November 12, 2011; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions marching band walks on to the field prior to the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

National Penn State Hate Week?


A rant is about to happen. Leave now if that’s not your cup of tea.

Just wait until my friends get here! photo by Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

So let’s recap the last three days:
First, CBSSports decided to rank the 26 coaching hires in college football from this offseason and the Penn State hiring of Bill O’Brien was ranked 23rd.
Then, SI.com came out with grades for some of the 2012 recruiting classes and gave O’Brien’s class an F. The ONLY F on the list.
Finally, there were reports today that Penn State spent $29,000 on Joe Paterno’s memorial service. While it wasn’t originally reported in a negative tone, the bloggers took it there. I won’t link any of them, but how about we take that $29,000 out of the $100,000 that Joe donated to the University three weeks after it fired him over the phone…

CBSSports took 9 voters and let each of them rank the coaching hires, then averaged it out. O’Brien received one vote for 26th, one vote for 6th, and then presumably 7 votes at right around 24. O’Brien managed to beat out Matt Campbell to Toledo, Bob Davie to New Mexico and Justin Fuente to Memphis, but lost to the other 22 hires… Here’s a quick look at some of them:
-Kyle Flood, Rutgers: Flood has no head coaching experience and was previously the O-Line coach at Rutgers. He has not coached in 2 Super Bowls.
-Curtis Johnson, Tulane: No head coaching experience. No coordinator experience. Previously the WR coach for the New Orleans Saints.
-Todd Graham, Arizona State: Yeah, the same Todd Graham who coached at Pitt, his “dream job”, for one year and notified his players of his move to ASU via text message.
-Tony Levine, Houston: Guy was a Special Teams coordinator and TE coach before this. Ranked 9 spots ahead of O’Brien.
The best part was the summary of why O’Brien was ranked so low:

O’Brien will be under more scrutiny this fall than perhaps any other new head coach. O’Brien has to attempt to replace legendary coach Joe Paterno as the school continues to recover from both Paterno’s recent death and the never-ending Jerry Sandusky saga. O’Brien’s first head coaching job won’t be easy. “We’re going to work extremely hard to uphold the standards of excellence that [Paterno] set there and blaze our own trail there,” O’Brien said. “It’s a new era of Penn State football.” O’Brien, 42, spent the past five seasons with the New England Patriots, but does have college experience. Before his NFL stint, he spent 14 seasons as an assistant at Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke.

Ohhhhh, now it makes sense! Terrible hire. Huh?

SI.com, who should really stick to the swimsuit edition since that’s the only edition anybody buys, decided to try their hand at recruiting analysis. I prefer 247sports, who were recently named the best recruiting service (by a lot!) in a poll taken by no2minutewarning.com.
Let’s compare the two!
SI.com gives Houston and Tony Levine (yes, the TE coach), an A while 247Sports rates their class as the 48th best in the country.
SI thinks that the North Carolina Class is also worthy of a B+, while 247 has them at 40.
Here, let’s make this simple:
Pitt: B-, 45
Washington State: B, 56
Kansas: C+, 75
Ole Miss: C, 42
Illinois: C-, 68
Penn State: F, 39
So…while the best recruiting service in the country feels that Penn State has a class better than each of these other schools, SI.com is under the impression that PSU has failed miserably in comparison. Interesting.

All I’ll say is this: Get it in now. The 2012 class is solid and the 2013 class has a good shot at being spectacular. I talk to recruits just about every day and there is a good vibe around the Penn State program along with the the staff that’s in place.
Have your fun, give your grades, but be assured that I will be looking for you next year at this time and I LOVE to say “I told you so.”

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