December 28, 2011 |
DALLAS - The bystanders at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas who were checking out Penn State's practice didn't have to wait long to get a glimpse of the interim head coach. Tom Bradley was the first person on the field for his team's workout Tuesday morning. Bradley immediately started walking around the track next to graduate assistant Gus Felder, affably exclaiming to those within earshot, "Hey, I've got to be matched up against someone I can keep up with, kind of like when I was playing.
December 27, 2011 |
Penn State wide receiver Curtis Drake has endured a year of accomplishments and disappointments in 2011 with injuries, academic issues, Wildcat quarterback play that led to a victory, and being caught up in the storm that followed the indictment of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. But it was a locker-room altercation with quarterback Matt McGloin on Dec. 17, an incident that sent McGloin to the hospital with a concussion, that led Drake to think that he ought to step away from football for a while.
December 27, 2011 |
DALLAS - Penn State interim coach Tom Bradley strolled in the front of the Dallas Hyatt Regency on Monday afternoon looking and acting, for all the world, like a presidential candidate on the campaign trail. He was dapperly attired in a splendid black pin-striped suit with a sparkling red tie and carried himself with a smile and demeanor that were equally as impressive as he gets ready to lead his team against Houston (12-1) on Jan. 2 in the TicketCity Bowl. "Coach, I'm Marvin Trexler, Class of '78, we went to school all four years together," said a fan dressed in Penn State garb as Bradley walked through the lobby.
December 22, 2011 |
SOME OF THE more wildly optimistic projections have been scaled back, but representatives of Penn State and the TicketCity Bowl remain confident the school will be well-represented by blue-clad fans when the Nittany Lions take on Houston on Jan. 2 in Dallas. A few days after the pairing of the 9-3 Lions and 12-1 Cougars was announced on Dec. 4, an ecstatic Tom Starr, president and CEO of the second-year TicketCity Bowl, predicted a turnout of 55,000-plus in the historic, 92,000-seat Cotton Bowl, a significant uptick from the 38,274 who showed up for the inaugural event, in which Texas Tech outlasted Northwestern, 45-38.
December 20, 2011 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Anyone wondering whether quarterback Matt McGloin would be made available Monday during Penn State's bowl media day to discuss his role in a post-practice fight that left him hospitalized was surprised when McGloin stepped in to answer questions as soon as the session began. "It shouldn't have happened. I should have walked away," McGloin said of a fight Saturday with teammate Curtis Drake that resulted in the quarterback's being knocked unconscious when he hit his head on the floor and went into a seizure before being taken to a hospital.
December 19, 2011 |
PENN STATE linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden was unsmiling and tight-lipped as he emerged from a 10-minute emergency team meeting late Saturday afternoon at the Lasch Football Building. "It's good to be a Nittany Lion," Vanderlinden said, as he hurried past reporters who were hoping to get some insight into the latest incident that has turned the school's hallowed football program into an ongoing soap opera. Already reeling from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the shocking firing of iconic coach Joe Paterno on Nov. 9 and the drawn-out process of selecting a permanent successor to Paterno, Penn State was jolted by a postpractice fistfight between starting quarterback Matt McGloin and wide receiver Curtis Drake, which reportedly began on the field as an argument over who was responsible for a busted pass play and escalated once it reached the locker room.
December 14, 2011 |
DALLAS - The Penn State football team's imminent arrival for the TicketCity Bowl has caught the attention of the Dallas-area's child-advocacy community but is not likely to lead to any protests, leaders of several area organizations said. The 24th-ranked Nittany Lions, scheduled to travel to Dallas on Dec. 26 to prepare for their matchup with No. 20 Houston on Jan. 2 at the Cotton Bowl, have become a lightning rod for criticism and controversy since accusations of child sexual abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky surfaced in November.
December 6, 2011 |
DALLAS - It didn't take long for the tracer fire to come. Jody Dean, host of a popular Dallas morning radio talk show, got the ball rolling over the airwaves Monday morning. "The wisdom of the invitation escapes me," said the KLUV host. "Why in the world would anyone invite this circus to their doorstep?" He was referring to the TicketCity Bowl invitation extended to Penn State for the game against Houston on Jan. 2. The circus he was referring to was the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky sexual-abuse scandal, something that has made the Nittany Lions the object of scorn nationally.
December 5, 2011 |
Penn State discovered Sunday what it had feared since former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was indicted last month on child sexual-abuse charges - that bowl committees would be reluctant to invite the Nittany Lions because of the controversy associated with the scandal. Although they finished tied for the fourth-best record in the Big Ten this season at 9-3, the Nittany Lions had to wait until the TicketCity Bowl, the seventh of the games affiliated with the conference to select, chose them for its Jan. 2 game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.