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For One Night, Basketball Was Back in Rec Hall

It wasn’t like I remembered, back when I was an undergrad and they played actual basketball games in Rec Hall. But walking into the old gym Wednesday night for Penn State’s Hoops Madness event, I still felt something like nostalgia.

It felt pretty good.

Hoops Madness worked on a couple of levels, reminding old guys like me what a great building Rec Hall was (and might still be, someday…) for basketball, while hyping up students for the upcoming Nittany and Lady Lions seasons. Not much is expected of the men this season, but there’s plenty of excitement about new head coach Patrick Chambers and his high-energy style. The women, meanwhile, enter the 2011-12 season as favorites for the Big Ten title.

On Wednesday, the teams came together in front of a few thousand fans in Rec Hall, (more…)

November 3, 2011 at 10:59 am 2 comments

A New Era Dawns for Nittany Lion Hoops

Tim Frazier was looking for an example that would fully convey his new coach’s intensity. He wasn’t lacking for options.

“Coach is pure energy, all the time,” Frazier said Tuesday. “Even in free throw drills.”

Patrick Chambers is in the middle of the action

That assessment certainly jibes with everything we’ve seen and heard from Patrick Chambers in the five months since he was named head coach of the Penn State men’s basketball program. Whether with fans, the media, or his players, Chambers seemingly is always intense—intensely positive about the program’s potential, and intensely focused on how he plans to maximize it.

Chambers and his players met the press Tuesday at the team’s preseason media day, where they explained how intensity and optimism might translate into wins.

Penn State comes into the 2011-12 season without four starters—and the overwhelming majority of its points, rebounds, and assists—from a team that last year reached the NCAA tournament. Outside consensus is that the Nittany Lions won’t be able to overcome those graduation losses—they’re a popular pick to finish dead last in the now-12-team Big 10. Frazier, a junior guard, is the only returning starter, and he knows his days as a supporting player are over.

“I don’t want to put it all on Tim Frazier,” Chambers said. “But (more…)

November 2, 2011 at 9:23 am 1 comment

Penn Staters Come Home… to Mid-October Snow?

It’s Homecoming Week in Happy Valley, which Mother Nature is none-too-thoughtfully marking with the earliest recorded snowfall in State College history. Here’s the view outside my window in University House, a little after noon on Thursday…

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(That’s the seating area for the URTC production of Romeo & Juliet, by the way; tonight’s final performance has been cancelled, and the chairs and set are being taken down as I type this.)

The weather will complicate things, but of course, Homecoming will go on regardless. You can check the Homecoming Committee’s site and the Alumni Association’s Homecoming page for details of the weekend schedule. In addition, a couple of points of interest from where I sit:

-Among the alumni coming back to University Park this weekend are members of the 1947 football team that went unbeaten and helped break the color barrier in college football. We’ve got a terrific feature on that team set to run in our Nov/Dec issue, which Association members will receive in a couple of weeks.

-Since this weather is already making it feel like mid-winter, why not spend part of your weekend watching some basketball? Prior to Saturday’s homecoming football game against Minnesota, the Nittany Lion basketball team is holding a preseason “Hoop Fest” at the Bryce Jordan Center. Things tip off at 11:30 with a scrimmage, followed by a three-point shooting contest, a dunk contest, and an autograph session.

Committed tailgater that I am, I had planned on skipping the Hoop Fest until my man Brian Siegrist in Athletic Communications asked me to be one of the (ahem) “celebrity” judges for the dunk contest. So, if you’re at the Jordan Center at 12:20 on Saturday, you might get to see me hold up a piece of paper with a number on it.

P.S. My pick for the dunk contest? Freshman Tim Frazier. Here’s why (make sure you watch until the end):

Stay warm and enjoy the weekend.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

October 15, 2009 at 1:48 pm 4 comments

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