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What Happened While You Were Away…

Welcome back to Happy Valley, folks! The 2022-23 school year is upon us.

While you were tanning in the sun or working your internship this summer, there’s a good chance you missed out on some news back here at Penn State or in the State College area.

Here’s a quick refresher of what you missed this summer:



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  • The Penn State All-Sports Museum announced the opening of a new exhibit, I Am a Penn Stater: Nittany Lions in World War II. It’ll recount the contributions of Penn State lettermen and Women’s Recreation Association athletes during World War II.
  • Bo Nickal had quite the summer, folks. He dominated in his MMA debut by knocking out his opponent in 33 seconds. Later in the summer, in his first-ever “Dana White’s Contender Series” match, Nickal defeated his opponent via first-round submission. He has another fight scheduled in the contender series for September 27.
  • Three Penn State football greats — Ki-Jana Carter, DJ Dozier, and Paul Posluszny — are listed on the 2023 College Football Hall of Fame ballot.
  • Former Penn State men’s soccer coach Bob Warming announced his retirement. Warming led the Nittany Lions to two Big Ten titles and four NCAA appearances in his seven-year stint with the team.
  • Penn State entered an agreement with Fanatics Collectibles to produce official trading cards for current student-athletes and former players. The impact of NIL is real, folks.
  • Former Penn State women’s soccer star Sam Coffey was called up to the United State Women’s National Team.
  • The amendment requiring Penn State to reveal the whereabouts of the Joe Paterno statue in order to receive its annual state funding failed 38-162. Sad!
  • The Bryce Jordan Center is undergoing a reseating process ahead of the 2022-23 basketball season. The change will relocate the student section to sections 101L-110L, placing the group directly behind the home and away benches.
  • USC and UCLA will officially join the Big Ten in 2024. When USC and UCLA officially enter the Big Ten, they’ll do so with just 16 combined all-time games against Penn State. The Nittany Lions own a 4-6 and 2-4 record against USC and UCLA, respectively.
  • Penn State Athletics hired two new deputy athletic directors. Both new executives, Vinnie James and Adam Miller, previously worked under Patrick Kraft at Boston College and Temple.
  • Greatness is staying in Happy Valley. Legendary wrestling coach Cael Sanderson signed an extension with the team.
  • Former Penn State men’s hockey captain Brandon Biro signed a two-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres with an average annual value of $762,500. Another former captain, Alex Limoges, signed an entry-level deal with the Winnipeg Jets.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers selected Penn State baseball catcher Matt Wood with the No. 132 overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft. Less than two weeks later, Wood signed his contract with the Brewers for $347,500.
  • Several, and we mean several, Penn State football players were named to preseason watch lists. Sean Clifford is on four of them.
  • Both Penn State men’s and women’s soccer are ranked in the top 25 preseason rankings. The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 2 nationally in combined preseason rankings for their men’s and women’s soccer teams.
  • Former Penn State men’s basketball star John Harrar inked a deal with Grupo Alega Cantabria CBT of the Spanish Basketball Federation.
  • Homefield Apparel launched licensed Penn State merch in August. Nittany Nation helped break the sales record for Homefield’s “Big New Saturday” drop, a day when the company launches apparel for a new school.
  • Ji’Ayir Brown and Tyler Warren were named among The Athletic‘s Bruce Feldman’s top college football “freaks.”
  • Penn State football was unranked in the preseason AP Top 25 Poll.
  • Penn State women’s volleyball was ranked No. 20 in the 2022 preseason poll.
  • The Big Ten finalized a new media rights deal with FOX, CBS, NBC, and Peacock that’ll begin in 2023 and run through the 2029-30 season. 
  • Carl Nassib signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Troy Apke was released by the Commanders.

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Gabe is a senior majoring in journalism and is suddenly Onward State's managing editor. He grew up in Lindenhurst, New York, and has had the absolute misfortune of rooting for the Jets, Mets, and Knicks. If you want to see his bad sports takes, follow him on Twitter @gabeangieri and direct all hate mail and death threats to [email protected]

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