It's funny how the news cycle goes. Last November, we couldn't stop being pummeled with a new story everyday. On the other hand, hardly anything happened this weekend. Thus, today we offer only a meager Success with Hyperlinking. Just don't go all Cleveland Indians beer riot on us.
Taking Back Pittsburgh: The Centre Daily Times took a look at how Penn State's hold in the WPIAL has weakened over the past three years and how Bill O'Brien is looking to once again lay claim to the region that brought the Nittany Lions the likes of Justin King, Sean Lee and Paul Poslusnzy. It's well-known that Tom Bradley stumped in southwest Pennsylvania for two decades with great success under the Paterno regime, but now BOB and his men must fight off the likes of Urban Meyer, Brady Hoke and Paul Chryst for recruits from the area.
Speaking of Urban Meyer...: It's been well documented that the new Ohio State coach didn't mind turning a blind eye to player conduct problems during his time at Florida, but it seems he might have turned a new leaf early on with his time in Columbus. Star tight end Jake Stoneburner and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort were charged with obstructing official business over the weekend when they were caught urinating in public before booking it on foot until later on being captured. On Sunday, Meyer suspended the two players indefinitely, something he seldom did with the Gators when players committed much more serious crimes. Is pissing on a wall that big of a deal? Of course not. But it is refreshing to see Urban take some action against his players so things don't spiral out of control as they did in Gainesville.
Fuller Gets His Offer: After camp this weekend, BOB extended a scholarship offer to Philly wide receiver recruit Will Fuller. He says that Penn State is the team to beat and expects to make a decision in the next couple weeks. Fuller also holds offers from Notre Dame, Clemson, Rutgers and Ohio State. I'm sure Jeff will have a full analysis of the offer later on this week.
Big Ten Bows Out at NCAAs: The Big Ten had two entrants in the NCAA Baseball tournament this year with conference champion Purdue hosting a regional in Gary and Michigan State traveling to Palo Alto as an at-large bid. Neither team could make it out of regionals, though, as Purdue dropped two games to Kent State and Kentucky after defeating Valparaiso in their opening matchup and Michigan State being swept in their regional by Pepperdine and Fresno State. Still, congratulations go out to both teams, especially Purdue who, as we said before, won their first conference championship in 103 years this season.
In Other Scores: Penn State basketball recruits Geno Thorpe and Brandon Austin impressed this weekend at camp. No stories have been written yet, but our own Eric was retweeting analysis from scouts and writers all weekend, so go to his feed to check out thoughts on their performances.... In Sandusky trial news, a day before it is set to begin, Judge Cleland ruled that there can be no tweeting from the courtroom and that the victims must state their real names when taking the stand and not aliases... The York Dispatch-Record had a nice article about the incoming class of 2016 and how they are ready to face the new challenges of being a Penn State student.
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