October 24, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - After nearly 2 decades on the Penn State sideline, Larry Johnson is familiar with sold-out Beaver Stadium whiteouts. He has seen the sea of white. He has heard the maddening cheers. He has felt that electric environment quite a few times. For this year's edition of the whiteout, Penn State (4-2) welcomes No. 13 Ohio State (5-1) for a prime-time matchup tomorrow on ABC. Now on the Ohio State coaching staff, Johnson knows what to expect. "It will be loud," Johnson said.
October 22, 2014 |
Larry Johnson earned a reputation as an outstanding recruiter, an elite defensive line coach, and an excellent role model for college football players during his 18 seasons as a Penn State assistant - 16 to Joe Paterno and two to Bill O'Brien. But when the athletic administration of the university looked to hire a new head coach, officials twice passed over him in favor of O'Brien in 2012 and James Franklin last January. Johnson then said goodbye to Happy Valley, not knowing where his next job would be. A new job, however, surfaced almost immediately when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer asked him to become assistant head coach and defensive line coach, meaning fans of Johnson over the years will be shaking their heads Saturday night to see him on the visitors sideline at Beaver Stadium wearing the scarlet and gray of the Buckeyes.
October 22, 2014 |
Urban Meyer, who has coached in some big-time stadiums during his career, recalled his first Beaver Stadium experience with Ohio State in 2012 when he told his wife, "That's one of the top five atmospheres we've ever played in. " The ingredients will be there once again - a sellout crowd of close to 108,000, a "whiteout," lots of noise under the lights - on Saturday night when the 13th-ranked Buckeyes return to Happy Valley to take on a Nittany Lions...
October 18, 2014 |
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The first time his father made the trip for a spring football game, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen warned him about the drive, that it would be a rural one from the airport in Jackson up to Starkville. Mullen told him it would be like traveling in the hills of Pennsylvania "past the Main Line. " The 42-year-old coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, the improbable top-ranked college football team in the nation - after the fastest rise to the top in the history of the sport, from unranked to No. 1 in six games - is a Drexel Hill native and Ursinus College graduate.
September 11, 2014 |
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that Penn State's limit on scholarships was like "an anchor around your neck. " But the anchor proved futile in limiting Penn State. First-year coach James Franklin quickly assembled a 2015 recruiting class that is ranked in the top 10 by several recruiting services. Imagine what Franklin and his staff might be able to do now that the anchor was lifted Monday when the NCAA decided to drop the sanctions it levied in 2012 against Penn State.
August 3, 2014 |
EAGLES CORNER Cary Williams didn't want to talk about all his reasons for not liking the idea of joint training-camp practices with the New England Patriots week after next, but reporters knew if they kept asking, Cary Williams being Cary Williams, he eventually would come clean. "I'm trying not to go into details about it or disrespect that organization, because I give that organization all the credit in the world," Williams said after yesterday's training-camp session. "But one fact still remains.
November 13, 2013 |
THE NBA is trying to get out of the worst deal it ever made, according to a report. Actually, it's a great deal if you are Ozzie and Daniel Silna, the brothers who once owned the Spirits of St. Louis, a team that played in the old ABA. The Spirits were one of the ABA teams that wasn't merged into the NBA in 1976. But that didn't stop the brothers from reaching a very, very lucrative agreement. Ozzie and Daniel took a cash payout, reported to be $2.2 million, and negotiated a deal in which they would receive 1/7th of the yearly television revenues of the four ABA teams that joined the NBA - the Nuggets, Nets, Spurs and Pacers.
October 29, 2013 |
The shock and amazement over the effortlessness with which fourth-ranked Ohio State moved the football against the traditionally tough Penn State defense will linger for a long time to those who witnessed it. However, the Nittany Lions can't allow that or any other aspect of Saturday night's embarrassing 63-14 blowout to linger in their own minds, not with a busy November of five games that will tell the difference between a .500 or worse record...
October 27, 2013
When: Saturday at 8 p.m. Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio Records: Penn State (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten); Ohio State (7-0, 3-0, ranked No. 4 by the Associated Press) TV/Radio: 6ABC; WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440) Coaches: Penn State, Bill O'Brien (2d season, 12-6); Ohio State, Urban Meyer (2d season, 19-0) Series: Ohio State holds a 15-13 overall advantage in the series that began in 1912. The two teams are meeting for the 21st straight year since the Nittany Lions began Big Ten competition in 1993, with the Buckeyes boasting a 13-7 edge in conference play.
October 25, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - Both were in less than ideal scenarios at historic programs, but midway through their second seasons at Penn State and Ohio State, respectively, it's safe to say situations have played out more than all right for Bill O'Brien and Urban Meyer. The two head coaches will match gridiron wits for the second time tomorrow night (8 o'clock) when Penn State tries to notch the biggest win of O'Brien's career against Meyer's No. 4-ranked Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. "There's a guy that understands what he wants in a football team, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him," O'Brien said of Meyer.