Playin The Foosball Behind Our Backs
While we sit slumped and drooling through the brutal football off-season, Penn State players and coaches keep grinding. One of those is Andre Robinson, the running back. Eighteen months ago, he was a more highly starz'd prospect than Saquon Barkley. But his ranking took a hit when he sustained an injury his final high school year. He redshirted last season. And then the recruiting bros filled our imaginations with Miles Sanders. Now, it looks like Andre is picking up some steam.
Remember four years ago when Larry Johnson was an irreplaceable DL coach, a divine combination of technician, recruiter, and father figure, with unbreakable bonds to the fertile and vital DMV region? Most of that may have been - and may still be - absolutely correct, except for the "irreplaceable" part. Sean Spencer had to replace a legend, and no one anywhere has emitted as much as a squeak in opposition, because there's not been a single reason to do so. Who would have predicted that? Here's the wild dog visiting the NFL's Dolphins, hunting for coaching tidbits.
Hey How About That
Sports Illustrated "re-drafts" last year based on each rookie's performance (and a little bit of 20/20 hindsight need). Donovan Smith climbs from the mid 30s to #20 and the Iggles. Adrian Amos leaps from the 5th round hinterlands to #16 overall, and is a lot warmer in Houston for BO'B than in Chicago.
Sports That Are Actually Being Played
HARDBALL - Penn State swept Army while in Cary, NC for a round-robin of sorts. They're now at 2-2 on the year, and head further south (naturally) for a 3-game set against South Carolina (phonetically: Sakerlina).
SWIMMIN POOLS - the men's 800-free relay notched the 2nd fastest time in PSU history at the Big Ten Championships.
LAX BROS - PSU just beat #15 Cornell at Cornell, 8-7, and have begun the season 3-0. That's good. Will Schreiner earned Big Ten Specialist of the Week for his performance.
POINTY STICKS - the men's and women's fencing teams finished their regular seasons at the Temple Invitational, where they face Penn, Princeton, St. John's, and Brown (but not Temple??). Their record: 2-2. Next up will be regional qualifiers.
SWINGERS (of) CLUBS - Freshman standout Lauren Waller (Canonsburg, PA) was featured on the Golf Channel recently. Waller shot a 68 (!!!) in the 3rd round of the Landfall Tradition, and her scoring average for the season is 74.43 per round.
DOIN' THE SPLITS - head coach Jeff Thompson notched his 150th career victory as the women's gymnastics team stomped on Maryland at the XFINITY Center.
LAX GIRLS - three Nittany Lions were named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list. The squad is ranked 6th nationally, by the way.
SOFTBALL - senior Lexi Knief was named a 2016 Senior CLASS Award nominee. The outfielder sports a career .364 batting average in addition to her 3.4 gpa.
Around The Lig
Maryland - take a look at the cover photo to TestudoTimes' 2017 foosball recruiting round up, and submit your captions' for Terp Head Coach DJ Durkin's facial expression in the comments. Here's ours: "No, you don't have cancer - but you are now the coach of Maryland football."
Michigan - as if one Harbaugh wasn't enough to fill the blogosphere, Maize N Brew grabs the mental wanderings of brother John, regarding Jim's travels to the southland for training camp.
Indiana - The Crimson Quarry wonders if ESPN's marginalization of shootyhoops could push the Big Ten away. (Answer: not while Jim Delany likes money).
Ohio State - according to the boys at LGHL, the Buckeyes are eyeing up JuCos. I suppose this makes sense, since, despite top 3 recruiting class after top 3 recruiting class, it's difficult to keep your roster at 85 when 20 dudes go pro early every year. Poor bastards. Really have a mess on their hands.
Iowa - the Hawkeyes dropped a bad game to Wisconsin in shootyhoops, which is barely above "Minnesota" on the pain and suffering scale.
Nebraska - Mike Riley may believe he's still coaching the Chargers, because the Huskers just hired Billy Devaney, recently of the Atlanta Falcons, as Director of Player Personnel.
Purdue - BoilerTMill works on shootyhoops Big Ten tournament bracketology. Sadly, his piece lacks the self-loathing and mental anguish of his football writing, but it is still informative.
Illinois - big news in Champaign as artfully named, Auburn DE Gimel President transfer to Chief Illiniwek. Here's the thing that'll blow your mind: he was a graduate transfer. (!!!!) Who knew Auburn graduated footballers?
Sparty - The Only Colors gives us a "mid-week" look at shootyhoops in the Big Ten. Start of the week, mid-week, end of the week, weekend recaps...that's what you do when you have a good team.
Big Ten Powerhouse Rutgers - our friends On The Banks believe they're building their brand one sport at a time. First they'll capture 38% of the New Brunswick market. And then it's on to world domination.
Minnesota - the University President felt compelled to issue a statement on why Jerry Kill wouldn't have a role at the school after all.
Wisconsin - Bucky's 5th Quarter wants to know if Ethan Happ is Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
This post has covered Penn State and 12 other Big Ten schools. Which school did we miss? Brag in the comments if you have the answer in less than 10 seconds, and without scrolling back up the page.