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Linking the way through the week’s Penn State news

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The Penn State news of the week, linked for your pleasure...

Just when I thought I was out... HBO went and greenlit a Joe Paterno biopic that delves into the coach’s response to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The project, which has been in development in some form or fashion since 2012, will star Al Pacino as Joe Paterno. Because of course. The only better casting choice for this role would have been this guy...

So, will you watch?

Wrestling Up. Mark Bader of FloWrestling wonders whether this is the year that Penn State’s wrestling dynasty begins to dominate at the next level. Bader notes that Cael Sanderson has built a national powerhouse at the college level, but that the 2017 World Team Trials offer the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club the opportunity the put as many as four wrestlers (Nico Megaludis, Zain Retherford or Frank Molinaro, Jason Nolf, and David Taylor) on the roster.

Field Day. Patrick told us earlier this week that Justin Fields has looked like a star at the Elite 11 finals out west. Now, he gets to show off his skills again, this time at Nike’s The Opening. He’ll be joined by several other Lion pledges, including the Sladerunner himself, Ricky Slade.

Tracing History. Bob Flounders at PennLive takes a look at the record setting 2016 from QB Trace McSorley (Penn State records in total offense, passing yards, and touchdown passes) and what he can possibly do to top it in 2017 and beyond. Probably doesn’t hurt to have great coaches, Saquon Barkley, and a great group of receivers to assist you either.

Just keep swimming. Penn State athletes continue the university’s stellar academic tradition. Swimming World Magazine reports that Penn State swimmer Casey Francis and wrestler Geno Morelli have been awarded 2017 Big Ten Conference Post-Graduate Scholarships. Congratulations to both!