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.
With National Signing Day in the rear-view mirror, here's a glimpse at the top players and classes in the nation. Georgia defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the consensus top player in the country, signed with Ole Miss, giving Hugh Freeze one of the best classes in the country.
Breaking down the nation's top players can be a futile exercise, but there are always a select group whose blend of on-field performance, unique athleticism, size and skill lift them above the rest
The importance of national recruiting class rankings can often be wildly overstated in an age that includes endless high school prospect combines and exhaustive scouting reports on scores of prep players.
But at Penn State, where the 2013 recruiting class will be banned from postseason competition for its first three years on campus, the program's No. 35 ranking nationally and No.
The 2013 Pitt recruiting class will feature a large grouping of western Pennsylvania athletes, versatile players who can play multiple positions, as well as elite local recruits Dorian Johnson and Tyler Boyd.
Tyler Boyd's future was the top local storyline of National Signing Day.
North Allegheny's Pat Kugler, Belle Vernon's Dorian Johnson, Clairton's Tyler Boyd and Central Valley's Robert Foster grabbed most of the attention, but more than two dozen local high school football players will continue their careers at Division 1 colleges across the country.
Players are able to sign binding letters of intent with programs on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
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After starting the season 0-4, the Steelers’ playoff chances looked dead on arrival. Pittsburgh is steadily rebuilding its confidence with a 5-3 record since mid-October. The team faces some challenging opponents this month.
Olli Maatta is special. He is the rare talent that most NHL clubs are lucky to experience once every 20 years. What’s even more impressive is that Maatta has broken the mold in an organization that drafts with a heavy emphasis on defense.
Pitt enters the 2013-14 season after a recent string of unprecedented player exodus. Since 2010, Pitt has lost six players to transfers—including the surprising departure of senior J.J. Moore—and one player (center Steve Adams) to early entry in the NBA draft.
For the first time in two decades, the end of Pittsburgh’s baseball season wasn’t an escape from another six-month disaster. The last out of the 2013 campaign might have resulted in more disappointment than previous years, but that’s because hope still lingered in October.