what I want to do with so and so, what I want to do with this guy.' But it's fun. I enjoy it, and that's one of the reasons I stay in it."

In the midst of all this, Paterno found time yesterday to travel to Johnstown to headline a dinner benefitting the Bishop McCort High School Scholarship Fund. The event was being held at a hotel owner by the Pasquerilla Family, Penn State benefactors.

"I owe. I owe," Paterno said. "I'm here to pay back a debt."

It was vintage Paterno. At 81 years of age, with his 43rd season as head coach fast approaching, Paterno retains a finely honed sense of obligation.

He spoke in those terms when recalling taking over his current job when Rip Engle retired following the 1965 season.

"I inherited a heck of a football team. I think Rip deliberately got out of it at that time to give me a shot at it," Paterno said.

And while Paterno's tenure at Penn State remains an open-ended situation, he feels the need to do the same -- eventually -- for whomever might succeed him.

Paterno recalled inviting former head coach Darrell Royal to dinner during a coaches convention a year after Royal had left Texas. The Longhorns had enjoyed a strong season according to Paterno, and he told of asking Royal, why he'd left when he did?

"He said, 'Texas has been good to me. I had made up my mind, when I get out of it, I was going to leave some meat on the bones,' " Paterno said. "Rip left me some meat on the bones, and I hope I can do that."

Paterno is in no hurry to pass the bones just yet, though.

Trips such as this drive from his home in Central Pennsylvania give him a chance to reminisce. He rattled off a lengthy list of recruits he got for Penn State from Johnstown and the small towns that surround it. He also recalled some he didn't land.

One of those was Tom Yewcic, who eventually starred at Michigan State. Paterno, Engle and another Penn State assistant visited Yewcic and his family on a recruiting stop at an American Legion Post Home in Conemaugh.

Afterward, Engle asked Paterno's opinion of Yewcic.

"I said, 'Geez, he's not very big. He's no bigger than I am. How good can he be?' " Paterno said. "I found out a couple of years later. They beat us two years in a row when he was playing quarterback at Michigan State."

Four-plus decades later, only a few miles from the spot of that recruiting visit, a tanned Paterno was in a jovial mood.

"I feel great," he said. "My health is fine.

"I can't throw the ball 40 yards any more, but I never could."

SteelCityMan786
07-18-2008, 04:10 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/071608aaa.html
"Penn State Football Eve" Celebration Set For August 29 in Beaver Stadium

Nittany Lions Open Season vs. Coastal Carolina Aug. 30 at 12:00 p.m.

July 16, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Penn State will kick off the 2008 campaign with "Penn State Football Eve" on Friday, August 29. The fifth 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 6:00 p.m. Kids games, food, surprises and an oldies band will all be part of the promenade.

Stadium gates open at 7:00 p.m. for fans who wish to be seated early with a showing of 2007 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.

Admission and parking are free for "Penn State Football Eve." The Nittany Lions' 122nd season opener is against Coastal Carolina the following day at 12:00 p.m.

"Penn State Football Eve," which launches the first weekend of the football season, has attracted approximately 25,000 fans in each of its initial three events. The 2006 event was cancelled due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto.

Fans attending "Penn State Football Eve" can warm-up for the event at the Penn State women's soccer team's home opener against Florida State, which begins Friday at 5:00 p.m. at Jeffrey Field. There is no admission or parking fee for the contest featuring the 10-time defending Big Ten Champion Nittany Lions. Also, the State College Spikes are hosting Mahoning Valley Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, across the street from Beaver Stadium.

The excitement for the 2008 football season pushed Penn State season tickets above 90,000 for the third consecutive year in Beaver Stadium, the nation's largest facility with a capacity of 107,282. More than 93,500 season tickets for this season are accounted for. More than 15,000 Penn State student season tickets for freshmen, sophomores and juniors sold out in approximately three minutes during each sale last month. There are more 21,000 season tickets for Penn State students.





Three games are sold out, with a limited number of tickets remaining for Coastal Carolina, Temple (Sept. 20, 12:00), Indiana (Nov. 15) and the Senior Day clash with Michigan State (Nov. 22). Any remaining single game tickets will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 25 exclusively at www.GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics.

Paterno's 43rd Penn State team returns 37 letterwinners and 16 starters for the 2008 season. The Nittany Lions will face eight bowl teams from 2007 this fall, including five at home. Penn State has won 31 of its last 40 games, tied for eighth-best record in the nation over that span.

SteelCityMan786
07-18-2008, 04:12 PM
http://gopsusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/071708aac.html
Paterno College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Set for Saturday

Is Third Active Coach and 21st Penn Stater to Be Enshrined

July 17, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State's Joe Paterno will be joined by 16 former standout players and three coaches as they are enshrined into the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame.

Paterno and the others in the class will be honored at Saturday night's Enshrinement Dinner and Show in South Bend, Ind. to cap Enshrinement Festival activities. The third active coach to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, Paterno and the other members of the Bowl Subdivision class were inducted last December at a black tie dinner in New York City. Four players and two coaches from the Divisional Class will join them this weekend.

In his 43rd season as head coach of the Nittany Lions, Paterno was selected to join the Hall in 2006, but his induction was delayed for one year after the legendary coach was injured in a sideline collision during a Nov. 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.

In his 59th year as a member of the Penn State coaching staff, 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 joins Paterno as the two Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) coaches to be enshrined this weekend. The 2007-08 Class was selected from a national ballot of 75 candidates and a pool of hundreds of eligible nominees.

"This is right at the top, if not the top," said Paterno about gaining entrance into the Hall of Fame. "I feel good about it. My kids and everybody have been excited about it. It's been a good thing for Penn State."

A five-time National Coach of the Year honoree, Paterno has 372 career victories to rank second to Bowden (373) among major college coaches. Paterno's teams have recorded five undefeated seasons, 21 finishes in the AP Top 10, 33 Top 25 finishes and two National Championships. With a record of 23-10-1, he is the all-time leader among coaches in bowl appearances and victories. His 69.1 winning percentage is second-best all-time among coaches with at least 12 bowl appearances.





Paterno has coached 74 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.

There have been 817 Division I coaching changes since Paterno became head coach in 1966 after 16 seasons as an assistant coach with the Nittany Lions.

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to enshrine another exceptional class of college football legends," said National Football Foundation President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "Each year our hard-working honors courts do an outstanding job in ensuring the game's legends are duly recognized."

Paterno will become the 21st member of the Penn State Football family to be enshrined into the Hall, joining four former coaches and 16 players, seven of whom he coached - John Cappelletti, Keith Dorney, Jack Ham, Ted Kwalick, Lydell Mitchell, Dennis Onkotz and Mike Reid. Former Nittany Lion coaches Dick Harlow (1915-17), Hugo Bezdek (1918-29), Bob Higgins (1930-48) and Rip Engle (1950-65) also are members of the Hall of Fame.

The Nittany Lions return 37 letterwinners and 16 starters for the 2008 season. The Lions will face eight bowl teams from 2007 this fall, including five at home. Penn State has won 31 of its last 40 games, tied for eighth-best record in the nation over that span.

2008 FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION ENSHRINEMENT CLASS

· 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 Cal, 1972-74
· Chris Zorich - DT, Notre Dame, 1988-90

COACHES

· Herb Deromedi - Central Michigan (1978- 93): 110-55-10
· Joe Paterno -Penn State (1966 - present; 372-125-3)

2008 DIVISIONAL ENSHRINEMENT CLASS

· Jim Ballard - QB, Mount Union (Ohio) (1991-93)
· Ronald McKinnon - LB, North Alabama (1992-95)
· John Randle - DE, Texas A&M-Kingsville (1988-89)
· Brad Rowland - HB, McMurry College (Texas) (1947-50)

COACHES
· W.C. Gorden - Jackson State (1976-91): 119-47-5
· Doug Porter - Mississippi Valley State (1961-65), Howard (1974-78), Fort Valley State (Ga.) (1979-85, 1987-96): 166-107-5

*Deceased

millwalldavey
07-19-2008, 11:12 AM
I see one of our locoals here, Josh Marks is making his way up the depth chart on OL... a lot of us do not expect big things from him but I do hope he surprises. Pushing around linemen in the big 10 that are your size is a lot different than pushing around 150-175 lb linemen at Single A.

SteelCityMan786
07-20-2008, 08:37 AM
I see one of our locoals here, Josh Marks is making his way up the depth chart on OL... a lot of us do not expect big things from him but I do hope he surprises. Pushing around linemen in the big 10 that are your size is a lot different than pushing around 150-175 lb linemen at Single A.

One of my friends has a cousin playing for Penn State from Moshannon Valley on the team which is near me. It will be interesting to see him play this year.

SteelCityMan786
07-21-2008, 05:31 PM
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Paterno, Gaines, Shipley & Williams To Represent Nittany Lions at 37th Annual Big Ten Kickoff

Activities Scheduled Thursday and Friday in Chicago

July 21, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa - Coach Joe Paterno and a trio of senior captains will represent Penn State at the 37th Annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon Festivities July 24-25 in Chicago.

Defensive end Josh Gaines (Ft. Wayne, Ind.), All-Big Ten center A.Q. Shipley (Corapolis, Va.) and wide receiver/kick returner Derrick Williams (Greenbelt Md.) 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 113th 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 Thursday and Friday. The Kickoff Luncheon is Wednesday with ABC/ESPN's Brent Musburger serving as emcee. A sellout crowd of 1,800 will attend the Luncheon.

The Nittany Lions are entering their 16th season of Big Ten competition. Penn State has won 31 of its last 40 games, tied for eighth-best in the nation over that span. Last year, Penn State finished 9-4 and No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches poll, defeating Texas A&M in the Valero Alamo Bowl. The Nittany Lions are 9-2 in post-season contests since starting conference play in 1993.

