Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:30 am
Edited on: January 22, 2012 4:58 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The death of Joe Paterno on Sunday morning is one that will be felt across the entire college football landscape, but nowhere moreso than at Penn State where he spent his career building the school's program into a national program. With the news of his passing on Sunday morning, there was plenty of reaction across college football, with former players, coaches and many others talking about the legacy Paterno leaves behind.
"We grieve for the loss of Joe Paterno, a great man who made us a greater university," said Penn State president Rodney Erickson in a release. "His dedication to ensuring his players were successful both on the field and in life is legendary and his commitment to education is unmatched in college football. His life, work and generosity will be remembered always. The University plans to honor him for his many contributions and to remember his remarkable life and legacy. We are all deeply saddened."
Some of Paterno's former players took to Twitter to express their thoughts on Sunday morning.
"Heaven hired THE best coach ever. #RIP #JoePa #WEARE" - Penn State quarterback Paul Jones
"Rest In Peace Coach. You have been my idol. You are a one of a kind man. Words cannot express all my feelings. Love you Coach." - former Penn State receiver Graham Zug
"No one wanted this news this morning.. #RIP Joe.. I'm praying I'll be able to touch lives like u did. #LongLiveTheKing" - Penn State running back Silas Redd
"#RIPJoePaterno Nothing but love and gratitude! #legendsNEVERdie" - former Penn State linebacker Nate Stupar
"R.I.P Joe..thank you for helping shape me into man I am today..will always be missed.." - former Penn State defensive back Justin King
"At a loss for words-Thankful for the impact he had on my life-Blessed to call him a friend and mentor-Joe is and always will be Penn State!" - former Penn State defensive back Adam Taliaferro
"Thank You Joe 4 taking a chance on me & helping to make me into the man I am today. i will never forget the lessons i learned from u #WeAre" - former Penn State linebacker Aaron Maybin
"At a loss for words... One of the most influential men in our nations history. By his passing PSU nations grows even stronger. Love you Joe." - former Penn State receiver Jordan Norwood
"The GREATEST... The Legend.. My Coach.. My friend.. You've meant so much to me and millions of others.. You will live on in my heart." - former Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark
"We should not be discourage by his death but encouraged by his life...it would be a blessing to impact others the way he did R.I.P Coach" - defensive tackle Devon Still
Many from the world of the NFL also responded to news of Paterno's death on Sunday.
Follow CBSSports.com's Penn State rapid reporter Jim Rodenbush for further updates out of Happy Valley.
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Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:45 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Curtis Drake, the Penn State wide receiver who punched out starting quarterback Matt McGloin on December 14, will not join Penn State for its TicketCity Bowl game against Houston. Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley told reporters on Tuesday that Drake, a sophomore, was staying home for "personal reasons."
Drake will not be charged for his role in the fight between him and McGloin, though a police report was filed after the incident. McGloin reportedly suffered a seizure and a concussion after being hit in the head during the scuffle, and he was hospitalized briefly after the fight. McGloin, who later took reponsibility for the fight, is with the team in Dallas, but he has not practiced since the fight and was evaluated by physicians on Tuesday. The TicketCity Bowl will be held January 2.
The other Penn State players who are missing the TicketCity Bowl are sophomore WR Shawney Kersey, who is also missing the game for "personal reasons," and two academic casualties: redshirt freshman QB Paul Jones, who has been academically ineligible all year, and junior cornerback Derrick Thomas, who collected four tackles in eight games of backup play this season.
Drake had five catches for 102 yards and one touchdown this season, while Kersey had five catches for 108 yards.
Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:25 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The drama that has surrounded the quarterback depth chart at Penn State since January will just not go away. On Thursday the school's student newspaper reported that quarterback Kevin Newsome may be on the verge of seeking a transfer from Penn State.
Newsome's father, Kevin Newsome Sr., said it's possible his son is transferring.If you weren't already aware, following January's bowl loss against Florida, quarterback Robert Bolden announced that he wanted to transfer. Joe Paterno denied Bolden's request then, and now it's expected that Bolden will begin the season as the starter. Then last week Penn State found out that quarterback Paul Jones will have to sit out the entire 2011 season due to academic problems.
If Newsome decides to transfer, that will leave Penn State with Bolden and Matt McGloin and some huge question marks behind them. Though it is possible that Paterno can talk Newsome into staying if playing time is his main motivation for wanting to leave. While Bolden and McGloin have the experience, it's not as if either of them played spectacularly in 2010, and Newsome could still compete for the starting job this season.
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:10 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Paul Jones was one of the top recruits in Penn State's 2010 recruiting class and was expected to compete for the starting quarterback job for the Nittany Lions this fall. Well, thanks to his grades, the Penn State quarterback derby is now a two-horse race.
