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OT / Re: College/Pro football coaching changes.....
« on: Yesterday at 05:37 PM »
Baylor fires coach Art Briles amid football sexual assault investigation - CBSSports.com

http://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/reports-baylor-fires-coach-art-briles-amid-football-program-sexual-assault-investigation

Shawn Oakman, a former Penn State football player that transferred to Baylor, is one of the players that was arrested of sexual assault at Baylore, and brought on this situation.

Waco police arrest former Baylor football player Oakman on sexual assault charge

Quote from: Waco police arrest former Baylor football player Oakman on sexual assault charge
The 6-foot-8, 287-pound defensive end went to high school in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, and started his college career at Penn State University, where he also found himself in trouble.

Bill O’Brien, the current Houston Texans coach, was Penn State’s new coach at the time after taking over for Joe Paterno. O’Brien kicked Oakman off the team after Oakman, who said he ran out of points on his university meal card, tried to steal a sandwich and fruit juice from a campus store.

The cashier asked if he was going to pay for the sandwich and kept his meal card, according to published reports. Oakman grabbed the cashier’s wrist and took the card from her hand. O’Brien dismissed Oakman from the team the next day.


...oddly enough, there was another Penn State lineman, before Oakman, who was kicked off the Penn State football team and transferred to Baylor.  That player was kicked off the team for a sexual assault charge.  His name escapes me right now.


Phil Talor transferred to Baylor from PSU but I don't remember him getting into trouble at BU.

Taylor got in trouble twice for fighting at PSU. He got kicked off the team. That's why he transferred. I never heard of him in any trouble at Baylor. And nothing anywhere related to sexual assault.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: May 24, 2016, 04:50 PM »

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: May 24, 2016, 12:59 PM »
This will make headlines for 10 minutes.  Nobody named Paterno is being blamed.

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/05/audtior_general_childline_inte.html#incart_2box

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: May 23, 2016, 09:40 AM »
You also have to consider traffic delays in more populated areas. 

That happens in Indiana too.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: May 23, 2016, 08:53 AM »
Yeah, even though I knew it was a radius I definitely translated it to driving distance there. Probably needs to be 30?

I think it's fine as it stands.  It's just a guess.  Plus, there are a lot of places closer to 60 miles away that take 60 minutes or less to drive.  The larger population centers are usually closer to the highways.  I live 113 miles away (driving distance though, not radius) and it takes me less than 113 minutes to get there on most trips.  And you were comparing radius here to radius in Indiana.  So I still think it's a valid comparison for the purpose of this discussion.

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OT / Re: OT - general college athletics/academics controversies
« on: May 21, 2016, 01:24 PM »
It sounds like to me that she resigned before she got fired.

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/sports/division_one_sports/article_222e286a-1ea8-11e6-9e4e-c394ecd10129.html

The accusations seemed to be against both Thompson's. Wonder why only one seems to be taking the fall.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: May 20, 2016, 03:02 PM »
McNesby's decision to step away from the job at Roman Catholic begs two questions:


A.  Will McNesby end up on Chambers' coaching staff?  If the article is taken at face value, no.
B.  Will Brian Daly be a candidate to replace McNesby?

BTW, did Ryan Daly ever pick a school after decommitting from Hartford?

There is nothing in that article that would indicate his intentions beyond enjoying his new-found downtime and watching some of his former players.

Sometimes it's best not to read into something that isn't there.

Sometimes.  But we've all been around sports long enough to know that sometimes there is something written between the lines too.  I don't think Evan said anything that others haven't at least thought about.

There is still nothing in that article that would say one way or another he would join Chambers' staff. 

That's what Evan said -- "If the article is taken at face value, no." 

Seems to me he was just wondering aloud if it was a possibility.  I don't see the harm.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: May 20, 2016, 01:52 PM »
McNesby's decision to step away from the job at Roman Catholic begs two questions:


A.  Will McNesby end up on Chambers' coaching staff?  If the article is taken at face value, no.
B.  Will Brian Daly be a candidate to replace McNesby?

