2/24/2006

ESPN.com - Maisel: Posluszny measures progress in small doses

ESPN.com - Maisel: Posluszny's recovery

Great piece by Ivan Maisel of ESPN.com about Poz - it reads more like a short story than a football article. For example:

"He's amazing. He's a great kid. It's so valuable to have a kid like that. So courageous. So determined. Doesn't shy away from anything. Does well academically. He does everything you ask him to do. He's so valuable. Those kids are rare. Rare. We've had them here. They take groups of kids with them. As soon as they step on campus, you know it." George Salvaterra, PSU trainer

2/20/2006

Temple Athletics - Mills to be Graduate Assitant at Temple

Temple Athletics - Owlsports.com - ZACK MILLS NAMED GRADUATE ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH AT TEMPLE

Dang, they are going to have to start calling it "Penn State East"

They really should switch homecoming to be the Temple game.

2/16/2006

Change in scheduling for Paterno/Rose interview

GoPSUsports.com - Joe Paterno Appearance on PBS' Charlie Rose Show Expanded To An Hour For Monday Airing apparently the scheduled 30 minute interview ran long - and they wanted to broadcast the whole thing so they've rescheduled for Monday, Feb 20th (or in Philadelphia, 12am Feb 21st).

Yeah, I stayed up Tuesday to watch - and yeah, I missed the very beginning with the announcement of the change - and yeah, I was annoyed.

Toddledge returns to ESPN

goPSUsports.com Former Nittany Lion Standout Blackledge Returns to ESPN College Football

I guess he really has been using that speech communications degree. Poor Todd, I loved him so when I was a pre-teen - but since january 1995 he has been on my "dark list" as he was the first person to declare the Cornhuskers national champions - before the Rose Bowl was even played. I realize that it was a done deal, but did he, as a PSU alum, have to be so "matter of fact" about it? I thought not - I'm still not a fan. I do, however, wish him good luck.

2/10/2006

What would the off season be without some bellyaching?

I just read an article on ESPN.com about the addition of the 12th game to the NCAA schedule - and the dilemma of scheduling with, realistically, 13 weeks of "regular" season (Labor Day weekend - the end of November) - The big ten has already announced that many teams will probably "lose" their bye week as a result. Last season, PSU and Wisconsin did not have their bye weeks until the very end of the season.

Anyway, in the article they mentioned that Syracuse and Rutgers are still both looking for a 12th game opponent for this season. This is interesting to me in that PSU was, reportedly, scrambling to find a replacement for vacancy left when LA Tech had to back out - and the only team they could schedule was the Div I - AA Penguins of Youngstown State? Now I know that the vacancies on the teams' schedules were not "perfect matches" - but it just seems like PSU didn't try VERY hard to get a I-A opponent. That really disappoints me = I usually take great pride in discounting the achievements of teams in conferences such as, say, the Big 12, by listing among their opponents St. Mary's School for Blind Nuns - but I'm going to have to keep mum this season. I am so not looking forward the "death march of the penguins" (you so know that's what it's going to be) pins at the Youngstown St. game.

The 'cuse is rebuilding and the scarlet knights had a heck of a season last year (so should have won their bowl game - talk about biased officials!)

NCAA rules committee approves press box instant replay - NCAAF - Yahoo! Sports

NCAA rules committee approves press box instant replay - NCAAF - Yahoo! Sports

I'm actually not so happy about this, that is the "coach's" challenge. It was nice having the sidelines "out of it" - at least they aren't removing that aspect because, if you've lost your "challenge right" there better be some mechanism for getting a play reviewed - especially against um & osu.

OMG They're announcing game times!

GoPSUsports.com - Penn State-Notre Dame Clash Set for 3:30 p.m. Kickoff - Gridiron powers collide Sept. 9

2/06/2006

Penn State's Hartings Wins Super Bowl Ring with Steelers

GoPSUsports.com - Penn Staters represent in the Super Bowl

Okay, not football, BUT!


Biggest upset EVER! seriously, when they beat other ranked teams they were "good".

GoPSUsports.com - Nittany Lions Stun No. 6 Illinois, 66-65; Parker Scores 21 as Lions beat highest ranked opponent ever on the road

I didn't see the game and I didn't believe it when I heard that PSU had beaten the Illini - I honestly said, "no they didn't".

Excellent win - a season maker. The Lions have just one senior in their starting line-up - maybe they can turn things around.

2/01/2006

Signing Day

No, it has nothing to do with American Sign Language.

Today is the day that high school recruits can send in their formal letters of intent. It really does boggle my mind how it works. Do they have to fill out college applications or is it "all taken care of"?

Anyway - while not having the excitement overload status of last year's class - hey, it was all we had to be remotely happy about for 2 years - this years' class is solid. It's hard not to be a little jealous of some of the other teams - but the Lions signed 24 quality kids. We'll have to wait a little while to see how soon they can make an impact as all but one (I believe) start school in the fall. 3 big Offensive linemen - We need to replace EZ this year, that's a real concern. PSU's gonna have more DTs than any other school - Larry Johnson, Sr. is a recruiting god - they're going to have to change PSU's moniker from LBU to DTU. A couple running backs - a couple receivers. AJ Wallace was recruited as a DB he has super speed (4.4/40) - I saw him in the Army All Star Game he had the only interception - also in the game were Chris Bell (WR) and Maurice Evans (DE), who had 2 sacks. It's been a strange recruiting season, both Devlin (QB) and Carter (RB) reversed previous commitments (Miami and UVA, respectively) to pick PSU.

Here's a complete list...

Chris Bell WR 6-3 205 Norfolk, VA
Navorro Bowman LB 6-0 218 Suitland, MD
Brett Brackett QB 6-6 232 Lawrenceville, NJ
Brent Carter RB 6-3 205 Pottstown, PA
Pat Devlin QB 6-3 200 Exton, PA
Lou Eliades OL 6-4 286 Ocean, NJ
Maurice Evans DE 6-3 245 Middle Village, NY
Bani Gbadyu LB 6-1 205 Gaithersburg, MD
Cedric Jeffries WR 6-1 185 Egg Harbor , NJ
Doug Klopacz OL 6-2 249 Montvale, NJ
Abe Koroma DT 6-3 280 Takoma Park, PA
Eric Latimore DE 6-5 240 Middletown, DE
Antonio Logan-El OL 6-4 307 Forestville, MD
Aaron Maybin DE 6-3 211 Ellicot City, MD
Travis McBride RB 6-0 188 McKeesport, PA
Tom McEowen DT 6-4 279 Feasterville, PA
Jared Odrick DT 6-5 303 Lebanon, PA
Ollie Ogbu DT 6-3 320 Milford, NY
Andrew Quarless TE 6-4 222 Uniondale, NY
Evan Royster RB 6-0 190 Chantilly, VA
Phillip Taylor DT 6-3 346 Clinton, MD
Johnnie TroutmanDE 6-4 289 Browns Mills, NJ
A.J. Wallace DB 6-1 195 Pomfret, MD
J.B. Walton OL 6-3 275 Indian Head, MD