Obligatory United coverage. I won't get into any of the new stuff United provides, but I will give a major shoutout to Mr. Spencer Hall, who takes over the role of Editorial Director for all of SB Nation, in addition to writing for the mothership and running EDSBS. All hail, Orson.
What? Friends Listen to Endless Love in the Dark. Hockey coach Guy Gadowski is kicking off the season with a free, midnight practice, open to the public, which will end in a skating session with the team. Afterwards, we'll all head to the Icoplex, scoop some popcorn, and makeout behind Jay's.
(Editor's Note: Do you follow Penn State hockey? Can you form a coherent sentence when discussing the team? You may be able to write for Black Shoe Diaries! We're looking to bring on a hockey writer, so if you're interested, please email me directly [email in my profile].)
#VolleyballCultureProblem. Micha Hancock, Co-Setter of the Week? Check. No. 1 in the AVCA poll? Check. Do work, ladies. Keep that pimp hand strong, Russ.
In Which Rodney Erickson Buys a Guitar and a Mangy Dog, Begs on Carson Street for Change. Adam Cohen writes at Time.com that Penn State could be facing some serious, SERIOUS financial issues with respect to civil lawsuits in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal fallout. Three have been filed thus far, and Cohen identifies just how expensive this could be for Penn State:
In June, a Northern California jury awarded a woman $28 million — $7 million in compensatory damages, $21 million in punitive — against the Jehovah’s Witnesses for sexual abuse that she suffered as a child at the hands of a fellow congregant. The Sandusky victims could get awards of that size or perhaps even larger. If they have been traumatized for life by their abuse, the compensatory damages could be considerable, covering physical and emotional injuries and lost income.
Tim Beckman, Meet Mike Mauti. Beckman plays host to the Lions this weekend, and he likely won't have any friends on the opposing sidelines after his antics this summer. I did not have a problem with any coach recruiting the Penn State players (and you wouldn't have had a problem with Penn State doing it if the roles were reversed), but camping outside of players' homes is a bit much, eh Tim? And now, Beckman says he has no regrets. Mauti, notably silent on the issue, surely has some bulletin board material for Saturday.