It is, and it is wonderful. Arguably Marcus Allen's second greatest contribution to Penn State football.
LaVar at $2 is still amazing too me.
You are correct about Fitz working under Galt for a time at Maryland.
I should be able to change it, if you're interested!
No one is making an assumptions. But the only link between Penn State and any of this as of now is DJ Newbill's name appearing on a list, with no context, from the year he signed with this agency. Thamel's reporting didn't even mention his name in the story, or any other article that has been published to this point. Call me crazy, but I don't exactly expect them to be saving the big bombshell of Penn State baskeball's involvement for a big reveal down the road.
I'll practically guarantee this came after he graduated. The list is from the agency that represents him, and it is relatively common for those guys to loan or advance some cash to players when they sign to help them with various expenses.
Also Chambers isn't going anywhere anyway.
I get the angst, but it's a tricky process. There are certain years where we only have 4 B1G home games, and need 3 OOC home games to pay the bills. Add on top of that you play in a division with three other top-15, or better teams, and you don't want to kill yourself.
If you're going to play lower level FBS teams, I can at least appreciate bringing in some new faces rather than Akron or Kent State.
It will be a surprise if they add anyone because of that.
A year in which he did virtually nothing football related while recovering from a very significant wrist injury.
As the blog's resident Browns fan, I am totally torn on this. If he goes to Cleveland, and succeeds, he's a folk hero. But no one goes to the Browns and succeeds. It's the organization where dreams go to die.
This is a very big year for a number of offensive linemen. That jump from second year to third year is the time a lot of guys tend to take a big step. That includes players like Gellerstedt, Menet, and even Will Fries. Add in a couple of RS freshmen (Holmes, Miranda) that should be capable of at least situational snaps, and the depth suddenly feels better. The big part though is those guys actually taking that next step.
I expect Slade to be a huge weapon in the passing game next year as well.
I would be shocked if he doesn't, especially with the depth in front of him.
Without getting into too much detail, there are a few good reasons for those sudden changes.