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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: Today at 10:28 AM »
I'm still befuddled. A signed LOI is binding on both parties. Not sure where exploitation comes from.



As I noted, the pressure to get kids to sign before they're really ready.

I think an early signing period around this time of year would be fine. It gets kids signed who just want to enjoy their senior year without being bothered by tons of coaches. And the late period in Feb would be for those not quite ready to decide and the late bloomers who have big senior seasons.

But you'd still get the "kid, sign now because there might not be a spot for you later" pressure.  Or the opposite, "don't sign with that school now, there might be a spot for you  here later".

This happens in basketball but it's not that big of a deal since recruiting classes are small.  But in football, this would happen a lot more.


I don't see that as a big deal.  Having the signing period moved up helps kids concentrate on school in the fall instead of going on recruiting trips.    Sure some kids would feel the pressure to sign, but they are already getting a ton of pressure to give their verbal commitment.  Plus it protects kids who get hurt their senior season but already signed their LOI.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: Yesterday at 11:05 PM »
I'm still befuddled. A signed LOI is binding on both parties. Not sure where exploitation comes from.



As I noted, the pressure to get kids to sign before they're really ready.

I think an early signing period around this time of year would be fine. It gets kids signed who just want to enjoy their senior year without being bothered by tons of coaches. And the late period in Feb would be for those not quite ready to decide and the late bloomers who have big senior seasons.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: Yesterday at 05:52 PM »
DJ Newbill signed a LOI to Marquette, but they dropped him anyway.

Marquette claimed some paperwork from that was missing, if reports at the time were accurate, so it voided the contract.

But the players don't need a union!

That Buzz guy (now at Va Tech) should be forever considered slime for that one.

He did us a huge favor. I can forgive him this one time.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: Yesterday at 02:35 PM »
4 star DE Shane Simmons committed to PSU today.

http://pennstate.scout.com/a.z?s=157&p=9&c=8&toinid=688&yr=2016


That makes two top 50 kids for 2016 already.  Maybe we should allow LOIs to be signed at any time.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: Yesterday at 01:41 PM »
I do agree there needs to be a way for recruits who have legit offers from schools to then be able to bow out of the hellish recruiting process, but still be assured that offer will translate to a scholarship when the time comes.

I just don't know of a way that can be done that won't be overly exploited.

An early signing period around this time of year would work just fine.  Kids can go play their senior seasons with everything behind them should they choose to sign an LOI.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: Yesterday at 12:46 PM »

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Give Pat a contract extension
« on: Yesterday at 09:54 AM »
Not sure of its relevance?

A thread about contract extensions... a news story about one of our conference opponents giving out an extension to their coach...

seems relevant to me?

It's a thread about Pat's contract extension. But it's whatever. I'm not going to fight this.

Right, and one of the arguments for an extension is looking at what other schools are doing with their coaches.  Every other BigTen school has their coach under contract for significantly more years than PSU has PC locked up.  Not sure why you are struggling to see why that is relevant to this conversation.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: Yesterday at 09:33 AM »
I think we discussed the looming education bubble here in the past.  More on that:

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/07/ispennsylvania_and_and_america.html#incart_river

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OT / Re: "Back the Bucs"
« on: Yesterday at 09:21 AM »
Hopefully not.  There is enough here now, trading away valuable prospects to rent a starting pitcher for 2 months is wasteful, and not the kind of move that savvy small-market clubs should be making.  Not if they want to stay relevant for more than just a few years.

I just don't think a Lester or Price puts this team over the top, from fringe playoff contender to world series champion.  And if not, I don't really see the point in it.

Right now we are 1 game behind Milwaukee for the division lead.  On May 20th we were 18-26.  Since then we've gone 39-23 and Cole has been out much of that time.  Getting Cole back healthy could be all we need for the rotation.  Liriano has looked like he's back healthy his last couple of starts.  Morton has pitched some nice games but hasn't gotten a lot of support so his record stinks.  Volquez seems either unhittable or unable to get people out.  Hopefully we get more of the former down the stretch.  Worley has been pretty darn good so far -- 4-1 with an ERA in the mid 2's -- and pitched a shutout his last time out.  Locke has been inconsistent.  Hopefully we get a better second half from him this year than we got last year.  Add Cole back to that mix and maybe we don't need another starter.

The bullpen is another story.  Melancon seems to have settled in as closer and Watson has done well in his role.  I'm not sure what we have otherwise.  Would be nice to have another setup guy.

My opinion -- I'm not sure we need Lester, but I'll take him for the right price.  He's a pretty good lefty and lefties have an advantage in our park.  He's pitched well in big games as recently as last season.  Unless we have to give up one of our top tier prospects, I'm interested.  He could very well be the guy who gets us over the top.  Moving one of our starters to the pen could provide that setup guy we need.  Just please don't overpay for a two month rental.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 29, 2014, 04:49 PM »
If I were the new AD, my first order of business would be to fire Pat Chambers.  He is not winning and he had 3 years, that is enough.  I would then make a call to Jerry Tarkanian and see if he is interested.

You're joking right?  Tark is 84.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Give Pat a contract extension
« on: July 29, 2014, 03:13 PM »
Not sure of its relevance?

A thread about contract extensions... a news story about one of our conference opponents giving out an extension to their coach...

seems relevant to me?

Plus it points out how other schools want to make sure their head coach has 5 years left on his contract -- so the kids he's recruiting think he'll be around for all four years.  It's very relevant to this conversation.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 29, 2014, 08:39 AM »
Get both scholarships and a bowl game back.

