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The Penn Stater Daily — Dec. 16, 2013

Your Monday sports wrap: The Nittany Lions’ “Return to Rec” game was a huge success in all but the final score, an 81-79 overtime loss Saturday to Princeton. The Tigers clawed back from a 20-point second-half deficit to dampen Penn State’s first game at Rec Hall since 1996. Still, it was a great afternoon for the fans who packed into the old barn—if you weren’t there, you can find a terrific bunch of photos from Mark Selders here. The women’s volleyball team enjoyed a more successful weekend on the road, beating Michigan State and long-time rival Stanford to guarantee a return to the NCAA Final Four. Penn State will face Washington on Thursday in Seattle for a chance to play in the national title game.

I thought the contrast in photos Onward State ran in back-to-back stories on the hoops and volleyball games was worth noting:


Also in action this weekend: The Lady Lions got back on track after a tough week with a 66-58 win over No. 20 Texas A&M, and the No. 2 wrestling team dominated No. 6 Ohio State, 31-6.

Making their case: At a pretrial hearing Tuesday in Harrisburg, attorneys for Graham Spanier, Tim Curley ’76, ’78g, and Gary Schultz ’71, ’75g will argue that the cases against them should be thrown out. At issue is the role of Cynthia Baldwin ’66, ’74g, the former university counsel, and the question of whether Baldwin was representing them or the university in front of a grand jury in 2010. You can read more here.

“Ready” or not? We knew the rumors were coming, and with Penn State’s football season over, we didn’t have to wait long. CBS Sports writer Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that, “according to pro and college sources,” Bill O’Brien is “ready” to return to the NFL. Is it true? Probably only O’Brien, his family, and his agent know for sure, but you can expect to hear much more on this over the coming weeks as NFL teams wrap up the regular season and prepare for the annual turnover in head coaching jobs. Stay tuned.

It’s finals week: The cold front that has smacked Happy Valley in recent days should make it easier for students to cuddle up with warm books and laptops for the next few days as they wrap up the fall semester with final exams. Student media has all sorts of finals-related coverage—much of it lighthearted, much of it NSFW, exactly—but this list of songs to get students through study sessions from the Daily Collegian’s “Finals Mag” is somewhat illuminating. Who knew they were listening to Dylan?

Ryan Jones, senior editor

December 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm 1 comment

Weekend Sports Wrap — Sept. 16, 2013

News and highlights from Penn State’s weekend sports action.

Field Day in the Garden State:  A 1-3 start that included a couple of home losses was not at all what the field hockey team had in mind this season. Sunday at Princeton, they showed signs of figuring it out. On the road against the third-ranked and defending national champion Tigers, the Nittany Lions posted a 4-3 win that snuffed Princeton’s 17-game winning streak. Coach Char Morett ’79 told The Daily Collegian it was all about effort.

Road to redemption: The women’s soccer team tasted some early disappointment of its own this season, falling 5-1 at Virginia in its first road game of the season. And since? (more…)

September 16, 2013 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

Nittany Lion Basketball is Going Back to Rec Hall

For one night in December, the rims will be rocking again in Rec Hall.

photo-1It’s long been rumored (and long been lobbied for by those of us with a particularly strong connection to the place), and on Wednesday, it became official: The Nittany Lions will host Princeton on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the gym the program called home for nearly seven decades. The announcement was made by athletic director Dave Joyner ’72, ’76g, who was flanked in the Bryce Jordan Center media room by current Nittany Lion coach Patrick Chambers and by Bruce Parkhill, the man who led Penn State to some of its finest moments in Rec Hall.

The return to the old building has been a long time coming. Chambers said they’ve been working on it for at least a year, figuring out the logistics of playing a basketball game in a building that is no longer set up for hoops. That means a portable floor being brought in and set up in the days before the game, figuring out ticketing allotments, and the smaller but no less vital details—Will there be enough parking? Will there be enough bathrooms?—familiar to anyone who remembers packing into Rec Hall for basketball back in the day. But they figured it out, and for Chambers, the motivation was simple.

“We listened to our fans,” Chambers said. “We listened to our alums. We listened to our former players. We heard you.”

For guys like me—a front-row season-ticket holder for two seasons in the mid ’90s—the nostalgic pull of Rec Hall is obvious. It was great to see Parkhill, who was so terrific to talk to last year for our feature on the ‘93 Penn State-Indiana game, at the podium and clearly excited about the game. But the real treat is seeing how people with little or no connection to Rec Hall as a hoop venue are just as excited. Andrew Jones ’11, the former Nittany Lion big man who returned to the program in June to work as a graduate assistant (and who played all his home games in the BJC), tweeted “I still can’t believe this game is happening!!! Bittersweet but awesome nonetheless.” And current students like Maddy Pryor and Darnell Brady, members of the Nittany Nation student supporters section, were at Wednesday’s press conference to unveil the “Return to Rec” banners. They can’t wait.

Neither can I. Now if only I can get my old seats back in the front row…

Ryan Jones, senior editor

July 31, 2013 at 11:05 pm 4 comments

A Powerhouse on West Campus

On Saturday, I went to see the women’s rugby team in action. I don’t know much about the sport, but I do know that the Lady Ruggers are one of the best club programs in the nation; plus, I felt I owed it to myself to catch a game after profiling All-American Kate Daley in the magazine’s Jan/Feb ’09 issue. So it was fitting that on Saturday, Daley seemed to score every time she touched the ball. Even with a “split” squad that saw the Lady Ruggers divvy up their best players into two teams, Penn State trounced Princeton and Pitt by a combined 172-5.

In the second half against Princeton — by which time the score was something like 62-5 — I snapped a photo of a Penn State player getting up after scoring a try. Lying on her back, she was using her momentum to swing herself back onto her feet — and I guess she didn’t notice the Princeton player lying face-down in front of her. Point being, it only looks like the Penn State player (who might be Lauren Rosso, Meghan Byrnes, or Annie “Meatsticks” Zeigler — ladies, feel free to leave a comment and let me know) is adding insult to injury by bashing her vanquished foe on the noggin.


Click to enlarge... though the Princeton player would probably rather you didn't.

Either way, it was that sort of day for the Tigers. Maybe if they’d seen this video from two years ago — back when the team played on the IM fields near Beaver Stadium — of the Lady Ruggers picking up and moving a truck some unfortunate tailgater had left the day before, they’d have known better than to show up at all.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 23, 2009 at 1:58 pm 6 comments

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