This is partially off of memory, but as I recall, he gave a lot of credit to Adam Vinatieri and the Patriots. They signed him as an UDFA out of PSU, and he spent all summer and most of camp with them. I don't remember the specifics, but they essentially put a routine in place that simplified his approach, etc. He was waived at the end of camp, and had a brief tryout with the Ravens when their kicker got hurt. The Bears kicker struggled to start that year, and he was called in from a construction site where he was working as a construction manager or something for a tryout. The rest is history.
Pretty sure our friend was going for a 6-4 joke, which as always, was TOO SOON.
4.4 with a little stumble/slip at the start.
His PSU time on the board in the weight room is 4.33.
Remember Michigan is allegedly going to be running a more spread/tempo offense with Gattis.
Nebraska has been a popular choice for the house in the preseason odds as well.
Indications are that he is still enrolled in grad school at PSU.
I don't 100% grasp the specifics either, but depending on when they enroll at the JUCO, they can maintain a redshirt year should they transfer to an FBS school.
At the same time, it says a lot about the talent level coming in that there are so many kids that you can make an argument could play more than four games this year.
Iowa is dressing up as corn.
Seems to be the way things are going at this point. You'll see a lot of both Thorpe and Miranda, I'd imagine. Especially early on in the season.
Now I need to see this.
Unfortunately not. I think it's now an NCAA rule that visors can only be tinted in certain colors, etc.
They obviously didn't talk a ton about it since they rarely discuss injuries unless they are season ending. But he dealt with a lingering foot injury for most of last season.
Simmons started to show flashes towards the end of 2017, but spent pretty much all of last year injured.
PJ Fleck? The guy is a game below .500 at Minnesota, and has one season of any note, the 13-1 year at Western where he played no one. Believe he's only like 6-7 games over .500 lifetime. Paul Chryst is 0-2 vs. PSU, including that one game everyone seems to forget where James Franklin and Co. won a Big Ten title. I like Fitzgerald and he's 2-1 vs. Franklin, but he also got run off of the field in their most recent meeting.
The consolation prize, if you want to think of it that way, is a WR group of Hamler, Dotson, Shorter, George, Dunmore, and Jones already in the room and with three or more years of eligibility left. That is to say nothing of who signs this year.
Fleming is a loss, no doubt, but the cupboard is far from bare.
No. That was Myles Dread.
James Franklin is the 15th highest paid coach in the country according to the most recent figures. If he made three times less than that, he'd be the 72nd highest paid coach, just behind Willie Friz of Tulane. If you think James Franklin deserves to be compensated as the 72nd best coach in the country, than your agenda is even more painfully clear then it already is. The man guided PSU through the two toughest years of NCAA sanctions, won the Big 10, won a Fiesta Bowl, and has the program trending upwards at a rate Penn State hasn't seen since arguably the mid-90s. If you want to argue that all coaches are overpaid, that's a worthwhile discussion, but I don't hear you complaining about Jim Harbaugh making $7.5 million at Michigan with nothing to show for it in the trophy case. Willie Taggart, Dan Mullen, and Lovie Smith all make more than Franklin as well.
The same goes for facilities. Penn State has fallen woefully behind because previous administrations and staffs flat out stopped investing in them. This isn't even a James Franklin thing. Bill O'Brien was working just as hard to get money invested in the infrastructure of the program. When Purdue, Indiana, Minnesota, and Iowa, among others, have better facilities than Penn State, that's a problem that has to be rectified. That is to say nothing of where Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama, Michigan, and other "peer" programs are facilities wise.
PSU is still a bargain compared to similar programs like OSU, Michigan, ND, etc.
Speaking in terms of season tickets, they had not increased in close to a decade (I think) until they went from $55 to $60 for the bleacher seats a couple of years ago.