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Old 03-29-2008, 11:35 AM   #111
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Yup....gotta get ready for that 4th place finish in the Little 11 and the Alamo Bowl bid.
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Old 03-30-2008, 04:09 PM   #112
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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.
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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.. :)
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Old 04-12-2008, 10:20 PM   #114
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This Spring is now appearing to be getting as dramatic as last year. Thank god Bell is being dismissed from the team.

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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.
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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?"
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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.
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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.
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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
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damn! just heard the news on Lee !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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