Penn State is a football school, first and foremost.
Second-tier sports include wrestling, basketball, hockey, and volleyball.
Then there’s the rest. A bunch of sometimes good, sometimes bad, but often forgotten about teams that operate mostly in anonymity.
Midweek musings wonders: which non-traditional sport would you like to see Penn State do well in?
The real question is not just do well, but become good enough on a consistent basis so that it moves up into that second tier of sports. The ones that make runs into the post-season (hockey, volleyball), grow a niche sport into one of dominance (wrestling), or I guess make money (basketball(?)).
For me, I’d love to see the Lions do well in soccer. That’s not to say the teams haven’t done well lately, as the men have made the NCAA tournament 3 years running, while the women have made the post-season as recently as 2019, after winning their first national championship in 2015.
But neither team has ever really developed that hardcore fandom that propels them into the tier 2 sports, wherein we all tune in to see how the Lions are doing at each match, exhibition, or tournament.
But what about you? What “off the wall” sport would you like to see the Lions do well in?