The reaction should be fun to watch. Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel picked Penn State to win 6 games this year, and only 3 in conference. That's not entirely unreasonable, given the question marks at QB, linebacker, and scholarship numbers. The real stunner? The Nittany Lions are picked to finish fourth in the Leaders Division, behind INDIANA. You know, the school with students who created this video:
Yup. I can't endorse this in good conscience. We have to finish ahead of Indiana.
Days of Training. ESPN has been chronicling the Nittany Lions' summer practices. If you haven't seen it, check it out.
The biggest storyline of fall camp, as Stan Hixon will tell you, is whether Tyler Ferguson or Christian Hackenberg will be first off of the bus on August 31st against Syracuse. Coach O'Brien told us two days ago that a decision was imminent. We'll find out as the team continues through their "thud" scrimmages this week, where contact is significantly limited due to injury concerns.
Everyone's favorite topic. Penn State student trustee Peter Khoury has elected to withdraw as a plaintiff in the Paterno family lawsuit against the NCAA. Khoury is a part of the committee searching for and vetting Penn State President Rodney Erickson's replacement. According to Board of Trustees spokesman David LaTorre, Khoury's involvement in the suit would have necessarily limited his participation on the committee because the lawsuit makes "numerous allegations and claims" that conflict with university's official positions.
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