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Returning to the land of Penn State blogging, but for how long?

I have not blogged in the last two weeks since I wrote my tirade about Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. My reaction has gone to shock, anger, numbness to increasing ambivalence about my university and its football team. Sure, I have watched the Nittany Lions (the Nebraska game a day later) and all of that, but the passion is not what it was on say, October 30 or so. Will it come back? I cannot say. I don’t know if a Big Ten title, change of administration, new season, trip back to Beaver Stadium or whatever will re-ignite the way I feel. Maybe, I’m just going to see the games as something to watch on TV, rather than a part of my lifestyle. I was pleased the Nittany Lions won on Saturday, but nowhere near as excited as their last win over Ohio State in Columbus.

Some things I have noticed:

Tom Bradley has not taken a misstep yet as interim head coach. He is saying and doing the right things. I would not object to him given the job permanently, though it is a mortal lock that won’t happen because Intercollegiate Athletics is going to be completely turned over. It is a shame that people who apparently had no idea of what was going on are going to suffer because of Sandusky being a monster and the powers that be not doing enough about it. If Rodney Erickson can be take over as president, I don’t see any reason based on what we know today, that Bradley can’t be head coach.

David Joyner, the acting athletic director and until recently, Trustee has the job locked up. Power has swung back to the board after 16 years of Graham Spanier as university president and 45 years of Joe Paterno as head coach and they will want to hold on to it. Having one of their own running Intercollegiate Athletics will do that.

Boosters, like Terry Pegula, will have power to write more than a check moving forward. Their influence is going to start counting now, just like at other programs.

I’m more sad for Sue Paterno than Joe over the end of his career and cancer diagnosis. I wish him well though and hope that someday, he’ll be able to get a “Joe Paterno Day” at Beaver Stadium after the legal process is over.

Jay Paterno has handled the situation very well from what I have seen. Also, if Yale has a coaching vacancy (which they might) don’t be shocked if Jay psuhes hard for that job.

Matt McGloin has also impressed me with his handling of the situation. He’s matured an awful lot over the last year on and off the field. I am pulling for him.

Rob Bolden will leave the program, book it.

Stephfon Green is playing really hard and well right now. I’m glad to see it, he nearly threw it all away, but clearly learned from the experience.

Ohio State is wearing gray pants again. Good job, Buckeyes.

I have a bunch of silly questions for a guest prognosticator, but I don’t feel like asking them. While that feature is always trivial, I don’t feel like asking them. I usually prefer to laugh through stuff, but don’t think I’ll bother.

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2001: Penn State vs. Ohio State: Joe Paterno breaks Bear Bryants record wins 324th game

Ten years ago today, I was sitting with my girlfriend (she’s my wife now) and friend Brad in section SEU, row 80. That is directly under the scoreboard in the top row of the south end zone upper deck. There were occasional flurries and a big 18 point 2nd half deficit. I promise it isn’t revisionist history to say I wasn’t worried that the Penn State Nittany Lions would win that day. I had faith that Zack Mills could bring the Lions back and beat the Ohio State Buckeyes. Even after a pick six off a deflection, I had absolute faith that Mills would do it.

I was right.

The play that changed momentum, a frameshift really, was a QB draw play that Mills bounced off a few Buckeye tacklers for about a 69 yard run. It was incredible. That was the beginning of a 20 point run that put Penn State up 29-27 with most of the fourth quarter to go. They held on and won to go 2-5 on the season.

The win was a record-breaking 324th for head coach Joe Paterno. After being bested head-to-head by Paul “Bear” Bryant, Paterno no exceeded his rival’s all-time victory total.

Here are the highlights:

Here is the Penn State Football Story recap:

That day was also the beginning of a post-game tradition I’ve mentioned a number of times. The week before after a last second win over Northwestern Paterno mentioned he was going to “get in trouble with a good stiff bourbon” and I decided to start toasting to every Penn State victory with his favorite spirit.

Let’s hope he breaks Eddie Robinson’s all-time division I record on Saturday.

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We won’t have Jim Tressel to kick around any more

Coach Jim Tressel out at Ohio StateColumbus Dispatch
Joe Paterno has outlasted another one! Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel is resigning because all the stuff David Jones of the Patriot-News has been hinting at for years is hitting the fan. My initial reaction is joy, because who doesn’t like to see a rival fall? Tressel was a phony and ran a program that was filled with problems that he was able to brush aside because he won a National Championship (with Maurice Clarett and after a very late pass interference flag) and beat Michigan. I’m glad to see it all caught up with him.

Of course, it only matters for Penn State fans if the Nittany Lions learn to stop throwing pick-sixes at the Horseshoe.

UPDATE: Here is the Sports Illustrated article that prompted Tressel’s resignation. My reaction, “meh.”

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Penn State going to NCAA Tournament, faces Temple in Tucson on Thursday

Even after a 71-60 loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game, the Penn State Nittany Lions are returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in ten years. Here is how the team reacted:

MARCH MADNESS IN HAPPY VALLEY: PSU to play Temple out west, in first NCAA Tournament bid in 10 yearsCDT

The face off against Temple Owls, in Tucson on Thursday — St. Patrick’s Day. Game time TBA.

The last time Penn State was in the tournament, it was Temple that eliminated the Nittany Lions in the sweet 16. The two programs have played each other regularly, but not this season.

Congratulations to the whole team, especially Talor Battle and coach Ed DeChellis — you overcame an awful lot to get to the tournament this season.

