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Dan Smith


Philadelphia, PA

MEMBER SINCE   July 24, 2016

Dan Smith is a staff writer at Roar Lions Roar, covering Penn State basketball and football. He is a 2013 graduate of Penn State with a degree in journalism. Prior to his time at Roar Lions Roar, Dan was a senior writer for Black Shoe Diaries, a columnist for cover32, and the Penn State beat writer for Buzz on Broad. As an undergraduate, he was the executive editor of Penn State student sports station CommRadio, and won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award along with the rest of the staff of the Centre County Report in 2013.


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  • NHL TEAM: Philadelphia Flyers
  • NBA TEAM: Philadelphia 76ers
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Comment 18 Apr 2019

Stevens is leaving specifically because Franklin is holding a competition. How in the world did you read this as the absence of a competition for the job? Stevens wanted a guarantee Franklin was not willing to extend. Clifford deserves to compete for the job, and Stevens believes he should be a starter somewhere.

Comment 01 Feb 2019

I am responding to you! My comment is not indicative of the column I wrote. It was responding to you saying something very silly. Nothing more.

And despite your protestations, it did not have to do with him. In fact, I wrote the column because it has become clear that Chambers is not the answer going forward. It is a response to his team this year falling flat on its face when it could not afford to. If I thought it was not his fault, I would have written something about how he deserves to come back. I did not do that, because I do not think he does. I instead wrote about what happens next.

The column is not about him. It is about the conversation surrounding Sandy Barbour's first coaching search for men's basketball, and how I thought it got ridiculous. People talked themselves into Penn State having more money than it has and being more willing to spend it on basketball than it is. I responded with my disagreement. That is what happened here. And everyone else can pretty much see that except you.

Enjoy your weekend.

Comment 01 Feb 2019

Strongly disagree. As a Flyers fan, this is a very specific and real feeling Craig is describing. One where you know you will be disappointed, but they still find a way to make it sting anyway.

Comment 01 Feb 2019

Yeah, it's essentially Hamler, Friermuth, and a whole new offense. The 2019 offense is in a similar situation to what the 2018 defense was in.

Comment 01 Feb 2019

I'm at work so I don't have the full numbers in front of me, but this is about right. Parsons really did not play very often early in the season. It is definitely fair to say he was playing more than Farmer overall in the second half of the season.

Comment 30 Jan 2019

I'm talking about what it would cost to get a different type of coach. One who has a "proven track record" and would have assistants that cost more. It's literally a discussion about dollars and cents, based on speculation I've seen online. This, again, has nothing to do with Chambers.

Comment 30 Jan 2019

1. Penn State's finances are held far too close to the vest for me to tackle that sort of financial breakdown in earnest. The private donor aspect is a major part of this, and most of what I could provide would be TV revenue, ticket sales, and the like. Using the available data we do have would be incomplete and misleading. in my opinion.

2. The argument is also not about whether Penn State men's basketball could produce an ROI with a larger investment. It could ... at a certain point. But the amount that it would take to get that done is totally unfeasible. And it's unfeasible because ...

3. This argument is also not about whether or not they SHOULD prioritize putting half a billion dollars into Beaver Stadium, it's that they are and have already stated that it's in the top five in the queue. 2019 is the first year in which the master facilities plan is going to be put into practice. The natatorium, the indoor practice facility, the new tennis facility, the Jeffrey Field remodeling, and of course the major Beaver Stadium renovation ... Penn State is fundraising like mad and will be doing so for the foreseeable future to see these things through. They are Sandy Barbour's stated goals. Men's basketball getting several million dollars extra per year is not in the cards in the face of that.

The difference between men's basketball getting Patrick Chambers and getting a coach with significantly more clout and a better assistant coaching staff is not $1 million per year. It's going to be several million per year.

Comment 30 Jan 2019

The investment would probably be spending $5-6 million more per year on the coaching staff, meaning the head coach and the three assistants. That is the main thing. The BJC will need some spending on it to make it at least passable as a basketball facility. I think the most common suggestion to make it work is to move the whole set up to one end of the arena, which would allow for much better sight lines on the end they move it to, and then putting a steeper temporary bleacher on the other end and throwing a curtain up there instead of around the whole of the upper deck. This would require some doing, in terms of moving the scoreboard, the press areas, and re-arranging how they sell their luxury suites. But it's probably the only option without building a new arena, since moving to Rec Hall is more or less untenable with all of the basketball facilities attached to the BJC.

The problem is that that first amount, the money for the coaching staff, is a huge jump that would not see any guaranteed return on investment. And if it did, it would be a number of years down the road. It would require donors ponying up to get it there, and there's no donor base for men's basketball champing at the bit to spend on this program.