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Fans don’t like hire but Penn State chooses Patriots’ O’Brien as head coach


Bill O'Brien of the Patriots in 2007 (photo by Pats! via wikipedia commons)

The faithful fans and alumni of the Penn State Nittany Lions were hoping for a big-name hire to replace Joe Paterno.

Instead, they saw the administration hire a no-name guy in Bill O’Brien.

O’Brien was the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots and is the first head coach in 46 years at Penn State.

The hiring ends a controversial and turbulent two-month stretch that began with the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno on November 9 in the aftermath of the child-sex abuse case against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The 42-year-old O’Brien spent this NFL season, his first as the coordinator of the Patriots offense and has also coached the receivers in past seasons.


Info compiled from Penn State news, Radio & TV

PENN STATE AT OHIO STATE Update: Penn State moves ball up & down field for 10-0 lead

Devier Posey is back in action.

Daniel Herron excited about final home game

COLUMBUS, OHIO — This year’s Penn State-Ohio State has a new twist as both long-time coaches at both school’s, Joe Paterno and Jim Tressel are no longer on the sidelines.

The 24 Ohio State seniors were introduced before the game and received huge ovations with the biggest saved for DeVier Posey, back for his first game after two separate NCAA suspensions, and Dan Herron.

When Penn State came on the field, led by the Nittany Lions and cheerleaders, received a nice ovation from the home crowd.

After the coin toss, won by OSU, who deferred to the 2nd half, everyone from both teams met at midfield and shook hands.

The game did not go OSU’s way on Penn State’s first play from scrimmage, as Buckeyes DB Travis Howard pushed a Penn State receiver out of bounds. A 15-yard penalty and a first down. From there the Nittany Lions went just 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:33 elapsed time to score a touchdown as Stephfon Green from the wildcat, took a hand off and ran 41 yards for a 7-0 lead. Green ran right by Orhian Johnson and Storm Klein up the middle.

On the Nittany Lions second possession, they grind it out going 15 plays, 54 yards in 5:29 and a personal-best 43-yard field goal from Anthony Pera for a 10-0 lead.

At the end of one quarter, OSU trailing 10-0.


* Former OSU LB Matt Wilhelm is today’s honorary captain. He participated in the coin toss.

* Stats, PSU 119 yards to 58 for Ohio State.

* RB Green 55 yards on 4 carries and a TD for Penn State







PENN STATE AT OHIO STATE GAMEWEEK: Buckeyes try to rebound against Nittany Lions


(courtesy of Penn State athletics via wikipedia commons)

The Ohio State Buckeyes are looking to rebound this afternoon at home against the Penn State Nittany Lions.

The Buckeyes lost last week in overtime against the Purdue Boilermakers in West Lafayette, 26-23.

The Bucks could’ve won the game in regulation, but the extra point was blocked.

With that loss, OSU is an unheard of 1-3 on the road this season. During Jim Tressel’s tenure as a coach, they lost only three road games.

Today at 3:30 p.m., the Buckeyes will be hosting Penn State who is 8-2, 5-1 and the #1 team in the Leaders Division. OSU leads the series 13-12 and won 38-14 last year in Columbus.

The Nittany Lions are trying rebound themselves from a loss to Nebraska, 17-14, and the loss of their long-time head coach Joe Paterno.

Penn State, before a couple of weeks ago, was one of the cleanest programs in college football. But then the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse accusations started, and the media-blitz of bad press has followed since. Those accusations on Sandusky have resulted in the president, Paterno, the athletic director and the Business manager who ran the campus police all being ousted.

Penn State has a storied program with 826 all-time wins (5th in nation), 43 Bowl Games (8th in nation), 27 Bowl Wins (3rd in nation), 95 1st Team All-America Selections.

The Nittany Lions are now coached by defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who is in his 33rd season at his alma mater.

Special teams might play into this game.

Penn State on kickoff returns is led by Chaz Powell and has ran one back for a TD. Punt returner Justin Brown is steady and catches all balls.

The placekicking/punter duties belong to Anthony Fera who averages 42.1 yards a punt and is 12 of 15 on field goals. He is 1 for 4 from 40 yards or more.

Ohio State’s KOR and PR is led by the explosive Jordan Hall.



More bad news for Paterno; name taken off Big Ten Championship Trophy


Big Ten Football Trophy (photo by Micah Jones)

The Big Ten Conference has taken Joe Paterno’s name off their football championship trophy.

Jim Delaney, conference commissioner announced earlier today (Monday) that it would be “inappropriate” to keep Paterno’s name on the trophy that will be awarded on December 3, which will be the night of the Big Ten’s first title game.

Penn State fired Paterno last week amid allegations of child six-abuse involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The trophy will now be named the Stagg Championship Trophy.

The trophy had been named the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy. Amos Alonzo Stagg won 319 games in 57 years. Paterno’s 409 wins are the most by any major college coach.


Info courtesy of the Big Ten Conference

Penn State assistant McQueary won’t coach Saturday due to threats; rumors he may be out as well


Mike McQueary (courtesy of Penn State athletics)

Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary will not coach in Saturday’s game against Nebraska after the school received several threats to his life.

McQueary is the wide receivers coach and he relays the offensive play calls from the press box to the offense on the field.

McQueary testified in a grand jury investigation that led to former PSU defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky being charged for sex-abuse charges involving young boys.

McQueary says that he witnessed Sandusky sodomizing a boy in the shower, has been under as much scrutiny as head coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, university vice president Gary Schultz and university president Graham Spanier for not notifying the police.

The Penn State athletic department released a statement on Thursday saying that it would be in the interest of all involved if McQueary not attend the final home game of 2011 at Beaver Stadium.

Friday night, there were reports on Facebook, Twitter, the internet, Radio and television that McQueary had told his position players that he was done at the school and would not return at all.

McQueary is a State College native and Penn State graduate having played for the legendary Paterno. He was the number-1 quarterback on the 1997 team which went 9-3. He joined the staff as a graduate assistant in 2000 and was promoted to receivers coach and recruiting coordinator in 2004.


Info compiled from Penn State athletics, Radio & TV news


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