Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:06 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Outback Bowl will be the final game Urban Meyer coaches for the Florida Gators. If you were to listen to some rumors over the holiday weekend, however, Meyer might not be the only coach spending his last game on the sideline in Tampa on New Year's. According to a report on College Football Talk, sources within the athletic department at Penn State maintain that following the Outback Bowl, Joe Paterno will retire.
The apparent reason for it is not performance based, but rather Paterno's health.
Whether or not these rumors are true, you can't really be sure. The idea of Paterno retiring isn't exactly crazy considering the man is 84 years old. Still, if he is retiring, nobody has told his players yet, as a few have come forward over the last few days to claim that the rumors are false.
"There's been a few things that have been said, but we're around Coach every day," Brett Brackett told the St. Petersburg Times. "There's no truth to these rumors at all. We experience him every day. ... Nobody understands how hands-on he really is, so we really know what Coach does, and when those rumors go around they more anger us than anything because we get to experience him every day."
Of course, it's totally possible that this plan has been put in place and nobody has told the players yet. Still, I'm not sure I believe it myself. Paterno has already gone on the record publicly and stated he plans on returning in 2011, and let's be honest, if he wants to, he will. Even if his health is getting worse, the fact of the matter is that even though Paterno is the figurehead at Penn State, his coordinators and assistants have been running things for the last few years.
Next year wouldn't be any different.
Posted on: October 2, 2010 9:38 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
The Iowa Hawkeyes may be leading 17-3, but the Penn State offense is finally showing signs of life. Freshman quarterback Rob Bolden found a wide open Brett Brackett down the sideline on Penn State's last drive, and Brackett made it down to the 3-yard line with six seconds left in the half. Penn State would get a field goal out of the situation.
Yet on the whole, this has been Iowa's game first and foremost. The line play has been primarily one-sided, with Rob Bolden consistently facing a rusher as he throws; Ricky Stanzi , on the other hand, is relatively unmolested, and the effects on their production are clear: Bolden is 7-17 for 123 yards, and Stanzi is 12-15 for 143, a score, and the armpunt pick mentioned earlier.
At the very least, though, this doesn't look like a potential blowout or anything. Penn State managed six first downs in the second quarter after not registering a single one in the first quarter, and for having constant pressure, Bolden has made some good-looking throws. He may be 7-17 on the day, but he's certainly not "the problem" for the Nittany Lions.