Category Archives: PSU Sports

Penn State is now a hockey school

Back in 2007 at a Metro Washington D.C. Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association , my wife and I met Joe Battista, the long-time head coach of the Icers, Penn State’s ACHA club hockey team. In addition to reminiscing about the 2002 ACHA championship (played in suburban Maryland) I asked him about moving up to varsity and Division I. He indicated that the reason that had not happened was the lack of a suitable arena and that he thought he might have found a donor that could make it happen but the university was cutting back on capital projects. I did not mention it at the time, because he was speaking off the record.

About three years ago, a donor did emerge, Terry Pegula. Initially, he donated $88 million to fund arena construction as well as hockey teams for both men and women. More money would follow. On Friday night, the arena that bears his name opened with Nittany Lions defeating the Black Knights of Army, 4-1 before a raucous sell out crowd and a Big Ten Network audience.

I am really happy for Battista, who waited and worked a long time to make this happen. Don’t be surprised if the rink itself gets named after him.

I would have loved to have had big-time hockey as a student and if Facebook chatter is a barometer, I am not alone. Hockey could very easily become the #2 sport at Penn State, especially if the men’s basketball team does not improve. There are a lot of hockey fans in Pennsylvania and while the divide between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins may be legendary at Penn State, the combination of them makes for a built in audience.

In addition to having the newest arena college hockey, Penn State joins the newest conference — the Big Ten (#B1G) with Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin. That’s a tough group to be in, but with Penn State now the biggest college program in the Mid-Atlantic, it should be able to attract the rising number of quality hockey players from the region and take a few from New England and the Midwest. I am eager to see how it goes.

Lastly, that win on the gridiron Saturday night was pretty fun too.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Penn State hockey unveils new sweaters

I don’t think you could have done them better. Simple and elegant. I’m glad they just have the oval logo on the front, the ones with that and “PENN STATE” that they had been using were too busy. I love the contrasting trim around the collar too (like the football jerseys used to have).

UPDATED: Penn State Hockey Unveils Jerseys for Inaugural NCAA SeasonIntercollegiate Athletics
They’ll wear blue pants with both sweaters and the helmet is unchanged – white with a blue stripe down the middle, just like the football helmet.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

No more Sweet Caroline at Penn State games

Tweaking the traditionAltoona Mirror

And while the Boston Red Sox, Pitt football and others have elevated “Sweet Caroline” to a staple for their games, that popular PSU tradition may be interrupted or discontinued.

Long overdue, particularly considering the awful origins of the song:


Neil Diamond Storytellers by JimGoodwine

Okay, in the real world, I’m glad they are getting rid of it because it is a cliche that has nothing to do with the Penn State. Not that it has anything to do with the Red Sox, but they’ve made it their own long before Guido D’Elia brought it to Beaver Stadium. I’m sure it still gets played at the Shandygaff.

I still have a post to write about everything. Not real eager to do it.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Penn State basketball update: Big Macs!

Jerry Dunn never gave me a Big Mac.

A silly video from Fight On State of Patrick Chambers giving out Big Macs at the State College McDonald’s. Here’s the story: Chambers is the (Big) Mac Daddy

The promotion was if Penn State scored 70 points this weekend, you could redeem a Big Mac with a ticket stub. They sat on a lead with 67 points against Nebraska. Chambers felt bad about it and it was decided to do the promotion anyway. That’s pretty cool, there were never promotions like that when I was a student. Of course, back then you couldn’t spell Nittany without N-I-T either, even with Dunn as the head coach, so we had to settle for some decent basketball to watch. Still, free fast food wouldn’t be so bad. The team is going to be fun to watch grow and the current freshmen students will probably have a really fun ride, much more fun than those perennial NIT teams of the late 1990s, with it if they get on.

The Nittany Lions won’t be dancing this year (11-15, 3-10), but despite being out-manned/out-gunned/etc. they have played respectively for the most part, especially senior guard Tim Frazier. The future with Chambers as coach looks brighter than in a long time.

UPDATE: Over on the WWN Facebook page (don’t forget to Like it), one commenter notes that Bruce Parkill once gave her and a friend pizza while the waited for NIT tickets.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Penn State hockey: More Pegula Ice Arena details released

Board of Trustees Approves Pegula Ice Arena DesignIntercollegiate Athletics
More details about The Pegula Ice Arena were released at Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting. The future home of Penn State Nittany Lions ice hockey will have 6,000 seats, including 1,000 behind the opposition’s net.

