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DOMINATE THE STATE



Updated: 2017-05-26T13:27:28-04:00

 



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2017-05-26T13:27:28-04:00

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New RV lot rules are coming to Penn State

Anybody who’s ever attended a Penn State football game knows that tailgating is every bit the experience of the actual game. Well, now Penn State Athletics is looking to improve upon that experience with new rules regarding the overnight RV Parking Lots. Tell us what you think of the new rules in the comments.

Penn State made a number of strides on both sides of the ball last season en route to a Rose Bowl appearance and B1G Championship. Perhaps the biggest was made on the offensive line. How does that line stack up heading into the 2017 season?

The Final Four begins Friday for NCAA Women’s Lacrosse and guess who’s in it?! That’s right, your Penn State Nittany Lions are set to square off with top-seeded Maryland at 5 p.m. on ESPN3. The Terps are undefeated on the year and topped PSU 10-9 earlier in the season.

With the football season just 99 days away, 247Sports Penn State guru Sean Fitz breaks down what are could be Penn State’s biggest area of concern in 2017.

One of the most interesting aspects of sport is how fans of a certain team became a fan of that team. Our own Jared Slanina breaks down his Penn State fandom and we want to hear from YOU about your PSU fandom.




Only Joey Julius Until Penn State Football 2017

2017-05-26T06:21:01-04:00

If you like big kickers who deliver bigger hits, have we got a day for you! The first player up in our countdown to Penn State football’s 2017 season is none other than Big Toe himself, kicker Joey Julius. Julius is a walk-on, a kicker sometimes unfairly disparaged in his freshman year before putting it together to have a monster sophomore season. He started thirteen games in the 2016 Big Ten Championship campaign before being sidelined with injury against USC in the Rose Bowl, and his presence was missed. In addition to logging 45 touchbacks and a season-average of 62.1 yards per kickoff, Julius wasn’t afraid to mix it up with opposing kick returners: src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/z-4C5qswyys?rel=0&controls=2" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no"> I got hit by a nose tackle that can kick.— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) September 25, 2016 Some onlookers and media members took this challenge in a negative light initially, as though Franklin was implying that someone asserted that they could perform better than the team. Others saw it as a way to neutralize some of the negative coverage of the players, allowing the media to experience for themselves just how hard it is to catch a punt in front of 85,000 fans. While Franklin may have, in some sensitive reporter’s eyes, inched his toe across an imaginary line that protects their honor, does the media have a clean record with their footwork? I remember the first time I heard the saying, “Those who have lily pad houses should not throw frogs.” Initially my thoughts were that nobody, whether living in a regular house or a lily pad house, should throw frogs. Then I realized that it was just another nugget of wisdom from my old grand pappy. Maybe in the future the media will remember what it feels like to be standing under a punt in Beaver Stadium, wanting nothing in the world more than to catch the ball. It isn’t the same experience that a young Penn State player has while making the first punt return of a career, but it was close enough to give those who took part an idea of what the players are up against. The feeling will remind those who are gazing down from the catered ivory tower in the press box just how difficult it is to succeed on the football field. There will be plenty of times that the team will be eligible for justified criticism. When you put yourself out there, willing to give every inch of what you have, toes dangling over the edge, no safety net, there are times when you fall. Some in the media had a recent encounter with failure on the football field and it was a humbling experience. Next season when they have a frog in their hands, flipping it around, searching to get their fingertips on the laces, maybe they will set it down and consider the disappointment that the team and those involved with the program are feeling. This challenge by coach Franklin may have been geared toward helping the media understand what it is like to be on the playing field, vulnerable, and to have others critique their performance. It may lead to the facts being reported in a more generous tone. More Than Just A Salesman Another narrative that Franklin has begun to unwind is that he is mostly a recruiter or the type of head coach that passes responsibility down to his assistants. While it is an asset to be able to bring in the talent that he has over the past few years, coach Franklin pointed out that he feels that there is a lot more going on at Penn State than simply his being a good salesman. In fact, he feels if there is any one specialty that the program can offer to an incoming recruit, it is the ability to development their skills, on and off the field. src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KHvxsK9UwZQ?wmode=transparent&rel=0&autohide=1&enablejsapi=1&start=344" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no"> Many of the talented recruits t[...]



