Jerome Hayes, Scheduling Cupcakes, and Paternoville. It Must Be Football Season.
I don’t use this word lightly, but it is a perfect Friday afternoon in State College. As I posted on my Facebook status a little while ago: 80 degrees and sunny. Kickoff less than 24 hours away. There’s no place on the planet I’d rather be.
Football season starts tomorrow, if you didn’t know. Here are a couple of stories to get you in the mood.
-A lot of the media covering Penn State has jumped on the story of Jerome Hayes’ inspiring return from injury. I chose this one because it offers a look at what kind of kid Hayes is beyond the football field (and because I know the author).
-Most preseason coverage of the Nittany Lions has been pretty optimistic, with one big exception: The consensus that Penn State’s non-conference schedule is laughable. The Philadelphia Inquirer gives the University’s athletic administrators a chance to explain — and defend — the line-up.
No doubt, there are (and will be) a few million more storylines as the season goes on. I’m just glad it’s here.
Ryan Jones, senior editor