Head coach of the men’s soccer program Barry Gorman unexpectedly announced his resignation Monday. He leaves a legacy of 22 years of coaching and three Big Ten titles in his wake. Citing “personal reasons,” he has left the team to a nation-wide search for his successor.
“We expected Gorman to be there,” [rising Senior and Co-Captain Andres] Casais said of next season. “He was a father figure to us.”
Oof, that can’t feel good. The move isn’t completely out of the blue, as Gorman was periodically absent during the past few weeks without notice. But from all accounts, his intention to resign was only revealed yesterday. On the abandonment scale, this registers just slightly above “going to the store for some cigarettes and never coming back.”
Perhaps panic isn’t the most appropriate response, as Talor Battle’s decision not to hire an agent leaves the door open for him to return for his senior season, but it’s never a good sign when the heart and soul of your basketball program explores alternatives to being the heart and soul of your basketball program.
Black Shoe Diaries points out that it’s common for players to submit their name for exploratory reasons, only to withdraw and return for their senior season. But if Battle likes what he finds, it’s unlikely half-brother Taran Buie will remain a Nittany Lion.
But that’s something to worry about later. Battle has until May 8th to withdraw his name.
SPA promised an April full of funny, and they continue to deliver.
After bringing Gabriel Iglesias to Eisenhower Auditorium, the student group will follow up with a quartet of up-and-coming comedians in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Alumni Hall.
The Axe Twisted Humor Comedy Tour, sponsored in part by FunnyOrDie.com, will take place at 8:30PM this Friday, April 9th. According to the Facebook event page, the show will feature comedians Donald Glover, Whitney Cummings, Nick Kroll, and Chelsea Peretti.
Read on about the event’s performers after the jump.
Remember reading about Indiana’s decision to move their home game against the Nittany Lions to FedEx field in Washington, D.C.? Come tomorrow, you can buy tickets for Penn State’s first game in the area since 1993. GoPSUSports has the details:
Tickets for the Penn State-Indiana football game at FedEx Field will go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 29 at 10 a.m.
Tickets range from $50-$150 for the contest at FedExField, which has a seating capacity of 91,704 and is the largest venue used by a professional sports team in the United States. Parking for the stadium lots is included in the price of the ticket.
If you’re interested, visit www.GoPSUsports.com/tickets or call 814-865-5555 when the sale opens tomorrow morning. The website says phone lines will be open until 6 p.m., but you have to wonder if these tickets will be available that long. The greater Washington D.C. area has its share of Penn State alumni, and there are plenty of fans willing to make the trip down south.
According to Adam Rittenberg’s Big Ten Blog, the former Penn State quarterback is currently taking up residence in Quarterback Coach Jay Paterno’s basement “until he finds out what happens on draft day.”
On a level of potential zaniness, we’re going to put it in between Sidney Crosby living with Penguins Owner Mario Lemieux, and Chad Ochocinco’s proposal to move in with his quarterback Carson Palmer.
After luring several high-profile recruits and capturing a Big Ten wrestling Championship, the Sanderson brothers (Head Coach Cael, Assistant Coach Cody, and Senior Cyler) have established themselves on campus in under a year. Their relationship may provide fodder for jokes about bunk beds and noogies, but the York Daily Record gave a more intimate perspective on their collaborative victories.
It’s highly suggested reading for those who expected something totally different from the title of that Tobey Maguire movie.
Like many of you who may have spent Saint Patrick’s Day focusing on your career prospects rather than kicking back and socializing, approximately 20 former Nittany Lion football players were doing the same. But instead of staying in to write a paper or study for an exam, these Penn Staters were running drills.
Casual football fans may not be aware of Pro Day. While the NFL Combine is viewed as the premiere event for college players with professional football aspirations, Pro Day allows each school to host their players – without the limited invitation of the combine – in a familiar environment. Not only is this advantageous to borderline prospects who want to make their case to scouts as an undrafted free agent, but other players can show improvement in the weeks that have passed since the combine.
So how did things turn out for our NFL hopefuls? Analysis can be found after the jump.