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Thursday Quick Hits

I'm traveling for business today, so blogging is going to be light. So I'll just give you some homework in the form of required reading instead. Here are your quick hits.

Tom Bradley and Galen Hall sat in for Joe Paterno in the weekly press conference. As you would expect, a lot of questions focused on Joe and his health and status for the game on Saturday. Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli was there to give more details. It sounds like Joe is doing pretty well, but there is still a long road to recovery. Earlier in the week they said Joe would be going home, but apparently he is still in the hospital and has not been released yet. There are complications that could arise and the doctors want to watch his condition closely.

Why is Coach Paterno still in the hospital? We thought he was coming home.

That is determined on a day-to-day basis by myself, based on the amount of swelling that is in his leg and his response. He needs to be on an anti-coagulant because of the risk of deep vein thrombosis that is very, very high with this injury. In order to maximize his treatment and in order to keep him from doing things that he wants to do, that he shouldn't be doing, the best place for him is in the hospital. I don't know when that discharge may be. It could be tomorrow, the next day or three days from now. I can't tell you. It is a matter of getting him anti-coagulated properly and getting the swelling out of his extremity.

If Joe coaches this weekend, it's going to have to be from the press box.

The most thankless job on any football team has to be fullback. You're asked to block and block all day long while the other guy gets all the glory. Once in a while they throw you a bone and let you get a yard or two. You never get any recognition. Well, today Matt Hahn gets his due.

You may want to sit down for this Nittany Lion fans. Dan Connor is considering entering the NFL draft early next year.

Basketball season is heating up and sophomore forward Jamelle Cornley is ready to make an impact on the Big Ten this year. After making the NIT last year there is optimism surrounding the program for the first time in years. Things got even better this week when Ed Dechellis got a letter of intent from star point guard Talor Battle.

Battle averaged 29.4 points, 5.4 assists and 5.9 rebounds a game in his junior season as he led New York's Section II in scoring and posted two games with 40 or more points. A deadly perimeter shooter, he finished second in the section with 82 three-pointers while hitting nearly 40 percent from behind the arc. He was named the Big 10 Division Player-of-the-Year and earned multiple Player-of-the-Year honors from the Troy Record, Schenectady Gazzette and Fox 23 Sports. Rivals rated him No. 111 among the top recruits in the nation and Scout.com listed him No. 25 among point-guard recruits. He also garnered honorable-mention on the 2006-07 Street & Smith's Boys High School All-America Team and was invited to the Nike All-America Camp last summer.

The Nittany Lion wrestling team is getting ready to start their season as well. The Lions are starting the season ranked #8 nationally and are expecting big things this year. They had some good news of their own this week as four all-star high school wrestlers signed letters of intent.

Paul Posluszny has been named a finalist for the Lombardi Award.

And finally, what is up with the women's volleyball team? Earlier in the year nobody could beat them. Then they lost to Wisconsin, and now Ohio State. Me thinks they may be coasting their way into the NCAA tournament.