January 28, 2016 |
Kicker Alex Barbir of Cumming, Ga., announced on Twitter that he had made an oral commitment to Penn State, flipping the commitment he originally made in July to Rutgers. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Barbir, who attends South Forsyth High School, called his decision to change "the hardest decision of my life so far," which involved "countless hours of talking and consideration. " "I'm forever grateful for each opportunity that has been available to me," he said on Twitter. "But at this time I feel that it is in my best interest to announce my commitment to Penn State University.
January 28, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE - Ever since it was disassembled in 1960 and relocated to an eastern edge of Penn State's campus, Beaver Stadium, like some '57 Chevy in Cuba, has been repaired, patched and, where possible, upgraded. But after 56 years, Happy Valley's most iconic structure is rusting, sputtering and due either for a major overhaul or replacement. "When you stand on the Beaver Stadium field at kickoff and there are 107,000 fans in the stands, there's not a better place in college football," said Phil Esten, Penn State's deputy director of athletics.
January 27, 2016 |
Penn State lost another high school player who had pledged to the freshman Class of 2016 when defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour of Wayne, N.J., announced Monday on Twitter that he had withdrawn his commitment. Hours after writing, "Unfortunately, my heart is somewhere else" and "Happy Valley isn't where I belong," the 6-foot-2, 285-pound Dwumfour announced he had committed to Michigan. He called it "my dream school. " Dwumfour, a three-star recruit who attends DePaul Catholic High School, is the fourth player to back out of a commitment to the Nittany Lions, and the third defensive lineman.
January 25, 2016 |
The slogan is new. The sentiment is old. Every Rutgers coach for the last 50 years or so has preached the importance of persuading New Jersey's top football players to stay home and play for the state university. Under new coach Chris Ash, the Scarlet Knights have summed up the strategy in three words, "Fence the Garden" - a clever Twitter hashtag and catchphrase that came courtesy of new receivers coach Zak Kuhr. Rick Mantz, the program's new director of high school relations, said the new staff is determined to make inroads in recruiting the state's top players and establishing strong connections with coaches in South Jersey.
January 21, 2016
ISSUE | MENTAL HEALTH Profile in courage Penn State junior Caroline Crasnick is a marvelous young woman to have the guts to speak openly about her bipolar disorder and a sexual assault by a male student in her freshman year ("On campus, going public with private pain," Monday). Too bad that male student and others like him do not have the courage of Crasnick and the other female students who have told their stories in campus media. The men should man up, admit their offenses, and deal with the consequences of their bullying behavior.
January 20, 2016 |
Penn State coach James Franklin rounded out his staff for the 2016 season, announcing Monday the hiring of former Illinois co-defensive coordinator Tim Banks as the team's co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach. Banks, who spent the last four years at Illinois and has 20 years of coaching experience, is the third new hire by Franklin since the end of the regular season. He joins offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and offensive line coach Matt Limegrover. Franklin and Banks worked together on the Maryland coaching staff in 2003 and 2004.
January 19, 2016 |
For more than 150 years, Pennsylvania State University's departing senior class has given a gift to the university: a solar panel, a green roof, sculpture, signs, and scholarships. This year, seniors voted for a less visible project, yet one they hope will have a lasting impact. They will donate what could be as much as $250,000 for an endowment to support mental-health services at the university. Senior Ramon Guzman Jr., 20, a Central High graduate from Philadelphia who is executive director of the senior class gift campaign, wept when he learned the results of the vote.
January 18, 2016 |
The James Franklin era at Penn State - the whole thing - might come down to new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, the former Fordham head coach. If Moorhead can put an efficient product on the field, the first couple of Franklin seasons of treading water will go down as the cost of doing business. If a Moorhead offense can't get moving, however, it's hard to believe Franklin will be in charge of picking a third coordinator. We're not saying Moorhead gets only a year in Happy Valley.
January 16, 2016 |
The skies yielded some pretty colors for sunset in the Philadelphia area Thursday, as predicted by a Pennsylvania State University group that developed a model for forecasting vivid sunsets and sunrises. Some viewers saw stunning tangerine and crimson red streaked across the horizon amid high, wispy clouds. Thursday night's event wasn't quite as good as Wednesday's, when the model predicted - and got - an especially vivid sunset, team member Ben Reppert said. But it was certainly "above average," he added.