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Penn State adds New OC, Third in Three Years

Penn State adds New OC, Third in Three Years

By: Thomas Frank Carr Reporter   Penn State athletics announced today that James Franklin has made the decision to move on from first-year offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca and has hired former Texas offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Mike Yurchich. Yurchich has spent 15 seasons as an offensive coordinator and has averaged nearly 6.5 yards per play…

Penn State Football Returning to Play Oct. 23-24th

Penn State Football Returning to Play Oct. 23-24th

By: Thomas Frank Carr After over a month of back-and-forth, the Big 10 announced their return to play program this morning. While games will return to Happy Valley, fans will not be in attendance according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, at least to begin with. Not expecting fans at Big Ten games this fall, and do…

Penn State Pauses After Rise In COVID Cases

Penn State Pauses After Rise In COVID Cases

By: Thomas Frank Carr   Penn State athletics has paused today after a significant rise in COVID-19 cases this week. The University releases their weekly testing results ever Wednesday and this time around, there were nearly 50 cases. “For the period of August 31-September 4, Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics conducted 920 COVID-19 tests of students with…

Big 10 Postpones Fall Sports Until Spring

Big 10 Postpones Fall Sports Until Spring

By: Thomas Frank Carr Beat Writer   After conflicting reports for the past two days, the Big 10 made it official just before 3 pm today that they were pulling the plug on fall sports, including football. Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, who had been covering the situation broke the news Tuesday afternoon. Sources: Big…

Penn State AD: No Fans in Stands for Fall Sports

Penn State AD: No Fans in Stands for Fall Sports

By: Thomas Frank Carr Beat Writer, ESPN Radio 103.7 and 1450   Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour wrote an open letter to fans Thursday morning that was posted on the University Athletic’s Website gopsusports.com. In it, Barbour announced that Penn State will not be hosting fans for any fall games in 2020. Here is…

Big 10 Schedule Released

Big 10 Schedule Released

The Big 10 announced their schedule this morning on the Big 10 Network. Here is Penn State’s part of the 2020 schedule, which will start on September 5th.   Sept. 5: Northwestern Sept. 12: @ Indiana Sept. 19: @ Michigan Sept. 26: Michigan State Oct. 3: @ Rutgers Oct. 10: Bye Week Oct. 17: Maryland…

Big 10 to Release 2020 Schedule Wednesday Morning

Big 10 to Release 2020 Schedule Wednesday Morning

Below is a press release from the Big 10 this morning in regards to the updated 2020 Schedule.     Today at 8:30 a.m. ET, BTN will provide live coverage of the soon-to-be-released 2020 Big Ten Football Schedule. BTN Live will begin live at 8:30 a.m. ET in advance of the 8:45 a.m. ET schedule release by the Big Ten Conference.…

Mid-Penn Conference Pushes Start Date to September

Mid-Penn Conference Pushes Start Date to September

The Mid-Penn Conference announced yesterday that they have pushed the start date back for fall sports by a month due to schools in the conference starting at later times. The earliest start date for practice of fall sports is now September 4th.   Here is their full announcement on Twitter from yesterday.   In response…

A Letter from Penn State AD Sandy Barbour

A Letter from Penn State AD Sandy Barbour

Below is a message from Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour on the Big 10’s decision to go to conference-only games this fall.   We find ourselves in extremely challenging times, with uncertainty and difficult decisions facing us at perhaps each turn. Today, the Big Ten Conference announced a move to conference-only schedules in all…

Patrick Mahomes Agrees to Massive Contract

Patrick Mahomes Agrees to Massive Contract

To say the Kansas City Chiefs made it a priority to lock down quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES would be a HUGE understatement.     They just signed him to a massive contract extension that’ll pay him at least $450 million over the next 10 years . . . and potentially more than HALF A BILLION DOLLARS.     The…