Penn State spring football chat, 8 p.m., March 30

The Nittany Lions continue to grind their way through spring practice.

Meanwhile, James Franklin and company are ramping up the recruiting efforts in building their second full class at Penn State.

How do the Lions replace this guy at safety? We've got some ideas ...

How do the Lions replace this guy at safety? We’ve got some ideas …

What did you miss since last week? What are your biggest questions and concerns heading into a new season?

Chat with me tonight at 8 about that and more Penn State football and the Big Ten.

For starters, check out my podcast with Jim Seip where I break down the best and the “worst” Penn State running backs of the past 21 seasons.

Also, there’s a certain New York Giants coach who is coming back home to York and Adams counties this spring to run a football clinic. And he has some unique ties to Penn State.

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PSU podcast: Best and worst running backs

Frank Bodani ranks the best Nittany Lions running backs since his first season on the beat in 1994.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., March 23

James Franklin is hoping to be widely successful on two fronts during spring practice.

The first is to continue building depth to a growing talent pool that still lacks the kind of numbers and experience Franklin and his Nittany Lion staff desire.

A key this spring will be Christian Hackenber's work with all of his up-and-coming receivers.

A key this spring will be Christian Hackenber’s work with all of his up-and-coming receivers.

The second is to get their recruiting machine cranking out results once again.

So let’s chat about that and more Penn State football tonight at 8.

Certainly, the recruiting part of things got off to a good start over the weekend with the addition of in-state offensive lineman Connor McGovern. We’ll talk about his projections and who could be the next commitment on the horizon.

Plus, hit me up about the Big Ten, your favorite Lions and maybe even some March Madness. All I need is Wisconsin to win it all. Not too much to ask, right?

In the meantime, check out my podcast with Jim Seip where I reveal my top three Penn State receivers since I started covering the team in 1994. Who do you have?

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PSU podcast: Best and worst receivers

York Sunday News reporter Frank Bodani lists his top three Penn State receivers he’s covered since taking over the Penn State beat in 1994.

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Penn State spring football chat, 8 p.m., March 16

Spring football practice begins at Penn State this week, so what should we look for?

James Franklin is looking for answers this spring on the offensive and defensive lines.

James Franklin is looking for answers this spring on the offensive and defensive lines.

Chat with me tonight at 8 and we’ll break down what James Franklin and the Nittany Lions need to work on most over the next five weeks and what they realistically hope to accomplish.

Why should you care about football in March?

There are reasons, especially when you look at some of the players who have a lot to prove heading into summer workouts. And we’re not talking about Christian Hackenberg. (Geno Lewis, your seat will be warm for a while).

We will talk about recruiting, scheduling, the Big Ten and even some March Madness. Plus, remember that the latest-starting Blue-White Game ever is 4 p.m. on April 18.

To get warmed up, check out my spring football primer column from today …

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., March 9

It’s almost kind of difficult to believe.

It may actually hit 60 degrees this week … and Penn State spring football practice begins next week.

How well will Geno Lewis fend off all of those young receivers in spring practice?

How well will Geno Lewis fend off all of those young receivers in spring practice?

Feels like we were just in Yankee Stadium watching the Nittany Lions chase down Sam Ficken and dance on the dugouts.

Anyway, the preliminary stages of the 2015 season are getting cranked up, so let’s chat about that and more tonight at 8.

Who is your pick for the “breakout player” of spring workouts? How about your Nittany Lion who’s “on the hot seat” to perform?

I’d also like your thoughts on how scholarship athletes are finally getting paid. Your take on the “cost of attendance” plan that I wrote about here?

And remember, the Blue-White Game is only five weeks away …

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PSU podcast: Best and worst lines

In the latest installment of the “Best and worst” series, covering the last 21 seasons of Penn State football, Sunday News reporter Frank Bodani details the best and worst offensive and defensive lines he’s covered since 1994.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., March 2

The official countdown to spring practice is on.

At least that’s something when it keeps snowing and icing, right?

Receiver Chris Godwin will be one of the best young prospects to watch this spring.

Receiver Chris Godwin will be one of the best young prospects to watch this spring.

Let’s chat about spring workouts (which begin March 20) and Penn State’s big recruiting “junior day” from this past weekend. Join me tonight at 8.

Are the Nittany Lions and James Franklin be close to getting their fifth verbal commitment for the class of 2016?

Plus, hit me up with whatever else is on your mind about Penn State or Big Ten football.

In the meantime, check out my story on Garry Gilliam and his homecoming last week to Milton Hershey High … and the people who helped make him who he is today.

Here’s also my column on Tom Bradley heading out to UCLA … and why it could be the best thing for him.

Also, who would be your best and worst Penn State kickers and punters since 1994? Check out mine here, in our ongoing series.

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PSU podcast: Best and worst kickers

In the latest installment in the “Best of” series, York Daily Record reporter Frank Bodani ranks the best and worst kickers he’s covered since 1994.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Feb. 23

Expect Penn State football to start making some noise again soon.

James Franklin and his staff are preparing for another big recruiting weekend.

James Franklin and his staff are preparing for another big recruiting weekend.

How about this coming weekend with another big recruiting “junior day” on campus?

It appears as if a load of 2016 and even 2017 recruits will be visiting James Franklin and staff starting on Friday. Could the Nittany Lions land a couple of more verbal commitments from after it’s all said and done?

Let’s chat about that and more tonight at 8.

We can get into the NFL Combine, spring practice, the rest of the Big Ten and even THON.

To get warmed up, here’s my column from today on how former NFL players like Penn State’s Kyle Brady and northern York County’s Mike Cox are finally getting the medical screening and care they need.

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