BTW, did Ryan Daly ever pick a school after decommitting from Hartford?

There is nothing in that article that would indicate his intentions beyond enjoying his new-found downtime and watching some of his former players.

Sometimes it's best not to read into something that isn't there.

Sometimes.  But we've all been around sports long enough to know that sometimes there is something written between the lines too.  I don't think Evan said anything that others haven't at least thought about.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: May 19, 2016, 10:45 AM »
I find it hard to believe that there are 559k people within 45mi of the BJC. 

How far away is Altoona?

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: May 18, 2016, 05:04 PM »
Not about Sandusky, but sex offender related.  I thought it was an interesting look at the registry.

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/05/sex_offender_registry_has_unin.html#incart_river_home

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: May 18, 2016, 02:40 PM »
I LIKE IT!!!

https://mobile.twitter.com/djoneshoop/status/732966374482513920


Don't disagree with any aspect of that column/opinion. Except, some annotation for the emphasized bit.

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But PSU actually has a lot in common that way with several small-town B1G venues, notably Illinois, Indiana and Purdue. The difference is mountains the last third of the trip instead of flat farmland.

And basketball tradition. Driving the hour from Indianapolis to IU or PU games is a way of life for Indianans. You simply do what's necessary. Same for Chicagolanders to Champaign. Basketball is ingrained in their blood.

It's not just the mountain:

<table width="600">
<tr><td></td><td>Metro area population</td><td>NCAA bid rate last 10 years</td></tr>
<tr><td>Lafayette, IN MSA</td><td>253,013</td><td>80%</td></tr>
<tr><td>Urbana-Champaign MSA</td><td>231,891</td><td>40%</td></tr>
<tr><td>Bloomington, IN MSA</td><td>175,506</td><td>60%</td></tr>
<tr><td>State College, PA MSA</td><td>138,524</td><td>10%</td></tr>
</table>


The good news is that basketball is popular enough generally (despite the 'footballl/wrestling-only mentality' characterization of Central Pennsylvanians) and Penn State front-runnery is repeatedly demonstrated (see ice hockey). The BJC will start to fill up if this group stays healthy and meshes.

That said, games in Hershey are a no-brainer.   

Speaking of hockey, I'd be in favor of a hoops / hockey doubleheader in Hershey like they did in NYC in January.  Or even make it a quadrupleheader and include both women's teams too (is there enough time in a day to do that?).

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU Baseball
« on: May 18, 2016, 09:03 AM »
I hope Anthony Lubrano doesn't see that interview.  He'll be sending nastygrams off to Rob Cooper and WTAJ informing them the correct name of the ballpark is Medlar Field at Lubrano Park and should only be referred to in that manner.

Yeah, nobody is going to say the long version in an informal setting.  They need to figure out a nickname that works.  Maybe take a cue from Hollywood and call it MedRano.  Lubrano had to know he'd get the short end of that bargain when he signed up and agreed to the name.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: May 18, 2016, 08:58 AM »
All aboard the Ben Simmons v. Brandon Ingram debates for the next few weeks. I stand with Simmons.

I'm still on board with taking the best player available.  If that is Simmons then take him. 

I had this discussion yesterday before the lottery on what to do in the event we got Simmons or Ingram.  If Saric does come over, we'll have:

C Okafor
C Embiid
C/PF Noel
PF Saric

Say you take Simmons as the best player available, he's another PF.  Something has to shake up this offseason or someone isn't going to get any playing time.  If you take Ingram, it's not as urgent to trade anyone.  You can go with two C's and two PF's, see who is the best fit and trade one or two of the others.

With either guy, still need better shooting and a point guard.  Stauskas may blossom and Smith might become a stud PG with better parts around him.  But I still think there is a lot of room for improvement at all three of the guard/SF positions.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: May 17, 2016, 09:25 PM »
The Sixers won the lottery and get the top pick.  They did not get the Lakers pick -- they pick second.  Hopefully the Lakers still stink out loud next year and we can get another really high pick. 

