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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: Today at 10:41 AM »
I agree.  But the potential for abuse of an early signing period is way too high

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I don't think the wins are being returned. I think it's possible our bowl ban is lifted.

They won't be returned voluntarily, but the courts should take care of that

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: Today at 10:13 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.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2014-15 scheduling thread
« on: Today at 09:18 AM »


December 22nd: TBD @ PPL Center in Allentown



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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Ė The Penn State menís basketball team begins a two-game off-campus series with Drexel by taking on the Dragons Saturday, Dec. 20 at the soon-to-open PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the teams announced Thursday in conjunction with the arena.


http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/073114aaa.html

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: Yesterday at 10:44 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.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: Yesterday at 01:06 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.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: Yesterday at 12:44 PM »
No letter of intent day is a good idea on paper, but will be a very poor idea in practice.

Too many recruits will be lured into signing on false promises or after being artificially pressured to make a decision.    Coaches will certainly use this to their advantage.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: Yesterday at 10:32 AM »
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That was impressive to Andre Spight, one of the best guards at the junior college level.

"It means everything to me," Spight said. "I'm playing for a scholarship so I don't have to pay for school. It feels really good, man."

Arizona State, Creighton, San Diego State, Tennessee, Oregon and Penn State are involved with the South Plains College guard.


http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/24639106/juco-showcase-notebook-high-majors-pursue-andre-spight

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:11 PM »
Dropping the sanctions was all part of the plan from the start.  It may take lawsuits to get rid of the fine/return the wins, but the bowl/scholarship situation will be back to normal soon

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 29, 2014, 08:16 AM »
Get both scholarships and a bowl game back.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 28, 2014, 03:45 PM »
@YahooForde: Delany hopeful NCAA will again look at lessening Penn State penalties if there is another favorable report from George Mitchell this year.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:14 PM »
In 1998, there was no allegation that Jerry molested a child.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 28, 2014, 01:19 PM »
What allegations?  That Jerry was a creepy dude?  Remember, at the time, that's the only allegation that there was.  And everyone knew he was creepy (even if a more innocent word was used instead of creepy)

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 28, 2014, 12:23 PM »
For a $1 million financial package (on the cusp of the top 10 in the country), I'm guessing PSU wasn't that toxic.

PSU did make it known they wanted someone with significant AD experience.  That does narrow the pool.

Why they settled on Barbour I don't know.  Maybe because she had zero ties at all to PSU.  Maybe because she was a woman.  But I doubt they picked her because the job was toxic, give me a break.   That "angry segment of PSU fans" also just happens to be a segment that can't wait to give more money once the focus of the scandal goes where it belongs and not on the AD.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 28, 2014, 12:10 PM »
First thing she needs to do is make a statement against the sanctions like Barron did.  Then hire a track coach.  Then move onto Chambers.  Then eventually get the most embarrassing sports facility in the Big Ten redone...the natatorium

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 28, 2014, 11:49 AM »
Actually it would have mattered, because the narrative wouldn't have been directed solely at Paterno/C/S/S instead of at those who are actually responsible

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 28, 2014, 10:55 AM »
At least 98 was handled by the police and DA. Only a nut would think Joe had power over them.

I agree but not everyone would feel that way. They'd still want Joe Paterno to push and do more, or at the very least not retain Sandusky. Hindsight drives a lot of the public opinion. (Assuming Joe had knowledge of the 98 incident for this hypothetical), Joe still would've been the guy who kept an accused child molester/rapist (at the very least a creepy old dude that showers with little boys) on his staff. So, I think it's incredibly wishful thinking that people would've been rational about this when we have seen rationality go entirely out the window when this incident broke. There's a great quote from Euripides I believe, it goes something like "Talking sense to a fool leads to a fool calling you foolish." People aren't rational, it should be assumed that people are stupid until proven otherwise. Regardless, Paterno would've went down I think (in my hypothetical scenario anyway), no matter if 2001 goes all the way and Sandusky is convicted.

Now, the only benefit to Joe in 2001 would've been the lack of social media driving public opinion and public opinion wouldn't have been so identifiable because the connections weren't there. So, maybe it wouldn't have been as big of a deal but who knows to be honest.

I can about guarantee that if Paterno wanted to fire Sandusky for being creepy, the BOT would have blocked it due to the negative press TSM would get.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 26, 2014, 03:27 PM »
So she led cal to financial problems and poor revenue sport grad rates.  Not a good hire at all on paper

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 26, 2014, 09:09 AM »
We could be creative, and note the flight came from Dallas, and say it's TCU's AD

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 26, 2014, 07:59 AM »
For those that like flight tracking, there's a flight from Bradenton to State College arriving at 11am.  The plane is registered to a Reading company, but hasn't recently flown to Bradenton or State College and typically flies between midwestern sites.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 25, 2014, 05:36 PM »

Added: In other words, they should have informed Reykovitz of the precise allegation in writing, and maintained the record.

With the benefit of hindsight, of course.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 25, 2014, 05:29 PM »
I just hope it's not Debbie Yow, one of the other rumors

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Penn State Basketball / Re: New AD?
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:48 PM »
Does he have to work for free because he is transfering from one BIG TEN school to another?    :P

No, they changed that rule.  He'll get paid, just he loses a year off his contract

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:46 PM »
Sure would be nice for them to show some different football games.

They rotate through all of 6-7 games.


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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 23, 2014, 05:17 PM »
And based on that "basis to report" neither Spanier nor anyone else would have been obliged to report anything.

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