What are consensus thoughts regarding probable start times for @ PSU on 11/21 and OSU on 11/28? My guess is for 3:30 or 7:00 (if possible) @ PSU followed by 3:30 for The Game. I realize 12:00 is traditional for OSU but aren't we likely to see 3:30 again a la 2006 for obvious reasons?
Quite a few PSU football assistant coaches have pulled the ripcord, and clearly not all expecting to land in Houston with BOB.
Source: Penn Live artciel here.
With that in mind, here is a look at some key members of Penn State's 2013 program and where they are now:
Larry Johnson: PSU defensive line coach is now the interim head coach charged with keeping the 2014 recruiting class together. He is also expected to interview for the permanent head coaching job.
John Butler: The Lions' defensive coordinator is well-liked by O'Brien. He resigned his post at PSU on Monday.
Stan Hixon: PSU's wide receivers coach. Expected to join O'Brien in Houston.
Charles London: PSU running backs coach. Another one of O'Brien's first hires at PSU. He was involved in recruiting. Could be Houston-bound.
Charlie Fisher: Quarterbacks coach resigned in early December.
Mac McWhorter: Veteran offensive line coach might be done with coaching with O'Brien now in the pro game. Still listed on PSU staff.
John Strollo: PSU tight ends coach. Not sure if Strollo fits into the future plans of either O'Brien or Penn State. Still listed on PSU staff.
Ron Vanderlinden: Linebackers coach resigned in early December. Would next PSU coach welcome him back on coaching staff?
Anthony Midget: First-year safeties coach has a history of moving around. Rumors circulating about him reuniting with O'Brien in Houston. Resigned Monday.
Craig Fitzgerald: PSU's popular strength and conditioning coach resigned Monday. FightonState.com reported Fitzy will join O'Brien in Houston.
Bill Kavanaugh: Penn State's director of player personnel and recruiting specialist left PSU in December for a heading coaching job at his alma mater, Bentley (Mass.).
Jimmy Bernhardt: Bill O'Brien's special assistant and longtime friend is expected to join the Texans.
I wish this campaign...
would stop because....
Thus far no comment from the PSU German Language department.
Sorry in advance if some are PSU’d out, (Well, not too sorry; Don’t click the link!) but want to share interesting article from this morning concerning PSU/NCAA. It highlights several points that are often debated.
Article states the vast majority of Penn State trustees voiced support for the university president's acceptance of severe penalties imposed by the NCAA over the school's handling of a child molestation scandal.
To summate; Article confirms several issues about the NCAA/PSU consent decree:
- It was signed to avoid much harsher penalties that were favored and in the works by NCAA officials and members. Most NCAA board members favored the so-called "death penalty" — total shutdown of the football program — for multiple years, and even more sanctions beyond that.
- It was essentially forced on the university and was “a take-it-or-leave-it proposition" — and any leak of details would take the deal off the table."
- NCAA states the decision is not subject to appeals.
- The agreement with the NCAA would allow for changes based on the agreement of both parties.
- Trustee Ryan McCombie had agreed to "temporarily suspend" his appeal but had not agreed to withdraw it. ("to allow for sufficient time for full and deliberate review.")
I know there is a thread a few slots down, but I felt this article was so well written and summed up the horror of the situation so perfectly that it deserved its own thread.
Dan Wetzel has done a great job of covering this story.
It won't happen, but that statue of Joe Paterno should be taken down.
Matt McGloin allegedly knocked unconscious today after a post practice fight with Curtis Drake, a repeat offender with his second incident in less than a year. Hopefully McGloin is OK. Another black eye for PSU as their football program is spiraling out of control.
Mod Edit: I've already deleted something like 20 comments from this thread, so I'm just going to lock it. We're going to avoid Jerry Sandusky jokes. [zl]
From the looks of this April 3, 2011 article, almost everyone knew that Jerry Sandusky was into some dark, disturbing, disgusting things. The writer does seem to question the program and the actions of Paterno though.
The only question I have is that why, if everyone knew about it, was nothing done sooner?! Although we have a milion other Sandusky threads, I thought this was appropriate to show that this was an ongoing issue that everyone dragged their feet and shrugged their shoulders about in Happy Valley.
Best-case scenario: Charges are never brought, and Sandusky walks away with his reputation permanently scarred. The rumors, the jokes, the sideways glances - they won't ever stop. Paterno and Penn State do the great escape.
Worst-case scenario: Sandusky is charged. Then it seems reasonable to wonder: Did Penn State not make an issue of Sandusky's alleged behavior in 1998 in exchange for him walking away from the program at an age premature for most coaches? Did Penn State's considerable influence help get Sandusky off the hook?
I became sick to stomach reading the grand jury document this morning. It's revolting that there are such monsters in our midst and that witnesses would respond with such incompetence. Also, I believe research shows that abusers often have a very long track-record that goes back many years. Also, such abusers typically were once abused themselves.
With what we now know, these past article from SI about Jerry Sandusky and Linebacker U. are all the more horrifying. They couldn't have known about the awful word choice at the time:
It hasn't bothered Sandusky that The Second Mile thus far has kept him from leaving Penn State. "Many people have talked to me about hiring him," says Paterno, "but Jerry's been reluctant to talk to them because of all the commitments he has in this area." A couple of head-coaching jobs at the college level have come and gone, as well as inquiries from Oakland and Tampa Bay about interviewing Sandusky to become a pro assistant. "A long time ago Jerry really wanted to be a head coach," says Dottie, "but now there are so many things going that he never mentions it anymore."
"I'm concerned about his future," says Paterno, who spent 16 years as an assistant to Rip Engle at Penn State. "I'm proud of everything that he and Dottie have done, and I certainly wouldn't like to lose him, but I'd hate to see him lose his chance to be a head coach."
"The timing hasn't been right for me or my family," says Sandusky. "It might be someday. We believe the saying, 'It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it.' Dottie and I were disappointed when we couldn't have children, but we took it as a positive thing and it gave us an opportunity to do more."
Sandusky's parents, Art and Evie, ran a recreation center in Washington, Pa., and at heart, E.J. says, Sandusky is "a frustrated playground director." E.J. remembers the kickball games his father organized in the backyard. "Dad would get every single kid involved," says E.J. "We had the largest kickball games in the United States, kickball games with 40 kids."