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Penn State Basketball / Re: Grad Transfer List
« on: Today at 12:48 PM »
Beilein doesn't have a scholarship for him and he gets to dictate where he plays next?

For God's sake.

They thought his basketball career was over, were they supposed to sit on that scholarship just in case?  This isn't your typical overbearing, bitter coach situation. 

I'd feel a little differently if Beilein had yanked his scholarship away in some care-frontation type of situation, but at what point does Spike show some respect or loyalty to the school and coaches and teammates that he's leaving behind in somewhat of a unique situation?

Would he not be able to stick around as a walk-on at Michigan?  Is he actually being told he has to leave or just that there's no schollie?

I don't think he's questioning Beilein or Michigan.  I think he's questioning the rule that would allow a coach to still dictate where a player can or cannot go in a situation like this.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Grad Transfer List
« on: Today at 10:53 AM »
...surely there were a few hundred other schools that would have been happy to have him if Purdue wants him.

But do they have open scholarships?

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OT / Re: Cord cutting
« on: May 2, 2016, 04:42 PM »
Hulu is developing a cable-like package of channels

For $40 without the comcast channels, I don't see it being that competitive.  Sony has an almost perfect package for me at $35.  The only channel missing is Root Sports Pittsburgh (and over the air which just requires an antenna). 

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: May 2, 2016, 10:18 AM »
The last two signees still playing are facing each other in the Clark Cup (USHL) semifinals.  On Friday night, Nathan Sucese had an assist for Dubuque in their 7-1 win over Bloomington.  On Saturday, Blake Gober scored the game winner as Bloomington evened up the series with a 4-3 win.  Those are the only points either scored in the two games.

Of note, Nathan's assist was the 100th point of his USHL career (counting playoff points).

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: April 27, 2016, 05:00 PM »
Hockey players are the smartest of all college athletes.  Or maybe a case for allowing kids in other sports to start later without losing eligibility.

http://collegehockeyinc.com/articles/hockey-tops-ncaa-apr-again

NOTE:  We must be doing something right if we managed to get the photo for the article. 

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: April 27, 2016, 03:05 PM »
Why do we need so many politicians anyway?  Seems like a lot of them could be eliminated by the internet and some voting software. 

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OT / Re: OT - Music Thread
« on: April 27, 2016, 02:21 PM »
I saw Bob Mould last night in Philly.  The show was at a place called Underground Arts.  Fist time I was there.  Interesting place.  Bob was very loud and played just as fast as he did 30 years ago.  Really enjoyed it.

On a PSU hoops related note, UA is near Roman Catholic.  I drove right past the school while looking for a parking lot close to the venue.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: April 27, 2016, 11:22 AM »
Trivia question. Can anyone name the only Canadian University that  is a member of the NCAA for all of their sports, including football?

I know it but only because I read a blog post recently about hockey realignment and it was suggested they step up to division 1 (from club level) and join the WCHA (I believe since that makes most sense due to where they are located).  I believe they compete in division 2 in all of their varsity sports.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: April 27, 2016, 10:45 AM »
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The conference is developing guidelines for affiliate membership built around three key factors: history of success, academic standards and geographic location.

Based on this, I'm not sure Air Force qualifies under "history of success".  ASU doesn't exactly match up on any of these standards.  I hope we can land a "bigger fish" in the hockey world -- a hockey school more like Notre Dame.  Wonder what it would take to reel in Boston U. 

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: April 27, 2016, 01:40 AM »
Blake Gober was held scoreless in two games as his Bloomington Thunder split another pair with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders.  They lost 3-1 on Friday and won 1-0 on OT last night.  The deciding game 5 is tomorrow night.

Gober had 2 assists and Bloomington won 5-2 to advance.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: April 25, 2016, 09:48 AM »
Peyton Jones and Trevor Hamilton had their seasons come to an end last night.  The Lincoln Stars lost to the Waterloo Black Hawks in game four of their best of five series.  Jones made 66 saves.  And Hamilton had and assist.  But it was not good enough.  They lost 4-3 in double OT.  They also lost game 3 on Saturday night by the same score (only in regulation).  Jones was in goal and made 28 saves.  Hamilton had a goal and an assist.  So out guys played well, but Waterloo was just the better team. 

Other Penn State signees still in action:

Blake Gober was held scoreless in two games as his Bloomington Thunder split another pair with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders.  They lost 3-1 on Friday and won 1-0 on OT last night.  The deciding game 5 is tomorrow night.

Alex Stevens was also held scoreless in his only game.  His team, Sioux Falls Stampede lost Friday night 4-1 to Tri City, ending their season with the sweep.

After losing game one last weekend, the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Nathan Sucese swept all three games this week vs. Green Bay.  The Saints won game two on Monday night 3-2 on OT.  Nathan assisted on the OT game winner (mentioned in a post above).  Nathan had two goals in a 6-1 win on Friday night but was held scoreless in the 2-1 OT series clincher on Saturday night. 

2017 commit Brandon Biro's team, the Spring Grove Saints, lost in the AJHL championship series.  And another 2017 commit, Bret Murray's team, Carleton Place Canadians, won the CCHL championship.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: April 21, 2016, 09:06 PM »
I'm still wondering how this will play out long term.  ESPN is hurting right now -- a big reason they came in with a lowball offer.  What happens in six years if there are a lot more cord cutters?

