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Things More Common Than Mega Barnwell Leaving Penn State Football Twice

Penn State football’s roster count diminished by one player recently, when tight end Mega Barnwell departed the program. Barnwell, who had enrolled at Penn State in January, had not yet caught a pass in a Nittany Lion uniform before his departure.

What makes Barnwell’s departure interesting isn’t that he left but rather that it’s the second time he’s exited Penn State football. After initially being the first player to join Penn State’s recruiting Class of 2023, the former four-star recruit decommitted from the program in January 2021 before recommitting in September 2021.

To mark what is ~likely~ Barnwell’s final exit from Penn State football, we put together a list of things that are more common than a player decommitting twice from one program.

Penn State Wrestling Losing A National Championship

Cael Sanderson and Penn State wrestling are a wagon, folks. Since 2011, the Nittany Lions have taken home all but two national championships. Despite holding an incredibly talented roster, you almost have to think that Penn State dropping a championship to Iowa is more likely than the football team losing the same player twice.

Drew Allar Being Underhyped

The college football world is excited about Drew Allar. The former five-star recruit seems to be the guiding light that could lead Penn State football to another national championship. It’s hard to find a Penn State fan that doesn’t see this guy as the program’s savior.

It may be hard to beat out Trace McSorley as a Nittany Lion favorite, but Allar might just do it. Nobody is overlooking the kid from Medina, Ohio.

Volcanic Eruptions Impacting Penn State Classes

You may think that it would never happen but it does. This post is being written by a Penn State student studying abroad in Puebla, Mexico, where the eruption of Popocat├ępetl canceled classes for a day. Let’s just hope Mount Nittany isn’t hiding anything.

Penn State Hiring Coaches With Hair

From Sanderson, to James Franklin, to Jeff Kampersal, Penn State just has an affinity for hiring coaches with a below-average amount of hair. Who can blame the athletic department? These coaches tend to be the winningest ones at the school. Even Mike Rhoades reportedly shaved his head when he took the men’s hoops job.

James Franklin Putting Together An Underwhelming Official Visit

In case you missed it, Penn State football snag a bunch of commitments on June 4. By a bunch, we mean three and that’s a lot in a day. After they took official visits on June 2, Franklin picked up three-stars Deryc Plazz and Xavier Gilliam alongside four-star Dejuan Lane. Those hotel rooms must have been really nice.

Major Religions Being Founded

Since the prophet Muhammad lived 1,400 years ago, humanity hasn’t seen the birth of a religion as significant as Islam. Still, it’s hard not to think that it couldn’t happen again before Franklin scares away the same tight end in a span of just more than two years.

Your Stomach Feeling Perfectly Fine After A Dining Hall Breakfast

Frequent visitors of Pollock Dining Commons know what this post is about. Whatever they put in the eggs over there can’t be natural. Walking to class turns into a 9 a.m. dash to the nearest bathroom to avoid any problems during class. Frankly, it’s best to just stay away.

Penn State Football Playing A Noon White Out

Complain all you like, Penn State Twitter. Penn State football will not be playing Michigan in this year’s White Out. While the Nittany Lions used to play noon White Out games, it appears that with this year’s matchup against Iowa and last year’s game against Minnesota, it may be some time before sunlight bathes a sea of white in Beaver Stadium.

A Tree Falling In The Forest When No One’s Around To Hear It

Do you get it? Right? You get it. Because it didn’t really happen? You get it.

Mike Rhoades Recruiting Someone With A Normal Name

Thus far into his short tenure, head men’s basketball coach Rhoades has been on a recruiting spree. As he tries to fill out a roster that was left vacant when he took the job, he’s done a solid job filling it out.

Along the way, Rhoades has picked up some solid talent that comes with some cool names like Favour Aire, Puff Johnson, and Bragi Gudmundsson.

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Joe Lister

Joe is a senior journalism major at Penn State and Onward State's managing editor. He writes about everything Penn State, especially its 10-2 football team. If you want to find him, Joe's usually watching soccer with his shirt off or at the gym with his shirt on. For dumb stuff, follow him on Twitter (iamjoelister). For serious stuff, email him ([email protected]).

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