In his 43rd season as head coach of the Nittany Lions, Paterno owns a 372-125-3 (74.7) career record. In his 59th year in Happy Valley, the Hall of Fame coach is second in all-time victories among major college coaches and third in winning percentage among active mentors. 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 (34) and wins (23-10-1). 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, 75 first team All-Americans, 36 ESPN The Magazine.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, when he led the Lions to an 11-1 record and the Big Ten and FedEx Orange Bowl titles

A two-year starter, Gaines played an important role in helping the Nittany Lions rank in No. 2 the nation in sacks and No. 7 in rushing defense in 2007. The only returnee on the defensive line with any significant experience going into last season, Gaines was instrumental in helping the unit make substantial progress. The former Northrop High School all-state selection has provided consistently strong play and good leadership the past two seasons. A 2007 honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection, Gaines recorded 40 tackles, with 5.0 TFL, including 2.5 sacks for minus-16 yards. Gaines, who comes from a family of 11 children, also had one forced fumble and one pass breakup.

A starter in all 26 games the past two seasons, Shipley anchors the offensive line. A hard-working leader for the offense, he has used his skills, tenacity and competitive nature to become one the top offensive linemen in the Big Ten. He was recognized by the conference coaches with his selection as the 2007 first-team All-Big Ten center is a candidate for the Rimington Award for the second consecutive year. The Coraopolis, Pa. native also is on the Watch List for the 2008 Rotary Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy. The former Moon Area High School standout was selected to the 2007 ESPN.com All-Bowl Team after the Nittany Lions ran for a season-high 270 yards in the 24-17 win over Texas A&M. He also made his first career reception against the Aggies, rumbling for four yards after snaring a deflected pass. He saw action on 997 snaps last season, fourth-highest on the team.

Williams enrolled at Penn State in January 2005 and has been a catalyst for the Nittany Lions as a receiver, returner and runner the past three seasons. The nation's top prep player in 2004, Williams is a three-year starter coming off a season when he made a team-high 55 receptions, tied for No 3 on the school season list. The immensely talented and hard-working athlete gained 1,121 all-purpose yards last year, second-highest on the team. He averaged a superlative 10.37 yards on his 108 touches. Williams continued to take on a larger role in the passing game, making a team-high 55 catches for 529 yards and three touchdowns. The former Eleanor Roosevelt HS All-American ranked third in the Big Ten in punt returns, averaging 11.0 yards on 23 returns. He swung the momentum of the Notre Dame clash with his electrifying, zig-zagging 78-yard touchdown return, earning the Pontiac Game Changing Performance for the second time in his outstanding career. Williams also averaged 6.3 yard! s per c arry with one score.

A candidate for the 2008 Biletnikoff and Maxwell awards and other post-season accolades, Williams made 25 receptions in the last four games, lifting him into a tied for No. 4 on the school career receptions chart with 117, along with classmate Jordan Norwood and Jack Curry (1965-67). The dynamic playmaker also is No. 15 in Penn State career receiving yards (1,258), needing 262 yards to crack the top 10.

Penn State returns 37 letterwinners and 16 starters for the 2008 season. The Nittany Lions will face eight bowl teams from 2007 this fall, including five at home.

SteelCityMan786
07-25-2008, 11:25 AM
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Breaking in

Thursday was eventful for the Penn State football program. Paterno and captains Shipley, Derrick Williams and Josh Gaines flew out to Chicago in the morning.

But the real action occurred much earlier in the day. A man broke into the Lasch Football Building in the early morning hours Thursday. He worked his way in through the weight room and caused damage there and in the nearby training room, smashing at least five windows.

''There was blood all over the place,'' a source said.

The man - PSU student Daniel Costenbader - was apprehended by campus police and faces charges ranging from burglary to criminal trespass. He was arraigned and released on $50,000 bail.

In the meantime, work crews spent a good portion of Thursday morning repairing broken windows.

''It's a sizeable amount of damage,'' Paterno said. ''The kid who did it was a little out of whack. It's unfortunate.''

SteelCityMan786
07-25-2008, 11:26 AM
Have fun staying in the Bellefonte Iron Bar Hotel man. Crime never pays.

I wonder if he watched the saga from last season with the PSU Football team.

SteelCityMan786
07-25-2008, 09:46 PM
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Joe Pa's Comments at the Big Ten Media Days.

SteelCityMan786
07-26-2008, 03:29 PM
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Penn State Notebook: Lions left out of preseason picks
Saturday, July 26, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CHICAGO -- Traditional Big Ten Conference powers Penn State and Michigan were not picked to finish among the top three teams in the media's preseason poll.

Michigan's absence is a little more surprising than Penn State's.

The Wolverines have been selected No. 1 five times since 2000. Penn State was tabbed to finish first three times in a four-year span from 1996-99, but has not been ranked in the top three since.

It has been an even longer dry spell for Penn State when it comes to beating Michigan. The Nittany Lions have dropped nine in a row to the Wolverines, with the most recent victory in 1996.

Penn State is hoping to end that drought when Michigan and new coach Rich Rodriguez visit Beaver Stadium Oct. 18. But senior defensive end Josh Gaines admits it won't be easy.

"It's definitely mental," he said at the Big Ten media days yesterday. "That's just being honest with you. [Coach Joe Paterno] wouldn't appreciate this, but it's definitely a mental thing. When you lose that many years in a row, it's not that the players are better, not that the coaches are better, it's a mental thing. ... That's something that we have to get over."

Sandwiched around the Michigan game are road dates at Wisconsin (Oct. 11) and Ohio State (Oct. 25). The Lions are 5-16 against those three teams since 2000.
Wedding march

Penn State center A.Q. Shipley from Moon High School was in a rush to get back to State College.

His plane was due back at 4:30 p.m. and he was to serve as a groomsman in his sister Nicole's wedding ceremony at 5 at Toftrees.

"I'd say there's a good chance that I am going to be late," Shipley said.

"I told my sister, I'll miss this thing [here] and let somebody else come, but she said, 'No.' She said, 'You've worked hard to be a captain and it will be a good experience for you. When you get here, you get here.' "

Shipley was interviewed for tomorrow's "Outside the Lines" program on ESPN that will detail Penn State's recent rash of off-the-field incidents.

"There were some problems, we handled it and hopefully people will learn from mistakes and we can move on," he said.
Williams on Pryor

Penn State senior wide receiver Derrick Williams was regarded as the top high school recruit in the country four years ago.

His career got off to a quick start, but it has fizzled since he broke his arm against Michigan in his freshman season of 2005.

Williams said he would offer the following advice to Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor from Jeannette, this year's No. 1 prospect:

"Just learn as much as you can," Williams said. "Have the upperclassmen try to help you out. Pay attention to details. Just listen. When you listen, pick up as many things as you can."

Williams said the hoopla surrounding Pryor is much greater than what he experienced.

"I think coach Paterno did a great job of not letting stuff get out of hand," Williams said.

SteelCityMan786
07-30-2008, 12:47 PM
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Penn State removes two from football team
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State junior defensive tackles Chris Baker and Phil Taylor, both of whom have been disciplined in the past year for off-the-field incidents, are no longer on the team.

"They have been removed from the squad," spokesman Jeff Nelson said today.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno said last week at the Big Ten meetings in Chicago that he was awaiting the grades of Baker, Taylor and three other suspended players.

He said he had not yet made a determination on their status for the upcoming season, which gets under way Monday with the official start of practice.

Two months ago, Baker was sentenced to two years' probation for his role in two different fights. He had been working out with the team.

Taylor received one year of probation for his role in a fight and could not have joined the team at the earliest until Aug. 16.

Baker, 6 feet 2 and 300 pounds, started seven games last season, while Taylor, 6-4, 330, started five.

SteelCityMan786
07-30-2008, 12:49 PM
Well it looks like JoePa is doing some house cleaning. Good Job. A couple fight guys. Gotta give them the message that this doesn't fly.

SteelCityMan786
08-02-2008, 01:05 PM
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Nittany Lions' Home Football Schedule Sold Out; Limited Tickets Remain For Some Away Games

More Than 93,000 Season Tickets Sold in Nation's Largest Stadium

Aug. 1, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., - Unprecedented demand for Penn State season tickets has resulted in a complete sellout for the 2008 Nittany Lion football campaign, approaching the record-setting totals set in 2007 for public and student season tickets.

With more than 93,500 season tickets accounted for in a second consecutive year, Penn State fans have assured that Beaver Stadium will again host some of the largest football crowds in the nation this fall. Beaver Stadium is the nation's largest facility with a capacity of 107,282.

The excitement for the 2008 football season pushed Penn State season tickets beyond 90,000 for the third consecutive year in Beaver Stadium. More than 15,000 Penn State student season tickets for freshmen, sophomores and juniors sold out in approximately three minutes during each sale in June. There are more 21,000 season tickets for Penn State students.

Bud Meredith, Director of Ticket Operations, reported earlier this summer that 99 percent of current season ticket holders, tying last year's all-time high, renewed their seats for the 2008 season.

All Club seats and Roar Suites also are sold out for the 2008 season.

The anticipation of the upcoming season has also resulted in a strong demand for tickets to the Nittany Lions' five away games. A limited number of tickets remain for two of Penn State's Big Ten away games -- Purdue (Oct. 4) and Iowa (Nov. 8). Penn State's allotment for contests at Syracuse (Sept. 13), Wisconsin (Oct. 11) and Ohio State (Oct. 27) are sold out.

Tickets for the two 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 weekdays from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Nittany Lions, ranked No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches' pre-season poll, will face eight bowl teams from 2007 this fall, including five at home. Penn State opens its 122nd season on Aug. 30, hosting Coastal Carolina at 12:00 p.m. 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.

