Category Archives: PSU Football 2010

Outback Bowl: Florida 37 Penn State 24; Bolden wants out

This just in — Matt McGloin just threw another interception.

The Penn State Nittany Lions concluded their 2010 season with an interception filled Outback Bowl against the Florida Gators. Despite leading heading into the fourth quarter, the Nittany Lions lost fairly big. McGloin, the walk-on quarterback showed why he was a walk-on and why his teammates dubbed in Brett Favre prior to the season. McGloin threw 5 interceptions and several other passes that could have been if the Gators could catch. Overall, he completed less than 50% of his passes. The big question is why was he on the field long enough to throw 5 interceptions? While there is no doubt in my mind that McGloin gets his teammates motivated, he has not shown in any games against superior competition that he can get the job done. It is unfortunate, because McGloin did inject some excitement into an otherwise dreary season and did provide some memories in the Michigan and Northwestern games. Otherwise, he was never more than solid and as we saw yesterday, he was often terrible. I think I have seen enough of Matt McGloin, starting quarterback — I certainly had by the 3rd quarter yesterday.

Why McGloin did not get the hook when freshman Rob Bolden got pulled for less is a mystery, one that Bolden does not want to stick around to solve. Yesterday, Bolden indicated that he was leaving the program (Patriot-News). Apparently, Bolden was planning to leave even before the bowl game (Altoona Mirror) because he believed that McGloin was held to a much lesser standard. I agree with Bolden on that front. I just wonder if the coaching staff knew that beforehand.

I have another theory, McGloin was Joe Paterno’s choice all along. Remember at the beginning of the season when Joe said he talked to all the coaching staff and got their input on the QB? I think they talked him into Bolden and he regretted it. BOlden isn’t out the door yet officially, but I don’t see Paterno trying to talk someone who went public about transferring into returning.

As for the game, my suggestion that the Nittany Lions use Silas Redd more was pretty poor. Redd could not get anything going, but Evan Royster could, rushing for nearly 100 yards. The defense was okay, but they got worn down late. Special teams were pretty bad too. Florida did not play great, but good enough to win. The biggest thing they did other than catch half the balls that McGloin threw right too them, was stop Penn State on third down.

Justin Brown dropped three McGloin passes that would have been first downs.

The pass interference call against the Nittany Lions deep in Penn State territory was a poor one. The defense never really recovered from it.

Oh and the Pitt job is now available because their new coach got arrested for domestic violence. Tom Bradley may be a stronger candidate than the first go round, because he’d be seen as a “safe” choice and a genuinely high character guy. Though being a lifelong Nittany Lion may ultimately hold him back.

It will be a very interesting month of Penn State football…

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2011 Outback Bowl: Penn State vs. Florida prediction

The run up to the Outback Bowl has been mostly about the coaches: Florida’s Urban Meyer, stepping down at age 46 and Penn State’s Joe Paterno, planning to return for his 46th season at age 84. Meyer is apparently off to ESPN following today’s game. Paterno and his family denied rumors that he had been in much worse health than reported.

As for the game, Florida lacks a quarterback and pass rush. Penn State lacks a defensive line and the offensive line isn’t too great either. The Gators probably have an edge in special teams and since field position is crucial, good punting will make a difference. The Nittany Lions have to hope that Anthony Fera is healthy enough after an appendectomy to put, because his replacement as inadequate against Michigan State.

QB Matt McGloin is on the spot for PSU. He should get plenty of chances for throwing underneath — will he have the discipline to find Brett Brackett and Graham Zug instead of throwing long to Derek Moye often? In the running game, I think the Lions need to make Silas Redd, a true frosh, the feature back over incumbent senior Evan Royster.

Florida can run the ball well and Penn State has not been strong against the run. The return of Mike Mauti should help a great deal — the defense was a completely different team with him against Ohio State than without him. After he left, Ohio State was unstoppable against Penn State. I don’t know that Mauti’s presence could have been enough to win it for PSU, but I think it would have at least been closer.

