Better isn’t good enough - Those were James Franklin’s words to the media when discussing his team after the fifth spring practice. The team, who had no members with a Big Ten Championship under their belts prior to last season, was reminded by the head coach that they ain’t done jack **** yet, and pointed to no national championships and no wins against “certain” teams in the conference yet as evidence. Expect some “Akron, Akron, Akron, Akron...” tweets in August.
Speaking of which - Trace McSorley has been busy this spring, and ESPN has three tasks for McSorley to work on. In John Madden-esque fashion, the three tasks are
- Find a new receiver
- Be more accurate
- Make fewer mistakes
I think we can all agree that if McSorley is able to do all three of those, he’ll be a Heisman contender by the end of the season.
Getting busy with it - With three players departing from the current roster, Pat Chambers has been busy looking for replacements. His latest move comes in the form of an offer to a Florida point guard:
2017 The Rock School PG Jamari Wheeler has been offered by Penn State @jamariwheeler5— Prep Hoops Florida (@prephoopsfl) March 31, 2017
Wheeler is rated as a 3-star on Rivals, and not rated on Scout and 247.
Reaching new heights - The men’s lacrosse team is ranked No. 2 in the country this week after finishing the non-conference portion of the season undefeated, with the 9-0 start being the best start in program hisotry. They open the Big Ten season against No. 5 Ohio State.
Pingy bats is ready to go too - The baseball team also opens up Big Ten play when they travel to No. 22 Michigan on Friday (today!). The baseball team is 10-13 overall and is looking to improve upon last season’s 7th place finish, which kept them out of the Big Ten Tournament only due to tiebreakers.
In Other News...
247 Sports compiled a list of college basketball head coaches who have yet to make a final four. There are some interesting names on there.
Smart players - Penn State added 76 Academic All-Americans to its total, with wrestling leading the way in the Winter All-American entries with 15. Men’s hockey and women’s swimming and diving had 14 each. The most recent honorees push the grand total to 5,730, which tops the Big Ten in the 25 years Penn State has been a member.