Mike Reid, country music superstar. Most Penn Staters know Mike Reid from his days as one of the Nittany Lions most feared defenders. A College Football Hall of Famer, Reid dominated the line of scrimmage, was a unanimous All-American, won both the Outland and Maxwell Trophies, and finished 5th in Heisman Trophy balloting in 1969. Most non-Penn Staters, though, probably know Reid for a different reason. After his athletic career came to an end, Reid made a name in country music as a singer/songwriter. He's best known for penning one of the greatest ballads in modern music history, Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me." Of course, if you listen to him tell the story, it wasn't always supposed to turn out that way . . .
Doesn't this make up for the rest of the music we've thrown out there this week? No? I'll keep working on it.
HA! FOOL YOU!
Cornerback Adrian Amos tweeted, "I debate whether to say somethin..how much would change. But all in all I hope it makes me feel better about the situation." Running back Bill Belton followed with, "Better opportunities for me," and, "Picking up and leaving is the toughest thing to do." Wide receiver Allen Robinson then got to the point: "I love my bros, and we will continue to be like family, I'm sorry I had to do this but I will no longer be attending penn state."
The Daily Collegian has the entire line of tweets from the players so the non-social amongst you can see for yourself. Well done, fellas. Great work overall.
Don't you miss football? Victory Bell Rings catches us up on what we think we know heading into spring practice - long story short, the quarterback competition is roughly even, the defensive tackle position is solid, even though you probably don't know much about the players vying to replace Jordan Hill, and Deion Barnes is going to scare the bejesus out of quarterbacks this year.
Speaking of which, Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record also reports that Deion Barnes is going to scare the bejesus out of quarterbacks this year.
Miss you, Teddy Ruxpin. Looks like former Penn State defensive coordinator Ted Roof is enjoying his return to his alma mater, Georgia Tech. Good for him, I hope he does well down there. Meanwhile, his replacement, John Butler, is all about creating more turnovers.
Linebacker U? Depth isn't much of a strong suit for the linebacking corps this year, a scary reminder of just how much those sanctions are going to affect the Nittany Lions moving forward. PennLive's Greg Pickel reports that Penn State is searching for depth behind starters Mike Hull and Glenn Carson. That search effort took a bit of a hit last week when incoming freshman Zayd Issah got caught passing fake money at a McDonald's in Harrisburg.
I still can't believe this story is real. Dan Vecellio's got more for you on the front page. I, on the other hand, have nothing.
More Linebacker news? Sure! Cari Greene's favorite player, All-American Michael Mauti, told Pittsburgh sports radio that he's visiting with several teams this week, including the Pittsburgh Steelers. These have been busy days for Mauti.
"I've been in a different city every weekend for the last five or six weekends," he said. "It's been hectic, but you only go through this process once. I'm just trying to enjoy it. My main focus has just been rehabbing and getting my leg right after that surgery. It's been going well. I'm ahead of schedule right now. I went to the Combine and did that process, and now I'm visiting with some teams."
One of the teams Mauti will be visiting just happens to be the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"I think I would look great in a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform," Mauti said with a laugh. "Why don't you call them and tell them to come get me?"
Your weekly #culture update. So Penn State wrestling won its 3rd straight National Title and Ed Ruth finished second in voting for the Dan Hodge Trophy given to the year's most outstanding college wrestler. You'd think that would be enough for Cael Sanderson. Uh, wrong.
The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, under the guidance of head coach Cael Sanderson, followed up its third straight NCAA National and Big Ten titles by dominating the classroom as well. Just under half of Penn State's entire roster, 15 of 37, has been named to the Academic All-Big Ten list.
Led by four All-Americans, over 40 percent of Penn State's squad, all letter winners, met the criteria of being in their second academic year at Penn State and carrying a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Penn State's total of 15 was far and away the most of any Big Ten school for wrestling and comprised almost 25 percent of Penn State's total of 64 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the Winter sports season.
Your weekly #ATTITUDE update. The shootyhoops team fell short of the NCAA Tournament this year, but Coach Patrick Chambers was featured on the Big Ten Network this week talking about the Big Dance and, of course, Penn State basketball's bright future:
Your weekly fight about "IT" and the Board of Trustees. Eleven Penn State football lettermen issued a formal letter last week endorsing anyone but letterman Paul Suhey for reelection to the university's Board of Trustees. Not every former letterman agreed. The Patriot-News Editorial Board encouraged all Penn State alumni to ask the hard questions before selecting candidates on your Trustee ballot. Let's try not to wage another war in the comments section over this.
Sorry all, had to do it . . .
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