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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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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