Author Drew Balis
He has yet to coach a game in his new role as defensive coordinator, but two of his senior leaders like what they see from John Butler so far.
Malcolm Willis does not field nearly as many questions about the NCAA sanctions as he did at this time last year, but he insists Penn State’s rallying cry remains the same.
“It’s still us against the world,” said the senior safety Thursday morning at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. “That’s still our mentality.”
Greetings from the Windy City where the 2013 version of Big Ten Media Days is set to take place inside the Hilton Chicago hotel over the next two days. As the event unfolds, this page will be constantly updated to bring you the most comprehensive Media Days coverage including coaches press conferences, player interviews, pictures, tweets, and recap articles.
John Urschel started off with a joke and exited the stage to a standing ovation. Speaking on behalf of the players at the 42nd annual Big Ten Kickoff luncheon, the All-Big Ten right guard and 4.0 mathematics student encouraged fellow players to maximize their time as student-athletes and to not let the privilege go to waste.
One easy way for a college football program to get additional national exposure is through primetime broadcasts. For Penn State, being visible on television is one key to navigating through the remaining sanctions years. Naturally, head coach Bill O’Brien would like to play more night games.
Twelve different programs participate in Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, and each one comes with a different set of circumstances and issues for the upcoming season, but one topic seemed to relate to all conference coaches during Wednesday’s session.
The NCAA recently revealed a new rule where a player can be immediately ejected from a game for targeting a defenseless player above the shoulders.
If Bill O’Brien is stressed about the upcoming season, he didn’t show it this afternoon in front of hundreds of reporters in Chicago at the 42nd annual Big Ten Media Days.
A unique game site is bound to present some unusual challenges in terms of logistics and travel.
That is something the Penn State football program will be facing as it prepares for its trip to Ireland to open the 2014 season against Central Florida on August 30th.
The Fourth of July takes a disastrous turn for residents at a State College townhome complex Thursday night. Flames swept through the Waupelani Heights building, damaging all 19 nine units.
An intense storm resulted in flooding across State College Thursday afternoon and evening.
Referred to by AccuWeather senior meteorologist Mike Piggot as “one of the largest non-tropical storms in 20 years,” the rainfall closed portions of North Atherton Street and College Avenue and made other roads difficult to navigate.
Penn State looks to already have its quarterback of the future in 5-star recruit Christian Hackenberg, but the Nittany Lions might be making room for one more highly rated signal-caller. According to a PennLive story citing 247 Sports, Michael O’Connor, a pro-style quarterback currently playing at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida is expected to make his college decision this Saturday, and the destination appears to be Happy Valley.
Both Penn State men’s and women’s lacrosse are set to join a newly formed Big Ten conference beginning in spring 2015. Perennial powerhouse Johns Hopkins joining the conference on the men’s side should make for exciting times in Happy Valley.
Penn State’s 2015 Big Ten schedule will include a conference opener at home and a game at an NFL stadium. Released this morning, the 2015 conference slate is similar to the 2014 schedule with the locations flip-flopped. Like the season prior, the Nittany Lions and Rutgers will get things started two weeks early on September 19, this time at Beaver Stadium.
20 plaintiffs involved in the lawsuit filed against the NCAA Thursday afternoon have reached out to the Penn State Football Letterman’s Club by way of a crafted letter. Within the letter, the plaintiffs attempt to explain their reasoning for the new lawsuit and request support from the Lettermen in their effort to defend Penn State’s culture and reverse the NCAA sanctions that were handed down last July.
Julieanne Siller, a 17-year old high school student scheduled to attend Penn State Altoona in the fall was stabbed and murdered by her boyfriend, 16-year old Tristan Stahley, over the weekend according to a CBS Philly Report. The incident allegedly occurred in Palmer Park Saturday night following an argument at Stahley’s house on Rittenhouse Lane in Skippack Township, located in Montgomery County, Pa outside of Philadelphia. Per the CBS Report, authorities say the couple continued fighting in the park. Stahley stabbed Siller in the throat and kept stabbing her before dragging her body into a wooden area.
The 2014 Big Ten schedule was released this afternoon, and Penn State will begin conference play against a Big Ten newcomer in 2014 and conclude the season against a familiar end of the year opponent.
Bill O’Brien is usually very composed when talking to the media, but yesterday, Penn State’s head coach wore his emotions on his sleeve. In a 22-minute afternoon conference call with reporters, the Nittany Lions head man blasted the Sports Illustrated story penned by David Epstein that investigated Penn State’s medical care related to personnel changes that occurred a few months back.
Penn State has been in all out attack mode in a continued effort to refute the narrative spun in David Epstein’s Sports Illustrated story regarding the university’s medical care as it applies to football players, and one of the more intriguing tactics was a comparison of how the Nittany Lions program handles on-site physician coverage during the season compared to other schools.
Penn State continues to aggressively refute David Epstein’s forthcoming Sports Illustrated story that investigates its medical practices related to athletic programs, specifically the football team.
This series of statements comes on the heels of remarks last night in an effort to get ahead of the in-depth piece that hits newsstands today. Similar in nature to yesterday’s remarks, these statements harshly criticize the SI article going as far as to call some of the claims inside the 23-page story “ludicrous.”
In a 23-page investigative story, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein examined the history and current state of medical care as it applies to the Penn State football program. Throughout the featured piece that is set to hit newsstands today and be released online tomorrow, Epstein is highly critical of Penn State athletic director David Joyner, mentioning a personal feud between Joyner and Wayne Sebastianelli, the long-time head physician for the Nittany Lions football team before being reassigned in late February. The article, titled “What Still Ails Penn State” quotes several named and unnamed sources including former football players, athletic department employees, and Board of Trustees members. A detailed summary of the piece can be found below.
Graduating weekend at Penn State is here, and student athletes will be walking across the stage and receiving diplomas in record numbers over the next few days. According to a press release, 109 student athletes from 26 different athletic programs will be taking part in this weekend’s ceremonies along with seven Penn State cheerleaders and five Lionettes.
Penn State secured its seventh verbal commit for the Class of 2014 and second defensive prospect in the form of Daquan Worley, a cornerback from Coatesville, Pa. Worley committed shortly before noon today, choosing the Nittany Lions over Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, and Massachusetts in news first reported by Bob Flounders of the Patriot News.
Former Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti will be NFL teammates with Gerald Hodges after being selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 7th round of the NFL Draft with the 213th overall pick. Hodges was selected earlier this afternoon in the fourth round by the Vikings.