It was not too long ago that the mere thought getting any sort of behind the scenes look at Penn State football was laughable. Joe Paterno was infamously stingy when it came to letting the media behind the curtain of his practices. In Bill O’Brien’s first season at the helm, things began to change, as the media was invited to portions of several practices, NFL scouts were able to attend more frequently, the coach was more available for individual interviews. In year 2, things are about to get even better for the fans. ESPN and Penn State announced earlier today that the Nittany Lions will be featured on ESPN’s “All Access-Training Days” program in August.
PSU will be the 4th college program featured on the program, which debuted in 2010 with Alabama. Oklahoma appeared in 2011, and Urban Meyer’s first season at Ohio State was the focus of the 2012 series. The players and coaches will be featured across several of ESPN’s platforms, including segments on College Football Live and SportsCenter, beginning August 16th. A 1 hour special will air on August 20th, with five additional 30-minute specials running throughout the fall, beginning on August 21st.
I admittedly watch very little ESPN outside of live events I want to see, and the worldwide leader has not exactly been a popular force amongst Penn State fans. However, they are still the biggest name in sports media, and having watched some of the coverage from the previous 3 years, it’s a very well done series, with some great insight on both coaches and players. It also provides great exposure of the program to potential recruits, and dare I say, highlight the culture of the University.
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