The exterior is nothing special, likely the same brick as the Bryce Jordan Center with lots of glass on the north (or east according to the Penn State compass) side. The interior looks good, kind of intimate without being cramped. It should be fun going to games there. Opening is scheduled for Sept. 2013.

This is also a good reminder to Pat Chambers and the men’s basketball team — get respectable by 2013, you have winter sports competition coming!

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Penn State basketball defeats #22 Illinois (again)

Another casualty of the scandal? Other Penn State sports. People like me are so heartbroken we’re not giving them their due. It isn’t fair I suppose, but my motivation for the alma mater and everything about it is at an all-time low. Let me me correct that this morning — the Nittany Lions beat Illinois 54-52 at the Bryce Jordan Center. They did it wearing gray uniforms which were kind of dumb.

Beating Illinois is something the Nittany Lions do with regularity which is odd. We’ll take it. Tim Frazier made the game-winning layup. The Nits have beaten the Illini 3 out of the last 4 years in University Park on late shots.

Not a lot of people showed up, as usual, but it may have been snowing up there. The game was on ESPN2 as well. It is going to take time to wake
up the sleeping giant dude with a pituitary problem that is Penn State basketball. Coach Pat Chambers seems suited to the task.

Penn State is now 10-10 (2-5). I’m not going to start saying anything yet…

Recaps

Illinois at Penn State RecapBlack Shoe Diaries

Tim Frazier’s layup seals victory for the Nittany LionsThe Collegian

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Graham Spanier is the second biggest villain in the Sandusky scandal

Members of Penn State’s Trustees Recall Painful Decision to Fire Paterno – The Times
I don’t think this article about the collective discernment that the Board of Trustees will change anybody’s opinion of that body and I am not suggesting that either. What is the important about this report are the details of Graham Spanier‘s overwhelming incompetence. The character assassination (which was self-inflicted) of him is finally gaining momentum. His cowardice has been rewarded up until now.

I have more to write about Spanier, but it might take me a while.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Penn State: Tall volleyball players are tall; 2 matches on BTN this weekend

Kabbes and Slay utilize heightThe Collegian
A profile of a pair of Katies from Raleigh, N.C., Kabbes and Slay and their height. Maybe in a few weeks, we can look forward to a Redhead volleyball players are redheads story too. :)

The Lady Spikers are ranked #11 headed into a weekend of home matches. Friday night, #112 Iowa visits for a 7 p.m. Big Ten Network telecast. Saturday night, #2 Nebraska returns for a 8 p.m. telecast.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Volleyball: Penn State at Nebraska tonight at 8 on BTN

Tonight on BTN: Penn State at NebraskaBTN
The “struggling” Penn State women’s volleyball team, ranked #5 takes on #10 Nebraska tonight on Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. in their first conference match. I recall being offered tickets to see the NCAA finals in 2007 from two Nebraska fans in the middle of Muir Woods. We declined, deciding to keep our plans to drink absinthe instead. Bad fan?

The Lady Spikers have gotten off to a rough start, losing to Oregon in the AVCA Showcase at home to start the season and both Stanford and Texas at the Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic in Palo Alto, California. They swept the University of Pittsburgh Tournament, taking out Pitt, Miami (Ohio) and New Hampshire.

I probably need to put together a weekly viewing guide of this kind of stuff.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

New Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers looks promising

Pat Chambers, who just led Boston University to a NCAA tournament bid, has been chosen as the new Penn State men’s basketball head coach. Chambers is a Philadelphia native who was an assistant at Villanova. I don’t get too into football recruiting and basketball recruiting is even worse, but having someone with experience in Philly is something that Penn State has never had (Patriot-News). This aspect has been missing from Penn State basketball since time immemorial it seems.

Oh a few other things about Chambers — 12th of 12 kids, walk-on Division II player, worked in marketing after college before getting into coaching. Also, 3 of his siblings are Penn State grads and a nephew is a walk-on for the football team. Penn State went out of the family for this hire, but not too far out.

The reaction to Chambers has been pretty good, it looks like Athletic Director Tim Curley did surprisingly well given how late in the process they had to find a coach. David Jones of the Patriot-News says that Chambers is a salesman that PSU has lacked. Jones also notes that I’m on board.

CDT
Chambers plans to make changes

ESPN is praising the hire:

Pat Chambers has PSU fans pumped

Penn State hopes Chambers brings new life

Penn State blogs

Penn State’s Curley Hits Home Run With Chambers HireBlack Shoe Diaries

Why Chambers Is A Great FitLinebacker-U

The presser is at 2:30 on Big Ten Network — live feed

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)