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Make that money, watch it burn

On the coaches’ caravan recently, head football coach James Franklin made the assertion that Penn State is 13th out of 14 Big Ten schools when it comes to spending over the last 8 years. Franklin considered spending on facilities and salaries, among other things. He noted coaches leaving for lateral moves, which he believes shouldn’t happen at a top 10 program. In related news, Penn State is valued as the 13th richest college football program. Only Ohio State and Michigan from the Big Ten ranked ahead of the Nittany Lions

Croots and croots and croots

With a slew of players committing in the coming weeks, expect to see a strangely slow 2019 recruiting cycle begin to pick up the pace. Typically, when one domino falls in recruiting, several others fall not long thereafter. Penn State fans should keep an eye out for some impending fireworks. Also in recruiting news, the Lions have added a former Villanova quarterback to the roster - to the men’s basketball roster, that is.

Offensive line shakeup

As noted yesterday, redshirt freshman offensive lineman Robert Martin is no longer with the program. There is always attrition after spring ball wraps up, and Martin apparently no longer felt like football was his calling in life. This will help get Penn State closer to the 85 scholarship limit by the time fall camp rolls around, and we wish Robert the best in his future endeavors!

This defense could be really good or really not good

Speaking of preparing for fall camp, the defense has a lot of work to do, highlighted by some key players at linebacker and defensive back. Brent Pry will have his work cut out for him, as the Lions look to replace several starters across the board. It would be particularly helpful if Ellis Brooks could take over the middle linebacker spot - this would allow freshman phenom Micah Parsons to slide over to the outside linebacker spot, where he could thrive. Cornerback John Reid is expected to make his return from an ACL injury, which should be a boon for the secondary.

Penn State in the pros

Lastly, Saquon Barkley will look to star for the New York Giants, which isn’t always easy for a rookie, especially behind a suspect offensive line. But if there’s one running back that can overcome a subpar offensive line, it’s Barkley. Elsewhere, Adrian Amos is hoping for a breakout year in 2018 for the Chicago Bears, whose career thus far has been solid, if somewhat under the radar. Look for that to change this coming season.