« on: November 3, 2015, 02:12 PM »
Penn State scrimmaged at Hofsta on Halloween, per Jeff Goodman's list on ESPN. These must be scheduled like regular home-and-homes, because that was a return trip for PSU. Last year, PSU played at Temple (after hosting them in 2013) and hosted Hofstra in State College. Side note, Hofstra's two best players, Ameen Tanksley and Juanya Green, are Philadelphia natives from Newbill's era. They are picked to win the CAA, I believe. PSU also hosts Seton Hall this year for the first time, so I imagine they'll be scrimmaging at SHU next year.
Teams can play two closed door scrimmages versus D1 programs or they can play two public exhibitions versus non-D1 competition. Most teams play one of each. I agree with Chambers' philosophy of taking advantage of facing D1 competition versus beating Slippery Rock 90-50 or, even worse, possibly losing to Shippensburg. There's nothing this program can gain from a public exhibition as far as drumming up fan interest. So why not play better competition in preparation for the season?
The rules have changed and teams are allowed to release stats from these scrimmages, but most schools still don't because what's the point? The purpose of scrimmaging is to get better, not win, so I can understand why coaches wouldn't want those numbers causing scrutiny in the public without the proper context.