PSU podcast: Penn State right to be cautious

So after a little dust up involving some 409 stickers and the Penn State hockey team, Frank Bodani and Jim Seip discuss why it would be the best course of action for Penn State to proceed with caution in how they honor Joe Paterno.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Jan. 19

Penn State and Joe Paterno got their victories back.

What do you think about the settlement with the NCAA? What comes next in the ongoing aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal?

Does getting back their victories change the way people feel about Joe Paterno and Penn State?

Does getting back their victories change the way people feel about Joe Paterno and Penn State?

Chat with me about that and a lot more tonight at 8.

We’ll also discuss recruiting and James Franklin’s full-steam efforts in finishing out his first full Nittany Lion class. Who could be the next to commit to him and his staff?

Plus, we can hit on the NFL playoffs, too. Shame on the Packers for not keeping a better eye on Garry Gilliam. Guess they forgot the man can catch and run a little too.

To get warmed up, check out my piece on improving Maryland football and coach Randy Edsall and what it all means to the Big Ten … and Penn State.

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Penn State players, recruits react to NCAA restoration of victories

Pending approval of a settlement between the NCAA and Penn State, the late Joe Paterno will once again be the winningest coach in major college football history. The settlement would restore 112 vacated wins, giving 111 of them back to Paterno.

Pending approval of a settlement between the NCAA and Penn State, the late Joe Paterno will once again be the winningest coach in major college football history. The settlement would restore 112 vacated wins, giving 111 of them back to Paterno.


Past, current and former Penn State players took to Twitter to react to Friday’s news that the NCAA will restore Penn State’s 112 victories that were vacated in light of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

With the victories set to go back on the books, returning the late Joe Paterno to the top of the career wins list at 409, many of them turned their attention to another target: the Paterno statue, which was also removed in the aftermath of the scandal.

Here’s a look at some of the players’ reaction. And check back soon for more comments.
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PSU podcast: Buckeyes’ title should help Big Ten football

Daily Record/Sunday News reporter Jim Seip and Frank Bodani discuss how Ohio State’s national title could help, not only the perception of Big Ten football but, push other programs in the conference to the next level. Reports also state that the NCAA is contemplating restoring 111 wins to Penn State. What does this mean for the program and perhaps more importantly to Joe Paterno’s legacy?

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Jan. 12

James Franklin and Penn State football has officially reached the homestretch of recruiting for the 2015 class.

The national title game with Ohio State and Oregon is tonight. Later in the week, Franklin and his assistants will be back on the road to start locking up the final five spots of this class, which will be finalized on Feb. 4, national signing day.

James Franklin will need tight end Kyle Carter (right) to be step up next season as one of his few returning seniors.

James Franklin needs tight end Kyle Carter (right) to step up big next season as one of his few returning seniors.

Let’s chat about that and more tonight at 8. (The perfect pregame warm-up).

We’ll also look at how the Nittany Lions will attack offseason workouts, the importance of keeping defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and the biggest change you think is needed for next season.

By the way, who do you have winning tonight? I want to know who and why …

In the meantime, check out my column on how Franklin is moving the program forward in the midst of a grand Big Ten renaissance.

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Keeping its man: Penn State defense remains in Bob Shoop’s hands

It appears that Penn State football has averted another round of offseason turmoil.

Sudden star defensive coordinator Bob Shoop ended a week of rumored flirtation with LSU by tweeting Wednesday night that he would be sticking with head coach James Franklin and the Nittany Lions, after all.

James Franklin expects to hold onto his highly-regarded defensive coordinator, Bob Shoop.

James Franklin expects to hold onto his highly-regarded defensive coordinator, Bob Shoop.

“So excited 2 b part of the Penn State Family. Lots of work 2 b done. Committed 2 building a Big 10 n National Championship Program!”

Shoop, a Western Pennsylvania native, joined Franklin on the move from Vanderbilt to State College a year ago. And his presence was felt swiftly. Even with depleted depth and little experience at spots, Penn State finished second nationally in total defense, third in rushing defense and seventh in scoring defense.

The Nittany Lions’ also led the nation in rushing defense for much of the season.

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PSU podcast: Eventful finish for Lions

York Daily Record/Sunday News reporters Frank Bodani and Jim Seip discuss the Lions overtime finish to the 2014 season and a steady stream of underclassmen headed to the NFL Draft. Will defensive coordinator Bob Shoop stick around State College? Note: Bodani will return in 2015.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., Jan. 5

Penn State football and James Franklin are in the middle of turning a page.

Freshman Johnathan Thomas will challenge for tailback time in the spring.

Freshman Johnathan Thomas will challenge for tailback time in the spring.

With the regular season and Pinstripe Bowl victory locked up and secured, the Nittany Lions will now concentrate on recruiting in order to wrap up their latest class.

Of course, there always will be looking ahead and planning to spring practice and next season, too.

Chat about all of that and more with me tonight at 8.

I also want your take on Donovan Smith and Deion Barnes leaving early for the NFL. Could tight end Jesse James be next?

Plus, we’ll also discuss Michigan hiring Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State playing for the national title. Will the Big Ten East become the best division in college football in a couple of years?

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Penn State Post-Pinstripe chat, 8 p.m., Dec. 29

The Nittany Lions did what amounted to the unthinkable: rallying from a two-touchdown deficit in the second half to win a key game.

How will James Franklin will finish out his first full Penn State recruiting class?

How will James Franklin will finish out his first full Penn State recruiting class?

Now, what do you think the Pinstripe Bowl victory over Boston College means moving foward?

We’ll chat about that and all of the specifics of the bowl trip to New York City. Join me tonight at 8, and I’ll even drop some Big Apple dining tips on you.

Let’s wrap up the season and move on to how James Franklin will attempt to finish out this recruiting class over the coming weeks.

Who’s your team MVP for the season? Who do you think is the brightest young star? We’ll also discuss a few of the best players you haven’t even seen yet.

Lots to talk about, including the Big Ten bowl season and Jim Harbaugh possibly taking taking the Michigan job.

To get warmed up, check out my column on how the team can use this bowl victory moving forward.

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Judging Penn State’s Pinstripe Pressure Points

Penn State’s primary goal in the Pinstripe Bowl will simply be to break out of its season-long rut any way possible.

Is that asking too much after a month to work on things? Well …

Because, win or lose, most every one of the Nittany Lions’ games this season followed a similar script: settle in and play tough, elite defense; fail to protect their quarterback; commit a flurry of offensive mistakes; and punctuate it all with a grab bag of results on special teams.

We all saw what that got them to New York City. They lost as many as they won and now have a date Saturday afternoon with Boston College.

And with continued depth issues and several high-quality talents still redshirting, we could easily see things playing out the same way as before in Yankee Stadium.

Yet another low-scoring defeat with all kinds of close calls and what-could-have-beens?

At least, here are five keys to the Lion snapping out of their funk … just enough … to secure a winning season:

DaeSean Hamilton can only get the offense so far vs. Boston College. Calling other receivers?

DaeSean Hamilton can only get the offense so far vs. Boston College. Calling other receivers?

1. Spread it around Everyone knows the abilities of reliable pass-catcher DaeSean Hamilton. He’s not a deep threat, but he’s consistently productive on bubble screens and all kinds of intermediate routes. But the Lions’ offense needs to get the other wideouts involved early and often. If Geno Lewis isn’t getting separation, than one of the kids must step up in a big way. We’re talking about Chris Godwin, Saeed Blacknall and Mike Gesicki. Time to grow up. Continue reading “Judging Penn State’s Pinstripe Pressure Points” »

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