We come to the end of another week, at least the part where most of us are required to wake up, go to work, and miss all the fun stuff that happens during the day. However, have no fear, faithful cog in our American economy. Here is a quick recap of what you missed around PSU, and here at VBR this week:
- Starting out with hoops, Penn State got some expected, but still good news from the NCAA (yes, that exists). Tim Frazier was granted his medical waiver for a 5th year following his Achilles injury suffered early on last season. The Lions also got a visit from Jaylen Bond, the former Texas Longhorn forward, who has been grated his release from UT, and is looking to transfer. Jaylen is a Philly product, and would be a great addition to the PSU frontcourt, albeit not until the 2014-15 season. You can read more about both of those here.
- On the gridiron, the Big 10 formally approved both new East-West divisions (hooray for common sense!) starting in 2014, as well as the addition of a 9th conference game starting in 2016. I never got the whole “try to set divisions up based on competitive balance”, and still have no idea whether PSU is a legend or leader. Plus we get to play Michigan every year, and try to get this thing back from Sparty.
- Bill O’Brien and assorted other coaches are again on the road this spring for the Coaches Caravan, and a hot topic during one of the gatherings earlier this week was the long talked about Ireland game. Now, nothing is official, but with future B1G schedules settled at 9 games, one of the final road blocks has been removed. I rather enjoy baseless speculation, so I took a stab at 5 teams I’d love to see Penn State take on across the pond. Well, actually 4, and a Temple joke.
- In actual football news, it became official that PSU will host Michigan on Homecoming Saturday (October 12th) in a prime time kickoff, slated for 5:00. Two weeks later, the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes will meet under the lights in Ohio Stadium at 8:00. With another night game (10/12 sunset is shortly after 6:30) in Beaver Stadium on tap, I went back through the old memory bank, and recounted the top 5 Beaver Stadium crowds I have been a part of.
- Finally, on the recruiting front, Coatesville, PA’s Daquan Worley is nearing a decision, and that decision will appear to be a verbal commitment to PSU, according to multiple reports. Daquan would be a welcome addition to a class that has been heavy on offensive skill, and further solidify one of O’Brien’s recruiting goals of locking down the best players in the Commonwealth.
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