It is a tough call whether Penn State, which is apparently retaining their coaching staff (though the Pitt job that Tom Bradley interviewed for my be reopened), has an advantage over the departing Florida staff. Paterno knows how to win bowl games better than anybody and I think he staff and team have had less distractions than the Gators, but Meyer may get a more fiery effort from his upperclassmen.

I couldn’t make up my mind on the outcome so I did a coin flip to see who would win 21-17. It came up Florida. Bah! I’ll do the homer pick anyway.

Florida 17
PENN STATE 21

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Big Ten unveils Leaders and Legends divisions, Stagg-Paterno Trophy


This afternoon, the Big Ten Conference revealed their new logo and the names of the divisions. The Leaders division includes Penn State, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin and Ohio State. The Legends division includes Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern.

There are a whole lot of new trophies too and they all have hyphenated names. The winner of the championship game is awarded the Stagg-Paterno Trophy, named after Chicago coach Amos Alonzo Stagg and Penn State coach Joe Paterno. I find it amusing that the trophy is named after a coach whose school that left the conference over 60 years ago and somebody who entered only 17 years ago.

My initial reaction is that the division names are a little pretentious, but I am okay with them because they are not named after Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler like I thought they would be. Naming divisions after a coach who got fired for hitting an opposing player and folded like Superman on laundry day in bowl games, respectively, would have been embarrassing to anyone not from the so-called “big 2″ of the conference. I am the Ohio State and Michigan fans are upset which is great for the rest of us. I’m disappointed there is a Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year trophy though.

Penn Staters are included in the names of several trophies:

Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year – Courtney Brown
Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year – Ted Kwalick

The linebacker trophy doesn’t include a Penn Stater though which is disappointing. I have no problem with Butkus being on the name, but I’d put several Nittany Lions above Pat Fitzgerald. We’ll just assume the conference needed to meet its Northwestern quota on that one.

The logo proves once again that I need to set up a graphic design firm. The existing Big11Ten logo is clever, this new one is just there.

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The coaching carousel and Penn State’s jersey color for the Outback Bowl

This hasn’t been a quiet week in college football and Penn State may be feeling some aftershocks. Pitt Temple West firing Dave Wannstedt has people like Slow States wondering if defensive coordinator Tom Bradley would be a candidate for that vacancy (you should listen to their podcasts by the way, especially the 23 minute mark of this one). Bradley is a strong Western Pennsylvania recruiter and if he wants to be a head coach really badly, that would not be a bad spot for him. Whether he interviews will be telling because if he goes, that means he is not confident that he would succeed Joe Paterno as PSU’s head coach. Al Golden, Temple’s coach and another likely candidate to succeed Paterno, could be in the mix as well.

Urban Meyer, head coach of the Florida Gators is resigning (again) after the Outback Bowl against the Nittany Lions. EDSBS is taking it…well. No, really, he is. Could this be bad news for Penn State? Maybe, says Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror, but shouldn’t Penn State be playing the game like its Paterno’s last too?

Meanwhile, Patriot-News columnist David Jones writes about Meyer, but what he really wants you to know that he has Erin Andrews’ phone number. By the way, I think she’s better as a sideline reporter than eye candy. Really, she’s got great hair and all, but overrated for her non-reporting duties. Lynn Swann is still my all-time favorite in that position. Oh and Jones also wants you (and especially Phil Steele) to know that HE IS ACCOUNTABLE for things like his preseason top 25.

Linebebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden is in the running for the Ball State head coaching job, but I can’t find a link to it. Now, even though I’ve never been there, I know a little bit about Muncie, Ind. and a lot about State College and you have to wonder about a man who would rather live in Muncie than stay in Happy Valley and recruit players like Paul Posluszny and Sean Lee.

Of course, this is all secondary to the real thing you all care about — what color jersey Penn State is wearing for the Outback Bowl. Since the Big Ten team was the visitor last year, I assumed that it would be the home team this year. Sure, enough, I contacted an Intercollegiate Athletics source and got the simple reply of BLUE.

Yay.

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