In the article (or maybe it was another one) he talks about how ESPN lowballed the last contract, too, and it ended up being pretty nice.


True but that was a different environment.  Hopefully, for the B1G's sake, ESPN realizes how many TVs are in the B1G footprint. 

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: April 21, 2016, 05:59 PM »
The amount of money PSU will be generating from this TV deal is absurd.  I would hope that means the benefits are reaped by our athletics programs and fans. 

I'm psyched to see the B!G as the pace setter, but it's hard to say (for me, anyway) that the big money of college sports is an unqualified positive.

I'd be happier if a broadcaster with 1080i got the rights! :)

I'm still wondering how this will play out long term.  ESPN is hurting right now -- a big reason they came in with a lowball offer.  What happens in six years if there are a lot more cord cutters? 

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OT / Re: OT - Music Thread
« on: April 21, 2016, 01:05 PM »
Now Prince is gone?  We're having a rough year with all the music icons passing.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: April 18, 2016, 11:52 PM »
Nathan Sucese did not score in his only game.  His Dubuque Fighting Saints lost to Green Bay Gamblers last night 3-2.  Game two in that series is tonight.

Sucese assisted on the OT game winner tonight.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: April 18, 2016, 08:59 PM »
Making America Great Again

https://twitter.com/ForTheWin/status/720400867694743553

Scott Paterno thinks he was talking about the statue -- bringing it back.  Who knows.  I didn't hear it.

Trump's camp confirmed after the fact he was talking about the statue.   Trump has been critical of how the BOT handled things in the past.

Scott also said that Trump has openly supported Paterno throughout the saga.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: April 18, 2016, 02:31 PM »
If this is still an issue, why hasn't anything been done about it?

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/features/article_6440c3fe-ef35-11e5-a8c6-2b9904aa8e15.html

I haven't read the entire article yet, but I will say that there was an awful lot of smoke in this area about 2-3 years ago when several freshman quit the team had their scholarships pulled.  At the time, it was passed off as sour grapes, but there continued to be rumblings behind the scenes.

My guess is that this will be the final straw and Brandwene will be sent packing.

They were discussing how hard of a coach Geno Auriemma was last night and were praising him for some of the things that Brandwene is being accused of.

We get a women's hockey shout-out in this OT story:

Coach denies claim of ongoing abuse

I haven't heard a peep lately on that front.  I wonder what's going on behind the scenes (if anything).

Now we get more or the same from former PSU gymnasts.  What is going on up there?

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/features/article_d0ae8e90-051f-11e6-aa96-0b85cc3a2ad0.html

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: April 18, 2016, 01:27 PM »
Two future Penn Staters lead Lincoln Stars past the Waterloo Black Hawks in game two to tie their series at 1-1.  Goalie Peyton Jones go the shutout and defenseman Trevor Hamilton scored two goals and assisted on another. 

http://www.ushl.com/news_article/show/637936?referrer_id=1348814

Lincoln lost game one 2-1.  Jones stopped 26 of 28 shots and Hamilton assisted on the Stars' lone goal. 

Other Penn State signees still in action:

Blake Gober was held scoreless in two games as his Bloomington Thunder split a pair with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders 7-3 (loss) and 7-2 (win).

Alex Stevens was also held scoreless in two games.  His team, Sioux Falls Stampede lost both games to Tri City Storm 4-0 and 4-2.

Nathan Sucese did not score in his only game.  His Dubuque Fighting Saints lost to Green Bay Gamblers last night 3-2.  Game two in that series is tonight.

I'm not sure of the status of Sean Kohler's team (some leagues are tough to follow).

The others I know about are finished for the year.  Nikita Pavlychev (Des Moines Buccaneers), Denis Smirnov (Fargo Force) and Kris Myllari (Youngstown Phantoms) did not make the playoffs.  Liam Folkes' team (Brocktville Braves) made the playoffs but lost their first round series.

James Gobetz (Des Moines Buccaneers) is listed as a 2016 commit, but I don't see any evidence he's signed yet. 

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: April 15, 2016, 10:11 AM »
If this is still an issue, why hasn't anything been done about it?

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/features/article_6440c3fe-ef35-11e5-a8c6-2b9904aa8e15.html

I haven't read the entire article yet, but I will say that there was an awful lot of smoke in this area about 2-3 years ago when several freshman quit the team had their scholarships pulled.  At the time, it was passed off as sour grapes, but there continued to be rumblings behind the scenes.

My guess is that this will be the final straw and Brandwene will be sent packing.

They were discussing how hard of a coach Geno Auriemma was last night and were praising him for some of the things that Brandwene is being accused of.

We get a women's hockey shout-out in this OT story:

Coach denies claim of ongoing abuse

I haven't heard a peep lately on that front.  I wonder what's going on behind the scenes (if anything).

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Penn State Basketball / Re: NBA Thoughts
« on: April 14, 2016, 09:14 AM »
And I bet Kobe is a bit sore today after playing all 42.

Did they shorten the game or something?

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: April 13, 2016, 09:11 PM »
Making America Great Again

https://twitter.com/ForTheWin/status/720400867694743553

Scott Paterno thinks he was talking about the statue -- bringing it back.  Who knows.  I didn't hear it.

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