You may have noticed it has been a little quiet around these parts over the last few days. Myself and the entire staff are reeling, like many of you are, amid the news of the last week as this global health emergency has consumed virtually every waking moment of our lives. That has, of course, spread into the world of sports, where our beloved Nittany Lion teams have seen their seasons brought to unceremonious ends, in the pursuit of safety in the face of a global pandemic.
Do not get us wrong: We agree with these drastic, never-before-seen measures. Lives, likely those of people you hold among the closest to your collective heart, are at stake. The loss of basketball, hockey, wrestling, lacrosse, and many more is but a small price to pay to keep our population as safe as possible.
We all felt it when Lamar Stevens finished his remarkable career six points behind the all-time scoring record for the men's basketball program, and without an official NCAA Tournament appearance. Seniors like Peyton Jones, Liam Folkes, and Denis Smirnov had a chance to take Penn State to its first Frozen Four in their final season. Mark Hall and Vincenzo Joseph will not get a chance to cap their Nittany Lion careers with one more national title. Numerous others — both in Happy Valley and in colleges all across the United States, in a number of other sports — won't get the opportunity to end their collegiate careers on their own terms, barring the NCAA opting to let them return next year (and, of course, these athletes choosing to take the NCAA up on that offer instead of leaving school to get a job).
In the days, weeks, and months ahead, we will do our best to touch on what all of the aforementioned athletes and many more, have meant to Penn State University. We are working to find the right path forward to have some fun in these very trying times, and hope that you stick with us while we figure out how to navigate all of it.
Thanks for reading, and understanding.
Stay healthy, and stay safe.
-Matt de Bear, Senior Editor