The Penn State Board of Trustee’s announced tonight that the school has fired head coach Joe Paterno. Paterno announced on Wednesday that he would retire after the season, but to no surprise the university’s board of trustees decided that Paterno would be fired and not allowed to continue as coach effective immediately. Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has been named interim coach. John Surma, the vice chair of the board of trustees said, “these decisions were made after careful deliberations and in the best interests of the university as a whole.” Surma though was peppered with why fire Joe now and could not come up with a good answer, constantly saying that the move was in the “best interest of the school.” Paterno’s retirement at seasons end had no bearing on the trustees decision and in the end, they didn’t want Joe to go out on his own terms and beRead More »
MORNING BUZZ: WEDNESDAY’S DAILY FIVE *Musings, Rumblings and Opinions* 1. Will Paterno get to go out on his own terms and should he?: Joe Paterno this morning has issued a statement indicating that he will retire at the end of the season. Here is the Statement: ” I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief. I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care. I have the same goal today. That’s why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They haveRead More »
Penn State trying to control the media indicating yesterday that only football questions would be asked at Joe Paterno’s press conference. Now the school won’t allow the press conference to happen at all School officials have cancelled the press conference, less than an hour before the press conference was set to happen Penn State released a statement indicating that due to “legal circumstances”, press conference won’t be held or rescheduled
Penn State University will be launching a Division-1 Men’s Hockey program in the near future. The school will also be adding a D-1 women’s hockey program. Launching a D-1 hockey program has been on the radar of the adminstration for years and it will finally become a reality as the school now has the funding to make it happen. The school will be building an $80 million dollar arena/facility that will be funded by one donor and will also cover the majority of scholarships for both programs. An official announcement from the school is expected by the end of the month. Penn State officials expect the men’s hockey coaching positions to be highly coveted as one contact told me “big names” have already inquired. Officials have done their homework and expect to eventually join the CCHA, entering a conference with the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State.
Penn State Junior linebacker Navorro Bowman is foregoing his senior season and will enter the NFL draft, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad Bowman is the top rated OLB and ESPN Scout’s Inc’s Todd Mcshay calls Bowman “the best all-around athlete at linebacker in this draft class.” Bowman projects to be a top 15 selection and could move into the top 10.
Once again, it was close but no cigar for Dave Wannstedt and the Pitt Panthers. Nick Forbes, one of the top linebacker prospects in the country, was considering Pitt but last night pulled the trigger and didn’t pick the Panthers. While visiting the California Elite Camp, Forbes made a verbal commitment to the California Golden Bears. Forbes, Frederick (Md.), reportedly was very impressed with the Berkeley campus and the coaching staff. Pitt along with West Virginia and Virginia Tech were other finalists for Forbes. Forbes is ranked as the nation’s No. 7 outside linebacker and a member of the Rivals250. As a junior, Forbes rushed for 1,075 yards on offense, but racked up 96 tackles, six tackles for a loss and four sacks on defense. More Recruiting News * PITT was highly disappointed in missing out on 3-star recruit QB Bryan Bennett (Encino, Calif.) Bennett committed to Oregon on ThursdayRead More »
Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin improved his forty time significantly today running a 4.59 40-yard dash at Penn State’s pro day. Maybin ran a 4.78 40-yard dash at the combine. Maybin also gained 25 pounds since the end of the college football season. Maybin, 6 foot 4 weighed in at 252 lbs Maybin is currently projected as a top 15 pick
Penn State Update Penn State Linebacker Aaron Maybin, a projected top 20 pick ran the 40 yard dash in the unofficial time of a 4.78 this morning. As reported last week it was speculated that Maybin gained 12-15 pounds and that appears to be the case. Maybin weighed in at 249lbs. Wakes Forest Linebacker Aaron Curry regarded as the top linebacker entering the draft ran the 40 yard dash in the unofficial time of 4.54. Curry is believed to be getting consideration as the #1 pick¬†according to recent reports. Center A.Q. Shipley helped his stock as he ran a 5.19 40-yard dash and also bench-pressed 225lbs – 33 times. Shipley is still seen as a mid-round selection because of his size but teams like him and feel he has value. There could be a team out there that takes him earlier than most people think he will go. Mixed reviewsRead More »