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Dan Smith


Philadelphia, PA

Member since 24 July 2016 | Blog

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.


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Comment 21 May 2018

Yeah, I'm with Craig here. The things he is not "elite" at are the things coming back to school would not help. Another year at Penn State won't increase his vert.

Comment 08 May 2018

The problem I have with that line of thinking is that the issues with Carr's game aren't going to be fixed by returning to college. Being a below average athlete who can't jump well enough to finish around the rim isn't something fixed by 20 more Big Ten games.

The only real argument for Carr coming back, in my view, is if you think he can improve his draft stock because the class of 2019 is weaker than the class of 2018. But that's contingent upon the NBA and NCAA keeping the same one-and-done rules in place, which is no guarantee any longer.

Comment 04 May 2018

You don't even have to look at other fanbases, there are some Penn State fans who still think Tommy Stevens should start ahead of him. The bottom line is that McSorley's playing style rubs some people the wrong way. Add that in with the fact that his success came at the same time as Moorhead's and Barkley's, while Stevens is a bigger quarterback that more "looks the part," and those predisposed to dislike McSorley can still make their case.

It's all the more absurd to me because I was one of the people who was very down on McSorley before he proved himself. I thought McSorley being the opening day starter in 2016 meant the team was in trouble. The last two years have made it clear he's a top college quarterback. I'm very happy to admit that I was incorrect about my early assumptions about him. The kid is a player.

Comment 04 May 2018

It's because of Penn State's status as a state-related university and not a state university. They do not have to release information to the public the way a normal public university would have to. That other contracts have leaked out is probably because the athletic department/donors wanted it leaked out. My guess is that Chambers still has a very low (relatively speaking) salary that the program does not see the benefit in releasing.

Comment 05 Apr 2018

I don't blame you! I had to look it up myself, and I wrote a whole article about the subject last spring.

Comment 04 Apr 2018

You are making two points here, one I agree with and one I disagree with.

Chambers definitely did not recruit the 2017 class the way he recruited the 2015 and 2016 classes, and it cost him. They did not have available scholarships, and it appears they waited in dipping their toes into those waters until far later in the process once they realized they may have spots. They were concerned about oversigning, and they should not have been. Building early relationships was so critical to the 2015 and 2016 classes, and they didn't give themselves a chance in 2017 because of that. I think it was a mistake, and one that isn't based on hindsight, so you'll get agreement from me there. I think he blew it.

However, blaming him for "choosing" not to bring in transfers is something I disagree with. I don't think they chose to stay off the transfer market, I think they just didn't find a fit. It's a very tough thing to rely on because there are so many options for players. And their confidence in it can't be high considering they haven't had a successful transfer since D.J. Newbill, whether it's because of their player evaluation or because those were the only players they could get. Probably a mix of both. So you can blame him for not "recruiting" the transfer market successfully, and that's fine, but I think saying they didn't think it was something that could help is not a fair assessment.

Comment 03 Apr 2018

I'm not sure another year would have helped, and it certainly could have hurt if he got injured or had even a minor slump.