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The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 3, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day

A couple of ringers: Congrats to Michael Robinson ’04 (above) and Jordan Hill ’13, Super Bowl champions after the Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 demolition of the Denver Broncos. As usual, Robinson—a veteran fullback and special teams standout—played a vital role in the outcome without making much of an impact on the stat sheet. He had one reception for seven yards, a tackle on special teams, and threw the lead block when all-pro running back Marshawn Lynch scored his only touchdown of the game. Hill, a rookie defensive lineman, was inactive for the game—but I doubt his ring will shine any less brightly when he puts it on.

Shawn Carter drops by: Hip-hop icon Jay-Z ended his “Magna Carter” world tour on Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center, and it was a pretty big deal. The buzz built up before the show with social media rumors that the rapper’s insanely famous wife, Beyonce, was spotted downtown (alas, she was not), and Nittany Lion football players—and at least one coach—joined in the fun by tweeting their excitement at having Jay-Z drop in on their workouts Friday afternoon. Turns out that was a prank. The concert itself was real enough: You can find some great photos here, and check out reviews from the Daily Collegian and Onward State.

Winners all around: After a string of tough losses that marked a frustrating 0-6 start in Big Ten play, the Nittany Lion basketball team has now won three straight after knocking off Purdue Sunday at the BJC. That gives Penn State the longest current winning streak in what is generally regarded as the toughest conference in the nation. The Lady Lions, meanwhile, climbed closer to a return to the national top 10 with a close win at Northwestern. Penn State came into the game ranked 12th and 13th in the media and coaches polls. And the top-ranked wrestling team continued its season-long dominance Sunday with a blowout of No. 11 Michigan.

What a collection: One more for a sports-heavy Monday: From the Scranton Times-Tribune comes a feature Ken Gentilezza ’80, a doctor and—by the looks of it—one of the more committed Penn State football fans you’ll find. Seriously, how cool is this guy’s basement?

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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February 3, 2014 at 11:32 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Jan. 20, 2014

A leader lost: A bit of news we missed last week, but which seems appropriate to share on the day we observe the life and work of Martin Luther King: A memorial service was held Saturday for Thelma Price, a longtime Penn State administrator and civil rights activist who died on Jan. 8. She was 88. She came to the university in 1964 to serve as assistant dean of students at New Kensington, and later served as assistant VP of student affairs at University Park. The first charter president of the State College chapter of the NAACP, she was also a vocal advocate for minority students, earning the nickname “Mom” for her tireless work on their behalf.

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Happiness and heartbreak: Sunday night was a memorable one for three former Nittany Lions, although one that NaVorro Bowman ’09 no doubt wishes he could forget. Bowman, the San Francisco 49ers linebacker whom NFL.com calls “arguably the best defensive player in the league this season,” went down in gruesome fashion in the fourth quarter of the Niners’ eventual 23-17 loss to Seattle. Afterward, his all-pro teammate, Patrick Willis, told reporters, “If he doesn’t get defensive player of the year, I don’t know what they go by. Most important, I just pray he’s all right.”

On the much brighter side, the Seahawks duo of Michael Robinson ’04 and Jordan Hill ’13 are going to the Super Bowl, marking the 43rd time in 48 years that at least one Penn Stater is on a roster for the big game.

BOT wrap: Our Lori Shontz ’91, ’13g has everything you need to know from last week’s Board of Trustees meetings. You can read her last two posts from the sessions here and here.

Times up: Sunday’s New York Times carried a couple of pieces of note for Penn Staters. Michael Mann, distinguished professor of meteorology and arguably the world’s most famous climate scientist, wrote an oped for the Sunday Review in which he talks about embracing his role as a public advocate for awareness and action on climate change. On a very different topic, over in the Business section, there’s a profile of Ross Ulbricht ’09g, who is facing federal charges of computer hacking, drug trafficking, and money laundering as the alleged mastermind behind the online black market Silk Road. It’s disturbing, fascinating stuff.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

January 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm 2 comments

Sign of a New Era

Defensive coordinator Ted Roof fields questions from the press.

Reporters lingered in the lobby of the Lasch Building on Wednesday afternoon, many still in awe of what just occurred.

If there was ever a sign that Penn State football is embarking in a new era, this might have been it: Nittany Lion players and coaches were made available to the media—for in-person interviews—on national signing day.

“It’s a new twist,” junior defensive tackle Jordan Hill said, with a laugh. “It’s a new staff and there’s a lot of new things going on.”

New indeed.

Penn State football was notorious for running a closed door operation under Joe Paterno. No reporters at practice. No unsupervised interviews with players. No exceptions.

Longtime Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Ron Musselman ’81 remembered that not that long ago, Penn State wouldn’t even release the names of their new recruits. Sports information director Jeff Nelson could recall only one occasion where Paterno addressed the media in person on national signing day. And Paterno’s availability that day lasted about 10 minutes.

But Wednesday was different. Five assistant coaches and four players arrived at the Lasch Building to field any questions that came their way.

The mood was relaxed. The players filed in one by one at their leisure. The coaches hung around, laughed, and shook hands with their new beat writers.

It was new ground for everyone.

“This has never been Penn State’s way,” said linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden, one of two assistants Bill O’Brien retained from Paterno’s staff. “I have done that in years past at other universities. But here, it feels a little awkward.”

Nelson said he pitched the idea of making coaches and players available to O’Brien, who is still fulfilling his duties with the New England Patriots, who are playing the New York Giants in Sunday’s Super Bowl. O’Brien had no qualms with the request.

Nelson said this could be the first of many new policies O’Brien might implement.

“[Talking to reporters] on a Wednesday? You didn’t really see that too much when Coach Paterno was our coach,” said running back Silas Redd, one of the most well spoken and thoughtful players on the team. “But Coach O’Brien is a little more lenient with that. I’m guessing that it’s because he’s in the NFL and they’re dealing with media all the time.”

Whatever the reason, it seems everyone’s embracing the change. That includes Larry Johnson, the most tenured coach on O’Brien’s staff. Johnson is entering his 17th year at Penn State. And while things might be different this year, Johnson displayed his usual grin and casual demeanor on Wednesday. For him, it’s just business as usual.

“It’s not necessarily a different culture,” Johnson said. “It’s just something we’re doing moving forward in trying to be transparent. That’s the biggest thing.”

Emily Kaplan, intern

February 2, 2012 at 8:54 am 3 comments


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