Penn State Football Eve will launch the season on Friday, Aug. 29, with activities starting at 6:00 p.m. outside Beaver Stadium. 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 Joe Paterno's address to the crowd a new stadium video will be unveiled. The event and parking are free.

Paterno's 43rd Penn State team returns 35 letterwinners and 16 starters for the 2008 season. Penn State has won 31 of its last 40 games, tied for eighth-best record in the nation over that span.

millwalldavey
08-02-2008, 09:08 PM
Well it looks like JoePa is doing some house cleaning. Good Job. A couple fight guys. Gotta give them the message that this doesn't fly.

But some of the fighters remain... I guess it pays to be a star on the defensive side.

SteelCityMan786
08-02-2008, 10:29 PM
But some of the fighters remain... I guess it pays to be a star on the defensive side.

Just hopefully the stadium clean up drilled it inside of their head.

SteelCityMan786
08-19-2008, 06:07 PM
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Notebook: Williams hopes to meet expectations in final season
Friday, August 08, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State senior wide receiver and co-captain Derrick Williams never quite has lived up to his promise, but he insists it's finally going to happen this season.

"The real Derrick Williams will be there this year," he said.

Williams was considered the No. 1 high school recruit in the country four years ago coming out of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md. He chose Penn State at a time when the Nittany Lions were struggling and most blue-chip prospects were staying away from Happy Valley.

He exhibited his versatility the first month and a half of the 2005 season, rushing 22 times for 105 yards and three touchdowns while catching 22 passes for 289 yards and another score. But Williams broke his arm against Michigan in the seventh game that season and has never shown the same explosiveness.

"Some people say that I lost speed my sophomore year," Williams said. "But every year since I got here, I've gotten faster."

Williams had 1,121 all-purpose yards a year ago as a junior, the second-highest total on the team. He produced a team-leading 55 catches for 529 yards, but averaged just 9.6 yards per catch and three touchdowns.

"He turned it around some last year and he had a heck of a spring," coach Joe Paterno said. "He was trying too hard for a while, trying to make big plays all the time."

Williams, 6 feet and 194 pounds, has rather simple goals.

"I just want to work hard and do all I can do to help the team," he said.

Drawing the line

Penn State, which holds its media day today, has two polished starters at defensive end in Josh Gaines and Maurice Evans. Their experience will be needed on a defensive line that is young in experience, now that projected starting tackles Chris Baker and Phil Taylor have been booted off the team.

"When I talk, people listen," said Gaines, a senior co-captain entering his third season as a starter.

"It's a great weapon," he said. "So, I'm going to try to use this weapon to actually do good with it. People listen to what I have to say for some reason."

Baker, whose career was marred by off-the-field incidents, plans to play football this fall at Hampton University, a Division I-AA school.

Unbeaten teams to return

Three of Penn State's undefeated teams will be honored this season. Members of the 1968 and '69 squads, which posted back-to-back 11-0 records and a pair of Orange Bowl victories, will be honored during the home opener Aug. 30 against Coastal Carolina. The '73 team, which finished 12-0 and also won the Orange Bowl, will be feted during the Oregon State game Sept. 6. The 1968 and '69 teams finished second in the final Associated Press rankings, while the '73 team was fifth.

Bowl experience

Eight of the 12 teams on the Nittany Lions' schedule played in bowl games a year ago. They will face five of those opponents at home (Oregon State, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Michigan State) and Purdue, Wisconsin and Ohio State on the road.

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 09:15 AM
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DE Evans has become a sack master
Monday, August 25, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State defensive end Maurice Evans is coming off a sensational season, yet he is too modest to acknowledge his sudden rise to prominence.

"There's always room for improvement," he said softly. "I wasn't perfect last season. I think I can be a lot better than I was. I'm not going to lie, last year was shocking to me."

Evans, a 6-foot-2, 262-pound bruiser from Christ the King High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., wreaked havoc on opponents.

He finished eighth in the country in sacks with 12 1/2. He fell 2 1/2 shy of tying the single-season school record of 15, held by Larry Kubin and Michael Haynes.

Evans finished sixth in the nation in tackles for losses with 21 1/2, and was second in the Big Ten with five forced fumbles en route to earning first-team, all-conference honors.

Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley believes Evans is on the verge of stardom.

"I think Maurice is going to be a better player this season than he was last year, even if his numbers aren't," Bradley said.

With middle linebacker Sean Lee out for the season with a torn ACL, Evans clearly has become the cornerstone of the Nittany Lions' defense.

A preseason All-American, Evans helped Penn State finish second in the country last year in sacks (46), and seventh in run defense (93.8 yards per game). The Lions open their season at noon Saturday with a non-conference home game against Coastal Carolina.

"Maurice has got to just get a little more fire in his tummy consistently, but he's got a lot of ability," said coach Joe Paterno, who also is from Brooklyn. "... I needle him all the time about, 'Yeah, every once in a while you need a kick in the rear end' and we go from there. But I like him. He's a good football player."

Evans insists defensive end Josh Gaines, a fifth-year senior and three-year starter, is the leader of the front four, which includes Ollie Ogbu, Abe Koroma and Jared Odrick competing for the two tackle spots.

"One thing about Mo is that he likes to play football," said Gaines, who also serves as a co-captain. "He's not really much of a talker."

Gaines had an inkling Evans might be a special player when he arrived three seasons ago with plenty of raw skill .

"I saw it from the first practice," Gaines said. "His athleticism was breathtaking."

Evans played in every game as a backup in 2006. He contributed 12 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks and was named to The Sporting News' All-Big Ten freshman team.

The big difference between Evans then and now is that he has to fight off more double-team blocks. He often is compared to former Penn State All-American defensive end Tamba Hali, a first-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006.

"After a while, the double teams get annoying and you feel like you're not being productive," Evans said. "You just have to overcome that and play hard every snap."

New York City has been a fertile recruiting ground for Penn State in the past decade, beginning with Jimmy Kennedy from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers in 1998. Kennedy, a former All-American defensive tackle for the Lions, was a first-round selection of the St. Louis Rams in 2003.

"New York City is a basketball hotbed," Evans said. "I don't even think they acknowledge football there unless you're the No. 1 team or player in the nation.

"I guess I just lucked out. Actually, I am surprised that Penn State recruited me. ... I was supposed to be a basketball player."

Evans has not looked back. He has blossomed into one of the country's top defensive ends in a short period of time.

Asked if he would bypass his senior year of eligibility to turn pro after this season, Evans sidestepped the question.

Gaines might have provided the answer.

"Mo doesn't realize his talent," he said. "He's going out there looking lackluster and still ripping people apart."

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 09:18 AM
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Penn State 2008 schedule with commentary
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Aug. 30, Coastal Carolina, Noon:

Another season opener, another non-conference cream puff comes to Happy Valley. A year ago, Penn State pounded Florida International, 59-0. Coastal Carolina is a Division I-AA school.

Sept. 6,

Oregon State, 3:30 p.m.:

The Beavers are the only Pac-10 Conference team that the Nittany Lions have never faced and will be their only legitimate non-conference home opponent the first month of the season.

Sept. 13,

at Syracuse,

3:30 p.m.:

Penn State owns a 40-23-5 all-time record against Syracuse, but the two teams have not met since 1990, when the Lions escaped with a 27-21 home victory.

Sept. 20,

Temple, Noon:

The Owls won four games last season, the same total they won in the four previous years combined. But the Lions own the series, going 32-3-1 since the initial meeting 77 years ago.

Sept. 27, Illinois, 8 p.m.:

A win against No. 1 Ohio State and a Rose Bowl berth vaulted the Illini into the national limelight last year. The Lions are 5-0 at home against Illinois.

Oct. 4, at Purdue, TBA:

Purdue would love to send coach Joe Tiller out with a victory in his final year. But Tiller is 0-7 against Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin the past three years.

Oct. 11,

at Wisconsin, 8 p.m.:

Penn State has lost three of its past four games in Madison and is 2-5 overall there. The Badgers are 21-5 in two years under coach Bret Bielema, but have not won a Big Ten title since 1999.

Oct. 18,

Michigan,

4:30 p.m.:

Rich Rodriguez left West Virginia to replace Lloyd Carr as the Wolverines' coach. That may or may not help Penn State, which has dropped nine consecutive decisions to Michigan.

Oct. 25,

at Ohio State,

8 p.m.:

The Lions are 0-7 at the Horseshoe in Columbus since joining the Big Ten in 1993. That's not good news, since the Buckeyes are favored to cruise to their fourth consecutive conference title.

Nov. 8, at Iowa, TBA:

Penn State snapped a five-game losing streak with a win against the Hawkeyes a year ago at home. Iowa is 11-13 in the Big Ten the past three seasons.

Nov. 15, Indiana, TBA:

The Lions have never lost to the Hoosiers, winning all 11 meetings. But optimism is high at Indiana, which ended a 13-year bowl drought last season.

Nov. 22,

Michigan State, TBA:

The Spartans upset Penn State to end last season to clinch their first bowl berth since 2003. But Michigan State is winless in seven trips to Beaver Stadium since 1994.

