Rumors have been circulating for days about various coaches that are interested in replacing O’Brien, and now Athletic Director David Joyner and co. will be tasked with finding a replacement. We compiled a list of some potential candidates, but remember, as we learned with O’Brien, there’s no guarantee that Penn State will hire anyone who is mentioned early in the process.
Monthly Archives: December, 2013
It’s usually clichéd to say that a basketball game is a tale of two halves, mostly because discussing a game in such simple terms is often inaccurate. However, Penn State’s 79-63 loss to fifth ranked Michigan State was exactly that.
As 2013 comes to a close, we here at Onward State are taking some time to reflect on a hectic but rewarding year. Our 2,498 published posts were viewed by millions of people from 221 countries and territories in 2013 (special shout out to the bro/bro-dette from Turkmenistan last week).
Lost in the commotion that is Penn State football’s hectic coaching situation is that the Penn State men’s basketball team (9-4, 0-0) kicks off Big Ten play tonight against the 5th ranked Michigan State Spartans (11-1, 0-0).
Although Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is keeping quiet about his team’s highly publicized coaching search, ESPN Insider Chris Mortensen reported on NFL Live earlier this afternoon that a deal with Bill O’Brien is “imminent.” Mortensen said that the Texans are expected to officially hire O’Brien within the next 24 hours.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court’s recent unanimous decision to overturn the child endangerment conviction for a Catholic Church leader could have a direct impact on the case against three former Penn State administrators accused of similar crimes.
Penn State has had a long-standing tradition of sending quality players to the NFL, and the 2013 season was no exception. Highlighted by Pro Bowl-worthy performances by NaVorro Bowman, Cameron Wake, and Tamba Hali, all 25 former Nittany Lions on NFL rosters in 2013 represented the Blue and White with pride and honor.
According to a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the university is reportedly preparing to lose O’Brien by going after Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano.
But despite its flaws and blue and white slant, “365 Days: A Year In Happy Valley” captured the honest spirit of our community better than any media I’ve seen since November 2011.
Penn State picked up its 18th commitment from 3-star New York Offensive Tackle Chasz Wright amidst a wild Saturday night for Nittany Lion fans. Even with rumors swirling that Bill O’Brien might be taking the Houston Texans’ head coaching job, Wright has verbally committed to the Nittany Lions a mere eight days after he committed to play at Temple.
Former Penn State kicker Robbie Gould inked a four-year contract extension on Friday that will keep him a Chicago Bear through 2017, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Bears gave Gould, $15 million including $9 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid kicker in NFL history.
For the second game in a row against Robert Morris, the Penn State men’s hockey team was able to put up a win with special teams. After scoring three power play goals in a win over the Colonials on November 1, Penn State scored two goals on the man-advantage last night to steal a 3-2 win from the Colonials. The Nittany Lions tallied a season-high 62 shots on goal in the win, which gives the team a berth in the championship game of the Three Rivers Classic on Saturday night.
Three former Penn State football players were named to the 2014 National Football League Pro Bowl on Friday night. Cameron Wake, NaVorro Bowman, and Tamba Hali will all represent their respective pro teams in the Pro Bowl, the NFL all-star game, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 26 at 7 p.m. This is the first season that the Pro Bowl will not be divided by conference, instead featuring a draft as captains Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will select teams from the pool of players voted into the game.
The likelihood of Bill O’Brien leaving Penn State for the NFL increased drastically today, as a firm report from ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter indicates that the Houston Texans are close to finalizing a deal to draw O’Brien to Texas.
A few days ago, we looked back on Penn State basketball’s performance during its non-conference schedule. The team is off to its best start since 2008-09, and it’s easy to argue that it could be even better. With that in mind, here are eight questions the team needs to answer heading into Big Ten play, which begins on Tuesday when the Nittany Lions host 5th ranked Michigan State.
There are at least three documentaries focused on the Sandusky fallout in the final production stages, but none are more hyped than “365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley.” Directed by Erik Proulx and produced by Eric Porterfield, the full-length documentary will premiere tonight at the State Theatre in a special invitation-only red carpet event.
Bill O’Brien plans to interview with the Houston Texans at some point in the near future according to a report by Ian Rapoport, an NFL Network National Insider. We previously reported this past week that O’Brien had approached university officials asking for his NFL contract buyout to be lowered.
Freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg added an additional three national accolades to his growing list of freshman honors this past week.
Devon Still is one of the Penn State’s best defensive players in recent history and it turns out he has one of the best hearts as well. This video of a random act of kindness, posted to his Instagram account yesterday, should make any Penn Stater swell with pride.
Penn State’s favorite parody account brings us all some holiday cheer the night before Christmas.
After its first 13 games of the season, the Penn State basketball team is off to a 9-4 start, the best record since 2008-09, when the team went 11-2 out of conference and ended the season winning the NIT.
Brittany Hicks and Chris Carmody’s original song “Diamonds in the Air,” which they debuted at the Mr. and Mrs. THON Pageant last month, was released on iTunes on Friday. Hicks and Carmody came up with the idea of writing an original song about THON when the two were selected as Mr. and Mrs. PR for the Mr. and Mrs. THON Pageant. “Diamonds In The Air,” which features Carmody playing the guitar and rapping and Hicks singing, was a combined effort between the two earlier in the semester.The song is available on iTunes for $0.99, and all proceeds benefit THON. Hicks and Carmody decided to release it on iTunes after the song’s widespread popularity following its debut at the Mr. and Mrs. THON Pageant.