Lastly, let us joyfully put a certain meme to bed for this season. :)

UPDATE:

There are two writers who should be better prepared for this matchup then any others, David Jones who covers Penn State for the Patriot-News, but also keeps his eye on the Big 5, and Dick Jerardi who is the Philly Daily News college basketball beat writer and an analyst for Penn State basketball on the Penn State Sports Network,

Penn State and Talor Battle finally will take NCAA dance — against Temple!Patriot-News
Jones reminds us that Temple won the last two meetings in the series in 2009 and 2010. The Owls are missing some big men though which is good news for the Nittany Lions.

Jerardi is chatting at 1 p.m.

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Penn State crushed by #1 Ohio State on senior night

Never a game, No. 1 Ohio State’s 82-61 beatdown of Penn State looks like NCAA crusher for LionsPatriot-News
A real scorcherCDT
A capacity Bryce Jordan Center crowd witnessed the 2010-2011 Penn State Nittany Lions basketball team get blown out by #1 Ohio State. The Buckeyes dominated throughout, winning 82-61. Only a miracle run through the Big Ten Tournament can put PSU in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

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Penn State basketball: Senior night with #1 Ohio State

Nittany Lions face critical Tuesday showdown with No. 1 Ohio State as Battle and seniors say goodbyePatriot News
A big crowd is expected at the Bryce Jordan Center for the final regular season home game of the 2010-2011 season. For seniors starters G Talor Battle, F David Jackson, F Jeff Brooks and C Andrew Jones it can’t get much bigger, facing the #1 Buckeyes in front of a near-capacity crowd. A win keeps the NCAA Tournament a possibility, a loss relegates them to the NIT barring a miracle run in the Big Ten Tournament. It is a tall order.

Tip off is 9 p.m. on Big Ten Network.

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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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OHIO STATE BUCKEYES 38 Penn State Nittany Lions 14

After a huge win in Columbus two years ago, the Penn State Nittany Lions reverted to their old ways in getting trounced by the Ohio State Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium. The story was different than previous ones as Matt McGloin led Penn State to a 14-3 lead with two first half touchdown passes. Those TD throws were the first by Penn State at the Horseshoe in nearly 50 years. Things were looking great for the Nittany Lions, but failing to convert 4th and 1 near the Buckeyes 20 yard line, after having gone 2 for 2 in 4th down conversions earlier in the game, was the beginning of the end. Watching with my dad, he thought it was the right decision, I disagreed. We both agreed that running outside was the wrong decision. Though the Buckeyes would not score before halftime, they got the big stop that got the crowd in it. I think a successful field goal would have helped Penn State, but ultimately, Ohio State took control early in the second half and those extra 3 points would not have meant much.

The Buckeyes adjusted well at half-time and got their offense going with Terrelle Pryor and Dan Herron picking apart the visitors on the read-option. It was essentially a play-action run that got the Penn State defense to hesitate every time. It seemed every time they ran it, OSU got 8 yards. The 14-3 lead quickly became a 14-10 lead and then a 17-10 deficit. Then, as happens so many times in Columbus, the Penn State quaterback throw interceptions for touchdowns. Twice, Ohio State bated McGloin into making bad throws that went for six the other way. After playing so well in the previous two games and the first half, McGloin was Morellian in the second. He did not have much help either, the playcalling was not quite as a aggressive and he was without Evan Royster and Stephfon Green in the backfield, both felled by leg injuries. Silas Redd has thus far been an exciting change of pace back, but against a powerful Ohio State team, he was unable to shoulder the load. A cut on his hand may have also limited McGloin’s effectiveness. Then of course there was the “Dan Persa’s mom treatment” he was getting from ESPN. If you had played a drinking game based on the times west Scranton or moxie was used in the first half, you would have needed your stomach pumped at halftime. It was as excessive as the many shots of Northwestern’s quarterback’s mother the week before. Oh and too bad about the Achilles tendon, Persa. I am sure the Buckeyes fans were just frothing at the mouth in the second half, loving every McGloin miscue after the “televised deification” he did not seek ruled the first half.

Penn State also struggled on defense when Mike Mauti injured his shoulder. Hopefully, he’s back soon, because he had really emerged as a leader and a force. He’s got future captain written all over him. Ultimately, though, Ohio State won because they have a better team right now and as much as I hate to say it, a better program. It is just the way it is and something we have to reluctantly and angrily accept until Joe Paterno moves on or the NCAA catches up with Jim Tressel.

Oh and did anybody notice that Ohio Stadium sounds just like Beaver Stadium? Guido D’Elia must be thrilled that he’s succeeded in making the Penn State football experience completely generic.

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Penn State at Ohio State prediction

The Penn State Nittany Lions head into Columbus un-ranked for an afternoon game with the Ohio State Buckeyes tomorrow. The Nittany Lions have won 3 in a row, including Joe Paterno’s 400 win. QB Matt McGloin has seemingly been the catalyst and has feasted on weaker Big Ten defenses. That changes tomorrow though, because the Buckeyes are no pushovers. Cam Heyward is a scary defensive lineman who had something like a dozen tackles against Penn State last year. That was in Happy Valley against a better Penn State team too. He alone scares me about this game. I don’t think Penn State’s offensive line can stand up to Ohio State’s defensive line. Penn State’s defense, while improved, feasted on 1 dimensional teams the last two weeks. While Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State’s quarterback, isn’t the sharpest player in the game and plays in a system that does not utilize him well, he is a 3 year starter. I think the best thing Penn State can do is make Pryor beat them with his arm, but I don’t know that they are strong enough to dictate terms.

As much as I would like to rationalize a way Penn State can win this one, I just can’t do it.

Penn State 17
OHIO STATE 31

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