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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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