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It’s July, so summer doldrums and all that. Still, it’s almost preseason, which means it’s almost the season, which means we’re starting to talk a bit more about football.
So, of course, we’ll start with basketball. Everyone was pleased to see Penn State hoops star Tony Carr selected 51st overall in last month’s NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans, the first Penn Stater to be selected since 1999. Everyone was less enthused by Carr’s performance in the Vegas Summer League, in which he played substantial minutes off-ball and had a tough time showcasing the skills that led the Nittany Lions to the NIT Championship.
Now, it looks like Carr may not be spending any time with the Pelicans this year. Somewhat surprisingly, he may not spend any time in the NBA’s G League either. Instead, Sportando reports (and CBS Sports confirms) that Tony Carr is expected to sign a deal with Fiat Torino, an Italian club. Thus, Carr’s career may begin in Europe, where he will likely be able to spend time as a true point guard.
While I’m disappointed I won’t see Tony Carr when the Pellies visit Brooklyn this year, this story turns out to be great for another reason. Tony Carr’s new head coach in Torino?
Anyone think we can get Larry Brown to State College?
Hi. I’m in Delaware.
So is Andre Robinson. The former Penn State running back will join the Delaware Blue Hens this coming season, where he will have immediate eligibility. Robinson was the same year as Saquon Barkley - both came in with four start ratings, but Robinson was, until midway through their senior year, the more decorated recruit.
Once they got to campus, though, that changed, as Barkley lit the field on fire for three years before departing as the second overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Robinson was a solid backup that split time with Miles Sanders, Mark Allen, and Nick Scott.
Sooner or later, that depth chart had to clear. Sanders is the heir apparent, Allen has stuck around as a change of pace, and Nick Scott’s now on defense. With Ricky Slade entering the picture this year, Robinson looked to be the odd man out.
Robinson always played well for the Nittany Lions and could have started in State college if things had broken slightly differently. Now, he’ll get the same opportunity Pat Devlin got - start at Delaware, rack up some good stats, and try to get to the League. Good luck, Andre.
Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record thinks that Penn State’s season will hinge on the six game schedule starting in September against the Ohio State Buckeyes and ending with a visit from the Wisconsin Badgers. He’s probably right.
Josh Moyer and John McGonigal from the Centre Daily Times rank the top 10 defensive ends in Penn State history. I would’ve gone with Tamba at the top spot, but we’re not far off.
Most importantly, the CDT’s Sarah Rafacz reports that the university raised nearly $363 million in 2017-18 in the “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence.” This is, apparently, a university record. It makes you wonder how much they could have raised with a better campaign name.