I'd love them to drop everything and tear up the consent decree while admitting they jumped the gun and gave in to media pressure. But short of that, in order of my preference:

Scholarships
Fine
Bowl Ban
Give back wins, other past sanctions

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:45 PM »
I'm with you Tim A. We don't know the circumstances she dealt with at Cal. Her boss suggested that maybe they should have listened to her ideas. Perhaps her ideas are in line with our expectations. Let's give her a chance.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 28, 2014, 04:30 PM »
@YahooForde: Delany hopeful NCAA will again look at lessening Penn State penalties if there is another favorable report from George Mitchell this year.

I'd rather get all scholarships back than dump the bowl ban. We wont be in the final four anyway. Getting the ships back let's us get better that much faster.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 28, 2014, 11:45 AM »
If she's at all savvy, she's not rushing to make a coaching change at school with with the basketball history that Penn State has.

Given the academic success of the program, I think she would be foolish to make any changes now. She would also be a fool to not give PC the extension he needs to continue recruiting.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 26, 2014, 11:22 AM »
Sandy Barbour. Former Cal AD.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 26, 2014, 11:03 AM »
Why bother keeping it secret at all?  Contractual reasons?

So that Barron has a chance to influence the narrative, as any smart CEO would do.

Makes it look like PSU definitely got their man (woman) and makes Barron look like a strong leader -- both are things we need right now.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 26, 2014, 09:10 AM »
Jed thinks it's the LSU AD. Could be.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 26, 2014, 07:45 AM »
That they've been able to keep such a tight lid on this process, from the candidate's end as well, suggests to me that the appointee is coming from the world of sports media, sports promotion or sports management executives or is perhaps a conference senior official.

This would match what I heard too -- that we would like the hire down the road but not today.  And why my gut says not a current AD.

tjb. I wasn't suggesting it will be a former coach. I was pointing out that half of the Big Ten ADs were not ADs somewhere else first. And several came from outside of college sports altogether.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten schools' top celebrity fans
« on: July 26, 2014, 07:40 AM »
According to a Big Ten Network poll.

It's not often that I like anything Michigan but I'd trade Ryan Seacrest for Kate Upton any day.   ;D


Kinda lame when your biggest celebrity fan is a former player.


...or if you have to Google who the "celebrity" fan to find out who it is.


I don't know.  I'm thinking if you aren't a PSU fan, you might be Googling Lisa Salters (who also falls into the former player category).


No way. I know her from her work and didn't even realize she went to PSU until the last couple years.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 25, 2014, 11:17 PM »
A couple of supposed "insiders" are saying that it's not Phillips.   ???

I heard that too.  Also heard we'll like the person, but probably not tomorrow -- down the road.  Could be true, or could be someone making something up to try to look like they know, in case that prediction comes true.  I have no idea who it is and am very surprised no names have leaked yet.

I absolutely guarantee this is an experienced AD.  Given where Penn State is right now, there is absolutely no way that Barron is going to start off his tenure as President breaking in an AD who has no experience.  He understands how important athletics are at Penn State and he's going to want to have someone in place with proven experience that he can trust can attack the job at full speed day 1.  He also knows he has a staff of head coaches, many of whom are highly respected that are probably in no mood to break in an inexperienced AD coming off the Dave Joyner era.

Barron will sleep much easier at night knowing the AD has everything under control and he can focus on the things that the President of a major university should be focusing on.

I would bet the house this person has experience within a major conference.   

You could be right. Have read NW guy is a no. LSU guy was mentioned by VBR. It doesn't have to be an AD though. Tom Osborne went from coach to congress to AD. Barry Alvarez went from coach to AD. Granted both became AD at the schools they coached. In fact 6 of the current Big Ten ADs did not have prior experience as ADs before being hired. So it's definitely not required. However in this case I hope the new AD has plenty of experience. I agree it would be a good idea. I just have my doubts based on things I've heard -- granted from only sometimes reliable sources.


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Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten schools' top celebrity fans
« on: July 25, 2014, 09:10 PM »
According to a Big Ten Network poll.

It's not often that I like anything Michigan but I'd trade Ryan Seacrest for Kate Upton any day.   ;D


Kinda lame when your biggest celebrity fan is a former player.


...or if you have to Google who the "celebrity" fan to find out who it is.


I thought that too but didn't want to seem stupid in case they all are really famous. At least I know both names under PSU.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten schools' top celebrity fans
« on: July 25, 2014, 08:16 PM »
According to a Big Ten Network poll.

It's not often that I like anything Michigan but I'd trade Ryan Seacrest for Kate Upton any day.   ;D


Kinda lame when your biggest celebrity fan is a former player.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:48 PM »
Jesse Arnelle!

Stirring up some JoeBot stew for dinner?

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:12 PM »
I think it's incredibly wishful thinking to think that if Sandusky is prosecuted in 2001 let's say for the Lasch Building incident that Joe Paterno is remembered as a martyr, even if he's holding Sandusky's head after putting him through a guillotine. He'd still be the guy who coached with a pedophile and knowledge of the 98 incident comes out and people start questioning what Joe knew for the 98/99 seasons (when Sandusky was still on staff).

He'd still be forever attached to Sandusky, rightly or wrongly.

At least 98 was handled by the police and DA. Only a nut would think Joe had power over them.

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