Hall of Fame Bound: Joe Moorhead may have moved on from Fordham when he became Penn State football’s newest offensive coordinator, but he will be joining the Ram’s Athletic Hall of Fame next April. As a player, he had an accomplished career as a three-year starting quarterback. He graduated having earned both the Fordham single-season and career marks for pass completions and yards. He would later return as head coach and have another wildly successful run, earning berths to the FCS Championship playoffs in his last three seasons.
Lift for Life: 2,500 people turned out to watch a 35-27 offense victory in six one-on-one strength and conditioning competitions and a series of tug-of-wars on the lacrosse field. Unsurprisingly, Saquon Barkley was one of the stars of the event. The preliminary total raised this year has been announced as $73,000, pushing the all-time total to nearly $1.2 million.
Major Decision: The hiring of Rob Cooper has been a boon for Penn State baseball recruiting and the trend continued with Dante Biasi’s decision to enroll at Penn State over joining the Cubs out of high school. He was chosen by Chicago in the 22nd round, making his the highest pick to choose the Nittany Lions over professional baseball since 1982 when Eric Hohn was taken in the 20th round. Biasi will also be joining his brother, Sal, a junior, currently on the Penn State baseball team.
Fresh New Look: Winning a national championship is bringing a revamped image along with it. Last week the women’s soccer team unveiled a new crest and star to accompany it, now they introduced new kits. The new uniforms draw heavily from the U.S. Women’s National team’s World Cup road uniforms from last year, but, frankly, look even better than those turned out.
A Legacy Remembered: Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record has a series of articles this week and next highlighting the 1954 Penn State football team. So far Frank Reich Sr., Earl Shumaker and a young assistant coach, Joe Paterno, have been discussed, Lenny Moore should post today, and Jesse Arnelle and Buddy Rowell will wind up this week. Jim Harding, Charles Blockson, and Rosey Grier are waiting in the wings next week.