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Old 03-21-2008, 12:49 PM   #101
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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.
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:50 PM   #102
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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.
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Old 03-21-2008, 04:37 PM   #103
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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
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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