We're Number One Penn State has been named the most active college in the nation in a study by the National College of Sports Medicine. The study looked at factors such as the walkability of the campus, as well as number and variety of fitness opportunities and classes offered. Penn State beat out Kansas State and Tennessee for the top honor.
See You In Ann Arbor Penn State 2018 DE five-star commit Micah Parsons is set to visit Michigan and Jim Harbaugh in August. Parsons, the highest rated recruit to commit to Penn State in the Franklin era, was thought to be pretty solid, but this could be troubling news for Nittany Lions fans, as Penn State does not need anymore negative news on the recruiting trail.
Speaking Of Bad News Penn State target Matt Dotson announced his commitment to Michigan State Thursday at The Opening, an annual camp put on by Nike. Dotson, who was drawn to Penn State by his strong connection with commit Sean Clifford, ultimately decided to head to East Lansing, though the decision was not easy.
Increasing Our Influence Last year, it was announced that Phil Knight's successor as Nike CEO and chairman of the board would be Penn State Alum Mark Parker. Parker, who had already taken over the role of CEO from Knight, officially became chairman of the board when Knight officially resigned his post on June 30. It's been a great twelve months for Parker, as aside from becoming the most powerful man in the footwear and sports apparel industry, he was named the Fortune Businessman of the Year last November.
He Must Like Rings Alabama redshirt freshman quarterback Blake Barnett made waves over the weekend when he proposed to his professional surfer/model girlfriend Maddie Peterson. Barnett is in contention for the Alabama starting job, and, judging by her Instagram profile, she has potential to be the next Katherine Webb, who rose to fame during the telecast of the Alabama vs Notre Dame national championship game as the girlfriend, and now wife, of Tide quarterback AJ McCarron.
No-Look Catch Ryan Smith of the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers made one of the most ridiculous catches you will ever see.
Hockey Valley Three former Penn State players have signed professional contracts in the last few days. Former Nittany Lion Defenseman Luke Juha signed with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders. Penn State great Casey Bailey signed a one year deal with the Ottawa Senators. Finally, netminder PJ Musico signed a one year deal with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, the ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers.
New Additions It's been quite a 12 months for Penn State Women's Soccer Coach Erica Walsh Dambach. She captured the program's first national title and her first national title last December, got married to Jason Dambach in January, and today welcomed her first child to the world, Addison Jeanne Dombach.