Happy March. The NCAA Tournament is just around the corner, baseball is firing up, NFL free agency begins this month, and ... uh ... daylight savings is less than two weeks away?
Women's Basketball: It's been a tough season for the Penn State Lady Lions, but that does not mean that there have not been bright spots. Freshman Teniya Page led the way, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors in addition to an All-Freshman Team selection. Senior Brianna Banks and sophomore Lindsey Spann were also named to the Honorable Mention All-Big Ten team. The Lady Lions begin Big Ten Tournament play Wednesday afternoon as the 11-seed, and will face 14th-seeded Illinois. That game will be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network following the conclusion of the 12/13 game at 1:30 p.m.
Baseball: The Nittany Lions traveled to South Carolina, home of the 15th-ranked Gamecocks, and unfortunately came up empty in the three-game series, getting swept with losses of 7-1, 16-5, and 4-2. South Carolina is a perennial contender for the College World Series championship, so this is not exactly an unexpected result. Baseball returns to the Carolinas this weekend with a three-game series at UNC-Wilmington.
Women's Soccer: On the heels of the program's first national championship, head coach Erica Dambach (née Walsh) announced five new commitments to the team's class of 2016, which now sits at seven.
NFL Free Agents: Some Penn Staters in the NFL who will be hitting free agency when it begins on March 15: Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali, Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, San Diego Chargers guard Johnnie Troutman, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jack Crawford, and Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Norwood.
Football: A lawsuit against the university filed by former assistant coaches Jay Paterno and Bill Kenney was dismissed by a federal judge Monday. Paterno and Kenney had argued that the Freeh Report caused their terminations, despite the fact that they were let go by the football program months before the Freeh Report concluded. The judge ruled that both coaches were let go in a manner consistent with any coaching turnover. Kenney is currently the offensive line coach at Western Michigan, while Paterno is not working in football.