In Mancrush News. New strength guru Craig Fitzgerald has been on a tear recently, earning accolades from almost everyone that has seen, participated in, or heard about his new conditioning programs. In a recent interview with Adam Rittenberg, it was discovered that Fitz, as he's know 'round the program, likes to keep WWE videos on the screen during workout sessions. What's that? You want Mike Mauti to do bench presses for the duration of the Ultimate Warrior/Macho Man Career Ending match from Wrestlemania VII? COME AT ME, B1G RUNNING BACKS!
In You Can't Be Serious News. Yea, that Urban Meyer article. Don't get me wrong, some of those things that happened under Meyer's tenure at Florida happen at every school. But man, that's some serious ish being thrown around the UF program. Playing basketball because Percy Harvin didn't want to do stadium steps? Harvin going all Spreewell on an assistant coach with no repercussion? Enough pot to make George Jung blush? Good luck, Columbus bros.
In PATCHAMBERSSMASH News. Purdue blog Hammer and Rails took a way-too-early look at the 2012-2013 basketball season now that fans have a better idea of who will be returning next year. Penn State projects at 11th (thanks, Nebraska!).
Penn State had the worst overall record in the league at 12-20 and was 3-13 in its final 16 games. Tim Frazier will return as the Talor Battle Memorial Great Player On An Awful Team Award winner from 2012, but unlike Battle's final season in Happy Valley, an NCAA berth is unlikely. Frazier already did virtually everything (18.8 ppg, 4.7. rpg, 6.2 apg) for Penn State. Their recruiting class is only two strong, and Trey Lewis has already announced he is leaving in addition to Matt Glover.
Basically, I am giving Penn State an edge over Nebraska because at least Frazier is a proven difference-maker and possible all-Big Ten selection. He can probably win 3-4 Big Ten games by himself.
In Cael Sanderson Rules The World, Literally, News. Four of Cael's Boyz could be heading to London for the Summer Olympics, as they are set to take part in the United States Olympic Wrestling Team Trials. America...F**K YEAH.
Red-shirt freshman Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah) will compete at 74 kg (163 pounds), sophomore Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) will compete at 84 kg (185 pounds), sophomore David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio) will compete at 74 kg (163 pounds) and junior Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) will compete at 84 kg (185 pounds). All four will represent the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club in Iowa City's Carver-Hawkeye Arena at the two day event.
In Junny Abroad News. Hey, I'm authoring this edition of SwH, so of course I'm going to promote my work elsewhere. Bud Elliott, the College Editor, Analyst, Recruiting Team Lead, and African-American haberdasher with the SB Nation mothership, has taken it upon himself to interview the recruiting analysts at each of the major teams' blogs within the SBN umbrella, and yesterday it was our turn. See my way-too-long interview with Bud.
In Next Siren News. With seven commits to the football program so far in the still-early Class of 2013, who could be next? How about Sheldon Jeter, who doesn't even play football! #DOWORKPAT
In The Greatest Troll Ever News. Finally, apparently Adam Rittenberg was on a Nebraska radio station recently, and said that Rob Bolden had a slight lead to be the starting QB this year for PSU. Rittenberg was recently at Penn State to take in some practice sessions. So either 1) BOB was trolling Rittenberg by putting Bolden out there with the 1's, 2) Rittenberg was trolling some Nebraska radio station into thinking Bolden is the favorite, or 3) HERE WE GO AGAIN...For what it's worth, almost every other report out of spring camp has either Matt McGloin or Paul Jones as the early favorite. All three QBs have taken snaps with the 1's, but McGloin and Jones appear to have taken the majority of them.