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:15 PM »
PS Be interesting to see how this account matches any older account I told closer to the event itself six years ago.   

That was six years ago?  Seems like 2 or 3. But I guess the Sandusky crap broke 4.5 years ago. Man time is flying.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: May 13, 2016, 03:31 PM »

Don't call the police, but call Penn State?  For what?  Why would PSU do anything without a police investigation?

I don't see any contradiction in complaining about Sandusky and hoping it would have some effect, but wanting to keep it as quiet as possible.

Yeah, hoping it would have some effect.  But what would you really expect?  And if you are Joe and Jim, why would you have any reason to think the caller was anything but a prank caller?  Maybe Joe (if it was even Joe Paterno) called the police to see if there was a complaint.  And since there wasn't any, assumed this guy was just that.  The story isn't a strong enough story even if it's true.  Seriously, what could Jim and/or Joe actually have done in this situation?

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Question: did anyone else get a vibe of caution from Pat as it pertains to Mr. Hampton's readiness to play this coming year?

It will have been over a year of recovery time when the season starts.  If he's not "ready", I'd say it's basketball related and not his knee.  Stepping up a level after not playing for a year could require more time to transform his body and get his game back in shape.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: May 13, 2016, 02:03 PM »
My favorite is "Joe threatened to call authorities if I didn't stop calling" or something to that effect.

Isn't that kind what you would want, for police to get involved?

Probably not.  Victims in these cases often want it to just go away.  Remember, the kid was promised by his parents that they wouldn't call police.

Don't call the police, but call Penn State?  For what?  Why would PSU do anything without a police investigation? 

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Re: Tracking the Commitments
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:58 AM »
In the article, Chambers is quoted saying Hampton is a legit 6'8".  That would be a good thing if true.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Tracking the Commitments
« on: May 13, 2016, 08:55 AM »
Hampton Enrolling this Weekend.

https://bwi.n.rivals.com/news/hampton-set-to-enroll

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Welcome Satchel Pierce!
« on: May 12, 2016, 03:17 PM »
Just because the title is "Welcome Satchel Pierce" does not mean he is reading it. 

You do realize that this forum is for US, and that the players, in all likelihood, do even know this forum exists?  Nothing that is said on this forum has any effect whatsoever on what happens within the Penn State Hoops Program.

....again, I don't want to sound like the bad guy when I have to drag people back to reality.  Sometimes, we not only misjudge our recruits' effect on the program, we even completely overrate our own effect on the program.   :-\

I'm not trying to say your comments have an effect, but you're completely naive if you assume what's written here, on BSD, on Twitter, on 247/Rivals/Scout isn't monitored by players and coaches. I met Tony Carr and his parents this past weekend. They knew who I was right away when I said I'm a writer for BSD. You should be under the assumption that what you're writing will be seen by players and family.

Bravo.  I agree completely with that last sentence.

Now, I gotta know.....did Tony know you as the BSD writer?  Or as the guy to avoid following a big win? 

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Welcome Satchel Pierce!
« on: May 12, 2016, 02:16 PM »
You do realize that this forum is for US, and that the players, in all likelihood, do even know this forum exists?

I know of a parent of at least two former players who both frequented this board.  There are probably others lurking and either not commenting at all.  Or just staying anonymous with regard to their true identity.  I'm with JYD on this subject.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: May 11, 2016, 05:05 PM »
Wow, interesting. I know how hard it was for me to lose 20 lbs a few years ago.


https://mobile.twitter.com/psufootball/status/730494392365137921


Alan Faneca did something similar after retiring from football. 

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: May 11, 2016, 11:12 AM »
Three future Nittany Lions made the All USHL second team -- forwards Nathan Sucese and Denis Smirnov and defenseman Trevor Hamilton.

http://www.ushl.com/news_article/show/647295?referrer_id=1348814

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