Penn State Wrestling: Playing Catsup

2017-05-23T07:05:01-04:00

We're back, catching up with old news. Apologies for the short absence, friends. But we’re back and playing catch up. Quite a few things happened in the Penn State Wrestling world since our last update, way back on April whatever. Let’s recap the action. US Open Results Mason Manville won the 75kg (165 lbs) Greco bracket. That means the PSU freshman is your Team USA representative for this fall’s World Championships. Let’s repeat that, because it’s crazy talk. The college freshman will be representing the United States of America at this year’s senior level World Championships. Congratulations, Mason, and welcome to PSU. Nico Megaludis fell short in the 57kg bracket. In March, a few weeks before the Open, Nico was ranked 3rd nationally by USA Wrestling. At the Open, with USA Wrestling’s #2 ranked guy Tyler Graff not participating, you’d think Nico would get the 2-seed, right? (Nope.) The 3-seed? (Nope.) The 4-seed, then? Nope. USA Wrestling seeded him 5th. How does that make any sense? It does not, at all. Even better (meaning, even worse), Nico’s half of the bracket featured USA Wrestling’s #1, 3, 5, 6, and 10 ranked wrestlers. Well okay then the #2, 4, 7, 8, and 9 were on the other side, right? WRONG. #2, 4, and 9 didn’t wrestle. Thus, the other half of the bracket had only #7 (Nahshon Garrett) and #8 (Alan Waters). That’s it. The top 4 guys - really, the top 5, because Tomasello as #10 is idiotic and everyone knew it - were all on the same half of the bracket. To recap, here’s the pre-Open ranking, and Open seeding, according to USA Wrestling, who makes the rankings and the seeding. table.tableizer-table { font-size: 12px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Rank - Wrestler - Seed 1st - Ramos - 1 2nd - Graff - did not compete 3rd - Megaludis - 5 4th - Joe Colon - wrestled at 61kg 5th - Delgado - 8 6th - Perrelli - 9 7th - Garrett - 2 8th - Waters - 3 9th - Gilman - did not compete 10th - Tomasello - 4 Attaboy, USA Wrestling. At 65kg, Zain Retherford took 3rd, losing 4-3 to eventual champ Jordan Oliver, even though Zain scored 100% of the offensive points in the match. First, Oliver was awarded 2 points - the same value as a takedown - because the referee decided Zain had put his hands into Oliver’s face too many times. Then, with 10 seconds remaining, and Zain leading 3-2, and Zain in deep on another takedown, Oliver tried a last ditch “flying cement job” / elevator (technique discussed in this post’s comments). Oliver had to try something, because if he tried nothing, he was going to lose. So he tried this low success-rate throw. It failed. He didn’t convert it. And you’d think at this point that Zain wins, then, right? NOOOOOPE, not in international rules freestyle, friends. Instead, Oliver was given 2 points as the result of a “correct throw”. That is, Oliver tried a throw, didn’t convert it, but the referee gives him 2 points for it anyhow - same value as a takedown. Imagine football giving 6 points for an incomplete pass in the end zone. “Well, you didn’t complete the pass, so you didn’t score a touchdown obviously. But you tried to complete a pass . Therefore, since you tried, we’ll give you 6 points for trying and failing.” That is the definition of “(in)correct throw”, and it’s a crime against real competition. Six years ago, the international governing body of wrestling had screwed up the rules so badly, and had exhibited such corruption that wrestling was kicked out of the Olympics. Remember that? The sport that started the Olympics 3,000 years ago was booted from the Olympics because of colossal cheating and unrepentant stupidity. Getting kicked out is what it took to get the Eastern European com[...]