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Moving Forward, in Unity and Defiance

It started quietly, with Bill O’Brien releasing a short statement Monday morning. He followed that Tuesday with a teleconference with local media in which he laid out his approach to dealing with the NCAA-imposed obstacles to on-field success: He will emphasize all that Penn State still has to offer—home games in front of 100,000-plus fans, facilities on par with any in the nation, a coaching staff that understands how to prepare prospects for a chance at the NFL. Already, he is pitching players and recruits—any of whom can leave for another program if they choose—on rising to the challenge. And, yes, he says he’s “committed for the long term.”

O’Brien’s media tour continued Wednesday with appearances on ESPN (this 15-minute interview is well worth watching), all leading up to his trip to Chicago for this week’s Big Ten media days. As he’s done almost without fail in his first seven months on the job, O’Brien continues to say all the right things. On Wednesday morning, he got some backing from his players, as a group of a few dozen, led by seniors and likely captains Michael Zordich and Michael Mauti, met the media to publicly state their unity and commitment to the program.

There’s no telling how many current and future Lions will be able to maintain such a fierce commitment over the next four years. But after another rough stretch of days in an ongoing saga, this is a promising sign.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

July 25, 2012 at 11:23 am 9 comments

It’s Game Week!

I know I’m not the only Penn Stater for whom this is one of the best weeks of the year: Football is back. The Nittany Lions enter the 2011 season with all sorts of unanswered questions, and there’s little in the way of consensus on how this team will fare. Many of the most pressing questions were addressed Monday and Tuesday, first when the preseason depth chart was revealed, and again when Joe Paterno met the media for his first game-week press conference of the season.

The release Monday of the depth chart confirmed a couple of things, one of which was that Robert Bolden and Matt McGloin will enter the season as co-first team quarterbacks. (“I’m surprised you asked me about the quarterbacks,” Paterno deadpanned Tuesday.) One of them will technically “start” Saturday against Indiana State, but it looks like both QBs will get plenty of snaps.

There’s no such ambiguity at linebacker, where Glenn Carson is listed as the starter in the middle (you can read more about him here). The sophomore must’ve made quite an impression over the summer; as of the Blue White spring game, junior Michael Mauti was listed as the starting middle linebacker, and he was expected by many to star at the Lions’ most high-profile position. That’s largely why we (more…)

August 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment

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