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Mark McColey is a Senior majoring in Advertising and Labor-Employment relations. Among his loves are Penn State Football, The Steelers, The Penguins, The Simpsons, Tina Fey, and Arrested Development.

Penn State Reppin’ The Winter Olympics

If you didn't have a reason to watch the Winter Games already, American short track speedskater Allison Baver is representing Penn State in Vancouver. Baver, who was profiled in the Collegian last Friday, will be competing in events the 20th, 24th, and 26th.


Check out her website so your commentary can be more in depth than blurting out "look at that hot chick that went to my school!"

JoePa Has Eye Surgery, Ditches Thick Lenses

It was reported yesterday that Head Football Coach Joe Paterno had eye surgery in Philadelphia after he had some difficulty reading. The procedure was a success, and Paterno no longer needs his iconic “coke-bottle” glasses. Instead of eschewing eyewear entirely, he will be wearing glasses with thinner lenses, as he “feels strange” without them. Given […]

The Big Ten Is Messin’ With Texas

You may have forgotten, but it was not long ago that the Big Ten formally announced it would look into expansion. The internet was abuzz at the possibility of a twelfth member, be it Notre Dame, Pitt, or even the recently gridiron-challenged Syracuse. Then things died down a little. Until today, when word got out that that member could be...The University of Texas?!

The Lawrence Journal-World reports today the Big Ten has had preliminary talks with Texas about joining the league. The Big Ten announced in December that it would actively explore the possibility of expansion during the next 12-18 months, but this is the first legitimate report of discussions with another institution.



While Texas wasn't even considered in our Big Ten expansion poll, it wasn't because the Longhorns wouldn't be a great addition to the conference. Quite the opposite - taking Texas from the Big 12 would be a nearly unbelievable coup. Not only would the Big Ten extend its reach into the South, but would get an athletics program with an incredibly impassioned fan base. While these are merely talks, it's encouraging that not only has the conference worked beyond an announcement of intent, it set the bar high in starting its courtship.

National Signing Day 2010 – How’d We Do?

It's been nearly a week since college football's National Signing day, when football recruits from coast to coast bring joy or break hearts via fax machine. Though the class of 2009 was hardly unimpressive, championships are a lot easier to win when the program acquires a large number of talented prospects in a short time. And now that the dust has settled, it's safe to say that Penn State has done exactly that.


Read on for a more detailed analysis, if you dare.

Lady Lions Drop Big Game Against She-Nuts

Penn State Women's Basketball - sometimes known as the team that doesn't make us cry ourselves to sleep - has had a little rough patch in an otherwise impressive season, dropping their fourth game in a row when they gave up a 15-point lead over the Ohio State on Sunday. It was the team's eleventh consecutive loss to the She-Nuts*. They'll look to bounce back when they host Minnesota on Thursday.


*I didn't bother to verify if the Buckeyes have a feminine counterpart as others do (Nittany Lions + Women's Sports= Lady Lions), but because I have a very immature sense of humor, I'm going to assume it's the Ohio State She-Nuts.

Government to BCS: Watch Yo’self! Maybe.

Ready for a college football playoff system? Yeah, I thought you were. Well, get excited, because according to Inside Higher Ed, it's being...EXPLORED!

The Obama Administration has assured Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, that it is exploring options to deal with concerns raised by Hatch and others about the Bowl Championship Series. Hatch has asked for an antitrust investigation by the Justice Department, and the administration said it is reviewing that request. A letter to Hatch said that the administration also is "exploring other options that might be available to address concerns with the college football post-season."



You may remember that Hatch brought the issue to the table after his state's undefeated Utes absolutely dismantled a heavily favored Alabama team in 2009's Sugar Bowl. Could this be the first definitive example of homerism being for the greater good? We'll see where this "exploration" takes us.

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