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 09:19 AM
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Penn State: Five keys for success (9-4 last season)
PG Penn State beat writer Ron Musselman takes a look at what the Nittany Lions (9-4 last season) need to do to contend for a Big Ten title
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

1. THREE AMIGOS

Senior wide receivers Derrick Williams (pictured), Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood are the most productive trio in school history. They have combined for 366 receptions, 4,597 yards and 27 touchdowns the past three years while leading the Nittany Lions to a 29-9 record and three bowl victories. Williams, Butler and Norwood first emerged on the scene as freshmen playmakers in 2005. That year, Penn State finished 11-1, earned a share of the Big Ten Conference championship and finished No. 3 in the final polls. Butler, a former walk-on defensive back, ranks second in career catches (132), trailing only Bobby Engram (167). Butler is fifth in receiving yards (1,961) and tied for fourth in touchdown catches (15). Williams has 95 receptions the past two seasons, but just four touchdowns. Norwood has 85 receptions and seven touchdowns during the same stretch. He and Williams are tied for fourth on the school's all-time receptions list (117).

2. BANKING ON NEW YORK TALENT

Joe Paterno and his coaching staff continue to harvest outstanding football talent in New York, especially the Big Apple, despite its reputation as a basketball state. Junior defensive end Maurice Evans (pictured), a preseason All-American candidate from Brooklyn, is one of seven players on Penn State's roster from New York, including five from the city. Evans is coming off a monster year in which he finished sixth in Division I-A in tackles for losses (21 1/2 ) and eighth in sacks (12 1/2). With Sean Lee out, Evans is the Nittany Lions' best defensive player. Two other New Yorkers, Ollie Ogbu, a redshirt sophomore starting defensive tackle from Staten Island, and Stephfon Green, a redshirt freshman running back from the Bronx, are expected to be major contributors, too. Ogbu is a promising lineman who started four games last season. Green adds a new element to the offense with his electrifying speed.

3. STRONG OFFENSIVE LINE PLAY

A year ago, the Lions returned four linemen who started at least five games the previous year. But only one, center A.Q. Shipley (pictured), occupied the same position. This year, the offensive line is one of the team's biggest strengths. Shipley, a fifth-year senior co-captain and three-year starter from Moon High School, was a first-team All-Big Ten performer last season. Others returning up front include left guard Rich Ohrnberger, sophomore right guard Stefen Wisniewski from Central Catholic, fifth-year senior left tackle Gerald Cadogan and redshirt junior right tackle Dennis Landolt. Shipley has started 26 consecutive games. Ohrnberger, a second-team All-Big Ten selection last season, has started 21 games the past two years. Landolt, who backed up All-American Levi Brown in 2006, started 13 games last season, as did Cadogan. Wisniewski has one career start to his credit.

4. CLARK MUST PROVE HE CAN PASS

Most everyone has seen quarterback Daryll Clark (pictured) run the football. In the Alamo Bowl last year, he relieved starter Anthony Morelli and ran for 50 yards and a touchdown in Penn State's comeback win against Texas A&M. But it's Clark's arm that is a big mystery. If you talk to his teammates and coaches, they don't have any doubt Clark can get the job done through the air. Offensive coordinator Galen Hall and wide receiver Derrick Williams are quick to point out that Clark has a strong arm and quick release. Still, Clark has attempted just 36 passes in his career, completing 20 for 147 yards. If he struggles, coach Joe Paterno could turn to Pat Devlin, a redshirt sophomore who played sparingly in four games last season, throwing one incompletion. Clark completed 9 of 16 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game. Devlin was 12 of 18 passes for 122 yards and one score.

5. AVOID FREE FALL IN OCTOBER

The Big Ten didn't do Penn State any favors in scheduling. The Lions face one of the most difficult three-game stretches in the conference in the weeks leading up to Halloween. They play the Big Three in consecutive weeks, sandwiching road games against Wisconsin (Oct. 11) and Ohio State (Oct. 25) around a home date with nemesis Michigan (Oct. 18). Since 2000, the Lions are 5-16 against that trio. Penn State hopes to finally enjoy a happy homecoming when the Wolverines come to town, but remember, Michigan is riding a nine-game winning streak in the series. Overall, Penn State plays eight teams that were in bowl games last season. It will entertain Oregon State, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State and the Wolverines at home; Purdue, the Badgers and Buckeyes on the road. Penn State will not play Minnesota or Northwestern for the second consecutive year.

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 09:21 AM
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Be careful what you root for at Penn State
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Where and when in college football might a 6-6 record be better than 10-3 or 11-2?

That's an easy one.

At Penn State, this season.

A bad year would make it a lot easier to get rid of Joe Paterno.

That's what Penn State administrators want, isn't it? That became clear when they refused to give Paterno, 81, a contract extension in the offseason. This is his 43rd season as head coach and 59th overall in Happy Valley, but he's working in the final year of his current deal.

It seems just as obvious that the Penn State brass want a clean and total break from the Paterno era. Otherwise, they would have named long-time defensive coordinator Tom Bradley as Paterno's successor-in-waiting. There's nothing wrong with that thinking, with wanting to start fresh. Even a storied program such as Penn State's can benefit from new blood, new energy, new ideas. But if it happens that way, it will be a crying shame for Bradley, who deserves better after almost 30 years of terrific work and unimaginable loyalty to the university.

In a perfect world, Penn State wins big this season and sends a willing Paterno into retirement on top. In one way, that's the ending he deserves because, in his day, he was the best college football coach there ever was. But in another way, that's a better ending than Paterno has a right to expect after he has stayed on far too long and worn out his welcome.

It's not hard to picture the Nittany Lions going 10-3 or even 11-2, including a January bowl win, although it would be a little easier if stud linebacker Sean Lee wasn't out all season with a knee injury and top defensive linemen Chris Baker and Phil Taylor hadn't been kicked off the team. The only game Penn State can't win is at Ohio State Oct. 25. The only other game it definitely shouldn't win is at Wisconsin Oct. 11. Notice Michigan isn't an automatic loss this season, the way it is every other year. The Wolverines have a new coach -- Rich Rodriguez -- and will have a new look, one that takes time to get right. If the Nittany Lions can't beat Michigan at home Oct. 18, they might never beat Michigan again.

But we all know this isn't a perfect world. Even if Penn State goes 11-2, Paterno isn't likely to step aside on his own. He had a chance to go out in glory after the 2005 season when the Nittany Lions went 11-1 and finished No. 3 in the polls, but he couldn't bring himself to do it. You might remember it was the previous December that Penn State president Graham Spanier and athletic director Tim Curley went to Paterno's home and asked for his resignation only to be shooed away like annoying flies.

There's no reason to think Paterno will be any more eager to leave after a big season this year. He has talked consistently of coaching three, four, maybe five more years. He was practically defiant with Spanier and Curley this spring -- yet again -- when he said he doesn't need a contract to continue coaching.

What's frightening is that Paterno truly believes that.

It's not hard to imagine Spanier and Curley having to change the locks to keep Paterno out of the school's football complex when they replace him.

Even then, Paterno probably would bang on the door and scream, "Let me in, damn it. I'm still the coach here!"

Sadly, Paterno appears to be that out of touch with reality.

That's why a 6-6 season might be better this season. Not even Paterno's most loyal supporters could back him after that. Many, if not most, already think he has stayed on too long and that the football program needs a new beginning. It's not just the 46 player arrests since 2002 and the embarrassment they caused, especially in a damning ESPN report on "Outside The Lines" earlier this summer. It's that Penn State is a mediocre Big Ten Conference program. It is 32-32 in league games this decade, including 2-6 against Ohio State and an abysmal 0-6 against Michigan.

So be careful what you root for, Penn State fans.

A big season might mean three, four, maybe five more years of Paterno.

Even one more year of Paterno would be one too many.

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 09:23 AM
I must respectfully disagree with Ron. I feel Penn State would rather send Coach Paterno out on top, not the bottom. It would be very disappointing to a legacy that spans almost 60 years now at one school.

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 09:24 AM
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Big Ten Conference Preview
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A team-by-team breakdown in projected order of finish.

1. Ohio State Buckeyes

Coach: Jim Tressel, 8th season (73-16).

2007 record: 11-2.

Key players: RB Chris "Beanie" Wells, LB James Laurinaitis, QB Terrelle Pryor.

Big game: Sept. 13 at Southern California.

The skinny: The Buckeyes, big losers in the last two national championship games, are loaded with talent and shooting for their fourth consecutive Big Ten title. Wells was the conference's preseason offensive player of the year; Laurinaitis the top defensive player. Pryor, the nation's top high school recruit from Jeannette, figures to see considerable playing time as a freshman, spelling starter Todd Boeckman. Ohio State returns 20 starters.



2. Wisconsin Badgers

Coach: Bret Bielema, 3rd season (21-5).

2007 record: 9-4.

Key players: RB P.J. Hill, TE Travis Beckum, DE Matt Shaughnessy.

Big game: Oct. 4 vs. Ohio State.

The skinny: For the first time since the 2004 season, the Badgers will open the season with a quarterback who did not make at least one starter the previous year. Senior Allan Evridge is expected to get the nod over Dustin Sherer and sophomore Scott Tozien. Beckum is the best tight end in the Big Ten. Hill rushed for 1,212 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. Shaughnessy is the best defensive player, but broke his leg in next-to-last spring practice.



3. Penn State Nittany Lions

Coach: Joe Paterno, 43rd season (372-125-3).

2007 record: 9-4.

Key players: WR Deon Butler, C A.Q. Shipley, DE Maurice Evans.

Big game: Oct. 18 vs. Michigan.

The skinny: Penn State has plenty of playmakers back on offense, including senior Derrick Williams, Jordan Norwood and Butler and the offensive line returns virtually intact, led by Shipley. However, the Lions will break in a new starting QB (Daryll Clark) and a new starting TB (Evan Royster). Evans is the best defensive end in the Big Ten, but the loss of MLB Sean Lee to a season ending ACL injury will hurt. The Lions are solid in the secondary, led by S Anthony Scirrotto.



4. Illinois Fighting Illini

Coach: Ron Zook, 4th year (13-23).

2007 record: 9-4.

