Tag:Penn State Football
Posted on: January 31, 2011 3:59 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 4:01 pm

Nike honors Paternos with gift to PSU libraries

Posted by Chip Patterson

In his 44 seasons as head coach of the Nittany Lions, Joe Paterno has seen significant changes and advancements for academics and athletics at Penn State.  Now thanks to a gift from the people at Nike, Paterno's tradition for encouraging academic success will be honored in the library as well.  To honor Joe Paterno's historic 400th win, Nike has made a $400,000 contribution to the University Libraries.  Officials from the university expressed their gratitude in an official release on Monday.

Barbara I. Dewey, dean of the University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, said, "This gift will help the Libraries keep pace with evolving student needs, by funding parts of the Tombros/McWhirter Knowledge Commons in Pattee and Paterno Libraries, slated for construction late spring 2011." As planned, the Knowledge Commons focuses on undergraduate students and is a collection of innovative and traditional services and repurposed physical spaces that facilitate information discovery, collaborative learning, and knowledge building. "Technology-rich and student-centered, the Knowledge Commons is designed to meet the needs of today's Penn State students, who create work in digital and multimedia formats," said Dewey.
Joe and his wife, Sue, have contributed more than $4 million across his 45-year career in Happy Valley, including aid specifically for the libraries.  One of the libraries is already named for the Paterno family, but it sounds like these efforts will be focused much more on technology-based advancements for undergraduate students.  

Hey, maybe now Paterno will figure out how to use Twitter.  But I'm not holding my breath.   

Posted on: October 28, 2010 7:38 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2010 7:54 pm

Penn State spares no expense to duplicate Denard

Posted by Chip Patterson

Week in and week out, teams do their best to figure out a way to duplicate the athleticism and skill of Denard Robinson on their scout team.  We are nine weeks into the football season, and still no one has picked up my suggestion of a jackrabbit with a jetpack, but that's their loss.  Usually it is a backup wide receiver or defensive back playing Robinson, trying to mimic Michigan's potent offense that has burned opposing defenses for an average of 532 yards per game, good for second best in the nation.

Sitting well behind the competition with a 1-2 record in Big Ten play, Penn State cannot afford to fall short in any aspect of their preparation for Saturday's showdown with the Wolverines in Happy Valley.  When outfitting Nittany Lions cornerback Evan Lewis as the scout team quarterback, Penn State spared no expense on the look.  Lewis was doing his best impression of the speedy, evasive Robinson all week, wearing a wig with dreadlocks.  Penn State linebacker Matt Mauti chucked about chasing down Penn State's version of the signature locks during Wednesday's teleconference.

"He does a real good job," Mauti said of Lewis. "He's a real good athlete. He gives us a real good look. This kid is shifty and he's making guys miss all week. Obviously, he's not going to have the blazing 10.2 100-meter speed (of Robinson), but he's shifty and he's making guys miss. I have to give the kid credit. He's been doing well all week, as he has all season on the scout team."

Evans may be doing his best job to mimic Denard, but Robinson is near impossible to duplicate.  All the Nittany Lions can honestly hope to do is contain the superstar quarterback, and try and force him into making bad decisions with his arm.  Robinson has thrown four interceptions in the last two games, both losses for the Wolverines.
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