While Pitt’s recent history has been marred by coaching changes and dismissed players, Paul Chryst and his staff have added 23 high school seniors to form a class that has been rated between 35th and 40th by most recruiting services.
The class has several elite offensive players, two of whom are local talents.
By now, plenty of Penn State fans have heard new head coach James Franklin's plan to “dominate the state” on the recruiting trail. So far, though, he has been displaying his ability to do that away from Pennsylvania.
Franklin, who comes to Happy Valley after turning around Vanderbilt's program, was heralded by many as a top-notch recruiter. He showed that much almost immediately after arriving at Penn State.
Political scientists claim it takes years to calculate the damage inflicted during an economic depression. In the game of college football, when six coaches call a program home in a matter of four years, that program could reach a depressed state.
And like the economy, it takes a while for fans to determine where a program stands after devastating blows.
When James Franklin took the podium for the first time as Penn State’s head coach, he spoke sharply and confidently. Franklin, who inherits a Nittany Lions roster with just eight players from Western Pennsylvania, was already recruiting.
“I know I’ve been sitting in living rooms with families and kids and selling them on a dream and selling them on our relationship,” the former Vanderbilt head coach told radio host Dan Patrick last
The Penn State football program has been operating under a 40 percent scholarship reduction since the end of 2012, dropping from 25 scholarships to 15 scholarships per year as a result of the highly-publicized Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.
Included amongst the penalties was a mandate requiring Penn State’s football program to have no more than 65 scholarship players on the roster by Sept.
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The NFL is about to have an openly gay player in its ranks. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam—the 2014 Southern Eastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year—is projected to be selected in the later rounds of this May's NFL Draft.
The Penguins are back from Sochi and back in action with a full slate of games throughout the month of March. With defensemen Kris Letang and Paul Martin expected to miss most of the action, the team will depend on a young blue line.
Dusty Baker, Carlos Beltran and A.J. Burnett have left the National League Central, but Ryan Braun returns. St. Louis and Pittsburgh boast top-flight young pitching that should make the 2014 race another competitive one.