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The Penn Stater Daily — Dec. 9, 2013

A record weekend: Senior guard Maggie Lucas scored 30 points Sunday in a 77-68 win at Georgetown, in the process becoming just the fifth player in Lady Lion history to reach 2,000 points. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and a preseason All-American, Lucas (below) is on pace to pass Kahadeejah Herbert ’86, Tyra Grant ’10, and Susan Robinson Fruchtl ’92 en route to second place on the Penn State scoring list. The school record—2,919 points, set by Kelly Mazzante ’04—is probably safe.

MaggieLucas

Meanwhile, the top-ranked Nittany Lion wrestlers capped a 2-0 weekend with a 28-9 victory over Pitt—a “home” win, but not in the usual sense. Instead of grappling in their usual Rec Hall digs, the Lions hosted the Panthers in front of 15,996 fans at the Bryce Jordan Center, setting records for both the largest crowd to see an NCAA dual meet and the largest crowd to see a sporting event at the BJC. If you missed it, our resident wrasslin’ expert Lori Shontz ’91 has you covered.

More from Mitchell: Late Friday, former Sen. George Mitchell released his fifth quarterly report on Penn State’s progress in meeting the Athletics Integrity Agreement—and once again, the university received a glowing review. (more…)

December 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

A Drama-Free Media Day

There were no questions about sanctions. There were no questions about names on jerseys, or about young men with facial hair. There were no questions about team morale.  When Bill O’Brien and the Nittany Lion football team met reporters Thursday at the team’s annual preseason media day, the questions were about football. It’s how these things are supposed to go, and how they usually did go at Penn State, until this time last year.

This time last year, of course, O’Brien was a first-year head coach, and the Lions were a team facing drastic NCAA sanctions and the loss of key players who transferred when things looked their worst. But after an 8–4 season and a year of familiarity—for O’Brien and his staff, for players and media, and for Penn State fans—things no longer seem so bad. There are challenges, particularly the scholarship limitations that have robbed the Lions of roster depth and will magnify the impact of injuries to any key player. But things are better. The questions reflected that.

photo[1]The first—and most important—question put to O’Brien on Thursday was no surprise: What about your quarterbacks? With the job up for grabs between sophomore transfer Tyler Ferguson (No. 5 at left) and true freshman Christian Hackenberg (No. 14), Penn State’s opening-day starter will have everything to prove. Asked about his statement last month that he’d have a starter named by mid August, O’Brien seemed to be only half-joking when he replied, “I hope you didn’t mark that on your calendar.” Ferguson, who was on campus in the spring, seems to have an early advantage, but there’s a reason Hackenberg was the top-rated high school QB in the nation. O’Brien will spend much of the next week or two watching for one of them to prove himself the better player.

And the rest? There’s serious talent all over the field, a fact emphasized by the slew of NFL scouts who took in Thursday’s open practice. The lack of depth behind those stars is the concern, and keeping their best players healthy will be vital to the Lions’ success this season, and for the next few seasons as well. But on a sticky day in early August, there was no point looking beyond the next practice. The Lions open the season against Syracuse on Aug. 30. Until then, they’ve got work to do.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

August 8, 2013 at 5:18 pm 3 comments


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