According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Jones is going to miss the 2011 season thanks to some academic problems.
Coach Joe Paterno confirmed the news today prior to the Big Ten Conference's kickoff luncheon.This means that the quarterback job will likely go to either Rob Bolden or Matt McGloin. Both of whom saw time at quarterback last season. Bolden was the first freshman to start at quarterback at Penn State during Paterno's long tenure at the school. After Bolden suffered a concussion, McGloin took over the starting gig and never let it go.
Which led to Bolden requesting a transfer after the season, a request that was denied by Paterno, but now it seems everybody is happy to be in Happy Valley.
Posted on: July 11, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 4:44 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Posted on: April 16, 2011 3:56 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2011 7:55 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
With Rob Bolden having asked for a release from his scholarship and his mother refusing this week to rule out a second such request before the 2011 season, you might have expected the Nittany Lions to either name Bolden their starter (and likely guarantee his presence in State College this fall) or name rival Matt McGloin the man and put the QB controversy behind them.
But Joe Paterno and his staff have never cared much for what other people might expect, which is why Paterno on Saturday said no decision would be made on the starting quarterback position until later this year.
As for what that might mean for Bolden, Paterno said he expects him to stay. But even he's not saying for certain, as the Patriot-News reports:
When asked if he would name a starting quarterback after practices and the spring game, Paterno said, “No need to. No sense in doing it.Paterno didn't mince words about the other quarterbacks in the competition, saying redshirt freshman Paul Jones " has to work his way into" McGloin and Bolden's comfort level and former heir apparent Kevin Newsome is sometimes "the last guy to the practice field."
But it's not news that the decision is down to McGloin and Bolden. It's the next headline -- either that Bolden has chosen to move on, or that he's chosen to stay, or who exactly is the starter -- that will be the one that might define the Nittany Lions' season.
And oh, about that spring game: McGloin threw the only touchdown pass in a weather-marred 10-0 "win" for Blue over White. The game was called just a couple of minutes into the second half due to rain.
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:52 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
It's been quite the crazy week for Penn State quarterback Robert Bolden. First he made the announcement that he planned on transferring from Penn State following a freshman season that hadn't gone nearly as well as he'd hoped. The problem was that Joe Paterno wouldn't release him from his scholarship since Penn State was already losing quarterback Kevin Newsome to a transfer. Obviously, this didn't make Robert Bolden very happy. He wanted to leave, and he wasn't being allowed to.
Well, now he's staying.
According to his high school quarterbacks coach Don Buchanan, Bolden told him he's starting class next week and he will be remaining at Penn State to compete for the starting job.
“He’ll be back at Penn State Sunday and in school Monday,” Buchanan told The Daily Collegian. “He expects to compete for the starting quarterback job and will go through spring practices and everything.”
“I said, ‘That’s great,’ and I told him to keep your faith, keep your guidance and make sure that whatever he does, he goes at it at full speed.”
It seems maybe Paterno knew what he was doing, and that Bolden may have just been frustrated after not getting a chance to play in the Outback Bowl even though Matt McGloin threw five interceptions. Now he'll be returning to State College to compete with McGloin and Paul Jones for the starting job. Considering McGloin's limitations, and the fact he has a lot more game experience than Jones, you have to like his chances.
Posted on: January 2, 2011 7:24 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
It seems that quarterbacks on the bench at Penn State don't enjoy their time there very much. For weeks it's been reported that backup quarterback Kevin Newsome, after losing the quarterback job to Matt McGloin and Robert Bolden, wouldn't be returning to Penn State next season. The fact he didn't make the trip to Tampa for the bowl game basically confirmed it.
Well now it appears that Robert Bolden isn't going to stick around either. Bolden's father, Robert Bolden Sr, told Lions247 that his son is looking to transfer.
"It's true, he's looking to leave Penn State,"said Bolden's father. "He's notified the coaches, that's as far as it's gone so far. We're waiting on the next step now."
"They're not looking for him to leave, they don't want him to leave, but he no longer wants to play at Penn State. He's not happy at Penn State currently. If it was up to me, he definitely [would leave], without a doubt. He's definitely made it known that he does not want to be there anymore."
Which means that Matt McGloin won't have much competition for the starting job next season, though don't sleep on freshman quarterback Paul Jones. Considering McGloin just threw five interceptions against Florida in the Outback Bowl, that probably doesn't leave Penn State fans feeling all too comfortable.
Bolden started seven games for the Nittany Lions this season, throwing for 1,360 yards, 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He had been one of the prize members of Penn State's 2010 recruiting class.