Key players: QB Juice Williams, WR Arrelious Benn, CB Vontae Davis.

Big game: Aug. 30 vs. Missouri.

The skinny: Illinois went 4-19 Zook's first two years, but rebounded to go 9-4 and secure a Rose Bowl berth last season. The Illini's seven-win turnaround, which included a victory over No. 1 Ohio State, was the biggest in college football. Illinois must find a replacement for TB Rashard Mendenhall, the Big Ten's offensive player of the year and Steelers' first-round draft pick. Williams is a gifted runner, but he still is trying to refine his passing skills.



5. Michigan Wolverines

Coach: Rich Rodriguez, 1st year.

2007 record: 9-4.

Key players: DE Tim Jamison, WR Greg Mathews, QB Stephen Threet.

Big game: Sept. 13 at Notre Dame.

The skinny: The Wolverines have a new coach (Rodriguez, spent last seven years at West Virginia) and a ton of new faces on offense. Gone are coach Lloyd Carr, QB Chad Henne, TB Mike Hart, WRs Adrian Arrington and Mario Manningham and OT Jake Long, the first overall pick in the NFL draft. Threet, a Georgia Tech transfer, is a great pocket passer who has had to adjust to the spread offense. He likely will split playing time with Nick Sheridan.



6. Purdue Boilermakers

Coach: Joe Tiller, 12th year (83-54).

2007 record: 8-5.

Key players: QB Curtis Painter, WR Greg Orton, OLB Anthony Heygood.

Big game: Sept. 27 at Notre Dame.

The skinny: Tiller will be looking for his 11th bowl trip in his final season. Painter likely will leave the school with every major passing record. TBs Jaycen Taylor and Kory Sheets formed a nice duo last season, combining for 1,419 yards and 15 touchdowns. But Taylor is out for the year after tearing the ligament in his right in preseason camp. Gone are WR Dorien Bryant, the Big Ten's second all-time receptions leader, and TE Dustin Keller, a first-round NFL draft pick.



7. Michigan State Spartans

Coach: Mark Dantonio, 2nd year (7-6).

2007 record: 7-6.

Key players: QB Brian Hoyer, TB Javon Ringer, LB Greg Jones.

Big game: Aug. 30 at California.

The skinny: Hoyer is a solid quarterback (his touchdowns-to-interception ratio is 26-14), but he must become more consistent in big games. Ringer could be the best back in the Big Ten. He has averaged more than 6 yards per carry in his career and is an All-American candidate after rushing for 1,447 last season. Short-yardage FB Jehuu Caulcrick will be missed, as will TE Kellen Davis and WR Devin Thomas. Jones and CB Kendall Davis-Clark return after finishing 1-2 in tackles.



8. Iowa Hawkeyes

Coach: Kirk Ferentz, 10th year (61-49).

2007 record: 6-6.

Key players: QB Jake Christensen, DT Mitch King, WR Andy Brodell.

Big game: Sept. 20 at Pitt.

The skinny: The Hawkeyes, 31-7 with two league titles from 2002-04, missed out on a bowl game last year for the first time in eight years. Christensen is the returning starter, but he has been inconsistent. He threw for 2,269 yards as a sophomore, but was sacked 46 times. Running back is another major concern with the losses of Albert Young and Damian Sims. Brodell, who had more than 700 yards receiving as a sophomore, missed the final eight games last season with a leg injury.



9. Indiana Hoosiers

Coach: Bill Lynch, 2nd year (7-6).

2007 record: 7-6.

Key players: QB Kellen Lewis, RB Marcus Thigpen, DE Greg Middleton.

Big game: Sept. 27 vs. Michigan State.

The skinny: The Hoosiers are looking to make back-to-back bowl appearance since 1990-91. Again, they have the easiest schedule in the Big Ten. Eight of their first 10 games are in Bloomington and they do not play Michigan or Ohio State for the second consecutive season. Lewis was held out of spring drills for violating team rules. Indiana must rebuild its offensive line and find a replacement for WR James Hardy. Middleton led the county in sacks last year with a school-record 16.



10. Northwestern Wildcats

Coach: Pat Fitzgerald, 3rd year (10-14).

2007 record: 6-6.

Key players: QB C.J. Bacher, TB Tyrell Sutton, DT John Gill.

Big game: Nov. 8 vs. Ohio State.

The skinny: Northwestern has not earned a bowl berth in Fitzgerald's two seasons. Bacher is entering his third season as the starter. He led the Big Ten in passing yardage (304.7 yards per game) last year, but threw as many touchdown passes as interceptions (19). Sutton, who missed parts of seven games a year ago, combines with TB Omar Contay to form a solid 1-2 punch. NFL scouts are drooling over Gill, who is becoming a dominating force.



11. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Coach: Tim Brewster, 2nd year (1-11).

2007 record: 1-11.

Key players: QB Adam Weber, WR Eric Decker, RB Duane Bennett.

Big game: Sept. 27 at California.

The skinny: Don't look for any miracles in Minneapolis. The Gophers had the worst defense in the country last season and were overmatched in just about every game. Weber played 878 of 887 snaps and set several single-season records, including touchdown passes (24) and total offense (3,512 yards). Decker has 67 catches for 909 yards and nine touchdowns. P Justin Kucek is an all-Big Ten candidate.

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 09:24 AM
At this point in the year. a 3rd place finish wouldn't be too bad.

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 09:26 AM
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Paterno names Clark Penn State starting QB
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

And then there was one.

As expected, Penn State coach Joe Paterno said today that Daryll Clark will get the start at quarterback Saturday when the Nittany Lions open their non-conference season against Coastal Carolina at Beaver Stadium.

Clark, a senior who backed up Anthony Morelli the last two seasons, will make his first career start. He got the nod over Pat Devlin, a redshirt sophomore.

"We're going to start Clark and probably play Devlin some, for sure," Paterno said."Clark's had a little bit more experience. He's had a really good spring practice and preseason.

"I don't want [Clark] looking over his shoulder. I want him to go in there and play."

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 12:05 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08239/907115-143.stm
Penn State safety out for season
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State safety Nick Sukay, a redshirt freshman from Greensburg Central Catholic High School, is out for the season after breaking a small bone in his right foot.

Spokesman Jeff Nelson confirmed that Sukay had surgery last week. Nelson said the rehabilitation period for such an injury is between "3 and 3?? months."

Sukay also missed spring drills with stress fracture in a toe on the same foot.

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 12:07 PM
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Clark excited about starting; Devlin is down and out
Decision won't put strain on friendship between Penn State quarterbacks
Thursday, August 28, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Daryll Clark said yesterday he is pumped up to be Penn State's starting quarterback.

But backup Pat Devlin was feeling down and out after losing the duel with Clark.

"It really wears on you a little bit," Devlin said. "I don't know what the feeling is. It is maybe disappointed. It's probably a lot of feelings mixed into one."

Clark understands Devlin's disappointment. He played second fiddle to Anthony Morelli the past two seasons. Clark hopes the decision to start him against Coastal Carolina Saturday at Beaver Stadium doesn't strain his friendship with Devlin.

"I can feel his pain," Clark said. "Like I said, it was real close. It could have easily gone the other way. ... Naturally, he's going to be disappointed he didn't get the job. He put so much effort into it. I completely understand that. I've been there.

"I'm anxious to see how he'll be once we're rooming together [at the team hotel Friday]. I hope it doesn't turn out to be him being so disappointed he doesn't want to be cool with me anymore. I hope to goodness it's not like that. ... I hope nothing bad comes out of this."

Devlin doesn't anticipate that happening.

"We were pretty good friends before and I think we will be still," he said.

Clark, a seldom-used senior who is on pace academically for another year of eligibility, will be making his first career start. But coach Joe Paterno said he also plans to get Devlin, a redshirt sophomore, some playing time in the opener.

"The competition was so tight, I think it's only right to play us both and see how it pans out," Clark said. "Pat's a good player, man. We worked together all summer, trying to get this thing done because we didn't know what was going to happen. Obviously, he wanted to start and I wanted to start.

"But there was a huge possibility that there was going to be a dual system. We just did not know. With him playing Saturday, I think it's good. I don't think it will shake up any of the chemistry with the offense."

Clark has completed just 20 of 36 passes for 147 yards in 15 career games with the Nittany Lions. But he is anxious to show off his arm strength Saturday, as well as his scrambling ability with the first-team offense.

"A lot of things are running through my head right now," he said. "I'm playing the game over and over in my head, each and every day. I'd be lying to you if I told you I wasn't nervous about Saturday, because I am. I really want everything to work out.

"God forbid, I play terrible and have to get yanked. I hope everything goes smooth and goes well."

Now that he has been named the starter, Clark wants to keep the job permanently. But right now, he said, the only guarantee he has is that he will start Saturday.

"Honestly, I'm not really sure about the duration of the season," he said. "I think Joe wants to see what happens this Saturday. I don't really know if it's just this game or the rest of the season. I would hope it's the rest of the season, but I'm not sure."

Devlin said being the No. 2 quarterback will not change his preparation, but it ultimately could lead to him transferring to another school if Clark plays well.

Asked about that possibility, Devlin paused before answering.

"I don't think so," he said. "Right now, I've kind of been consumed with this, fighting for the job. So, as of right now, I'm just going to continue to work hard and keep doing my thing."

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 12:08 PM
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Penn State: Coastal Carolina holds no high hopes
Saturday, August 30, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Appalachian State's stunning victory against Michigan in last year's opening week was a landmark win for Division I-AA schools.

But Coastal Carolina coach David Bennett, whose team began I-AA play in 2003, realizes upset victories like Appalachian State's are rare.

Bennett just hopes his Chanticleers don't get embarrassed when they square off against the Nittany Lions today in their non-conference opener at Beaver Stadium.

