I don't disagree with saying that Lambert-Smith and Washington are the only guys likely to play as true freshmen, but someone has to round out the depth chart, and those are the logical choices. You're way more likely to see guys bounce around between the various WR positions before those guys get any serious run though.
There are a few factors at play with the '21 class. Primarily, there is not a ton of space left. There are still big names like Rucci and Davis out there, plus a handful of others along the DL primarily that they're pursuing. But it was always going to be a smaller class, and the lack of any spring practice (and subsequent transfers) and visits really hindered them there.
As or Warren, without giving away too much, the desire to get further away from home increased the longer he was there with the pandemic.
I can only imagine the logistical nightmare for not just TV coverage, but medical facilities, locker rooms, etc. of staging games in locations that are not set up or that typically.
I was having this conversation last night about the neutral site idea. One, I think it simplifies the league's operations as far as Covid protocol, cleaning, etc. It also helps their broadcast partners from a logistical standpoint of not having to send people all over to cover games. I also think it eliminates the facilities issue with a number of stadiums going through a winterization process, and in several cases (including Beaver Stadium), probably not being usable in winter months without expensive and lengthy renovations.
Pretty much what Flip said as far as TV content for networks and fans. Plus, I think the logistics around two football games in one building each day, on top of the extra cleaning and sanitizing that will take place, is probably pushing it.
As a student from August 2001 through May of 2005, I can confirm it was very bad football times.
Divisions will still be in place. That note was leftover from a previous draft of the story that we had saved several weeks ago when different scheduling models were being discussed.
Thanks for reading!
The expectation is QB.
Personally, I think this is going to ultimately end up as a two QB class by the time everyone signs, just based on the makeup of the room at the moment.
Thanks for reading and sharing some insight in Kaden's recruitment. As a Columbus-area (Worthington) native myself, I love seeing local prospects find their way to Happy Valley!
Please do not encourage him.
He doesn't. Never say never, but I think that PSU's relationship, which dates back to his freshman year of high school, is a huge part of this. A late OSU offer obviously gets attention, especially from kids in Ohio, but I'm not sure how much it ultimately moves the needle.
I don't think this change will impact the method of travel. There isn't much difference between sitting on a crowded bus, or a crowded plane. The primary purpose was to give the league more control over protocol, schedule adjustments if needed, etc.
Confirmed a lot of what we’ve known. Really talented, but still pretty raw.
If you remember, the Big Ten had a deal like this in place with the Pac 12 several years ago before the Pac 12 backed out. That was the impetus for going to a ninth B1G league game, since it at least guaranteed everyone an additional P5 level opponent (unless you ended up with Rutgers).
I think there are a half dozen teams outside of that elite tier you mentioned that can make a case for being that high, including PSU. I just think when you factor in PSU's recent history, and the overall talent on the roster, it's a pretty damn compelling case to make that they deserve to be where they are.
We've debated other points on here before, so no use rehashing things like facilities, coaching salaries and the like. However, what's your evidence this staff hasn't developed players. They've had 26 players drafted into the NFL since 2015, with 17 of those in just the last three years. Penn State hasn't had a run like that since the early-90s. They're doing all of that with 42 wins in the last four seasons, and three major bowl appearances (with two wins in those). Pretty damn good player development if you ask me.
I am legitimately interested in why you think he is a run-first QB. Is it just because 247 classifies him as dual threat? If that's the case, it's hardly what dual-threat means in their classification system.