Category Archives: Recruiting

The sanctions are over

It’s official. Shortly after another glowing report from former senator George Mitchell, the most crippling of the sanctions the NCAA unjustly levied on Penn State’s football program in July 2012 are over. The NCAA also said it will not fight Pennsylvania to keep the $60 million fine in state anymore. There was no mention of [...]

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Next man up

I’m focusing on the future of Penn State. Dwelling on the past, which includes Bill O’Brien bolting in the dead of night on New Year’s Eve for the Houston Texans despite telling recruits that reports of him leaving Penn State “were not true” and that he’d be at Penn State “when they got there,” is [...]

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JUCO defensive tackle signs with Penn State

Junior college defensive tackle Tarow Barney signed a letter of intent Wednesday to continue his football career at Penn State. Barney, who verbally committed to the Nittany Lions last month, also had offers from Arizona State, Illinois and Kansas State among others. He will enroll at Penn State in January and have three years to [...]

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NCAA piles on

Here is the column I wrote that appeared in today’s paper regarding the sanctions levied by the NCAA on Penn State’s football program Monday.   So let me get this straight. All Penn State victories are vacated starting in 1998, the same year that Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar decided not to press charges [...]

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Looking ahead

In just over a month a new era in Penn State football will officially begin. When the Nittany Lions take the practice field for fall camp on Aug. 6, the focus will finally shift to the football field (hopefully) as Bill O’Brien prepares to lead a program looking to rebuild its reputation after the circus [...]

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A few gut punches

With spring practice under way, the next era of Penn State has officially begun under Bill O’Brien, but off the field it’s been a rough stretch for the Nittany Lions. Redshirt freshman defensive end Shawn Oakman was kicked off the football team late last month, with charges of disorderly conduct, harassment and retail theft filed [...]

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Recruiting updates

Penn State picked up two commitments last week, while also losing another long-time commit. Princeton, N.J. lineman Wendy Laurent committed last Tuesday, while Harrisburg defensive end Evan Schwan committed during an official visit to Happy Valley over the weekend. Schwan, who played for Class AAAA state champion Central Dauphin, finished his senior season with 78 [...]

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Lions add QB

Penn State picked up a verbal commitment from Cairo, Ga., quarterback Steven Bench on Tuesday. Bench, who had been committed to Rice, took an official visit to State College over the weekend and was extended a scholarship offer by the Nittany Lions coaching staff. Bench, a three-star prospect, is listed as a dual-threat QB. Philadelphia [...]

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Four in, one out

Penn State’s recruiting class grew by four over the weekend, but also lost a key player. Baltimore’s Trevor Williams and Da’Quan Davis, teammates at Calvert Hall, Buffalo, N.Y. running back Akeel Lynch and Camas, Wa., wide receiver Jonathan Warner all verbally committed to Penn State over the weekend. The Nittany Lions did lose West Roxbury, [...]

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Recruiting is picking up

Yeah, it’s been too long since I’ve blogged, but for the longest time there wasn’t anything positive going on with the Penn State football program and I refused to beat a dead horse like so many others chose to do. Well, with the Bill O’Brien era under way and national signing day three weeks away [...]

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