Coastal Carolina is near the golf mecca of Myrtle Beach, S.C. So naturally, Bennett used golf terminology to size up the lopsided matchup.

"I tell all my buddies that play golf, coaching against Joe Paterno is going to be like you going out and playing [Tiger] Woods or [Phil] Mickelson without a handicap," Bennett said, laughing. "There sure ain't no handicap involved with this.

"That's a tall task, Coastal Carolina going to beat Penn State. ... It would be nice at halftime not to be getting obliterated."

Today will mark the first time Coastal Carolina has faced a Division I-A school. And Bennett, who is 39-17 in five seasons, has never faced a coach with credentials as lofty as Paterno's.

"He's an American hero to me," Bennett said.

"He ought to retire whenever he wants, whether he's 90 or 100.

"He's a great man and class act that a lot of us younger coaches look up to."
Scouting report

Matchup: No. 22 Penn State (9-4 last year) vs. Coastal Carolina (5-6), noon today, Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa. No line.

TV/Radio: Big Ten Network; WEAE-AM (1250) and Penn State Sports Network. Games also can be heard at www.gopsusports.com.

Penn State: Is 35-7 in home openers under coach Joe Paterno. ... Ranked No. 4 in the nation in total defense (297.3 ypg) and tied for No. 4 in scoring defense (16.0 ppg) the past four years. ... More than 40 members of the undefeated 1968 and '69 squads will be honored.

Coastal Carolina: Fifth-year senior quarterback William Richardson is the brother of former Penn State quarterback Wally Richardson. He started 10 games last season, throwing 13 TDs and 7 INTs. ... All-Big South senior tackle Britt Leggett and junior center Ryan Boehm are among five returning starters on the offensive line.

Hidden stat: Penn State is playing a team from South Carolina for the first time since meeting Clemson in the Citrus Bowl 20 years ago.

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 12:17 PM
3:33 First Half, Penn State 35, Coastal Carolina 7.

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 12:35 PM
38-7 Penn State HALFTIME

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 01:15 PM
8:11 in the 3rd 52-7 Penn State.

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 01:28 PM
Nearing end of 3rd Quarter 59-7 Penn State.

lilyoder6
08-30-2008, 02:02 PM
it looks like the future of the o-line is good for psu.

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 02:10 PM
FINAL SCORE

Penn State 66, Coastal Carolina 10

SteelCityMan786
08-30-2008, 03:12 PM
http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/story/808130.html

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008
PSU offense rolls, Paterno ties Bowden

Evan Royster scored three rushing touchdowns and Stephfon Green scored two as the No. 22 Nittany Lions rolled over Coastal Carolina at Beaver Stadium.

The final score was 66-10, with Coastal hitting a field goal as time ran out.

The win was Coach Joe Paterno's 373rd, tying Bobby Bowden in career wins. Florida State opens next weekend.

Royster scored on Penn State's first two possessions, giving the Nittany Lions a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.

Then the fireworks began.

Coastal Carolina scored early in the second quarter when a wide open receiver found the end zone.

Derrick Williams returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, giving Penn State a 21-7 lead in the season opener.

And Jordan Norwood caught a short touchdown pass from Daryll Clark for the Nittany Lions to make it 28-7 midway in the second quarter.

Pat Devlin entered the game and hit Norwood on a long pass. Green scored his first TD on a 5-yard run, and it is 35-7 with 5 minutes until half.

Kevin Kelly kicked a short field goal in the final minute of the first half, giving Penn State a 38-7 lead at the break.

Evan Royster scored again at the start of the third, as the lead climbed to 45-7, and Green added his second touchdown soon afterward. Chaz Powell scored late in the third, and Brandon Beachum scored in the fourth.

Coastal hit a closing field goal to make it 66-10.

Penn State plays Oregon State at 3:30 p.m. next Saturday at Beaver Stadium. The Beavers are 0-1, after losing to Stanford on Thursday night.

millwalldavey
08-31-2008, 09:08 AM
Wow. PSU beat up on the fighting chickens. Who do they play next week, Bloomsburg? My huskies would beat em in a shootout!

rbryan
08-31-2008, 10:29 AM
The only way you take anything seriously is if you don't win by 50+ against a small school like Coastal Carolina. Not for nothing but CC actually moved the ball pretty well against the PS Defense, even though the score doesn't reflect that. Joe Pa has some work to do before the Big 10 schedule kicks in.

SteelCityMan786
08-31-2008, 10:03 PM
Wow. PSU beat up on the fighting chickens. Who do they play next week, Bloomsburg? My huskies would beat em in a shootout!

They play Oregon State next week. A team who barely lost to Stanford

The only way you take anything seriously is if you don't win by 50+ against a small school like Coastal Carolina. Not for nothing but CC actually moved the ball pretty well against the PS Defense, even though the score doesn't reflect that. Joe Pa has some work to do before the Big 10 schedule kicks in.

As Joe Pa always says, "You make the most improvements from the first to the second game"

millwalldavey
09-01-2008, 10:55 AM
They play Oregon State next week. A team who barely lost to Stanford


Barley lost to Stanford? In other words another cupcake team. OSU is usually a decent program, but if you lose to Stanford, mustnt be much in the cupboard.

PSU will lose at least 3 Big Ten games this year.

SteelCityMan786
09-01-2008, 01:51 PM
Barley lost to Stanford? In other words another cupcake team. OSU is usually a decent program, but if you lose to Stanford, mustnt be much in the cupboard.

PSU will lose at least 3 Big Ten games this year.

The Games I trust your projecting to be losses are OSU(The better one), Wisconsin, and who??? If Michigan plays as they did yesterday vs. Utah(and PSU doesn't shoot themselves in the foot), Michigan will be watching the Penn State Student Section not even listen to authorities and rush the field after the game. Don't see a loss to Illinois coming. No loss coming vs. Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue, etc. Name me that 3rd loss.

lilyoder6
09-01-2008, 03:11 PM
y would u rly say anything about the 1st game anyway?? ur alrdy trying to start shit where most teams in the ncaa (good ones that is) usually open up the season w/ a cupcake game..

millwalldavey
09-01-2008, 03:25 PM
The Games I trust your projecting to be losses are OSU(The better one), Wisconsin, and who??? If Michigan plays as they did yesterday vs. Utah(and PSU doesn't shoot themselves in the foot), Michigan will be watching the Penn State Student Section not even listen to authorities and rush the field after the game. Don't see a loss to Illinois coming. No loss coming vs. Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue, etc. Name me that 3rd loss.

OSU, Wisconsin and the choke game when Michigan comes to town. Possibly MSU.

Funny how Michigan is down and all the PSU fans are talking. Cant beat a fully stocked Wolverine squad, but theres premature celebrations when they look to be down. Michigan will click by then and beat PSU by a score.

SteelCityMan786
09-01-2008, 03:39 PM
OSU, Wisconsin and the choke game when Michigan comes to town. Possibly MSU.

Funny how Michigan is down and all the PSU fans are talking. Cant beat a fully stocked Wolverine squad, but theres premature celebrations when they look to be down. Michigan will click by then and beat PSU by a score.

I'm giving Michigan more time first. They're breaking in a new system for them. So I will wait. I still think Penn State will win. But in the long haul, I'm waiting until closer towards 10/18.

MSU hasn't beaten Penn State at Penn State in years. Mark D's Defense was looked like a Joke when Cincy played Penn State at Beaver in 2005. Sure, he beat them at MSU, but as I have said, Beating Penn State at Penn State is NO small task.

lilyoder6
09-01-2008, 04:42 PM
i think if psu plays up to there ability they could go 11-1 12-0 and play 4 a NC

SteelCityMan786
09-01-2008, 04:57 PM
i think if psu plays up to there ability they could go 11-1 12-0 and play 4 a NC

That's gonna come down to how well they play in the marquee games such as Ohio State and Wisconsin as well throughout the remainder of this schedule. I think at worst Penn State Goes 11-2(Including the bowl). They have all the tools, they just have to go out their and win. I will probably be able to better place a record on this team after the Oregon State or Syracuse games.

millwalldavey
09-01-2008, 07:00 PM
I'm giving Michigan more time first. They're breaking in a new system for them. So I will wait. I still think Penn State will win. But in the long haul, I'm waiting until closer towards 10/18.

MSU hasn't beaten Penn State at Penn State in years. Mark D's Defense was looked like a Joke when Cincy played Penn State at Beaver in 2005. Sure, he beat them at MSU, but as I have said, Beating Penn State at Penn State is NO small task.

The above is true. MSU always seems to be a scary Big 10 team to play. They can always seem to go either way each week. Being that that is a trophy game, one always mus consider the fact that they will step it up for that contest.

Ability or not... PSU will not win 11 or 12 games. They will not beat OSU for sure. I don't know if anyone (save USC) can. Wisconsin... prolly not.

SteelCityMan786
09-01-2008, 08:14 PM
The above is true. MSU always seems to be a scary Big 10 team to play. They can always seem to go either way each week. Being that that is a trophy game, one always mus consider the fact that they will step it up for that contest.

Ability or not... PSU will not win 11 or 12 games. They will not beat OSU for sure. I don't know if anyone (save USC) can. Wisconsin... prolly not.

At the start of the season. Then they usually choke. Last year was the first time it looked like they just played on.

SteelCityMan786
09-01-2008, 08:15 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08245/908573-143.stm
Pac-10 contender Oregon State will test Nittany Lions' defense
Monday, September 01, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Now that the cakewalk against Coastal Carolina is in the rearview mirror, Penn State must prepare for a much tougher non-conference test.

Oregon State, which lost 36-28 to Stanford in its season-opener four days ago, is headed to Beaver Stadium Saturday.

