A record 56 Penn State football student athletes posted higher than a 3.0 GPA this past fall semester, breaking the record of 55 that has stood since 2008. It's the fifth consecutive semester that over 50 athletes on the football team have done better than an average 3.0 GPA, with 23 of those 56 holding higher than a a 3.5. Fourteen freshmen also made the overall list.
School is cool: That's right kids, I said it. You know who else is continuing on with his education? John Urschel, who just announced that he's enrolled with MIT for a Ph.D. in mathematics during the offseason with the Baltimore Ravens. Stay in school, guys.
Michigan still sucks: Want to get psyched for another big hockey game this weekend? Onward State has a comprehensive timeline of the on-ice rivalry between Penn State and Michigan, which the Nittany Lions still lead. Remember when Eric Scheid saved the Nittany Lions' bacon in overtime in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament before Zach Saar finished Michigan off in the second extra hockey period? Good times for all.
Three's company: Three Nittany Lion lacrosse players have been selected to the 2016 U.S Men's U19 National Team. The team is made of 25 players from across the country and will feature on Penn State freshman and two incoming signees on the roster. Associate head coach Peter Toner here at Penn State will also be an assistant coach for the team as the U19 squad will take part in the 2016 FIL World Championship happening this summer.
Safe Sport selection: Penn State's chief ethics and compliance officer, Regis Becker, has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to join a newly formed organization called the U.S Center for Safe Sport. The board of nine people, Becker included, will be a part of "a pioneering effort to address abuse in sports and will be the first national institution dedicated to preserving the safety and well-being of athletes." Safe Sport looks to become a national movement that will "raise awareness about misconduct in sport, promote open dialogue, and provide training and resources."
Hoops heads to MSG: Hockey isn't the only sport headed to New York this weekend. The basketball team heads back to The Worlds Most Famous Arena in Madison Square Garden for the first time since their 2009 NIT title game where they bested Baylor 69-63 for the school's first NIT championship. The always wonderful Tony Mancuso put up a great piece on the game from 2009.
Wrestling pins down No. 1 players: Penn State continues to dominate on the wrestling mat, as now the Nittany Lions hold four grapplers ranked No. 1 in their weight classes, with two freshmen leading the way.