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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PSU podcast: Best and worst linebackers

Frank Bodani was still a cub reporter when he covered his first Penn State football season in 1994. Now a veteran reporter who enjoys showing his colleagues snapshots of the mullet he proudly wore during his hair-band phase in college, Bodani ranks the best and worst linebackers to come through Linebacker U during his 20-plus years covering the team.

Bodani had a lot of good linebackers to pick from, but his pick of the top linebacker shouldn’t surprise.

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Penn State frozen football chat, 8 p.m., Feb. 16

Almost sounds kind of crazy that they’ll be playing football at Penn State in another month.

Is Christian Hackenberg preparing for his final spring practice at Penn State?

Is Christian Hackenberg preparing for his final spring practice at Penn State?

Well, at least they’ll be practicing there in preparation for the Blue-White Game and the upcoming season.

Spring really is coming, so let’s chat about the Nittany Lions tonight at 8. We’ll go with recruiting and how James Franklin’s newest team is coming together.

There’s also plenty to talk about with the Big Ten and the NCAA. Would most Penn State fans like to stay in the Big Ten or move to another league, like the ACC?

Tell me all about it tonight.

In the meantime, check out my column on Penn State grad transfer offensive lineman Kevin Reihner. A very smart and very funny guy who should help the team immediately.

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PSU podcast: Best and worst quarterbacks

Daily Record reporter Jim Seip quizzes Frank Bodani on some of the best and worst players he’s covered at Penn State in his 20-plus years covering the program. We start with quarterbacks.

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

The 2015 Penn State recruiting class is in the books — well, kind of.

James Franklin and staff are “mostly” finished with their efforts for incoming high school talent. There are a couple of late slots still open that may or not be filled as we head toward spring practice.

James Franklin is all fired up about recruiting. How about his hot start with the 2016 class?

James Franklin is all fired up about recruiting. How about his hot start in 2016?

But the emphasis going forward is those 2016 recruits, and the Nittany Lions already have a hot start there.

Let’s chat about all that and more tonight from 8 to 9.

We can hit on spring workouts, which are only a month or so away, as well as your thoughts on the upcoming regular season.

To get warmed up, check out my column on Mike Guman, who was the 51st Annual York Area Sports Night last week.

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PSU podcast: Recruiting class shows strength of coaching staff

Frank Bodani and Jim Seip discuss Penn State’s Class of 2015 and what this means for the program moving forward.

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

It’s one of the biggest football weeks of the year for James Franklin and company.

Recruiting is the lifeblood of every program, but recruiting is known as Franklin’s specialty so far in his young career as a head coach.

Will Akeel Lynch be able to hold off a new recruit like tailback Saquon Barkley?

Will Akeel Lynch be able to hold off a new recruit like tailback Saquon Barkley?

So let’s chat about that and more tonight at 8. Will the Nittany Lions fill their last sport for the 2015 class by national signing day on Wednesday?

We’ll review this Penn State recruiting class and look to the 2016 edition, which is starting even better for Penn State. We’ll have the lowdown on new commits Johnny Petrishen and Lavert Hill.

We’ve also got the Super Bowl to discuss (Game on the line near the goal line? Bet the Seahawks wish they wouldn’t have de-activated Garry Gilliam …).

We can look ahead to spring practice next month, too.

Make sure to check out my column on Gilliam, and his unusual road to the 49th Super Bowl.

Plus, how about York County native Ron Wolf getting elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Here’s why the former Packers’ general manager he is there …

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Jan. 26

The rush to signing day is on.

James Franklin and Penn State picked up verbal commitments from two defensive linemen over the weekend, which fills a big recruiting need.

James Franklin, of course, seems fired up to hit the recruiting homestretch this week.

James Franklin, of course, seems fired up to hit the recruiting homestretch this week.

What’s next for the Nittany Lions as they work to finish out their 2015 class?

Let’s chat about that and everything else Penn State football tonight at 8.

I’ll have the lowdown on new recruits Shareef Miller and Robert Windsor, and we’ll talk about how Franklin and his staff could fill the final three available scholarship slots before signing day on Feb. 4.

Also, hit me up with your best about the Super Bowl, spring practice and the ongoing litigation surrounding Joe Paterno and the NCAA.

Meanwhile, check out my column on what “409” means to Penn State supporters now and moving forward.

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