The Beavers replaced Arkansas State on the schedule in December and are the only Pac-10 Conference team Penn State has never faced.

"To play a team like Oregon State, a Pac-10 contender, is really going to be a true test of where we're at," Penn State center A.Q. Shipley said after Saturday's 66-10 thumping of Coastal Carolina. "We're all excited for it. We've been looking forward to it for a while."

Oregon State has been the second-winningest program in the Pac-10 the past two years. The Beavers' 19-8 overall record was second only to Southern California's 22-4 mark. They are the only team from a BCS conference to open the season with consecutive road games.

The Nittany Lions have an all-time record of 22-11 vs. Pac-10 teams.

"Oregon State's going to come in here looking to make a statement, especially after a tough loss to Stanford," Shipley said. "We're going to have to get ready to go."

Like the Lions, the Beavers easily could be 1-0.

But Darrell Catchings' fumble near the goal line in the closing seconds Thursday spoiled Oregon State's comeback bid. It was one of two critical fumbles and two interceptions by the Beavers in the second half. The first, late in the third quarter, led to a safety and gave Stanford the lead for good.

"Oregon State just blew it," Penn State coach Joe Paterno said.

Beavers quarterback Lyle Moevao completed 34 of 54 passes for 404 yards and three touchdowns, but was done in by turnovers in the second half.

His first interception ended a drive deep in Stanford territory and the second was returned 34 yards for a touchdown that staked the Cardinal to a 16-point lead.

"That kid's a good quarterback," Paterno said. "That kid got banged around and had a couple interceptions. ... I thought the wideouts were big kids and really good."

Oregon State wide receiver Sammie Stroughter, who missed most of last season with a kidney injury, had 12 catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns, while Shane Morales added 13 catches for 151 yards and a score.

Penn State, despite breaking in a new quarterback (Daryll Clark) and new tailback (Evan Royster), outgained Coastal Carolina, 594-250, including 334-52 on the ground.

Clark, known for his scrambling ability, completed 11 of 14 passes for 146 yards in his first career start. He also threw his first career touchdown pass, but he didn't run the option or the ball.

"He did a great job of just being calm," wide receiver Deon Butler said. "He didn't throw it too hard. He didn't throw it over anyone's head. He wasn't really nervous or jittery or anything like that. He threw nice, smooth, calm and easy passes. He spread it out real good."

Clark also earned another opportunity to play against Oregon State.

"We'll start Clark and if it looks like we can get [backup Pat] Devlin in, we'll get him in," Paterno said. "I've said that 50 times. I'm not going to change my mind every three minutes."

Royster had 64 yards rushing and a career high three touchdowns. He was the first Penn State running back to accomplish that feat since Tony Hunt against Temple in 2006.

Derrick Williams returned a kickoff 89 yards for another touchdown and wide receiver Jordan Norwood had four receptions for 74 yards and a score.

The Lions didn't need to open up their playbook to submarine Coastal Carolina. They know they will have to show a lot more against Oregon State.

"Every game is so different," Paterno said. "Sometimes, you get mismatches in certain places. There are certain plays that you want to run and there are certain kids that run them better than other kids. [This] week, you may be in a whole different situation. ... That opens up the whole playbook."

lilyoder6
09-01-2008, 10:35 PM
i think this will be a good test 4 our d.. nice to see them shut the off down.. i think psu d is always good and i think the off this yr will help them out a lot more than last yr

SteelCityMan786
09-02-2008, 06:45 PM
i think this will be a good test 4 our d.. nice to see them shut the off down.. i think psu d is always good and i think the off this yr will help them out a lot more than last yr

The D has to have a very good game. But the O better be even more prepared if the D should have a down day.

lilyoder6
09-02-2008, 11:03 PM
i want to see some more catches by quarless.. he is a pretty good te

SteelCityMan786
09-07-2008, 09:53 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/510755.html?nav=742
Penn State crushes Oregon State, 45-14
By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com
POSTED: September 6, 2008



UNIVERSITY PARK - No one knows for sure if some of Penn State's players smoked anything illegal this past week, but this much is definite: The Nittany Lions smoked Oregon State on Saturday.

''Everything went well today,'' quarterback Daryll Clark said.

Clark was a big reason why, proving in just his second-career start he may have more of what it takes to be a winning quarterback than Anthony Morelli showed in two years as the starter.

Clark's composure in key third-down situations, his accuracy throwing over the middle and his running skills allowed him to toy with Oregon State's defense.

Evan Royster helped in making road kill of the Beavers with a big day on the ground, and Penn State's defense had little trouble with OSU's pass-happy attack.

The Lions looked most impressive in a 45-14 win before 108,159 fans at Beaver Stadium, leaving only one question unanswered: Could Arkansas State, which won at Texas A&M last week and obliterated Texas Southern yesterday, 83-10, really have provided a more competitive game?

The Lions expected a good early season matchup from a quality Pac-10 program, which is why they dumped Arkansas State from the schedule in favor of Oregon State. The Beavers, though, failed to provide much of a test.

Penn State jumped out to a 28-0 lead and was up 35-7 at the half. Just like in last week's 66-10 trouncing of Coastal Carolina, the Lions could have poured it on even more against the overmatched Beavers.

''I was pleased with us,'' Penn State coach Joe Paterno said. ''I thought we came out and really shocked them. We did a lot of things well.''

''We knew this was going to be a tough opponent,'' safety Anthony Scirrotto said, ''and everybody's very proud of how we played out there.''

The effort was particularly impressive given the Lions endured yet another week of off-the-field difficulties.

Defensive end Maurice Evans and defensive tackle Abe Koroma were suspended for the game after police seized a small amount of marijuana from their apartment Tuesday. Such a distraction might have damaged the focus of many teams, but the Lions are used to it by now.

''We've been through so much in the past couple years, and it just goes to show how strong we are together and how close we are,'' Scirrotto said.

Clark guided the Penn State offense to touchdowns on the first two drives and four of the first five. He finished the day 14-of-23 for 215 yards and two touchdowns through the air and gained 61 yards with a TD on just five carries.

''Daryll was hot today,'' offensive coordinator Galen Hall said.

That much was evident from the get-go.

Clark showed poise converting two key third downs on PSU's opening drive, hitting Jordan Norwood for 14 yards on the first one and Mickey Shuler for 24 yards on the second.

The Shuler reception moved the Lions to the Oregon State 26, and Clark showed something the immobile Morelli never did on the next play with an 11-yard keeper. Royster finished the drive and scored the first of his three touchdowns, this one from 15 yards.

Clark gained 24 yards on a third-and-3 keeper on the next drive. He capped that possession with a 5-yard TD strike to Shuler, who made a nice catch in traffic.

''It meant a lot,'' Clark said of his big game. ''I was very confident going into this week.''

Royster extended the Lions' lead to 28-0 with a pair of scoring runs in the second quarter. He showed good footwork to shake a tackler at the line of scrimmage on a 28-yard TD and took another one in from 4 yards out with 11:11 left in the half.

Royster gained 141 yards on just 17 carries - an average of 8.3 per attempt - and more importantly now has six touchdowns through two games.

''It definitely is fun,'' Royster, with a humble grin, said of his six scores so far.

The Beavers put together their best drive of the game to get on the scoreboard late in the half. They marched 80 yards and got a 12-yard TD run from Jacquizz Rodgers, who had a solid day with 99 yards on 22 carries.

Oregon State's defense just had no answers for the Lions, however, and Penn State moved 78 yards at the end of the half for another touchdown. Clark threw one of his prettiest passes of the day as he connected with Norwood on a 22-yard fade pattern in the left side of the end zone.

Clark entered the season known for his running skills, but he has shown good accuracy through two games. That's no surprise to his teammates and coaches.

''No, I'm not surprised,'' Hall said. ''Maybe you people [in the media] are. But we're not. We see him every day.''

Norwood was Clark's favorite target, catching eight passes for 116 yards, and said, ''This is definitely an example of how he's been all winter and up until now.''

Clark completed another strike, for 26 yards over the middle, to Norwood on third-and-11 to keep a drive alive midway through the third quarter. Clark then capped his impressive day by taking off up the middle for an 18-yard touchdown, making it 42-7 with 4:53 left in the third.

''I thought he made some very good throws,'' Oregon State coach Mike Riley said before adding, ''he looked impressive when he ran the ball on third down.''

The game may have proved there really is no quarterback competition for Penn State as Clark took every snap until it was 42-7, then gave way to Pat Devlin.

''We've said Clark had a lot of potential,'' Paterno said. ''You guys are tired of hearing me say it, but I don't know how else to express it.''

Penn State's offense had little trouble with the Beavers, and the defense had a good day, as well. Oregon State gained 342 yards but was limited mostly to short passes.

''I'm extremely proud of shutting them down,'' said linebacker Josh Hull, who had an interception and six tackles. ''We played a lot of zone defense today. Everyone just played their responsibilities real well, and we came away with a win.''

A win much easier than expected, too.

''Coach Joe had talked to us and made sure we realized how serious this was,'' Clark said. ''Oregon State's a good team and had the potential to actually come here and steal one.''

Galax Steeler
09-08-2008, 04:18 AM
I think they will be ok we will see what they have.

GoFins11
09-10-2008, 03:41 PM
Any chance that PSU will win the Big Ten this year? I have had enough of this OSU crap.

SteelCityMan786
09-10-2008, 05:20 PM
Any chance that PSU will win the Big Ten this year? I have had enough of this OSU crap.

So far I like what I see. Penn State has outscored it's first 2 opponents who they were supposed to blow out(as they have done) by a combined score of 111-24. If Ohio State has another week as they did with Ohio this week vs. USC, boy do I wonder what is in store for the Big Ten.

lilyoder6
09-10-2008, 09:50 PM
well apperantly ohio state are gods with all of there returning starters and will win evrything again.. and then prob choke in the nc game AGAIN...

but the off of psu is looking good and they keep doing things right they could win it all

SteelCityMan786
09-13-2008, 02:13 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08251/910264-143.stm

Penn State loses defensive lineman for season
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The only bad news coming out of University Park today was the loss of defensive end Jerome Hayes for the rest of the season.

Hayes, a redshirt junior making his first career start in place of suspended All-American candidate Maurice Evans, tore the ACL in his left knee on a special teams play in the fourth quarter in Saturday's 45-14 rout of Oregon State. He will undergo surgery within the next 2-3 weeks.

A year ago, Hayes tore the ACL in his right knee on a similar play against Wisconsin.

The loss of Hayes likely means that freshman Jack Crawford will move back to end to help add depth on a unit that is getting thinner by the game.

Since late July, Penn State has booted projected starting tackles Chris Baker and Phil Taylor off the team and lost backup Devon Still to a broken ankle. The loss of Hayes, a stand-up speed rusher, is painful.

In addition to Evans, starting tackle Abe Koroma also was suspended for Saturday's game while police decide whether to file charges against them in an incident at their apartment last week where a small amount of marijuana was seized.

SteelCityMan786
09-13-2008, 02:14 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08250/910088-143.stm
Penn State routs Oregon State, 45-14
Saturday, September 06, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --- Penn State didn't let its off-the-field distractions get in the way of a resounding victory today.

Tailback Evan Royster ran for a career-high 141 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Daryll Clark passed for two scores and ran for another as the 19th-ranked Nittany Lions routed Oregon State, 45-14, at Beaver Stadium.

Despite playing without two defensive starters --- end Maurice Evans and tackle Abe Koroma --- Penn State cruised to its second consecutive win.

Evans and Koroma were suspended from the game due to their alleged involvement this past week in an incident at Nittany Apartments in which marijuana was seized.

Another occupant of that apartment, backup tight end Andrew Quarless, was one of the three players suspended by coach Joe Paterno on Thursday, but Paterno changed his mind and allowed Quarless to dress for today's game.

Oregon State, the only Pac-10 team Penn State had not previously faced, fell to 0-2.

SteelCityMan786
09-13-2008, 02:15 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08255/911199-143.stm
Evans, Koroma expected to miss Syracuse game
Thursday, September 11, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Two Penn State defensive starters -- end Maurice Evans and tackle Abe Koroma -- are expected to miss their second consecutive game Saturday.

A source close to the Penn State football program said yesterday the players remain suspended from the team and have not been practicing.

The source said Evans and Koroma likely will miss Saturday's game against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome, barring a late-minute decision by the university's Office of Judicial Affairs.

Coach Joe Paterno suspended both players before last week's 45-14 victory against Oregon State because of an incident last week at the Nittany Apartments in which a small amount of marijuana was seized.

The investigation is continuing and no one has been charged.

Evans and Koroma were not listed on the depth chart released Tuesday by the team.

Aaron Maybin is listed as the starter at left end, replacing Evans, and Jared Odrick as the starter at left tackle, taking over for Koroma.

A third resident of the same apartment, tight end Andrew Quarless, also was suspended for the Oregon State game. But a source said Paterno determined Quarless was not involved in the incident at Nittany Apartments and allowed him to dress Saturday. Quarless did not play against the Beavers and is listed as the third-string tight end for the Syracuse game.

SteelCityMan786
09-13-2008, 02:17 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08255/911198-143.stm
Quiet co-captain, gives the team an unexpected push
Thursday, September 11, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State was coming off another troubling week, yet overcame the suspensions of two defensive starters and the departure of a backup cornerback to bludgeon Oregon State by 31 points Saturday.

Senior safety and co-captain Anthony Scirrotto, no stranger to off-the-field issues, stood up in the locker room and addressed the team.

He had an important message.

"I just told them we got something special going on this team," Scirrotto said. "We've got players and coaching and everything it takes to be a great team. We have to not take it for granted, to be smart, responsible and just take care of each other.

"I feel like we've got what it takes to be a contender."

Scirrotto, the quietest co-captain on the team, caught a few of his fellow senior co-captains off-guard with his speech.

"It was great to see Anthony do that," center A.Q. Shipley said. "He's a great kid and a great leader. For him to step up and make a statement like that, make a point ... it was very impressive to see. I was very proud of the way he handled it.

"He got up in front of everybody and spoke with his heart and just let everybody know how he was feeling."

"He doesn't speak a lot ... when he talks, people listen," defensive end Josh Gaines said.

Scirrotto said his talk lasted maybe 30 to 45 seconds.

"I'm not usually a vocal guy," he said. "I usually don't speak much at all, actually. I leave that to the other captains and the other seniors. I just felt it from the heart and I was feeling it at the time and it just came out."

Scirrotto admitted before the start of preseason drills that he wasn't "mentally focused" on the field last year, "because I still had something lingering."

That something was a highly publicized incident April 1, 2007, in which Scirrotto and his girlfriend were involved in an altercation with a Penn State student that later led to a brawl involving a number of teammates at an off-campus apartment.

Scirrotto and five other Nittany Lions players were charged, but only Scirrotto and departed defensive tackle Chris Baker were convicted.

Five of the seven original charges against Scirrotto were dropped, but the trial was postponed several times, and it wasn't until February that the former first-team All-Big Ten safety finally accepted a lesser plea of misdemeanor defiant trespass.

Scirrotto said he's surprised at how well the Nittany Lions have been able to weather all the turmoil and distractions.

"I just think it's the type of people we have on this team," he said. "Obviously, people are going to make mistakes, and it happens all over the country, but, when you can pull together and fight through adversity, it just shows the character of the guys on the team.

"We're real focused. I know some things, during the season, you would rather not have to handle or have it distracting you, but that stuff happens. It just goes to show our character. All in all, it makes us closer as a team, too."

Penn State has had a long string of arrests, and the implication is that coach Joe Paterno is losing control of his program.

That bothers Scirrotto.

"For him to have to worry about things like that isn't fair to him," he said.

SteelCityMan786
09-13-2008, 02:18 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08257/911920-143.stm
PSU vs. Syracuse: The Orange is fighting to overcome hard times
Saturday, September 13, 2008
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse's once-proud football program has sunk to a new low.

In Greg Robinson's three-plus seasons as coach, the Orange is 7-30.

The low point came last weekend at the Carrier Dome when Syracuse lost, 42-28, to lowly Akron, which posted only its second victory against a BCS team.

"To me, it comes right down to coaching and right to me," Robinson said. "There's no excuses for it."

Syracuse fans have been calling for a coaching change. Robinson resents it.

"It's terrible," he said. "I really have to be strong enough not to dwell on it right now. I understand it, but I can't control that. I have to focus truly on the things that I can control -- and that is to get this team to play better. That has to be my mind-set."

The road doesn't get any easier today for Robinson or Syracuse (0-2), which will renew its one-time rivalry with No. 17 Penn State (2-0). The Nittany Lions hold a 40-23-5 edge in the series that began in 1922, but this is the first meeting between the two schools since 1990.

"It's an opportunity for our program," Robinson said. "Penn State might be the most talented team we've played since I've been here. I think the players are up for the challenge. It is important for the team to show well."

Penn State coach Joe Paterno, whose team is playing its first road game, was asked to sum up Syracuse's struggles.

"I don't know," he said. "It's really tough to say. ... It's like they're in the process of trying to come up with the right combination."

Senior tailback Curtis Brinkley is averaging 96 yards a game on the ground for the Orange after rushing for a career-high 143 yards and a touchdown against Akron.

"He has a big body," Penn State safety Anthony Scirrotto said. "He's a big kid. He's a great athlete. He had over 100 yards or so the first two games. He's a guy who runs up the middle and gets downhill. He'll lower his shoulder and punish you if he has to. He poses a lot of threats."

Quarterback Daryll Clark and tailback Evan Royster, who has six rushing touchdowns in wins against Coastal Carolina and Oregon State, have led Penn State's high-powered offense.

"Obviously, the stats he's put up have been amazing, and I still look at film and say, 'He's good,' " wide receiver Deon Butler said of Royster. "But then, in the same light, I kind of expected it from him. He's that big time of a player, and I expect big things out of him. He's going to have a tremendous career while he's here."
Scouting report

Matchup: No. 17 Penn State (2-0) vs. Syracuse (0-2), 3:30 p.m. today, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y. Nittany Lions favored by 271/2 points.

TV/Radio: WTAE; WEAE-AM (1250); and Penn State Sports Network. Also heard at www.GoPSUsports.com.

Penn State: Backup OL Mike Lucian has been moved to provide depth on the depleted defensive line. Suspended linemen Abe Koroma and Maurice Evans did not make the trip. ... QB Daryll Clark is No. 14 nationally with a pass-efficiency rating of 176.3. ... Is 23-7 against teams from the Big East.

Syracuse: Is tied for 111th nationally in total defense. ... Has allowed 10 TDs and 962 yards. ... KR Max Suter (Greensburg Central Catholic) is averaging 102.0 yards per game. ... QB Cameron Dantley passed for 135 yards and three TDs in his first start of the year.

Hidden stat: Penn State has an all-time record of 11-5 in domed stadiums, including a 3-1 mark in the Carrier Dome.

SteelCityMan786
09-13-2008, 02:43 PM
2nd Play of the Game, Clark fumbles it
1st Play of the Syracuse O, they fumble it

TOUCHDOWN JORDAN NORWOOD on the first play of the next drive

Penn State 7, Syracuse 0